He said "Who truly belongs here?"
"Not I" She stared, "I’d lie here with you."
He knows, no one shines forever,
they change with the weather

He said "I’ve now stayed too long here."
"Goodbye" She said, "I’ll wait here for you."
He knows the winds carry sorrow
As they leave, she'll follow
They leave tomorrow

Fragments of joy torn apart,
A freshly drained heart
That beats, disguise themselves through him
He’ll say that "It’s nothing new."
And swear this is true, for you
I’ll swallow the ocean, I’ll swallow the ocean

He said "Who truly belongs here?"
"Not I" She stared, "I’d lie here to you."
I know the sorrow is sacred,
and I’ll never break you,
I’ll softly save you

Fragments of joy torn apart
A freshly drained heart
That beats, disguise themselves through him
He’ll say that "It’s nothing new."
And swear this is true, for you
I’ll swallow the ocean, I’ll swallow the ocean


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    General CommentTime for me to play smart.

    This song begins with a fairly philosophical question, "who realy belongs here." Here as in a physical place in time, in a particular situation, or perhaps simply in existance.

    "'Not I' she said, "I'd lie here with you"' she replies. Neither of them believe they do (obviously). Shes complacant, but as we soon see he doesnt believe her. He believes everything is transient, especialy love. She says she is true and that she will stay and wait for him, but he knows she wont (possible link to Endlessly, She Said?)

    I believe this is about (aside from simply being another chapter of the album's story) someone whos fear of abandonment causes them to puch away anyone that gets too close. She sais she will wait, but his fear tells him that love can never last and that with the wind comes sorrow, with the winds depart her love for him. To him this is natural, the loss as normal as the wind and the pain it causes as sacred as any sacrement.

    He abandons his sentement but still she waits, but eventualy she realises he has abandoned her and leaves, fulfilling his belief.

    Or pherhaps not, I just felt like offering something.
    Rebbal Aceon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSing the Sorrow has several major themes, including religion.

    The diction in the verses seems to suggest the motif is linear to God called in Sick today and The Great Disappointment. The mood of the piece is somber and serene, bridging the moodiness of the album as the songs progress from rage to sorrow.

    The first line could very well be from Jesus' point of view: "Who truly belongs here?". This is a question Jesus asks his disciples many times in scripture as he tests their faith. The female character could represent two things: Mary Magdalene or the disciples. This phrase seems to suggest Mary Magdalene in an immediate sense in that she was also a social outcast, so she answers the question "Not I".

    "He knows, no one shines forever," a possible reference to a forseen faltering faith.

    "They change with the weather" a comment on the fickle nature of human beings, related to the lack of true faith.

    "He said 'I've now stayed too long here.'" It is a Christian belief that Jesus chose the moment of his death. The context of this phrase suggests that this information is not being disclosed to the fullest.

    "'Goodbye' She said, 'I'll wait here for you.'" The female could now possibly represent the population of followers, who do not understand his true meaning.

    "He knows the winds carry sorrow" again referring to Jesus' foresight of the crucifixion.

    "As they leave, she'll follow They leave tomorrow" the timeline suggests this is taking place the night of the Last Supper, with "they" representing the disciples in this verse, with the female being Mary Magdelene.

    "Fragments of joy torn apart, A freshly drained heart" the joy is Jesus' presence on earth. He is tortured upon the cross, thus being "torn apart." The "freshly drained heart" could be a jab at the existence of the holy grail, which Mary Magdelene supposedly used to collect Jesus' blood, thus his heart is being "drained."

    "That beats, disguise themselves through him" the phrase "through him" is part of a traditional prayer "Through him, with him, and in him" which speaks of God's creation of all things. The disguise is for the disciples, who now fear for their own lives after Jesus is killed and their faith is destroyed by his human death. Inversely, this could suggest the disciples now fear God, and try to redeem themselves through him.

    "He'll say that 'Its nothing new.'" Jesus is acknowledged as all knowing, like God. His knowledge of human nature is made apparent by his lack of surprise following the crucifixion.

    "And swear this is true, for you I'll swallow the ocean, I'll swallow the ocean" No human is capable of swallowing the ocean. This could refer to Jesus' powers of doing the impossible. The theme of water recurs many times in the bible, usually symbolizing life, death, and rebirth. To swallow the ocean could be reciting the central Christian belief that Jesus destroyed death by dying.

    "He said 'Who truly belongs here?' 'Not I' She stared, 'I'd lie here to you.'" Jesus is buried and sealed in a cave. Mary Magdelene, the Mother Mary, and Joseph are in mourning. The question posed towards the female is an acknowledgement of her true faith, as she, along with his family, are his true followers. She is staring because his resurrection is a miracle. "I'd lie here to you." could refer to the grieving process that was in progress.

    "I know the sorrow is sacred, and I'll never break you, I'll softly save you." This last point of view is unclear. The "sorrow" could be the true faith described previously, with Jesus assuring his family and Mary that they will, indeed, be saved. The fate of the disciples, and all others for that matter, is left unanswered.
    mro12on January 14, 2011   Link
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    General Commentnot expecting an acoustic one...very good though
    drummerman91on June 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis should have been on the album, it's totally reminiscent of The Leaving Song.
    NirvanAFIon June 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti completely agree NirvanAFI, this song is so beyond briliant, i cant stop listening to it
    alicelikesmeon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite AFI songs, and it's powerful enough that it has the tendency to make me cry.

    He said "Who truly belongs here?"
    "Not I" She stared, "I’ll lie here with you."
    --She says she doesn't belong, but that she would stay with him.

    He knows, no one shines forever,
    they change with the weather
    --That part is about how he knows she'll change and fade, no matter what she's said

    He said "I’ve now stayed too long here."
    "Goodbye" She said, "I’ll wait here for you."
    --Easy concept, he's leaving, and she says she'll wait for him.

    He knows the winds carry sorrow
    As they leave, she'll follow
    They leave tomorrow
    --She says she'll wait for him, but he knows she'll eventually wander and forget about what they had. "They leave tomorrow" makes me think that he assumes she'll forget about him soon, instead of gradually over time.

    Fragments of joy torn apart,
    A freshly drained heart
    That beats, disguise themselves through him
    --The love that was lost, "drained" and "torn apart"

    He’ll say that "It’s nothing new."
    --He says that it's not surprising, that it happens all the time.

    And swear this is true, for you
    I’ll swallow the ocean, I’ll swallow the ocean
    --I don't know if this is still him speaking, or the girl. I'm thinking it's the girl, just because she would "wait here" for him. Anyway, whoever it is, they're saying that they would do anything for the other.

    I know the sorrow is sacred,
    and I’ll never break you,
    I’ll softly save you
    --I don't know what this part really means. It might just be a general poetic device to add more emotion to the song.

    Oh, and by the way, it's "I'll lie here with you", not "I'd lie here with you."
    designerdethon July 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYa, like NervanaAFI said, it just kinda walks a line between The Leaving Song and Endlessly, She Said.

    And it is "I'll lie here to you"
    Rebbal Aceon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song has three point of views I think. The she, he, and you. So Davey could be singing about a he unrelated from himself. I hope that made sense...
    xMidnightEyesxon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWHAT DOES THIS SONG MEAN TO ME????AHHHH ITS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONG IVE EVVVVVVER HEARD FROM AFI! ..ITS SO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER SONG IVE HEARD OF THEIRS!..THEY TRULEY ARE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD!...Harmonising in this song is breath taking !..Daveys a Poetic genius =]
    Gizaon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think its about angels.
    xXxstraightedgerxXxon January 03, 2007   Link

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