"Merge, A Vessel, A Harbour" as written by and Anthony Dekker....
Merge, a vessel, a harbour
A perfect union
Of gift and reception
Each an eye
On the same face

Loss and gain
Fly into the mouth of the ground
Six feet under
Thanks to some failure
Fly into the mouth of the ground
Six feet under

One for the night
One for the dark
Taste each other
For a moment, then goodbye
Hold her eyes
Share the same air
Oh lay it down
Oh lay it bare

I'm speechless
Naked as a fiery sunset
You turn, not fleeting
Destroyed not complete
A perfect cacophony
Rising like vapour
Solid and liquid
Awkward and trapping
Stolen but paid for

Legs and knees and ankles and toes
When it burns an old enemy flows
Legs and knees and ankles and toes
When it burns an old enemy flows

Gathered and strewn
From this altitude
To some other moon
Wearing false armour
And useless shields
Failed to exist

Crying out and into the streets
They are always prepared for the cries
Prepared for the worst
Crying out loud at the untold
They are transfixed but not transformed

Stop accommodating echoes
Into these hard-pressed streets
Into these well-travelled streets
Into these hard-pressed streets


Lyrics submitted by LMK, edited by LonelyHikr

"Merge, a Vessel, a Harbour" as written by Anthony Dekker

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    General CommentThe first song I heard by them, wonderful at that.
    This song reminds me of a dear friend of mine,
    He actually sent me the song.
    though i will leave my personal affairs out of this.

    Beautiful song.

    "Wearing false armour
    And useless shields
    Failed to exist"
    som3wh4td4m4g3don June 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits cacophony.
    mirellakson December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song indeed. Don't know what I make of the song as whole, but there seems to be references to both life and death in the lyrics. Especially this part accounts for the death theme:

    Gathered and strewn
    From this altitude
    To some other moon
    Wearing false armour
    And useless shields
    Failed to exist

    It's described as if a body has been cremated and scattered (gathered and strewn) from a great height (from this altitude to some other moon) without any form of protection (wearing false armor and useless shields) to eventually disappear (failed to exist).

    This part seems to account for the life part:

    Loss and gain
    Fly into the mouth of the ground
    Six feet under
    Thanks to some failure
    Fly into the mouth of the ground
    Six feet under

    .. describing the dawn of man perhaps. How we started living on the planet out of nothing by coincidence (fly into the mouth of the ground, six feet under, thanks to some failure)
    Hennebyon May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne for the light (not night)
    One for the dark
    Cyberghoston April 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSome remarks, because I suspect these lyrics are inaccurate in places.

    For a moment, then goodbye (I hear "combine(d)")
    Hold her eyes (I hear "Polarized")
    and
    Crying out loud at the untold (I hear something like "are ... absorbed")
    wookion August 11, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti hear some inaccuracies... just a few suggestions in CAPS:

    One for the LIGHT
    One for the dark
    Taste each other
    For a moment, then COMBINE
    POLARIZED
    Share the same air
    Oh lay it down
    Oh lay it bare


    I'm speechless
    Naked as a fiery sunset
    You turn BUT fleeting
    Destroyed BUT complete
    A perfect cocophony
    Rising like vapour
    Solid and liquid
    Awkward and trapping
    Stolen but paid for

    Legs and knees and ankles and toes
    WHEN IT BURNS AND OH WHEN IT FLOWS
    Legs and knees and ankles and toes
    WHEN IT BURNS AND OH WHEN IT FLOWS


    Crying out and into the streets
    They are always prepared for the (not sure if it's CRIES, or maybe something else, like CRIME right here?)
    Prepared for the worst
    Crying out loud, BUT THE NOISE IS ABSORBED
    They are transfixed but UNTRANSFORMED





    TheWrongGirlon November 06, 2011   Link
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    General Commentand allow me to correct myself:

    You turn BUT fleeting = ETERNAL BUT fleeting
    TheWrongGirlon November 06, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst, I fixed the many, many errors that were in the lyrics. I think if someone considers themselves a critical listener they should have an audio system capable of allowing them to hear what they're listening to. The lyrics are very clear and obvious on this song when played through any decent setup. And of course, being able to hear the lyrics correctly goes a long way toward identifying the meaning :)

    As to the meaning, let's do a little research first: It turns out that this song was released just after the Columbia Space Shuttle catastrophe and I'm 95% certain that is what this is about. I think it's an absolutely beautiful tribute to those who gave their lives to explore and understand our existence in this universe.
    LonelyHikron May 09, 2013   Link

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