I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me and
Bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel
Feel what its like to be new

Cause in my head there's a Greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place where they're
Far more suited than here

I cannot guess what you'll discover
We turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another's
And not one speck will remain

I do believe its true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
But if the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too

So brown eyes I'll hold you near
Cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

Where soul meets body

I do believe its true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
But if the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too

So brown eyes I'll hold you near
Cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere



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"Soul Meets Body" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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  • +3
    General Comment:this is the most beautiful song i've ever heard. i feel like it's about clarity and purity in a confusing world.
    swanstreeton July 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:This girl in my English class used to this song in a presentation we had to do. I hadn't heard the song before, but her interpretation of the song seemed interesting, so I went home and downloaded it, and I absolutely loved it.

    The girl's interpretation was a comparing how people of a higher social status, have the looks, but tend to have not-so-good personalities, and the people who are not necessarily beautiful on the outside, the people who do not stand out as much, but are equally as good because they have the better personalities. The "beautiful" people do not realize the people who are not like them, and the song is saying, why couldn't we take the soul of a person in society, and the looks of someone else in society, put them together, and see what happens...

    "When we turn the dirt
    With our palms cupped like shovels,
    But I know our filthy hands
    Can wash one another's
    And not one speck will remain"

    If you think of the song in that perspective, the rest of it is pretty much self-explanatory.

    Great song.
    GotSummeron October 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I feel a lot of you are set on this feeling of every song being about love or pain or death. I feel this song is simply about being happy to be alive. If you think about it, the soul meets body only in this present life time. The lyric, But if the silence takes you, Then I hope it takes me too, isn't about wantingto die with someone, but wanting to be with them after death, or even wanting to get caught up in the same likes and intrests as that same person.
    DVDAon January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:not THAT big a deal, but i'm pretty sure it's "send my thoughts" rather than "set." i listened pretty closely and i'm sure i hear that n-sound.
    spumpkinscmon July 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Not sure about this at all, more like a guess, but I feel like this song is about two people meeting, falling in love. Both with a bad past, or they're 'dirty', but together they will get through it, wash off the dirt, even if it's reveals bad things about them, because it's not all about what's on the outside and what's in the past, but what's on the inside too. what's in their souls.

    don't kill me if I'm way off. love the song anyway!
    Dysfunctional_on July 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:my first thought was, 'this song is about heaven.'
    "the silence" would be, well, death.

    but the more i listen, i have to think 'where does soul meet body?' right here. in our atmosphere. right here where you can love and be loved by others, and by the sun ...and be clean and new, and even in the dirt find something of more value than what might be obvious. you have to dig for it with your bare hands.

    and i think he's dreaming of one day reaching this place, where he can be new again, where soul meets body, where his thoughts lie. but for now he's got to reserve his thoughts and focus on finding a way out. the silence will take him there.
    shulace546on August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:in the line that's SUPPOSED to be 'I do believe it's true/that there are *holes* left in both of our shoes', does anyone see that as missing a sole/soul? Soul leaving the body and whatnot, a metaphor for a body without a soul? Cause that's what I first thought it meant.
    Glamboton August 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is so peaceful, i love it. the harp (i think thats what is playing....) its amazing. well yea i guess this song is about being in love or whatever, for a while i thought it was about God....im kinda a spiritual person so i think about stuff like that alot. like the son, or sun wraping its arms around me
    the water cool and cleansing.
    its all so peaceful and it sounds a bit like heaven......but yea its deffinatly about some chick or whatever
    viciousquirrelon September 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:This Is A Really Beautiful Song…I Get A Dark, Sad Kind Of Vibe from It Though. I Think It’s About Loss And Death.

    What I Get From It Is That…The One He Loves Is Dead, Or Dying, And He Is Telling Her That They’ll Always Be Together.

    It Sounds Like He’s Trying To Comfort Her By Telling Her That Everything Will Be OK...(“I Do Believe It’s True, That There Are Roads Left In Both Of Our Shoes”).
    But If She Were To Die He Would Want To Die Too…(“But If The Silence Takes You, Then I Hope It Takes Me Too”).
    So He Holds Her Near Until They Have To Part, But She Will Always Be “A Melody Softly Soaring Through His Atmosphere” Until The Day They’re Together Again At That “Far Off Destination” Where Soul Meets Body.

    Wow! What An Amazing Song, Definitely One Of My Favorites.

    This Place Where Soul Meets Body Kind Of Reminds Me Of Weezer’s “Island In The Sun”….Hmmm?
    Joe555on September 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I have an online relationship with someone who's come to mean a great deal to me. We've shared our souls and hope to meet "bodies" one day. If we would, I would imagine it to be much like the "clean, new, warm (sun)" feelings the song talks about. I often send thoughts to my friend which only he can appreciate and understand (to the Greyhound station). Should we meet and start a life together, it would be much like washing our hands (of our pasts) and starting clean. If we both have roads left in our shoes, then that means some travelling for the both of us. The whole song ties in to our situation except for the "silence" taking us, I haven't figured it out yet. What's really cool is that he has brown eyes :-)
    I doubt if Gib meant anything remotely like this when he wrote the song, but this is what it means to me. (us)
    winkeron October 07, 2005   Link

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