"The Lake" as written by and Matthew Hales....
This house is full of secrets.
This house smells of ghosts.
Dreams that never woke,
Dreams that never woke.
Nightmares never spoke of.

Outside the water's black,
This one we won't throw back.
A lifetime is too long,
A lifetime is too long
Let's say no more about it.

Listen to me,
I can only say this once.
Are you listening?
See these empty hands,
Know that it was all for you.
Til see you again,
Down by the lake.

Sleeping beauty stirs,
The whole world could be hers.
But after all these years,
After all these years
I'll say no more about it.

Listen to me,
I can only say this once.
Are you listening?
See these empty hands,
Know that it was all for you,
Til I see you again..
Yes, I'll see you again
When I see you again,
Down by the lake

This house smells of ghosts.


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"The Lake" as written by Mike Oldfield

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    General Commenti'm pretty sure this song is about an unmutual love and a relationship failing, but the remnants of it still haunting the man (possibly the lead singer).

    "This house is full of secrets/This house smells of ghosts/Dreams that never woke"

    that's referring to how the couple possibly lived together, but once it was over, it was as if there were still remnants of their relationship left over; 'secrets', 'ghosts' and all the dreams they never got to pursue together, continually haunting the man with "nightmares" that "never spoke aloud".

    "A lifetime is too long/Let's say no more about it"

    this is obviously referring to the promise the relationship once held, which now, the man yearns to forget.

    "Listen to me/I can only say this once/Are you listening?"

    this line could be representing the man's attempt to fix their relationship, knowing that he can only bring back all those feelings once, he hopes for her to listen well and understand that he hasn't got over what they had.

    "Sleeping beauty stares/The whole world could be hers/But after all these years/I'll say no more about it"

    'sleeping beauty' could be talking about the way she is bored by seeing him try to get the relationship back together, as if she is way over everything they had. he realizes this and he knows that he could have given her everything and anything, but after all this time, he thinks it would be to no avail due to how much change has taken place.

    "I can only say this once/Are you listening?/See these empty hands/knowing it was all for you"

    even after watching her plainly get over what they had, he still chooses to give one more attempt at rectifying the situation. he lets her know that even though he didn't have anything to offer ('empty hands'), whatever he did have, it was all for her.

    "Yes, I'll see you again../When I see you again/Down by the lake"

    most relationships have certain things that can be reflected on many years later, even after the demise of one. it is the same in the one being described in this song. although all his attempts to get her back have failed, he knows she will not disappear from his life. he will see her time and time again, in "the lake", something that holds deep sentimental value for him. possibly, a place in which they had one of their best moments together, where he is hoping she will go to sometimes as well, in appreciation of whatever they used to have - or it could be merely symbolic.

    "This house smells of ghosts"

    after all that has happened, nothing much has changed except for his silent acknowledgment of the end of their relationship. so, 'ghosts', in this sense, are just dead memories of what they could have had.

    this song, along with broken bones, are my favories off of memory man, one of the most beautiful albums of 2007, imo.
    vulgaron May 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti first heard this song on Greys Anatomy, they always seem to have great songs on that show....i dont like the chorus though, its too slow

    does anyone know what this song means? or is about?
    the_howeeon March 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful song, one that can't be fully appreciated without all the lights off, sat back, eyes closed... whenever this comes on I have to stop what I'm doing and just listen, the chorus is absolutely mesmerizing.
    Velocity_Girlon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love how the chorus is so slow.
    It really gives that "haunting" feeling.
    Heathlingon November 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful, beautiful song. Possibly the best on the album
    stinaaahon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's about a drowning. "Outside the water's black. This one won't throw back." There was a scary movie where a child would return from a puddle. Not sure if that's being referenced here but a drowning fits lyrically.
    singlebarrel94on July 02, 2011   Link

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