"Fragments" as written by Teren Delvon Jones and Nazareth Bronze....
Strung out eyes as cold as worship
Two minutes silence in a century of screams
Tiny massive hands, emphatic lonely soul
Skin against skin and blood against blood

This is the place where peace exists
This is the place where my mind resists
The fragments fail to hold me
The fragments fail to hold me

When there's time I'll read your words
There's no point disguising
You're the one who's hurt
Laid bloody and bare to see
The effects will fail to desert me

This is the place where peace exists
This is the place where my mind resists
The fragments fail to hold me
The fragments fail to hold me

This is the place where my mind resists
The fragments fail to hold me
The fragments fail to hold me


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    General CommentThis is a fairly personal song - I'm not really surprised no-one else ahs commented; it's fairly difficult to get any definite meanings for it. I've made a few guesses, but that's all they are, so please don't beat me up if I get something wrong!

    First of all, from what I've heard, this is basically "another Richey song". If I've got that wrong, then anything from here on is wrong as well.

    Strung out eyes as cold as worship
    I spent ages trying to understand this (which makes me a bit of a geek, I know). The best I came up with (which I quite liked actually) was a sort of comparason of the coldness of Richey's eyes towards the end, and the coldness of the worship from the fans who maybe didn't really know him as a person. They said they loved him, but they didn't really know anything more about him than what he let them see. That's not very well worded. And also, I know I'm gonna get attacked for saying that - it's not a generalisation - I'm not saying that all of the fans didn't know anything about him - just that some of them might have been seen like that. (Please don't kill me - this is my first post on here, and I'm quite a nice person really!)

    This song seems less hopeful than the previous "Richey" songs - there's almost a sense of dispair, of giving up hope. The fragments fail to hold me in particular, has this feeling - that maybe the memories aren't strong enough any more to keep up the hope that he's still around, or that the fragments of evidence that he's still alive somewhere aren't relly enough any more. The effects will fail to desert me though seems almost contradictory - that he'll remember the past, and Richey in particular.

    But there's still the sense of the amazing friendship between Nicky and Richey - emphatic lonely soul in particular is a beautiful description of Richey, and Skin against skin and blood against blood really shows the closeness of the relationship between the two of them.

    I'm stuck on Two minutes silence in a century of screams though - it feels either a bit irrelevent, or simply too personal for me to be able to understand.

    Once again, just to remind you, these are just guesses! I've not got any proof - if you've seen it different anywhere else, then that's probably right!
    LittleBabyNothingon June 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTwo minutes silence in a century of screams


    i think this line refers to our obsession in 21st century britian with holding 2 minutes silence for everything. every disaster, every bomb etc. how does the 2 minutes of silence take away all the pain and suffering, all the screams?
    ramshotelon June 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLittleBabyNothing - i agree with you that this is probably another 'Richey' song. I actually think quite a few of the songs from LifeBlood are about Richey, including 'I Live to Fall Asleep' (when did you become another distant friend, everyone who loved you stay waited till the end) and i'm fairly sure Nicky has said 'Cardiff Afterlife' was a song about Richey.
    Vespertineon March 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFragments fail to hold me -- I think this is meant to be literal as well as figurative. The notes, lyrics, and drawings Richey left behind cannot physically hold and comfort Nicky.
    The effects fail to desert me -- a lot of the band's fame came on the back of Richey's various scandals, culminating in his disappearance itself. I think that's what he's getting at for that line.
    In addition, where peace exists/where my mind resists is probably saying that if he could just accept that Richey was dead, he could be more at peace with the situation, but he can't.
    Otherwise completely agree with LittleBabyNothing and everyone else here. Great job, guys.
    teaspillon January 27, 2015   Link

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