I am a swan's wing, bloodied at the joint
and pasted to a boy's back, like in that story
You waved to me from a mountain as I slipped away
Dimming into rust-lit winters with a burning apple branch.

Who are you that darkness my shade? You burned my door down.
Don't wait for me, because you're a liar
And each time you dream in colour, I'll be holding your head under
Who took my time away? I know you'll hear me now
I know you'll hear me now...You missed your way out!

I thought I had it all
When I was left in shame, I gained even more!
You will welter on your hurried path with me as a prince to the world
All the beauty that is all of Life shall walk with me,
And you shall walk alone...in shame!

Dry as a bone withered and cold stuck with a dagger again behold me for I am centuries old cut on the lips by secretive men
terror I watch you nervous slowly insert the dagger again twisting the furnace walls gripping my breast writhing in want
smothered within your heavenly haunt cut on the lips by secretive men slowly insert the dagger again.


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    General CommentMy favorite maudlin of the Well song ever. Beautiful from beginning to end, from the soft melodic parts to the aggression, both the music and the lyrics. The emotion and brutality of this song rivals any given metal band.

    I think the lyrics have to do with being hurt by somebody you loved, and the regret that the other person will feel forever for doing that. The sadness is reflected in the first half of the song, and the bitterness in the second.

    In the third stanza, the narrator dwells on feelings of shame, turning his own shame at being hurt into strength ("When I was left in shame, I gained even more!"), and implying that the person who made the real mistake was the one he loved, and who broke his heart, because now she has abandoned the best thing that ever happened to her, and will forever "welter on her hurried path" of life. Whereas, for the narrator, this experience and the hurt he has felt has only made him stronger and able to endure the hardships of life ("As a prince to the world", meaning he is now in control of his life).

    I especially like the line "Every time you dream in color, I'll be holding your head under." To me, that seems to imply that from now on, all of the other person's thoughts and dreams will be about this person and the regret she feels at hurting him. As in, every time she dreams, he'll be the only thing occupying her memory (holding her head under).
    AmpleVoltageon August 15, 2009   Link

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