"Spinning Away" as written by and J. Cale B. Eno....
Up on a hill, as the day dissolves
With my pencil turning moments into line
High above in the violet sky
A silent silver plane - it draws a golden chain
One by one, all the stars appear
As the great winds of the planet spiral in
Spinning away, like the night sky at Arles
In the million insect storm, the constellations form
On a hill, under a raven sky
I have no idea exactly what I've drawn
Some kind of change, some kind of spinning away
With every single line moving further out in time
And now as the pale moon rides (in the stars)
Her form in my pale blue lines (in the stars)
And there, as the world rolls round (in the stars)
I draw, but the lines move round (in the stars)
There, as the great wheels blaze (in the stars)
I draw, but my drawing fades (in the stars)
And now, as the old sun dies (in the stars)
I draw, and the four winds sigh (in the stars)

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"Spinning Away" as written by John Davies Cale Brian Peter George Eno


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    General Commentthis song is a cover tune from The Beach Soundtrack. the original is by Brian Eno i think? anyway there is 2 versions of this song, one is on the soundtrack and the other is an exclusive to the film itself; as its a remix by Angelo Badalmenti and William Orbit...but that remix is nowhere to be found.
    coop1982on July 27, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI've never heard the Sugar Ray version, but here's my comments on the original Eno version:

    As i was listening to this song for the billionth time, it suddenly dawned on me what the hell Eno is singing about: what it must have felt like to Vincent van Gogh as he painted his stunning “The Starry Night”. If you don’t know the painting, google it--you won’t be disappointed. The stars in the night sky are swirling in such a stylized manner they end up resembling the yin/yang symbol. It was painted shortly before he offed himself, while living in an insane asylum. Clearly, he had lost all interest in rendering reality in any kind of objective sense, but his ability to manifest his inner reality reached its peak in this painting. My fav part of the song is that Eno captures the passage of time within the song: in the first verse, the sun is setting, leaving the sky violet; in the second verse, the stars appear one by one; by the third verse, Vincent now is reflecting on his finished painting, as he stands under a black (raven-colored) sky. Eno’s biggest clue to this song’s meaning is that it takes place in Arles, where Vincent lived his final years. For me, Eno’s choice of subject matter is especially fitting since his lyrics tend to be Impressionistic, like Vincent’s paintings. An extraordinary painting, an extraordinary song.
    evolved1on September 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most amazing songs ever, maybe just because it reminds me of the Beach which is such an amazing movie. This song is just so beautiful and free to me. I adore it.
    Misseveruson August 19, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationA raver("raven/r sky") pumped full of drugs gets lost at a festival, stumbling through the intense scene.
    thinkpadon June 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentYou hold something for a moment and then that moment is gone and you realise that the moment was all you had...
    yawnyaman1on March 15, 2018   Link

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