How long must she stand
Before the ground, it gives way
To an endless fall
She can feel this
War on her face
Stars on her pillow
She's folding in darkness
Begging for slumber

I'm not blind
Can see it coming
Looks like lightning
In my child's eye

I'm not frantic
I can feel it coming
Violently shakes
My body

Her son's slanted
Always giving her
The sideways eye
And empty chair where dad sits
How loud can silence get?
And mom, she reassures
To contain him
But it's becoming a lie

She tells herself
And everyone else
Father is risking
His life for our freedoms

I'm not blind
I can see it coming
Looks like lightning
In my child's eye

I'm no frantic
I can feel it coming
Darling you'll save me
If you save yourself



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    General CommentSeems like it's about a mother seeing reformation in her childs eyes.

    She tells herself
    And everyone else
    Father is risking
    His life for our freedoms

    Her childs father is away at war fighting for his son and family so they never have to go through what he is going through right now again.

    The child is seeing what is happening and the "lightning in my child's eye" is the child burning to change the passed (when he is older of course) and take a stand against war.
    Ledbetteron April 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNot sure, but the lines

    "But it's becoming a lie"

    before:

    "She tells herself
    And everyone else
    Father is risking
    His life for our freedoms"

    allows me to suspect that this is an anti war/army song. Its becoming apparent to this woman that the war efforts and military influence is a dying breed fallacy. She hopes that her son doesn't follow in his dad's footsteps.

    "Darling you'll save me
    If you save yourself"
    Lioneyeson April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHmm, this has to be an anti war song, mainly because of the fact that ed is so against the war!
    Police991119on April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of the best on the new album... the music is really good, i like the beginning
    richie8092on May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSpeaking as someone who was in the Reserve/Guard and got deployed overseas, I know my wife felt like that sometimes. But it's interesting, on one hand she hated the fact that the Army had taken me away from her and our kids, and on the other, she was extremely proud of me and what I was doing. I think Ed's gotten it fairly right from the spouse's perspective.

    On the other side of the coin, though, it's further proof to me that the general public doesn't really understand why those of us who've served do it. When I enlisted I can't tell you how many of my high school friends told me they thought it was crazy, or that it was a poor choice.

    It's all fine and good if you choose not to enlist, or even if you choose not to support the military, but don't have a go at people who've chosen to serve.
    NorthWriteron May 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is ghostly haunting. Beautiful lyrics, and very real.

    "How long must she stand
    Before the ground, it gives way
    To an endless fall"

    How long will she have to pretend to have things in order, before the bad news is inevitably broken to her, and everything falls apart...

    "She can feel this
    War on her face
    Stars on her pillow
    She's folding in darkness
    Begging for slumber"

    The most beautiful lyric I have ever read. I'm not even American, and it touches me.. ...burying her husband again and again in the recesses of her haunted mind, while dreaming of sleep. If she had another head on her pillow, or could bury him herself, at least she could close her eyes.

    "Her son's slanted
    Always giving her
    The sideways eye
    And empty chair where dad sits
    How loud can silence get?"

    The knowingly inquisitive look. The boy is a little too young to fully understand what's going on, but he knows that it isn't right. Mom's coming apart at the seams, and every time she reassures her son that everything's okay, she doubts it more and more.

    "I'm not blind
    I can see it coming
    Looks like lightning
    In my child's eye

    I'm not frantic
    I can feel it coming
    Darling you'll save me
    If you save yourself"

    Woman's intuition/premonition... ...she's talking to herself, bracing herself for the news that she is all too certain is coming. The lighting is the gut feeling she gets every time she sees the "where's daddy" look in her son's eye.

    The song's inevitable conclusion is that the husband is dead. The mother's self-dialogue is continued in the next song - "Come Back"
    Norguardon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEddie wrote the lyrics together with Damien Echols, a guy on Death Row (See the two Paradise Lost movies or read about the Robin Hood Hills Murders).
    I think it's about Damiens mother.
    Nasthaqon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Eddie wrote the lyrics together with Damien Echols, a guy on Death Row (See the two Paradise Lost movies or read about the Robin Hood Hills Murders).
    I think it's about Damiens mother. "

    how does eddie know him?
    richie8092on May 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think they got in contact after Eddie got interested in the case. I know he has visited him at DR.
    Many people belive this Damien and his two friends are innocent and many celebrities are trying to help to push for a new trial.
    The story is a real tradgedy for all involved.
    I don't want to start a discussion about this case here, visit the site: wm3.org if you want to read about it.
    Nasthaqon May 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI figured it was an anti war song but ive never heard of damien echols. Its a good song.
    longliveconradon May 20, 2006   Link

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