If time is a vessel, then learning to love
Might be my way back to sea
The flying, the metal, the turning above
These are just ways to be seen

We all get paid
Yeah some get faith before they die
Then through stars we will navigate
Through the holes in your eyes

How many days will it take to land?
How many ways to reach abandon?
Oh, abandon

Oh, so swoon, baby, starry nights
May our bodies remain
You move with me, I'll treat you right, baby
May our bodies remain

There is love to be made
So just stay here for this while
Perhaps heartstrings resuscitate
The fading sounds of your life

How many days will it take to land?
How many ways to reach abandon?
Oh, in abandon

So swoon baby starry nights
May our bodies remain
As deep we move, I'll feed you light, baby
May our bodies remain
Oh yeah in history, I'll treat you right, baby
I'm honest that way, hey

Swoon baby starry nights
May our bodies remain


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    General Commenthe's talking about how he's tired of jetsetting around--references to traveling with the vessel and flying the metal (airplane?) and getting "paid" bc "these are just ways to be seen". he wants to reach "abandon" and lose himself with this girl so that when he/they look back on "history" she'll see that he treated her right--that's the only way he'd ever treat her..so yeah, he's basically saying fuck it all and "swoon baby starry nights, may our bodies remain"--maybe i'm looking too deep into it but bodies could represent celestial bodies; may they remain burning brightly in the starry sky, not having to travel around and prove themselves bc everyone can see them from earth.
    paradigmshifton March 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBelieve me. When you are drunk, this is the best album in the world. It speaks to every part of you. I am drunk and I know. I love Interpol. They say little truths.
    GrapesGrapeson January 16, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"If time is a vessel, then learning to love might be my way back to sea."

    This line used to confuse me so much. But think of it logically: Time is the vessel, and love 'the way back to sea' is the thing that drives the vessel. He's essentially saying that he'd like to spend all the time he has by falling in love.

    "Perhaps heartstrings resuscitate the fading sounds of your life"

    Falling in love revives a life that had lost its lustre. Sounds like he's saying, if you're dissatisfied with life, find love and things will change for the better.
    underthestars32on November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot only is this the best titled song on Antics, I'd say it's one of the best overall.
    Specialiston October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentperfect song. i love the 20 seconds in the middle where it rocks out. my fave part of Antics actually.
    aniseon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentby anise on 10-18-2004 @ 12:00:16 PM
    perfect song. i love the 20 seconds in the middle where it rocks out.


    I love that whistling sound right before Ian goes "swoon baby, starry nights"...so cool! :P
    sweet_adelineon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI will have to think about this song for a long time while really fucked up to completely understand, but for now I just want to say that the following verse is genius:

    we all get paid
    some get faith before they die
    then through stars we will navigate
    through the holes in your eyes

    He summed up life, love, and death in those simple phrases.
    GoldenXon March 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"if time is my vessel, then learning to love might be my way back to sea."

    basically, if I want to get back to see it will require a vessel. if time is my vessel then I will need time. learning to love would take a lot of time. so learning to love would give them a vessel, which would allow them to go back to sea.
    kates_x3on March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is meant to speak to something we all experience. The narrator is describing the sensation of aging and what it means to find immortality.

    "If time is a vessel" -- we are all subject to time and its implications on life, as though we are aboard a vessel we are not captains of. The vessel takes us where it wishes to go and we are only along for the ride. Getting older is akin to this feeling, though some describe getting older as their days feeling shorter, as though they were falling from a great height, faster and faster, day by day.

    "then learning to love Might be my way back to sea" -- If the soul has a life in this life and the next, then finding someone you truly love means living on to the next life, a sort of reincarnation. Taken more literally, if two individuals chose to procreate, their DNA would actually live on after their death in the "sea of life."

    "The flying, the metal, the turning above" -- This is sort of a way to describe the muck, or the sound and the fury we all experience in life, as though with the aforementioned sensation falling, we see many things along our descent. We may try to turn or grab onto something to avoid our descent, but it is inevitable.

    "These are just ways to be seen" -- In this ether between life and death, this is where souls meet one another, but it doesn't always mean something when the path of souls cross.

    "We all get paid" -- Another common experience every soul has.

    "Yeah some get faith before they die" -- Some in life think that they find meaning along their descent, but this is often meaningless as the singer implies.

    "Then through stars we will navigate" -- The singer is appealing to his soul mate to travel this ether together through life among the beauty of the stars (which ironically happen to be suns which have burned out many eons ago but their light still travels to our eyes).

    "Through the holes in your eyes" -- It is often said that eyes are the window to the soul and so it would not come as a surprise that this is the route for the soul to journey.

    "How many days will it take to land?" -- The singer is wondering how much longer he has until the end of life.

    "How many ways to reach abandon?" -- Abandon could be considered to be the afterlife, such as heaven or a state of nirvana

    "Oh, so swoon, baby, starry nights" -- Along the lovers' journey, they will see beauty and will be overwhelmed with joy

    "May our bodies remain" -- In death, after the soul leaves the body, only the body remains on Earth.

    "You move with me, I'll treat you right, baby" -- The singer is appealing to his soul mate once more to journey with him since it is the right path. Though "move with me" can also be taken to mean lovemaking.

    "May our bodies remain" -- After death, only their bodies should remain on Earth as opposed to their souls which should continue to journey. It is as though a cup of tea has spilled and the liquid (soul) has evaporated but only the cup (body) remains.

    "There is love to be made" -- This is sort of self-explanatory but also an important component of a relationship. Love can also be created in other ways, though.

    "So just stay here for this while" -- It is important to live in the moment, and one of the ways to savor this is the aforementioned (making love)

    "Perhaps heartstrings resuscitate" -- A play on words since the songwriter is a musician. But by playing someone's "heartstrings" or emotions with love, life everlasting can be attained (resuscitated).

    "The fading sounds of your life" -- If nothing else, loving someone can mike life more vibrant, and the singer darkly concedes that even while the heartstrings are played, he can still sense that they approach the end of life together, which keeps the journey through life to death from being lonely
    MOGottliebon April 13, 2012   Link
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    General Commentpossibly realizing that he loved a girl and he should have treated her better. he wants her back. he is trying to change and allow himself to love someone. he keeps thinking about this one girl
    gregisgregon October 13, 2004   Link

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