"Enough To Go By" as written by and Vienna Teng....
I'm at your back door
With the earth of a hundred nations in my skin
You won't recognize me
For the light in my eyes is strange
It was years ago, god knows
When you strained to tell me your whole truth
That you were not mine to save
That you could not change

Would it be enough to go by
If we could sail on the wind in the dark
Cut those chains in the middle of the night
That had you pulled apart
Would it be enough to go by
If there's moonlight pulling the tide
Would it be enough to live on
If my love could keep you alive

I've built a lot of castles
Built a lot of blazing speed-of-light machines
But it doesn't matter, you know
They all crumble in the winds of change
So I turned back to breathing
I learned a few good reasons to cry
And I finally called home
Praying you weren't out of range

Carry the weight
I'll carry the weight of you, I swear
Carry the weight
I'll carry the weight of you

So will you let me come in
The mosquitoes have found me
And they're crowding 'round my blood
At least offer me a drink
Or a breaking of the ice
I'm wanting your anger
I only want to see if I can shake you out of sleep
And bring you out under this flooded sky
At any price

So carry the weight
Carry the weight of me in your heart
Carry the weight
Carry the weight of me


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"Enough to Go By" as written by Vienna Teng

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    General CommentIf i am not terribly mistaken, this song was orignally about a superhero in some futuristic tokyo seeing a picture fall out of his wallet of his family back home, and misses them.

    I know thats a little weird, and i am not certain where i heard that, but eventually Vienna realized it was about her leaving Cisco for her music career.

    at one point i though the line "If my love could keep you alive was about a person next to someone in a hospital bed of a comatose and/or vegitative state who hasn't totally given up hope.

    Vienna teng is such a beautiful pianist.
    Tachikomason September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song, i belive, is about a person who leaves home at a young age to explore the world. He comes back when he realizes the love of his life is in his home town. Maybe he daydreams alot? "I've Built Alot of Castles" in the clouds perhaps? and "Ive build alot of blazing speed of light machines" is a reference to her dorky past of computer work? lol

    indeed, this is the best song ive ever heard!
    roofboy179on January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always seen this song as being about a broken relationship, and the narrator is asking for forgiveness... the imagery that she's at her lover's back door begging to be let in, and the "castles and blazing speed-of-light machines" are references to all in her life that's fallen apart due to change, including the relationship.
    carolineliseon December 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI could be completely off here, since I haven't heard any explanation from Vienna at any of her shows I've been to on this one yet, but everyone so far is going by the interpretation that it's the narrator/singer who made all the mistakes and left the relationship and is coming back asking for forgiveness. To me, though, much of the song makes it seem like it was the other party who broke things off, perhaps with an "it's not you, it's me" kind of reason, that something in his life was keeping him from being with or being happy with her ("you were not mine to save, you could not change"; "the chains in the night that had you pulled apart"). Now, though, the narrator still isn't over her love, and is coming back, begging to give it another try, trying to explain that she will accept and try to help with whatever problems he had ("I'll carry the weight of you"), hoping that love will be enough to make things work out. Even knowing that he likely won't be happy to see her, and that he's already given up, but wanting to make him try once again anyway (I'm wanting your anger, I only want to see if I can shake you out of sleep).

    Just my take on it, though!
    RaidenKitsuneon January 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI pretty much agree with RaidenKitsune
    I think the first verse is basically about how he felt pressured by her support in their relationship and broke it off, and so she left but now, years later she's back a changed person hence "you won't recognise me, the light in my eyes is strange"
    The chorus, to me seems to be about her asking that they can try again, this time without the intensity she used to have, just letting the conditions carry them like when she talks about "the wind in the dark" and "moonlight pulling the tide".
    I feel the second verse is about how she has gone and experimented and built a life, and discovered she can't hold it all together without him, and found she needs him, and is vulnerable as well.
    In the third verse I see it as her wanting to do anything just to get a reaction out of him, and find a way to get it through to him that she's changed and would give anything for another chance because she's realised she need him.
    A truly lovely song.
    Melodic999on October 22, 2009   Link

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