"Shine a Light" as written by and Hadji Bakara Arlen Thompson....
I keep my head uptight
I make my plans at night
And I don't sleep I don't sleep I don't sleep 'til it's light
Something's flowing, someone buried alive
There is an awful sound
This haunted town
And it will not it will not it will not just be quiet
Some ghosts sing. Someone get called to the life

Spend boring hours in the office tower
In a bus on a bus back home to you and
That's fine I'm barely alive
It's just a matter of time
No one gets out alive
And I'm content I'm content I'm content to be quiet
It's only six. Someone get called to the life

You know our hearts beat time out very slowly
You know our hearts beat time
They're waiting for something that'll never arrive

I keep my head on tight
I make my plans at night
And I don't sleep I don't sleep I don't sleep 'til it's light
Pulse flowing, someone buried alive
And if that head opens we built a life of work
Where we're chain chain chain chain, chained to the life
But that's fine, our blood is alive

You know our hearts beat time out very slowly
You know our hearts beat time
They're waiting for something that'll never arrive


Lyrics submitted by courtney_the_guy

"Shine a Light" as written by Andrew Bell William Hitchell

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Commenti think actually that it is very obvious. we just live these lives of work and plans, which never eralise, we just plan, dream about something at night, which never arrives, but we still feel quite confident, that it will just happen one day. but it won't. that's the dilemma - how to fight it?
    olllenon October 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of the easiest Wolf Parade songs to understand. Obviously it is about struggling with life and the eventual and inevitable end of life.

    We "spend boring lives" in an office tower, a meaningless life we are "chained to."
    So what happens in the end? We die, that's it? According to the singer, "no one gets out alive." He is at peace with death, singing "I'm content to be quiet." A lovely song overall.
    couldBanyoneon October 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinstead of "something's flowing, someone buried alive" i hear "some folks float some are buried alive."

    it's an incredible song though.
    i love the accordion.
    apotheosize!on December 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard an interview with Spencer, the singer. It was like that; He once worked in "office towers". All day working on the same thing, talking about the same things. The monotonity drives him into a kind of desperation but without loosing his head. That really worn him out, making him writing this song!
    elfpoweron December 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone care to Shine a Light on the meaning? i can get bits and pieces but nothing as a whole.
    courtney_the_guyon October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think here was something
    olllenon October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry - cokemachineglow.com/feature/interview/…
    olllenon October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don't sleep 'til it's light" - Yeah, you work in an office tower and sleepwalk through your day.
    s-squaredon January 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally I hear "somethings glowing somewhere buried alive". Or maybe 'some ghosts glow' because that first 'something' sounds an aweful lot like the second 'some ghosts' ... but overall i think the meaning is an internal conflict between being complacent and hoping for something more.
    theloraxon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song.
    Has anyone seen the music video for this song? It's... interesting, to say the least.
    MoonArcher92on February 20, 2006   Link

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