"Spelunking" as written by and Laura Veirs....
The tiny midnight caravan
Made its way across black hills
As I watched from a distance
The slow-going glow

Their wandering, you know
Made me pine
For the lamplight
Where you lie

If I took you darling
To the caverns of me heart
Would you light the lamp, dear?
Would you light the lamp, dear?

I see fish without eyes
Bats with their heads
Hanging down towards the ground
Would you still come around?
Come around

I believe in you
In your honesty and your eyes
Even when I'm sloshing
In the muck of my demise

A large part of me
Is always and forever tied
To the lamplight
Of your eyes, of your eyes


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"Spelunking" as written by Laura Veirs

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    General Commenti adore this song!
    queenofquiet23on February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's a very simple easy going song, but there's so much meaning behind it.

    It's a lot to do with her fear of commitment, but how she wants to commit because that person has such a big impact on her life.
    "Their wandering, you know
    Made me pine
    For the lamplight
    Where you lie"
    This and the verse before it are great in creating that feeling of isolation, as she looks on and sees the light, that represents people and commitment, she's just looking, but she is also yearning for the person when she says "where you lie"

    "If I took you darling
    To the caverns of me heart
    Would you light the lamp, dear?
    Would you light the lamp, dear?

    I see fish without eyes
    Bats with their heads
    Hanging down towards the ground
    Would you still come around?
    Come around"
    These two verses convey her fear of commitment and her hesitation to commit because she questions if the person will be there for her.

    "I believe in you
    In your honesty and your eyes
    Even when I'm sloshing
    In the muck of my demise

    A large part of me
    Is always and forever tied
    To the lamplight
    Of your eyes, of your eyes "

    The last two is just her basically saying that she is scared of commitment, but when she looks at that person, she wants to take that step and commit herself to them because she feels so connected with them
    absentiaon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI too adore this song.
    woodwellon September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always loved this song, but it's had more significance of late than ever and I'm totally grateful for it.
    omnivoreronon July 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLaura Veirs' imagery always takes my breath away.
    MipsyBon November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about someone who has some terrible secrets, like the "fish without eyes" and the "bats", which are not generally considered nice or good. However, she wonders if the guy will still love her, even if he knew about her. The muck part also fits this interpretation because again, muck has a negative connotation.
    somebody451on April 10, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThis seems to be about confronting depression in a relationship. She realizes that at some points she may fall into a dark period but she is hoping that she can rely on her partner to be there for her - to help her through. It takes a lot to trust someone like that, but she believes in him/her.
    littlelyricon January 31, 2012   Link

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