"The Finish Line" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
The earth is warm next to my ear
Insects' noise is all that I hear
A magic trick makes the world disappear
The skies are dark - they're dark, but they're clear

A distant motorcade and suddenly there's joy
The snow and ticker tape blurs all my senses numb
It's like the finish line where everything just ends
The crack of radios seems close enough to touch

Cold water, cleaning my wounds
A side parade with a single balloon
I'm done with this, I'm counting to ten
Blue as seas, running to them

I feel like I am watching everything from space
And in a minute I hear my name and I wake
I think the finish line's a good place we could start
Take a deep breath, take in all that you could want


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"The Finish Line" as written by Jonathan Graham Quinn Gary Lightbody

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  • +2
    General CommentGreat ending to a great album: the epilogue to Open Your Eyes.

    I must correct myself on a previous post, saying that "warm ground" was in the song Warmer Climate, when it's actually in this song.

    But I still think the "warmth" means the same thing in both songs, a warm reality that can only exist after a catharsis has taken place. Think of Set the Fire to the Third Bar, the ground is cold, harsh. Think of the deep water that surrounds his helpless ship in Make This Go On Forever. These are the trials he must go through to reach a higher level of being, understanding. The cold water in this song is thus an end to those trials, symbolic of baptism (death and rebirth).

    The finish line is indeed a good place to start, now that the journey has made him a stronger person.
    davidecoyoteon May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really nice song - lyrics describe really sort of pure things like being aware of everything in a way that you wouldnt usually be, perhaps this is about seeing things for what they really are and the bit at the end about starting at the finish, is like starting over again?
    Just a guess!
    bloc_party15on May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI actually take this song in a way that is much different from anyone else.. I actually take this as a song from the view point of someone who has died, and their soul (or whatever you want to call it) is still there, but the body isn't.. idk

    The earth is warm next to my ear, insect noise is all that I hear.. the body is being buried under the ground

    The finish line represents death, but it's a good place to start the life that starts after death

    The final verse is like the soul has left earth and has gone to space, and hearing the name is when he is going through the final judgement at the gates of heaven

    Yea, this sounds really wierd, but that's what I get out of the song when I listen
    ShelmerdineFan72on August 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard it, a funeral came to mind... along the same lines as what shelmerdinefan72 says.
    iceman4785on August 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i totally agree with shelmerdinefan72, it's a really nice way of looking at it
    will10000on September 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyall i love this song! the new album is my favorite. :)
    tbsbrandnewdcjewon September 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm not eactly too sure what this song is about...just like a feeling of extasy i guess that or finally seeing positivity in someone or something. Being done with ngativity and finally seeing positivity? but i love the lyrics
    Mystical_nighton September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis may seem a little out there, but i think this is a song about a guy who kills himself. picture this... a guy whos friend/girlfriend/relative dies. hes a mess so he jumps off a bridge. its winter and their is a motorcade going past. someone sees him floating there and tells the police.

    ''The earth is warm next to my ear
    Insects noise is all that I hear
    A magic trick makes the world disappear
    The skies are dark, they're dark but they're clear''
    this bit is like saying that (hes been pulled out of the water) and after freezing in the water the ground is warm, the insects noise is people talking because their words are so small and pointless. a magic trick being the jump, and the skies refers to even tho everything was so so so hard for him(dark) its now over and he can see through it to everything else(clear).

    ''A distant motorcade and suddenly there's joy
    The snow and tickertape blurs all my senses numb
    It's like the finish line where everything just ends
    The crack of radios seems close enough to touch ''
    everyone is happy around him(motorcade) its winter(snow) the finish line is death and the crack of the radios is the police radio things.

    ''Cold water, cleaning my wounds
    A side parade, with a single balloon
    I'm done with this, I'm counting to ten
    Blue as seas, running to them''
    cold water is the river cleaning away all his pain and stress, its over now and all his problems are running into the sea.

    ''I feel like I am watching everything from space
    And in a minute I hear my name and I wake
    I think the finish line's a good place we could start
    Take a deep breath, take in all that you could want''
    space could mean heaven hearing his name could be at his funeral? the finish line (death) is where he can find his friend/girlfriend/relative and they get another chance at whatever they had before. take a deep breath could be about getting ready to start like calming yourself before making a speech or something. taking in all you want could be him not knowing if his friend/girlfriend/relative will want to see him or anything.

    just a (really really detailed) idea which could be totally wrong but thats how i see it.
    :) good song
    youngmelonon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with you. This song is so powerful, I specialle love the line 'the skies are dark, they're dark but they're clear', for some reason that line gives me a very deep peace of mind.
    gnoxyzon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt kinda sounds like he has killed himself.....

    "cold water, cleaning my wounds" Maybe the deatn itself, cleansing him from sins, "a sad parade, with a single balloon" That sounds like it could be a funeral.
    "I'm done with this...I'm counting to ten" Holding his breath, the drowning under water "Bluer seas, running to them" Bluer seas, because everything in heaven is much better than here, he is going to a better place.

    "I feel like I am watching everything from space" From heaven, watching his old life, but ti feel slike a dream, like it never happened. "And in a minute I'll hear my name and I wake".

    "I think the finnish line's a good place we could start" He thinks that in death they will do better than in life, maybe their relationship sucked in reality. "Take a deep breath, take in all that you could want" It is comforting, he is explaining not to be afraid, they will be together, the last hurdle is life.

    Awesome song : )
    Izeon December 09, 2006   Link

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