In the silence of the garden
Moths arising on the wind
And the Beast is pondering love, love, love
Till the rusty nails grow dim

I can't seem to make you mine
Through the long and lonely night
And I try so hard, darling
But the crowd pulled you away
Through the ribbons and the rain
And the ivy coiled around my hand

So I lingered with the people
In the silent August glade
But the rain has brought the night
And the night has brought the rain

I can't seem to make you mine
Through the long and lonely night
And I try so hard, darling
But the crowd pulled you away
Through the ribbons and the rain
And the ivy coiled around my hand


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    General Commentdefinitely one of the most heart-rendering songs i've ever heard. alasdair's vocals suit this song perfectly. i can vividly picture a nostalgic winter night with the love of your life (although she doesn't know it) that goes awry. the protagonist views himself as a "beast" (one that is constantly pondering love, love, love) which builds up an interesting parallel to the beauty & the beast like tale that we all fondly remember - except in this one, the two were never meant to be. it's about wanting someone with the very depth of your soul, although they could never possibly love you in the same way. it could also be about loving someone who changes so radically, and so quickly, while being involved with things and events so beyond your control that that you can never get them back. amazing song - transports me to a completely different time.
    seamoraineon June 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthow has nobody commented on this. anyways this song is so good
    Stonemanon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty self-explanitory, I guess... about a struggle for someone, but it never quite works out and life always pulls the other person away. I love the line "but the night has brought the rain, and the rain has brought the night." This is such a lovely song.
    Aurora7on June 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentagain this song is so beautiful and poetic. heard it at the begining of the lake house movie. i think its about a one night stand for soem reason.
    ...said sadlyon April 06, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI was pretty sure this song was about someone who had died. It would be a ghost speaking. The use of the tremolo gives the song an eerie, almost macabre, tone. "In the silence of the garden" could refer to a graveyard. The "beast" often refers to death. "Till the rusty nails grow dim" could refer to a coffin and decay. "I can't seem to make you mine." He can't because he's dead. "But the crowd pulled you away" could refer to a crowd leaving a funeral but the loved one wants to linger and also the way friends try to influence people to move on with their lives after a loved one has died. "And the ivy coiled around my hand" could refer to ivy that often grows over graves and the roots working their way into a coffin and around a skeleton. The image of rain relates to sadness and tears. It's definitely a very sad song. It's also very beautiful sounding to me.
    joossenson August 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think joosens has something there. I was picturing a statue being in love with a woman, but the ghost is better. And "rusty nail" is also the name of a flower. "Grow dim" could refer to flowers fading after a funeral.
    kdarleyon August 24, 2015   Link

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