"Lighthouse" as written by Steven John Wilson and Timothy John Bownass....
Take what you need while there's time
The city will be earth in a short while
If I'm not mistaken it's been in flames
You and I will escape to the seaside

There is a storm in the distance
The wind breathing warning of its imminence
There is a lighthouse five hundred yards down
You and I will be safe there

There is a girl who haunts that lighthouse
She saved me, I was swimming
So young I almost drowned
Under the water she sang a story
Of losing her lover
She calls a warning

Love, you are foolish, you're tired
Your sleeplessness makes you a liar
The city is burning
The ocean is turning
Our only chance is the lighthouse

Her lover was a sailor
She went and she waited there
The door locked from the outside
Lover never arrived so she sings there
Soft as a siren luring the ships off their course, how alarming

We went in, we climbed up and looked out
The door locked from the outside
Three ghosts in a lighthouse

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"Lighthouse" as written by Timothy John Bownass Steven John Wilson

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    General CommentWhen it says 'the door locked from the outside' I get the impression that her lover locked her in there. So she takes her revenge on the sailors by luring ships of their course. Too depressing?
    04marsaron August 27, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaningi was thinking that the two other ghosts were the lovers seeking shelter in the lighthouse and the ghost girl became jealous in seeing that this girl had a love that she had lost so she thought they should suffer in the same way she has
    karbug94on December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think some people read into this song way too much. The Hush Sound (THS) has admitted to not really having a clue what they meant by a lot of the songs in Like Vines and So Sudden. They said (and I am paraphrasing) that most of those songs lacked life experiences and were mostly just little whimsical stories. It's what makes most of THS's songs so open to interpretation. There just isn't that much they explicitly mean with their lyrics.

    Lighthouse is beautiful because it is a love ballad that is both lovely and haunting. It's just a quirky little romantic story (also quite creepy) that can mean whatever you want it to mean.
    DrNHandon December 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is that there is only one narrator, not two as previously suggested. The commenter was only picking out parts of the song which suited their theory.
    The story is a continuous one, throughout we hear more of the story of the girl or a siren, in the lighthouse, this would not make sense as two narrators since it's telling one person's experience being saved by the siren.
    We don't hear the lovers perspective only that the narrator then calls them a 'liar' and 'foolish'. From what I understand the lover doubts the narrators claims of the city in flames, when doubted the narrator changes their story to a storm now as well.

    The siren is calling (or had arranged in their previous meeting) the narrator to bring their lover to the lighthouse, her warning of 'losing a lover'. So the narrator will stay with their love in the lighthouse and not lose them as the siren lost hers.
    RainBearon November 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. I somehow downloaded this yesterday and this song is definatly the new "Echo". great vocals, great music, just what i would expect from them. This cd is every bit as good as their first.
    Relient_Girlon June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Man wakes up to find he was brought to safety by The Woman. She explains the situation, and decides they should travel to a Lighthouse not too far out of town.

    The Woman explains she was saved at the Lighthouse as a child by a ghost who haunts it, a strange Sailor's Widow. The Widow's lover never came back from sea, so she remains there forever, singing to nearby passing ships to lure her love back home.

    The Man and Woman get their safely, but upon entrance meet three ghosts.
    regretandramenon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful. to me, I think about the things love makes me feel. the low points of love.
    luaaon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that the three ghosts are The Man, The Woman, and The Ghost Girl, because "The door locked from the outside", so they're trapped in there.
    sky_lineron June 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with sky liner.
    zeroangelon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how it feels to not know where to turn for support. It's almost as if the person is walking from one disaster, in search of shelter and comfort, only to find nothing, but knowing that there has to be something out there. I love this song. It's beautiful.
    BookwormAir13on July 16, 2006   Link

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