"Released" as written by and Glen Phillips Dan Wilson....
Clouds rumble, earth will shift
Walls tumble, hearts will skip
Things changing
Everywhere but here
Small window, tiny room
Sun hits in the afternoon
For one minute fills this space
Beautiful, illuminated

When I am released
And the gates fly open before me
When I am released
Will you still be waiting for me?

Some look and all they fin
Are problems and alibis
But my cup is one sixteenth full
I'm getting there, but the getting's slow

When I am released
And the gates fly open before me
When I am released
Will you still be waiting for me?

When I walk outside I will see the sky
I will leave all this behind
When I walk outside
Sun to warm my skin, friends to take me in
When I walk outside

When I am released
And the gates fly open before me
When I am released
Will you still be waiting for me?


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"Released" as written by Glen Phillips Daniel Wilson

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    General Commentin prison i think.... good song
    mantoothon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI want this song played at my funeral. I like to view this as when you "cross over"
    AngelofBradley1on November 19, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"But my cup is one sixteenth full... I'm getting there, but the getting's slow."

    That part gets me every time. Heartbreaking, and yet, so empowering. I'd agree with mantooth on the prisoner idea, though this song can easily fit for a hospital bed or room of someone terminally ill.

    I enjoy the duality of emotions within the song. One one hand, the narrator is optimistic and and anticipating his release. "Sun to warm my skin, friends to take me in, when I walk outside". At the same time, will the one person that appears to matter most be there when it happens? "When I am released,
    will you still be waiting for me? "

    Imagine spending a lifetime in a small cell with a tiny window that only allows the sun's light for a minute or so a day. The world and its inhabitants changing with the time, and you, cut off from all of it. Endless hours to sit and contemplate your past, and delve on the future, holding onto the thought of the one person worth sticking it out for... the only face you care about seeing when you get out. Imagine a lifetime of waiting and thinking and hoping... and then getting that opportunity of freedom, only to find that person didn't wait for you...
    wacbravoon September 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs someone who dealt with mental problems, including depression, and lost friends as a result of the stigma attached having been hospitalized, this song strikes a chord, right down to my core being, everytime I hear it. To me, it's about someone coming out of the fog of depression and having support of friends as he does so.
    FeignReluctanceon January 21, 2010   Link

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