It's hard to breathe in the city
It's easier to drink
Come to my house, we'll sit in the dark
And try not to think
About the green fields, the way the land feels
All we left behind
Oh, how a dream can block out the sun
And cloud the mind

Tear me
From my hometown
Dig me
A hole in the ground
Silently, I fall too (so) far down
Tear me
A hole in the ground (x2)

It's hard to breathe in the city
It's easier to drink
So come to my house, we'll sit in the dark
And try not to think


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    General CommentWow, this is so strong! The lyrics are quite mystical, but obviously something or someone needs to be left behind. It seems to me like a try to forget. I love her voice, it´s an angel´s voice and the back up singer fits in perfectly. Almost meditative in its tranquility.
    Jazmatazon June 01, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationOf course I could be completely off the artists intended message but this feels quite clear to me.

    So many will leave a childhood home in the country for a life in a city so that they can try to "make it" in whatever pursuit or passion they may have. Once they have become ensconced in the life of a city dweller they often will adopt a ritual of socialization that almost always involves parties and drinking. The city life. I think this is a song of an artist who has left her childhood home in the "green fields" to pursue her career but has now become aware of many things that she has sacrificed to do so. Perhaps she is also alluding to the loss of innocence and the purity and simplicity of childhood. Regardless, I think this is song mourning that loss and acknowledging how one can become buried or lost in this life of the city and the drive to achieve. A statement that in order to pursue one's dreams one must give something up and that often those whose dreams remain unfulfilled dig a hole which they fall into and may never get back out of.

    That may be too specific and perhaps she means to symbolize our path as a species. How we have come to build and dwell in cities, losing a purer and simpler life where we understood the "way the land feels". Either way, I think the overall gist is the same and that these two ideas are closely related parallels.

    A beautiful and sad, bittersweet and haunting song. Every time I hear it I feel compelled to get out of the city for a while and reconnect with nature.
    mjoaon June 18, 2012   Link

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