"Inner Sanctum" as written by and Kristy Hankshaw Birgitte Birnie....
Infinity, infinity?
Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake

So swim into essential, you've swam a thousand voids
Why is eternity forever? Why is eternity forever?
Skin screams bear me again, inner sanctum?

We watch from dry land
While waves destroy our theories
So swim into essential, you've swam a thousand voids
Why is eternity forever? the horizon deceives
Some say 'their ships above sea' sailing on winds of belief
Why waves destroy our theories bear me again
Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake to worship water

Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake, infinity waving
Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake, infinity waving


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    General CommentI have made some very minor modifications to the lyrics, which I think makes it make just a little more sense. Here it is, and my thoughts on what the song could mean. Get ready, it's long (and maybe crazy out there!).

    Inner Sanctum
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    Infinity ... infinity?
    Sky cold, skin blue, when i wake

    So swim into essential, you´ve swam a thousand voids
    Why is eternity forever? Why is eternity forever?
    Skin screams bear me again, inner sanctum?

    We watch from dry land
    While waves destroy our theories
    So swim into essential, you´ve swam a thousand voids
    Why is eternity forever? The horizon deceives
    Some say their ship's above sea sailing on winds of belief
    While waves destroy our theories bear me again

    Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake to worship water

    So swim into essential, you´ve swam a thousand voids
    Why is eternity forever? The horizon deceives
    Some say their ship's above sea sailing on winds of belief
    While waves destroy our theories bear me again
    So swim into essential, you´ve swam a thousand voids
    Why is eternity forever? The horizon deceives
    Some say their ship's above sea sailing on winds of belief
    While waves destroy our theories bear me again

    Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake, infinity waving
    Sky cold, skin blue, when I wake, infinity waving...


    First of all, I take into account the title of the song, which should stand for what it is about. Inner Sanctum suggests a holy or sacred place, in the innermost location. It could be a physical place, like in a building, but in this song it seems to be the innermost part of the person's being.
    The first lines say Infinity, and then, the person wakes to a cold sky and blue skin. "Waking" could suggest the rest is a normal dream. But the nature of the words that follow, and the fact that the person's skin is blue, suggests something else to me. They whole song seems to have a mystical type bent to it, so I will go with the idea that it is not just a dream, and I will use my knowledge in such things to explain what I think it might mean.
    There are certain states of consciousness that can be reached that are beyond the normal, waking state of consciousness. They are talked about in many different religions and spiritual beliefs and systems. These states can be reached in many different ways, including meditation, trance, ritual, music -- especially repetitive rhythms, vision quests, herbs and drugs, flaggelation (light repetitive flogging of oneself), breath or blood control, etc. Some might call it an inner journey, or an out of body experience, or astral projection, or a spirit journey, or pathworking, or other things. When a person reaches altered states of consciousness, they trancend the physical world, the physical body, and the physical mind. They can (or feel they can) become one with all, and perceive things in such a way where space or time are irrelevant.
    So, the idea is they are perceiving the true reality and how things really are, which can only be perceived by freeing onself from the the hinderances and contraints of the phyiscal existance. The person seems to be in a state of infinity, and then wakes from it (comes back to themselves, back to the waking consciousness). They sky is cold, and their body is cold, because when a person goes into this state, their body slows down, and it will get cold. It's a real danger, if you do it for too long, with no steps to keep your self warm. Experiencing the true reality, the infinite non-time non-space eternity is being compared to the song as being in water, like an endless ocean that extends in all directions, including up. This is also a common attempt at describing this state. So, they are using the metafore in the song. Swim into essential, into the essential true existence, that are a thousand (or unlimited) voids. Eterninty extends forever. Being at this state within yourself is the Inner Sanctum, the inner sacred place where you are one with all that is, with God. But the body is aching and cold and sore from being left unmoving in its place for so long, and "calls" for the soul to come back to it, for that is the essential energy that sustains it. When you are in the state, all your waking theories are shown to be so limited and finite and less than the full truth of reality -- the waves, the state of being beyond the physical, washes away all those theories. Watching from dry land is when you come back to yourself, but remember enough to see how your theories about religion, the world, life, the meaning of it all, etc. don't match up to your experience, and so that is the watching while waves destroy our theories. The waves are another water analongy to the true reality. The horizon decieves, making it seem as if there is an end to something that is endless. Eternity is forever.
    Some say their ship is above the sea, sailing on winds of belief. So belief, but not experience of the thruth, is what pushes their ship, their life and practise and philosophies, instead of experience of being in the eternity. They only skim it's surface, not submerge themselves in it. But the singer asks for the sea to bear her again, ans swim into the essential reality. When she wakes to the cold sky, with her body cold from being gone for so long, the memory of infinity is left waving in her mind. Waves again, a metephor and comparison to the water/sea theme. So, it's all about the experience of going to the Inner Sanctum.

    Is that too far out there?? :-)
    Khavrahnon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnot far out there at all...
    but "so swim into essential, you've swam a thousand voids" sounds more like she's trying to find what's right for her (essential) instead of repeating the same mistakes again (a thousand voids)
    diphthongon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about death; specifically the fear of what comes after it. Is there anything on the other side, or is it just and endless expanse of...nothing?
    YanYan108on October 27, 2010   Link

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