See my love is asleep on the floor
In a pose that familiar
See my sun will just send you to war
If the battle won't kill you

But I've a change in mind
Calling all the time

That I don't want to live in your side
Though the rose is vermillion
And I find it so hard to survive
Without when within you

My sweet Lavinia
My sweet Lavinia

All the years buried under the floors
And the wounds in the parlour
Would have come up to greet us before
If it weren't for my heart because

I've her name in mine
And it's calling all the time

For my sweet lavinia


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    General CommentI may be completely wrong, and i think i have over thought this song i just love it so much i cant help but want to understand every line

    it seems to be broken down into sections about lucia and lavinia. Lucia is his true love, but she is dead. Lavinia is his 'sweet' and he lusts, maybe even loves her but nothing compared to how he feels for Lavinia.

    The first stanza talks of his love, Lucia, asleep on the floor in a familiar pose. i reckon this means she is dead, but he cannot come to terms with this, as he continues to talk as if to her throughout the song. I think the second bit.. 'see my son..' is as if he has had a difficult life, almost been through war, and he battle has not killed him which he wants as to be reunited with Lucia. he questions why he is not dead from this whereas Lucia seems to have died in her sleep.
    Next, he says he has a change in mind, potentially killing himself to be with Lucia, and this would be due to the fact Lucia, who he seems to continually talk to, is calling him to join her.

    The second bit he starts talking about Lavinia, he wants to join Lucia as he cant live beside Lavinia. He can lust after her when he is within her, however he does not love her like he loves Lucia. He would want to live by Lucia's side.

    The third stanza is about the feelings for Lucia he has tried to bury over the years, and accepts that he cant stop thinking about Lucia, she is callinhg him all the time, he is continually thinking of her name (where it says i have her name in mine, its calling all the time). The floor reference in this also links back to when lucia was 'asleep on the floor', so since she has been buried, so has his years, as if he has floated through them without noticing. He says these feeling of love could have regrown for Lavinia, however his heart is still with Lucia so as long as she is dead he will always love her and never love Lucia.

    The last bit is pretty self explanitory, he loves Lucia, she is dead in the darkness and silence and he cannot have her. So plans to leave here soon and join her.

    Wow, i probably have read way too much into this, the lengths i go to avoid revision ha.
    ameliarose91on May 05, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningWhat I gather from the lyrics and the motif of the melody is that it's plainly about a love that is gone. A love that signifies a specific person. There are a few giveaways, mainly the tittle Lavinia; This is a woman that was loved by one, but given to another. in the second verse, vermillion as the color also refers to it's chemical toxicity, being that if digested it is deadly. Beutiful but painful as a reference to a relationship or a person.

    This is an amazing song, telling us not only his sad story but ultimately revealing the name of the person he refers to Lucia. He refers to her while descriving the pain Turnus felt when Lavinia was given to Aenas (he being Turnus). This clearly references the pain he must have felt when Lucia's love was gone.

    The way the melody builds around the lyrics is amazing. Building up a sence of transformation and exchange.

    See my love is asleep on the floor
    **His heart is broken, leaving his loe out of touch with reality**
    In a pose that familiar
    **familiar because it is still fresh, he is still feeling his love uncontious
    See my sun will just send you to war
    **The sun is his drive, he knows that any furure love will hurt him**
    If the battle won't kill you

    But I've a change in mind
    Calling all the time

    That I don't want to live in your side
    **he is saying that even though it hurts, he is trying to get over her**

    Though the rose is vermillion
    **Acknolleges that its the same beuty that is so toxic to him, Loving something so beutifull can be painfull when its no longer possible.

    And I find it so hard to survive
    Without when within you

    My sweet Lavinia
    My sweet Lavinia

    Lucia my love, in the darkness shine
    **The darkness is his pain. The shine is the love he feels**
    Lucia my love, and you're not mine
    **She is no longer the "shine" or the love he loves**
    Lucia my love, in silence so long
    **He has not loved another person in so long. Maybe expressing that he either is still hurting or stil enloved with her**

    Lucia my love, no promise no more,
    Lucia, I walk this unknown
    **the unknown signifies him not knowing where to go from here, should he stop loving her or hurt more for her.
    My Lucia my lover my own
    Lucia, my love, i leave here soon
    **"here" is his current state and not his location.
    Lucia, my love, my life's over when i come home
    ** his home is where he remembers her (earlier reference to floorboards) saying that no matter where he goes, ___when he comes back, re remembers her, bringing him back to the state of mind that so haunts him.
    Lucia, Lucia, Lucia, Lucia... two three four
    Fuentinion January 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCould it be that he's saying a variation of Lucius at the end? Lavinia is almost certainly based on Titus Andronicus, where Lavinia is Lucius's sister. I think that would kinda explain the "I've her name in mine" bit, or maybe this I'm just rambling nonsense..
    scarletsilveron May 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I just listened to the long version and okay, the lyrics on here are right (or mostly right, I think) but now the song has a totally different meaning, one of which relating to the lyrics "I don't want to live in your side, though the rose is vermillion." I think that means he doesn't want to be a thorn in the girl's side, though he loves her and has passion for her (vermillion basically being red, which symbolizes love and passion in roses and other things).

    That's all i've got right now. But it's genius! lol

    P.S. This guy's voice is amazing . . . For some reason whatever he sings makes me think of the 30s and 40s (particularly "Lavinia" and "Talk Down the Girl", for some reason) and it makes me sad because then I get reminded of the movie Atonement. Strange?
    heathertonon March 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm with Mel Azavedo - I think there's a killing vibe to this song. However, I think he's planning to kill himself because even though he really loves Lavinia, he can't get past the death of his lover Lucia, and is hoping to be reunited with her in death. I hear the lyrics just a little bit differently than what they have up here:

    See my love asleep on the floor
    In a pose that's familiar
    *See, my son, we'll send you to war
    *If the battle don't kill you

    But I've a change in mind
    *She's calling all the time

    That I don't want to live in your side
    Though the rose is vermillion
    And I'd find it so hard to survive
    Without when within you

    My sweet Lavinia
    My sweet Lavinia

    All the years buried under the floors
    And the wounds in the parlour
    Would have come up to greet us before
    If it weren't for my heart because

    *I've her name in mind
    And it's calling all the time

    For my sweet lavinia

    Lucia my love, in the darkness shine
    Lucia my love, and you're not mine
    Lucia my love, in silence so long
    Lucia my love, no promise no more,
    Lucia, I walk this unknown
    My Lucia my lover my own
    Lucia, my love, i leave here soon
    Lucia, my love, my life's over when i come home
    Lucia, Lucia, Lucia, Lucia... two three four
    meroveuson November 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm with Mel Azavedo - I think there's a killing vibe to this song. However, I think he's planning to kill himself because even though he really loves Lavinia, he can't get past the death of his lover Lucia, and is hoping to be reunited with her in death. I hear the lyrics just a little bit differently than what they have up here:

    See my love asleep on the floor
    In a pose that's familiar
    *See, my son, we'll send you to war
    *If the battle don't kill you

    But I've a change in mind
    *She's calling all the time

    That I don't want to live in your side
    Though the rose is vermillion
    And I'd find it so hard to survive
    Without when within you

    My sweet Lavinia
    My sweet Lavinia

    All the years buried under the floors
    And the wounds in the parlour
    Would have come up to greet us before
    If it weren't for my heart because

    *I've her name in mind
    And it's calling all the time

    For my sweet lavinia

    Lucia my love, in the darkness shine
    Lucia my love, and you're not mine
    Lucia my love, in silence so long
    Lucia my love, no promise no more,
    Lucia, I walk this unknown
    My Lucia my lover my own
    Lucia, my love, i leave here soon
    Lucia, my love, my life's over when i come home
    Lucia, Lucia, Lucia, Lucia... two three four
    meroveuson November 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis one lyric especially stands out...

    "That I don't want to live in your side
    Though the rose is vermillion
    And I find it so hard to survive
    Without when within you"

    "A thorn in the side" is an old phrase that describes a recurring problem that tends to get the better of you. The song implies this phrase sexually. Figuratively, our story teller is more than a thorn in Lavinia's side; he is a thriving, red rose. But only thorn is given to Lavinia. The rose belongs to Lucia.


    I define weirdon December 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti meant to say 'He says these feeling of love could have regrown for Lavinia, however his heart is still with Lucia so as long as she is dead he will always love her and never love **Lavinia*'.

    ameliarose91on May 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or do others also think that this song has a very disturbing, killing sense attached to it? I think he wants to kill someone in his family...
    mel_azevedoon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, but I have no clue as to what it means. *shrugs* Still a great song, nevertheless.
    spentcigaretteon May 05, 2006   Link

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