Who am I without this hope?
You're holding on, I'm letting go
And so I drift out of control
A tragedy without your hope

Who am I without this hope?

Progress is getting away
But I still see it, and I will follow
What would become of me if I stayed here?
I'd rather not know

Knock me down, please knock me down
I'm better off when I'm on the ground
You say so much without a sound
I'd hear you more if I'd just slow down


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    My InterpretationThis song is beautiful, it reminds me of a friend, but I'm sure the song is about chasing your dreams and love for something - whether its a person or a goal in life.

    The 'hope' represents what the person has or has been holding on to and the thought of loosing that 'hope' scares him because he's not sure what will become of himself if the one thing he ever followed/held on to/ or chased after is gone, no longer there.

    I think of this song in terms of a love so powerful between two people, but for some reason, despite them being soul mates, it was never able to work out (them finally being able to be together). but no matter where he went he had her as his 'hope', the thought of her kept him going, kept him striving and chasing, knowing that one day their time together would finally come. But then he comes to find out that she's getting married (she has a new 'hope') therefore she gets to continue on with hope in her life, she gets to hold on and he has to let go of his hope because now its gone. And now he's lost and is no longer sure who he is... what will he fight for anymore in his life if the one thing, the one thought he held on to is now gone?

    this is such a sad and beautiful song to me, thought i'd share the feeling and imagery I get when I hear this song.
    -See you in another life, this one was not ours for the taking.
    ricachicaon December 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentEustace means "steadfast" in Greek.

    This song gives me hope. I found that their maturity on this album has elevated them to a whole new position.
    Sliver025on October 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalong with several of the songs on this album, the title is a reference to c.s. lewis' the chronicles of narnia series.
    tjwellson January 04, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationEustace, similar to the Greek name "Eústachys" meaning "Fuitful."

    I believe this song is about the singers relationship with God and the realization that God is speaking to him, but he hasn't been listening. He has become too busy with life, and God and his word are being ignored. As a result he is no longer being fruitful or growing in life or in his faith.

    "Who am I without this hope?"

    He is realizing that he is less without the hope and peace he has with faith in Christ. It's not to say he lost that hope, but he is remembering what it means to have it.

    "You're holding on, I'm letting go"

    God always remains faithful, never giving up on us even when we give him the cold shoulder.


    "And so I drift out of control
    A tragedy without your hope"

    When God is no longer a priority in our life, we get distracted by worldly things and sin. We lose sight of the bigger picture and begin living outside of God's will for us.

    "Progress is getting away
    But I still see it, and I will follow
    What would become of me if I stayed here?
    I'd rather not know"

    He is losing progress and no longer moving forward. His faith is no longer being fruitful. If he doesn't make a move and get back on track, there will be terrible consequences.

    "Knock me down, please knock me down
    I'm better off when I'm on the ground"

    Often times, God has to disrupt our own plans to force us to turn our attention back to him. The singer is saying he would be better off down on the ground in life and focused back on God than he would continuing down his current path.

    "You say so much without a sound
    I'd hear you more if I'd just slow down"

    God speaks to us so much even if we don't hear him physically. He speaks to our hearts and through his word, the Bible. However, we are usually not listening because we are focused on worldly things and the busyness of life. If we would just slow down, we could hear what God has to say.
    mike954779on November 29, 2017   Link

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