I looked down at my shoes,
because I felt the drip of blood fall from my hammer to the leather through my socks.
The knots kept tightening their grip.
The cords (chords) ring out the history,
and time is a mocker as a remedy.
The preacher wore a suit,
I knew he would.
The tiny print rice paper books,
I hated how they saw me so transparently.
This heart, my thread, I tried so hard.
The best that I could sew was death,
no matter how I covered it with deeds.
What's there left to do?
Because the mud only covers up the stains…
who could imagine a holiday at the sea?
Down there, in the sea,
I should hold my breath
'til this other person's blood is washing off of me.
Down there, in the sea,
I should hold my breath
'til this other person's blood is washing over me.


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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song.
    I will randomly sometime just sing "Who could imagine..." and then everyone and myself will yell out "A HOLIDAY! A HOLIDAY!" and we all sing "AT THE SEA!"
    It's so wonderful.
    I agree with everything above.

    lovelovelove.
    ourpalaceofsnowon October 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"we are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in slum beacuse he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. we are far too easily pleased." -CS Lewis
    whenshesmileson November 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dont really know exactly what this song means...but i know these guys are amazing...i have played ultimate with them once at a festival they played at...htey played this song and they gave all of us in the first 2 rows ballons and we blew them up and at this one point in the song they pulled out a needle a pop the to the music..it was amazing
    jumbomanateon August 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is about the crusifiction of jesus.

    'this heart, my thread i tried so hard, the best i could so was death'

    that line saying all he could do was die for everyones sin's.
    xTheEdgeisStrongxon October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese guys are extremely religious and extremely talented. best band ever.
    cornellon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis there anything as good as anathallo any time, any place, anywhere?

    i haven't found anything yet.
    bitingsnowon November 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe " hated how they saw me so transparently.
    This heart, my thread, I tried so hard.
    The best that I could sew was death,
    no matter how I covered it with deeds.
    What's there left to do? "

    part is sung so beautifully it gives me chills.
    DarkerShadeofWinteron January 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso goooooooooood.
    kristicationon February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe title is a reference to CS Lewis' Weight of Glory
    lo_fi_geekon April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm... Ive always interpreted "this heart, my thread i tried so hard, the best i could sew was death, no matter how i covered it with deeds" as our feeble attempts to gain our salvation by works rather than faith. Also the whole song is from the singers perspective, it might be weird if suddenly he were talking as Jesus and not himself.
    Narsilsedgeon June 30, 2006   Link

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