The song is written about losing yourself without knowing where to go anymore hoping that God will save you...
Yesterday I died, tomorrow's bleeding
Fall into your sunlight
The future's open wide beyond believing
To know why hope dies
Losing what was found, a world so hollow
Suspended in a compromise
The silence of this sound is soon to follow
Somehow sundown

And finding answers
Is forgetting all of the questions we call home
Passing the graves of the unknown

As reason clouds my eyes with splendor fading
Illusions of the sunlight
And the reflection of a lie will keep me waiting
A love gone for so long

This day's ending
Is the proof of time killing all the faith I know
Knowing that faith is all I hold

And I've lost who I am
And I can't understand
Why my heart is so broken
Rejecting your love
Without love gone wrong
Lifeless words carry on
But I know, all I know
Is that the end's beginning

Who I am from the start
Take me home to my heart
Let me go and I will run
I will not be silenced
All this time spent in vain
Wasted years, wasted gain
All is lost, hope remains
And this war's not over

There's a light, there's the sun
Taking all the shattered ones
To the place we belong
And his love will conquer all

Yesterday I died
Tomorrow's bleeding
Fall into your sunlight


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  • +6
    General CommentI disagree. I think this version is far more powerful and emotional. I think it's about holding on to your last thread of hope and trusting God to carry you when you can't walk anymore. It's really beautiful and has helped me through a lot.
    Slightly Jadedon September 09, 2008   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningI found the music sheet for this song, and at the bottom was this quote from Hodges:

    "You wake up and you don't know where you are, what time it is, how long you've been out, what happened to you last,and everything is different. the people you love are gone or changed, the things you could rely on are erased, the world you knew not only does not exist, but didn't seem to really ever exist. You just woke up from a dream to find that everything until now was the dream. Think Sydney Bristow at the end of season two of Alias waking up in Hong Kong, think the beginning of the Flight of the Navigator, think Adam and Eve morning one out of the garden. This song is not about the journey home, but it is about fixing your eyes to home. It is about standing up and taking the first step."

    –David Hodges
    Experiment26953on February 10, 2009   Link
  • +5
    My OpinionTo actress15 - surely this song isn't so obviously religious that it can't be interpreted in more that one way? Whether you look at it as being religious or not, in the end, it's still speaking about the same message - it is about losing yourself and refusing love, before finally allowing someone in your heart, and that someone could be either a person or God. Either way, it can mean essentially the same thing, and neither meaning detracts from how beautiful and powerful the song is. A song only ever means what you make it mean, right?

    For me, this is a song about hope in love - it's about being broken and hurt, so much that you can't take the idea of accepting love again, which is a lonely, miserable place to be in. You don't want to accept love from anyone because love is what will hurt you. But then, there's a revelation - you find a love that you want to accept. It's going to hurt, allowing it into your heart, but it gives you a hope - the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will. It's a painful process to accept it, but in the end, it's a healing process and it's what will repair your shattered heart. This song is about that realisation and taking the first step into accepting love, and seeing the journey ahead and being willing to take it for love's sake.

    To me, yes, that love means God's love, which will conquer, and will heal all the shattered ones out there.

    But I don't think that this version of the song is so obviously religious that it excludes people who aren't religious from finding meaning in it, and I don't think that it should ruin the power of the song. My best friend, who first played this song to me, is an atheist, and we both find it equally moving, and equally beautiful. From either point of view, it's still about love and hope, which can come from a million and one different places.
    laurevereon October 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnd finding answers
    Is forgetting all of the questions we call home
    Passing the graves of the unknown

    i really like these lines. i love that its calling the questions 'home' because so many of us want to know the answers but are too scared to try to find out. or cannot be bothered to make an effort and they are so comfortable not knowing.

    'the graves of the unknown' i think refer to innocence, and once you find out how the world really is, you miss being oblivious to all the bad stuff. the word 'grave' being associated with mourning- and maybe mourning the innocence and purity as a child. this song is so true.

    it has really hopeful tones. i love it :)
    shaniquaandwhaton December 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI agree with Monroe6. As much as I like this version, I can't stand that religion was thrown into it. I think this song is much more beautiful if it's about losing yourself, refusing love, and then finally allowing someone into your heart.
    actress15on October 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningi dont know why but i cant help to think of the Australia, American and every other soldier fighting in the war today.

    just the lyrics put the image of them fighting and the song goes on.

    "And I've lost who I am
    And I can't understand
    Why my heart is so broken
    Rejecting your love
    Without love gone wrong
    Lifeless words carry on
    But I know, all I know
    Is that the end's beginning"

    "and ive lost who i am" this plants the image of a soldier sitting against a wall crying over all the blood loss, and what war has made him to be like.

    "And I can't understand
    Why my heart is so broken" cause war is his job, and the killing of the enemy has left him heartbroken and confused.

    "rejecting you love
    without your love gone wrong" the solider(s) could have lost a loved one (wife/GF/family member) having the loved one reject his/her love without it going wrong.

    "Lifeless words carry on
    But I know, all I know
    Is that the end's beginning" the crying words from the enemy soldiers "lifeless words curry on" replying and carrying on in his mind"

    "Who I am from the start
    Take me home to my heart
    Let me go and I will run" now these lyrics paint the picture of a soldier want to go back to who he/she was before the war "who i am from the start" and want to go back to his family/loved one/children "take me home to my heart" and how he has to stay there against his will and if he had the chance to go home he will run "let me go and i will run"

    now this is what i think the song is about, and most likely isnt.
    newguy101on October 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNO COMMENTS?!?!?!
    AHHH!


    okay i'll be the first....
    I love this song
    It pretty much describes my life right now.


    My interpretation is that this is about a person who has lost themselves and they dont know who they are anymore and they are so shattered and rejecting everyone and God's love and they look to God for answers thats why it says "His love will concur all"

    Trading Yesterday would prob. be one of my favorite bands
    Leasuhhx11on January 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song! I completely agree with Leasuhhx11, it's about losing yourself and god is the only answer left. But it's also about not giving up!
    this song helped me a lot when I was depressed...I want to say to everyone who is going through depression or is just having a hard time right now, don't give up! Because once you've conquered it, everything will be so much more beautiful than ever before!!
    girlblon January 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI definitely see that hint of God in there, but I tend to think of God as much less religious than others tend to think of him.
    I feel that, in this song, the reference to God is more as realizing that something is out there, something grand. And that in itself is part of healing. It's part of hope. The chorus is that revelation that hope never dies, and that God and his love are always out there, so matter how lost and broken you feel. It's a really powerful song.
    Fyre16on September 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song has always made me think of the tragedy of unsolved murder through the eyes of the victim, and how the media will take advantage of both the victim's inability to defend themselves and the family's pain, for their own benefit despite how much they can hurt people.

    Yesterday I died, tomorrow's bleeding
    Fall into your sunlight
    (They have just been killed, but they know what's headed for in the future because of this and how it will make this situation all the worse. They want to be at peace.)

    The future's open wide, beyond believing
    To know why hope dies
    (Referencing the pain of the victim's family. They can easily move on, and see all they have ahead of their lives, but the loss of someone can make you forgot all of that and completely give up.)

    Losing what was found, a world so hollow
    Suspended in a compromise
    (Another form of the family's pain. I think it shows the hope of thinking the case will be brought to justice, but losing that when it doesn't. How they feel almost as if law enforcement is compromising the justice and not thinking about their needs.)

    The silence of this sound is soon to follow
    Somehow, sundown
    (This transitions into how the media will take advantage of the victim's "silence," or inability to defend themselves. They will portray the victim however they want, regardless of it being disrespectful and/or a lie.)

    And finding answers is forgetting all of the questions we called home
    Passing the graves of the unknown
    (I guess this could tie back to the theory that after death you will have an endless amount of wisdom. An answer to every question, if you will. This is causing them to lose the innocence and purity they once felt on Earth, not knowing everything that lay before them. The "unknown" is that feeling of innocence, the "graves" representing that it died along with them.)

    As reason clouds my eyes, the splendor fading
    Illusions of the sunlight
    The reflection of a lie will keep me waiting
    Love gone for so long
    (They feel that they are on the verge of justice, but the hope is abandoned when the media accuses an innocent person who they loved. The lie that this person killed them is causing people to forget their love for each other as if it never existed.)

    And this day's ending
    Is the proof of time killing all the faith I know, knowing that faith is all I hold?
    (They're contemplating how long it's taking for justice and to feel at peace with their death. They feel that time is holding this over them, trying to destroy the only hope they have.)

    I've lost who I am
    And I can't understand
    Why my heart is so broken
    (The media is making a fool of them; making them out to be the opposite of who they were alive, only seeing a murder victim and not a person. Acting as if they're a character in a story and taking advantage of it. They don't understand why this is getting to them, because they're dead and should feel at peace with whatever's going on in the world, but it still is bothering them nonetheless.)

    Rejecting your love
    Without love gone wrong
    Lifeless words carry on
    But I know, all I know, is that the end's beginning
    (The media is portraying the way they're acting as care for the victim, trying to bring them justice, when really they just want money. The victim sees this, and who they really were is still carrying on in both their's and their loved ones' minds, but beginning to disappear the more society portrays a lie.)

    Who I am, from the start
    Take me home to my heart
    Let me go and I will run
    I will not be silenced
    (They want it to be the way it was when they were alive, be with their friends and family and not be seen as a fool. If they could come to life and defend themselves, they will never stop.)

    All this time spent in vain
    Wasted years, wasted gain
    (This could mean two things for me. One interpretation is that society is wasting time on the case for their own benefit; it would've been solved a while ago if everyone hadn't portrayed lies just to make money.

    My other theory is that they're referencing their life being wasted. They've spent years working hard and building up to certain things, making earnings, just to have all of that taken away.)

    All is lost, hope remains
    And this war's not over
    (Despite all the pain and loss them and their family is feeling, they still aren't giving up on justice.)

    There's a light, there's a sun
    Taking all the shattered ones
    To the place we belong
    And his love will conquer all
    (This is them yearning for peace and love, and the hope that maybe they'll soon get it. The "shattered ones" are both the victim and their family, who have died both physically and emotionally. The love, sun, and light is the peace and joy they deserve, or "belong" in.)
    madisonsavannaon June 17, 2012   Link

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