"Collapse The Light Into Earth" as written by and Steven/balch Wilson....
I won't shiver in the cold
I won't let the shadows take their toll
I won't cover my head in the dark
And I won't forget you when we part

Collapse the light into earth

I won't heal given time
I won't try to change your mind
I won't feel better in the cold light of day
But I wouldn't stop you if you wanted to stay

Collapse the light into earth


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"Collapse the Light into Earth" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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  • +5
    General CommentThink about the title "Collapse The Light Into Earth", with this being the last song it reminded me of the sun setting. Kinda like something comming to an end.
    shaggyroosteron January 15, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIt's the end. While I will never be the same, I won't try to stop it from happening.
    One of the few songs in which there is no hope ("I won't heal given time."). A nice alternative to most "it'll be alright" lyrics and tunes.

    At least that is the way I see the song.
    filRon December 19, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI was thinking for this song that it is a metaphor for the serial killer's end. The first verse could be the man accept conviction for his crimes of murder (committed during "The Creator Has a Mastertape" and "Strip the Soul"). So the first verse, with lines like "I won't cover my head in the dark" (he can't escape his own actions) and "I won't forget you when we part" (him being either locked up forever or being given capital punishment) support this idea.

    The second verse shows the man's condition: a killer. He won't heal, this is his nature. He is ruthless and knows not of right and wrong. But we see a glimpse of the human heart here as well with the line "I wouldn't stop you if you wanted to stay". He is a troubled character, but still very human.

    I think the line "collapse the light into earth" is a metaphor for this man. Light, not of this world, collides into earth. This man, who's spirit and soul don't belong here, has collapsed onto this earth, never to roam elseware again.

    Well that's what I get out of it. I plan on outlining the whole album as a cohesive piece. Good stuff.
    atomsplitteron December 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about someone who struggles with relationships due to depression and/or something else.


    I won't shiver in the cold (you never really feel much when depressed)

    I won't let the shadows take their toll
    I won't cover my head in the dark (implies the shadows and darkness will always be there even when you fight it)

    And I won't forget you when we part (he likes someone but accept the fact that maybe they can't be together)

    I won't heal given time (when suffering from clinical depression, it never really goes away)

    I won't try to change your mind (the person knows about the difficulties with being with someone with depression and knows not everyone can handle it)

    I won't feel better in the cold light of day (nothing really helps against clinical depression, other people feel happy when the sun shines, someone with depression don't feel anything)

    But I wouldn't stop you if you wanted to stay (the person wants the one he/she likes/loves to stay but don't really want him/her to suffer, which is kinda inevitable when engaging in a relationship with someone who is suffering from depression... but yeah, please stay anyway..)
    amehvafanon February 18, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's closure. But it's different. With the piano going and going, I wont heal given time, I wont shiver in the cold. It's saying that im not scared, I'm leaving this behind. And as the sound and voice builds up, the organ and the guitars--> they just stop, ceasing to exist, leaving only that flicker of light, the piano before it to is collapsed.
    meteorhero526on November 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti obviously think it about a break up, how ever, i get the methaphore of "collapse the light into earth" like some sort of lonelyness, now the light is shinning (collapsing) in the spot (earth) where his lover should be now.

    i dont know about you, but i dont thinkg that the meanning is THAT sinnister, i think it is just sad:

    "I won't shiver in the cold"----(he won't feel anything because of his pain)
    "I won't let the shadows take their toll" (like he is not going to forget her, or let anything to take his picture out of his head)
    "I won't cover my head in the dark" (he wont hide his sadness)
    "And I won't forget you when we part" (simply that...)

    Collapse the Light Into Earth

    I won't heal given time (the pain is so hard)
    I won't try to change your mind (he accept his girlfriends decision)
    I won't feel better in the cold light of day (it doesnt matter how bright the day is, he will still fell sad)
    but I wouldn't stop you if you wanted to stay (maybe he thinks that it was necessary to break up too, but he loves her so much that it doesnt matter anything else)

    Collapse the Light Into Earth


    excelent and beautiful song ever!
    selfdesperateon December 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is simple, its about when you break up, you wont regret anything, how you wont try to change the others mind, how you will accept it with pain and all
    Sandwhich_mastaon October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo sad, yet so beautiful...!
    musegirl_16on February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttook the words away from me musegirl ... i love this song.
    DarkAntiCristaon July 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim so having this played at my funeral
    ptreeon August 11, 2005   Link

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