"Till The Sun Turns Black" as written by and Ray Lamontagne Ethan Johns....
10. Till the sun turns black

can you see the young and pretty
Confident as cops
Blooming laughing in the shops
Till the sun turns black
Can you see the old and lonely
Walking through the park
Pushing grocery carts
Till the sun turns black
Can you see the corporate man
He's winning on the telephone
His possessions are his throne
Till the sun turns black
Can you see him in his lounger
Watching tv in the dark
Waiting for the spark
Till the sun turns black
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooo ooh wee ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooo ooh wee who are --
Can you see the working classes
Trudging through their days
Time goes slowly when you're only waiting
Till the sun turns black
Can you see the wise man simply
Living loving quietly
Every breath he takes eternity
Till the sun turns black



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"Till the Sun Turns Black" as written by Ray Lamontagne Ethan Johns

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    General CommentI think it's just saying in the end, we're all the same. No one is better than anyone else. The young and pretty, the old and lonely (and homeless), the rich corporate worker that worships materialistic things, the average middle class person all the way up to the wise man. We're all exactly the same because we start from the same place and end up at the same place. We all die. When he says "till the sun turns black" he's simply using a metaphor for death. No one is better than anyone else. It's a truth that complicated and hard to understand, but it's a truth Ray has discoverd.
    Let me just say this is one of my favorite songs. I love it when he's singing the "ohs." It just sounds so raw and honest.
    Thank God for good music =]
    allie_the_greaton May 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of 'The Little Prince', when he's visiting all the planets. It's brilliant.
    Whisper Goodbyeson April 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow I'm surprised only 2 people have commented on this song. It's my second favorite on the album next to Empty. I've listened to it so many times and I could be wrong but the song touches me so I'll try articulating my thoughts as best as I can.

    He's describing people everywhere, asking us to see them and understand them. Using the 3rd person omniscent he can tell us about all people with a kind of distance.

    There are the young and blissfully ignorant, the old and lonely going through the motions of life, the corporate man who's alone and waiting for the happiness he wishes would come, the working class hoping for time to pass quickly and therefore they are not really living in the present, and then finally the wise man "living loving quietly, every breath he takes eternity" (probably one of my favorite Ray Lamontagne lyrics.)

    The message is dark but not morose. All of these people are going through life with so much pain and loneliness. The young are mentioned first because they begin with carefree "laugh[ter]" but I think they are mentioned first to show that they will grow to take on the inevitable pain of adulthood.

    All of this is happening "til the sun turns black." Meaning every generation feels this sadness and loneliness and always will until the end of time. By talking about the sun turning black I think he's saying that there will be an end to civilization but more importantly there will be an end to everyone's life and all we can hope to do is live like the wise man, who just loves "quietly" (without drawing attention to themselves for selfish unimportant reasons.) Taking each breath and cherishing each breath. I don't think 2 lines in a song have ever moved me so much.

    I'd also just like to add that the images he uses are perfect. So succinct and evokative. the "pushing grocery carts" "watching TV in the dark" and "trudging through their days." And the last thing I'd like to say is that when he sings the "oh" part there's so much passion, it's so moving. I really love Ray Lamontagne's music. It makes me feel raw which I love
    AMA173213on December 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the three of you. I love this song, as I do all his songs.
    sunnyshine579on April 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that the lyrics of this song are amazing and Ray LaMontagne's voice is beautiful. I agree with allie the great about the message of the song. I feel that he is saying, in the end we are all equal and no-one is worth less than anybody else..... a great song!
    pinksmileyson May 25, 2009   Link

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