Of all the churning random hearts under the sun
eventually fading into night,
these two are opening now,
as we lie I touch you, wonderful alive.

Girl, if you're a seascape, I'm a listing boat
for the thing carries every hope
I invest in a single life,
the choice is yours to be loved,
come away from it empty of . . . but us

'Cause when the dead moon rises again,
be no time to stall or protocol to hem us in,
and when the dog slides underneath the train,
there's no time or use in searching for the mutt's remains
throw all the consequence aside,
and the chill aspire people set alight

Of all the intersecting lines in the sand,
I routed a labyrinth to your lap
and never used a map sliding off the land
on an incidental tide and along the way you know they tried, they tried

But we got sea legs and we're off tonight,
can't have at to which they've no right
you belong to a simpler time,
I'm a victim to the impact of these words and this rhyme

'Cause when that dead moon rises again,
there'll be no time to stall or protocol to hem us in
Darling, when the dog slides open the door and where she go,
there's no time or use in searching for the mutt's remains
throw all consequence aside,
and the chill aspire people set alight.


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by m108745644

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    General CommentTo me, this song seems to be about a couple that's together for now, and that should enjoy the beauty of what they have even though they know it won't last. And when it's over, there's "no use in searching for the mutt's remains," just appreciated what it was and move on. "Sea legs" is what they have in coming to grips with the beautiful yet temporary nature of their love.
    musiclover2223on November 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgorgeous music. It sort of has an atmosphere of standing near a beach on a cloudy day.
    pumkinhedon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, I think the word "pyre" is in the last line of the chorus.
    pumkinhedon January 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. Its my favorite from this album.
    thedownpouron January 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally, I applaud The Shins for their experimentation and I find Wincing The Night Away to be their best album.

    Nothing irks me more than when people give the album a quick once over and only pay attention to the catchy songs such as Phantom Limb or New Slang.

    Give this song time and keep and open mind.
    LunaFlyon August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEverything makes sense to me except the "cheerless pyre we will set alight" at the end of the song. It seems to suggest they are moving on from something, burning the past, but why then is it cheerless?
    neilschmeilon January 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And all the intersecting lines in the sign" should be "And all the intersecting lines in the sand"
    aq.transon October 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't really dig this song when I first heard it; I didn't think it sounded very Shinsy. It really grew on me after a few listens, though. Love the beat, love the strings.
    WendyWooon October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell these lyrics are wrong, but good try, I can't decypher them either...
    rollinkyleon October 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPshh... yeah, these are way early versions. And I think we all agree that even with good production, it's still hard to hear what Mercer is actually saying half the time. (Mainly because he uses lyrics noone expects.)
    heyheyhey111on October 26, 2006   Link

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