How lovely a find
That's entered my mind along this mossy trail
How coyly it hides
The truth about how it is we can ask how

Crowds jump
To their deaths
From the bridges I drive by tonight

They missed out on it all
The whole gist there as they fall
You're not expected to know why
In such a short time

And there are stanzas never meant to rhyme...

Far better a find
it is if we try to span the weird divide
With no real rationale
we step out of bounds and think we've escaped the lies

We've marched so long
But we've marched farther than we've gone to go

We'll make a new ship
Christen it for the trip
With a toddler at the helm this time.

And there are things we never will define...

Crowds jump to their deaths
From the bridges I drive by tonight
They missed out on it all
The whole gist there as they fall
You're not expected to know why
In such a short time

And there are things we never define...


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    General CommentHere are the correct lyrics to this brilliant song:

    Sphagnum Esplanade

    sphag·num (sf?g'n?m)
    n. Any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum, the decomposed remains of which form peat.

    es·pla·nade (?s'pl?-näd', -n?d')
    n. A flat open stretch of pavement or grass, especially one designed as a promenade along a shore.

    How lovely i find what's entered my mind along this mossy trail
    how coyly it hides the truth about how it is we can't ask how
    crowds jump to their deaths from the bridges i drive by tonight
    they miss out on it all, the whole gist there as they fall
    you're not expected to know why in such a short time
    and there are stanzas never meant to rhyme

    Far better i find it is when we try to span the weird divide
    with no real rationale we step out of bounds and think
    and escape their lie

    We've marched so long and we've much farther than we've gone to go
    we'll make a new ship and christen it for the trip with a toddler at the helm this time
    and there are things we never will define

    crowds jump to their deaths from the bridges i drive by tonight
    they missed out on it all, the whole gist there as they fall
    you're not expected to know why in such a short time
    and there are things we never will define
    ElvisAteMyDonutson December 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA few minor lyric corrections to what the person above me wrote:
    Crowds jump to their deaths from the bridge AS I drive by tonight; and
    We've marched so long and we've much farther THAT WE"VE GOT to go

    With that said...
    I just gave this song my first close, careful listen tonight, and it is striking me so hard right now that it might just be my new favorite song. To me, this song is about how everyone tries to find an answer to everything in life, what they're supposed to do, how things are supposed to turn out for them and why, why we're here, etc. but there is no way to really know and that's what's beautiful about life: maybe we're not supposed to know or maybe even we CAN'T figure those things out and shouldn't try, and by accepting this we can truly be free. I find this song truly liberating. In my own life, I've been kinda feeling like the speaker in Spilt Needles, someone who is growing up and is being asked to decide on a direction in life and just feels lost, "like I'm perched on the handlebars, of a blind man's bike." Maybe instead of trying so hard to figure out why and how certain things in my life happened the way they did and instead of trying to come up with an answer now to what my life is going to be, I should just live life and not stress out about those things. That's the effect this song is having on me right now.
    musiclover2223on December 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about discovering the meaning of life
    criminaleyeson January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is SO beautiful (i know, i know, how cliche is that?) but seriously. it gives me goosebumps. I think its about trying to find a way to get through life "successfully"
    Lamarion March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthat and pink bullets. the shins have some strange infatuation with moss :)
    die kleine Hexeon April 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"You're not expected to know why in such a short time" This is exactly how I feel. I love this song, even though it sounds a little weird.
    spanwayhitson October 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell it seems like it has a transcendentalist notion to it. And among an old natural setting the singer realizes people spend too much time analyzing things in life and life itself to fully enjoy it. And that maybe you're not supposed to figure it out. People kill themselves over things that will only matter to them in their short lifetime or maybe thats metaphorical for obsessing over something or somone. While we try to find a new way of figuring things out we may let someone or something with innocence guide us. (toddler at the helm) and help us acheive a certain enlightenment.

    James Mercer, I think, is somewhat of a transcendentalist; an example would be this song and also the saint simon video(walking through a forest)
    Allergictt2greenon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI definitely heard this song played (probably more than once) at the Cirque Du Soleil show Corteo a few weeks ago.
    musiclover2223on December 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentotherworldly
    arrow100on April 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand unique
    arrow100on April 12, 2007   Link

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