"Drought" as written by and Vienna Teng....
summer move forward and stitch me the fabric of fall
wrap life in the brilliance of death to humble us all
how sweet is the day
I'm craving a darkness
as I sit tucked away with my back to the wall

and the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
and the landscape of merry and desperate drought
how much longer dear angels
let winterlight come
and spread your white sheets over my empty house

summer move forward and leave your heat anchored in dust
forgotten him, cheated him, painted illusions of lust
now language escape, fugitive of forgiveness
leaving as trace only circles of rust

and the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
and the landscape of merry and desperate drought
how much longer dear angels
come break me with ice
let the water of calm trickle over my doubts

come let me drown
angels no fire no salt on the plow
carry me down
bury me down

and the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
and the landscape of merry and desperate drought
once I knew myself
and with knowing came love
I would know love again if I had faith enough
too far is next spring and her jubilant shout
so angels, inside
is the only way out

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"Drought" as written by Vienna Teng


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    General CommentAccording to Vienna, she wrote this song when she had writers block. So she wrote about how farmers might feel in the dry season when the rain won't come as a metaphor for how she felt.
    But as usual with her songs, there are still many interpretations that work, independant of what she (probably) had in mind as she wrote it...
    For me personally it's about finding yourself in a place in your life where you don't know where you're gonna go (either literally or in terms of a relationship), but there's still the inexplicable hope lingering in the back of your head.
    Creaton February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really do like the images of a desert this song evokes, although I see this as a breakup/healing song.
    sheela_lon December 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShe wants snoooowwwwww!!! :D
    The chorus mentions winterlight and white sheets over houses, as well as ice. She also mentions salt and plows. She's dealing with love gone bad and lost and wants to leave it and the season behind, so she can move on. She's sitting in a summer dry because of drought (of lack of water and of lack of love) and she wants winter and a deep blanket of snow to bury her so she can be reborn in the spring with the ability to be able to love again without hurting.
    BalisongAbraxason August 05, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe way I see it the song talks about being lost and dry or lifeless inside, and calling the angels to give her life and purpose. But she's doubting of herself, her life, and her love. When she says "Angels inside, is the only way out." I think she relizes that the only angel that can make her life better is within her, or is her spiritual self.
    Kamiyanaon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI just wanted to point out the repeated assonance of the sound 'ow' (evoking a sense of pain), especially in the chorus. Drought, mouth, house, shout, drown, plow, down.

    Similarly, the remainder of 'us' is merely lust, dust, and rust.
    wrensongon December 14, 2009   Link

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