You're on the distant shore! [2x]
Oceans never listen to us anyway [2x]
And if I fall into the drink,
I will say your name, before I sink.

He says your name out loud;
In miniature rooms where no one’s found;
It’s a desperate sound.
You're on the distant shore!
He stamps his feet down
Do you hear his knuckles on your door?
He wants to send you drawings
Drawings of men with faithful hands
They will make such good boyfriends
He wants to tell you stories
Stories of boys who stomped their feet saying,
“Shut – shut up I am dreaming of places
Where lovers have wings.”

“I’ll meet you where the river forks;
When everyone else is dead
You’ll be safe on the water
We’ll be much younger than we remember.
You're on the distant shore!
I stamp my feet down—
Down do you hear knuckles
On your door. Do you understand
What I’m pining for? Oh,
Oceans never listen to us anyway. [2x]
And if I fall into the drink,
I will say your name, before I sink.
Oceans never listen to us anyway.

I’m afraid of the water;
I’m afraid of the sky.
I’m tired of waiting.
Oceans never listen to us anyway [2x]
And if I fall into the drink,
I will say your name, before I sink.
Oceans never listen to us anyway
So… don’t make a sound.
Don’t make a sound.[x10]

Lyrics submitted by Clap Your Hands, edited by mercmcguirk, cherrymw

Shut Up I Am Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentgod i love this song.
    sebharperon May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's not much to decompress here; it's just a beautiful song, with beautifully simple lyrics.

    one note: i think the "yo ho! the distant shore" part listed above is actually "you're on a distant shore".
    kazkon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the line "oceans never listen to us anyway" i think oceans refers to the tides of change, and it means thats there are some things we just cant control.
    Dargonlordon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that it's "Do you understand what I'm pining for" not "finding for."
    proposalson July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with kazk about the shore part of the lyric.

    It seems like 'he' is a good situation/security/stability, and the one across the shore is being saved by the one projecting the lyrics.

    As soon as the stability is left behind, the future is up in the air. "tides of change" are not in control. I feel it is saving from the idea that the 'stability' is real, when in fact everything is in so much disorder.

    "Don't make a sound"... sounds possible emit the existence of time passing, so in that moment, keep the moment, because the next 'I' could be gone, and 'you' could be gone.

    anyway, great lyrics
    ryanbredon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about distance between lovers. The subject's lover is on the distant shore and the subject is in the middle of the ocean presumably alone. If he falls into the drink (dies) he wants to say his lover's name, but due to ocean (distance between lovers) no one will hear him. That's why it's best to not make a sound because it's fruitless.

    Instead of shouting out your lover's name the subject dreams of a place where lover's have wings. In this dream they can overcome their distance and be together.
    musicforantson December 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear "youre on the distant shore" too, as well as "do you understand what I'm pining for"
    gnotobioticon February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti also think he says "you're on the distant shore" and "do you understand what i'm pining for", actually im pretty damn sure thats exactly what he says
    Sunset Rubdownon April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    profoundsoundon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentQuality. i too think its about distant lovers
    the_riddler42on June 06, 2007   Link

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