S is for silence
S is for sleep
Fears soaked in secrets
Dreams that we keep
Lost between "were" and "shall be"

Here are we both, cruel and in ruins
Walking into the centre of a circle of animals

Exhaustion is the signal
To start the slide of secrets
Dead letters fall from our shedding skins
Planting history in expanses of mud
Here is completion
Here is compulsion
Here is another rosebud
To darken the blood

Lyrics submitted by Cynothoglys

S Is for Sleep song meanings
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    General CommentNightmares and insomnia.
    Cynothoglyson August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCircle of animals= zodiac, see TG - Mission Of Dead Souls.
    "Exhaustion is the signal" may be a description of the effects of Austin Osman Spare's "Death posture"
    BlueKephraon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThank you, Blue Kephra. Your comments have lead me down new roads... There is a definite tinge of Spare-ness to the lyrics of this song. Sort of an early-Coil manifesto, this one, and a personal favourite of mine.

    I believe that the primary theme of the song is that of transmigration and projection, by lucid dream and esoteric ritual alike, aided by the restriction of prior sleep, both the initiation of the "travel" and the induction of state via deprivation of sleep itself being pure exercises of will. True magic, if you will, black as night but not "evil", per se, just dark...
    Cynothoglyson July 17, 2009   Link

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