"Closer" as written by and Daniel Cavanagh....
(Your) dream world is a very scary place, to be trapped
Your dream world is a very scary place, to be trapped inside
All your life
Shine in time, until you find
You're closer, to the truth
Within you, is the truth
(That) your dream world is a very scary place, to be trapped
Your dream is such a lonely lonely place, to be trapped inside
All your life
You're closer, to the truth
Within you, is the truth

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"Closer" as written by Daniel Cavanagh

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    General CommentThis song is the best off the natural disaster album.
    It's so different but so amazing.
    I thought that in verse 6 it changes to "your dream is such a lonely, lonely place" i'm sure it does.
    A.Mon March 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a very spiritual/psychological song. The dream world could be some kind of metaphor for schitzofrenia. I have a schitzofrenic friend, and its like hes in a dream world that he cant escape from. however amidst his impossible psychotic rants are some very intense truths. I would imagine that if i was schitzofrenic and i thought i knew the answer to the cosmos i would feel trapped. and afraid
    ogretagon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah I never noticed that, but you are right.
    erebusknighton July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIsolation is the theme of this song.
    The way the song is presented is so abstract and detached from the human anathema that it is almost like the inner voice singing rather than the physical being.
    It's the idea that no matter who we meet or what we do it all ends at some point, and we can't cling onto our happiness forever which makes this life so lonely and scary that we have to face it all on our own.
    A.Mon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I noticed the change too..
    I listen to this song an awful lot.. It's brilliant imo.
    SonhoDouradoon May 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, but... if I listen to it at night, it scares the fucking shit out of me. It makes me think of someone who's trapped in his own head...
    windowpane8902on September 21, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with most people that this song starts off quite isolated (Your dream world is a very scary place, later: lonely place). But later on the song expresses hope:
    "You're closer
    You're closer
    To the truth

    Within you
    Within you
    Within you
    Is the truth"

    Finding some truth within is always quite shocking, and can co-occur with very scary moments inside this dream world... until finally you break out and find peace (truth).
    CoherenceOfLifeon April 25, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI find that the song can be taken as a comment on sublimity. The Dream world is a spiritual state and is the closest thing that humans have to understanding the sublime (the infinity that is the entirety of the universe, which is by definition unknowable), which is both monstrous and beautiful; ie. "scary place" and "closer to the truth". Just read Kant's work on the sublime, It can be a tough read but very worth while.
    Pharmakon23on February 14, 2011   Link

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