I, oh I am feeling like a veteran
Uncompensated for the blood I've left to pool on foreign grounds
And I sometimes reach to rub at aching legs
But they've been dust for over a decade
And you're the limb I've lost but somehow I still feel

Until I awake, we just hope that you made it
We hope that you're celebrating with people you've missed
And burning like a beacon, guiding our ship around this hellish Sheol
I’m happy to admit that maybe I am a little depressed
‘Cause I'm missing you to death

And now it's only records in my memory
Some little thing you gave posthumously, the details all dragged out
To think of all the paintings we would be without
If Van Gogh had gone and died face down from loss of blood
The night he went and hacked his ear off

Until I awake, we just hope that you made it
We hope that you're celebrating with people you've missed
And burning like a beacon, guiding our ship around this hellish Sheol
I’m happy to admit that maybe I am a little depressed
‘Cause I'm missing you to death

How many kids did we have?
How many palms did we shake?
How many prisons did we break out?
How much love did we make?

Until I awake, we just hope that you made it
We hope that you're celebrating with people you've missed
And burning like a beacon, guiding our ship around this hellish Sheol
I’m happy to admit that maybe I am a little depressed
‘Cause I'm missing you to death

Until I awake, we just hope that you made it
We hope you're as decorated as the day that you left
And burning like a beacon, guiding our ship around this hellish Sheol
I’m happy to admit that maybe I am a little depressed
‘Cause I'm missing you to death


Lyrics submitted by tjwells, edited by SephNite, foundthevelvetsun7

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    General CommentIt's about his grandfather that died and how he hopes that he's happy and in Heaven.
    You'll be a memoryon September 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's "hellish sheol"

    See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    jspameron February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't suppose anyone has considered it's a play on words?

    Sheol being the underworld (More or less), and shoal being hazardous to ships.

    It could be both. He's using the ship metaphor because it sounds like shoal, but for those who look deeper, especially given the "hellish" before it, the shoal itself is a metaphor of sorts, and a near homophone, of Sheol, the place people go when they die.

    Listening to this song, I imagined that the person the song is about is dead, and the pain was so great it lead the person singing the song to attempt suicide. Blood left to pool on foreign ground (And to an extent the later part about Van Gogh lying face down dead), he slit his wrists trying to escape a world that feels alien to him without the person he lost. "You're the limb I lost but somehow I still feel" is pretty self explanatory. Going to feel his legs is wanting to see or talk to the deceased, but then he remembers they're dead. They don't feel gone, but then he snaps back to reality and realizes they really are.

    "Until I awake" is that he's in a coma after the attempted suicide, and maybe he's having some sort of fantastical dream about the dead person, realizing maybe they're happier wherever they are now and maybe they really are still looking down on him guiding him through life, and suddenly he doesn't want to die anymore, so he sees the one he lost guiding him around the "hellish shoal/Sheol" because they want him to live his life because he has so much left to give, hence the Van Gogh line. He's sad that he lost this person he was so close to ("I'm a little depressed"), but in this comatose state after attempting suicide ("I'm missing you to death") he realizes that life still goes on, that person isn't really gone, and though he'll miss them, he has this new found appreciation for life ("I'm happy to admit")


    The "I hope you're as decorated as the day that you left" could definitely mean it's a decorated war hero that died, but it could also be interpreted as simply how dressed up and peaceful people look at wakes, all the make up, and flowers all around them, that type of thing.

    That's what I got out of the song, anyway...I actually thought this all up in ~20 minutes, though, so it's bound to be flawed.
    JesusHowardChriston October 16, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning"You're the limb I've lost but somehow I still feel." To be literal, what this means is like a phantom pain. Literally, people who lose a limb can (but not necessarily) feel random pains in places where they no longer have a body part. To apply it to the song, I think it means someone leaves and you'd expect that their absence would take away all thoughts and feelings of them, but it didn't. Also, it most likely is "hellish shoal." That makes the most sense. The only other thing it could sound like is "hellish hole," which makes less sense.
    crazykaityon March 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGuys, instead of "shoal" it should be "Sheol", which is a biblical name for an underworld-like afterlife. It sounds way more accurate than "shoal" (or anything else anyone has suggested), and it makes sense with the rest of the lyrics. I've spent several years not realizing this, until a Christian family member finally pointed it out to me today.
    foundthevelvetsun7on July 14, 2016   Link
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    General Comment"we would be without"
    ironandwineon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"we would be without"
    ironandwineon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthanks...but whats w/ all the double posts?
    tjwellson January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis 9 demos are amzing, i am not to partial to untitled 9, but the rest are amazing.
    cato11087on January 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthese 9 demos are amzing, i am not to partial to untitled 9, but the rest are amazing.
    cato11087on January 27, 2006   Link

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