It was Coney Island, they called Coney Island the playground of the world.

There was no place like it, in the whole world, like Coney Island when I was a youngster.

No place in the world like it, and it was so fabulous. Now it's shrunk down to almost nothing...you see.

And, uh, I still remember in my mind how things used to be, and...uh, you know, I feel very bad.

But people from all over the world came here...from all over the world...it was the playground they called it the playground of the world...over here.

Anyways, you see, I...uh...you know...I even got, when I was very small, I even got lost at Coney Island, but they found me...on the...on the beach.

And we used to sleep on the beach here, sleep overnight..they don't do that anymore. Things changed...you see.

They don't sleep anymore on the beach.


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  • +7
    General CommentThis is very easy to tell, it's about nostalgia and yearning for the good ole days.

    Every time I listen to this song I imagine a town, so vibrant and beautiful, bustling with thousands of happy faces and the hymn of high spirits amongst the townsfolk. A childhood memory of warmth and solace.


    Return years later to find that the buildings sleep, and the only voices that comfort you now... are the tremulous cries of the distant past; the past, that will never live again.

    "The city sleeps, for good."

    Bloodwinteron October 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentseems the old man is gonna cry
    such a sad, beautiful and powerful song
    Narayanon August 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen I heard that man almost break down in the end, I felt like I was going to cry. The music was just that powerful for me.

    Bloodwinter; that's such an amazing visual, I can understand that perfectly.
    TheLongingon June 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBloodwinter, your comment is almost as beautiful as this song itself.
    brokenbiscuiton December 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese guys are one of my favourite bands! I really dislike how people judge them, and call them dumb because their songs are long. People need to understand music, and understand people value different types of music.
    Hurst93on February 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion, this is Godspeed's best song by far
    Radiofloydon November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree. During the part after the first climax when theres a whole lot of repitition, you can actually hear a guy grunting in the background if you listen closely. Scared the crap out of me the first time i heard it.
    hobarton January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the string/offbeat drumming bit at the end ("broken windows, locks of love pt.3") is the most beautiful peice of music i have ever heard.
    Theking12345on March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the speech by the old man is talking about how our world has changed. Obviously, he's talking about how you used to be able to sleep on the beach, now people fear being outside at night, asleep or awake.
    andrizzle fooon April 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the prettiest works of art that i have ever heard.
    finiteon June 04, 2006   Link

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