the possibility that if I stopped clapping
my hands in the void
I would notice that I can't hold on to things
and
the possibility that if I stopped using my voice
I'd notice songs that, all around me, sing
looms in weather,
lives buried in my days,
with all my songd and rhythms going like
the darkness surrounding a flame.

It's what I don't say with my mouth.
It's my mouth open
to breathe in.
It's open windows.

Still, I will go on and on describing the shape
around the thing I want to but can not name,
in song
and, though my long life feels busy
and full of usefullness and drive,
I will sleep through every single dawn
and those I see I will not really understand.

I will sing through every single song
about the spaces left when we stop singing

and I will sing this
with longing.


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Stop Singing song meanings
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    General CommentI love how this echoes 2 lakes before it. and the imagery. and how the whole album is all about silence as opposed to music and the sounds of everyday life.
    floydeyeon June 20, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe possibility that if I stopped clapping my hands in the void
    I would notice that I can't hold on to things
    And the possibility that if I stopped bellowing my voice in the void
    I would notice songs that, all around me, sing

    Looms in weather
    Lives buried in my days
    With all my songs and rhythms going
    Like the darkness surrounding a flame

    It's what I don't say with my mouth
    It's my mouth opening to breathe in
    It's the open windows in the wall
    Still I go on and on describing the shape
    Around the thing I want to but can not name

    I go on and on in song after song, after song, after song
    And though my long life feels busy
    And full of usefulness and drive
    I will sleep through every single dawn
    And those I see I will not really comprehend

    And I will sing through every single song
    About the spaces left when we stop singing
    And I will do this with longing
    danes22on May 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is brilliant
    TheWrongGirlon July 26, 2011   Link

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