"As Dust Dances" as written by and Simon Alexander Neil....
There's a man on the corner selling dozens of bones
Every type of bone except the one that I want
Ever think what your eyes do when trying to sleep
Or where your tongue rests, is that against your teeth?

But now it's bigger than us
It's bigger than everything it decides to touch

The sleep is the safest place you can be
You can try hard to catch it, it just catches you
Imagine a camera coming up from your feet
Relax all your muscles, son, just hope your heart's in one piece

Now it's bigger than us
It's bigger than everything it decides to touch
It's bigger than a halo, a devil, an angel and a crow
The bone's got the wrong detail, I hoped it would have
Save for a shinbone or even a hand

Such a lonely ride, such a lonely ride
Such a lonely ride, such a lonely ride
Such a lonely ride, such a lonely ride
Such a lonely ride, such a lonely ride

Now it's bigger than us
It's bigger than everything it decides to touch
The bone's got the wrong detail, I hoped it would have for you
Save for a shinbone or even a hand

There's a man on the corner selling dozens of bones
Every type of bone except the one that I want


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"As Dust Dances" as written by Simon Alexander Neil

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    Song MeaningSome people have touched on the meaning.
    I, personally, believe it is about the death of his mother. I'm not sure if it was a bone disease or something but it would make sense
    ''There's a man on the corner, selling dozens of bones,
    every type of bone except the one that I want.''

    The next few lines seem to describe his trying to take his mind off the thought of his mother
    ''Ever think what your eyes do when you're trying to sleep
    Or where you tongue rests, is it against your teeth?''


    ''Now it's bigger than us, it's bigger than everything it decides to touch
    It's bigger than a halo, a devil, an angel and a crow''
    This depicts death itself, a crow, gives of a strong image of death in celtic ancestry.

    Hope this could help.
    highlander97on May 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA very nice song

    "Such a lonely ride, such a lonely ride"

    Something about that line sends shivers down my spine
    Franco182on June 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlovely and peaceful song.
    I think this song is about falling asleep.
    You can see the tranquillity in the title "as dust dances". I mean, if you have time to look at the dust as it dances with the wind, is because nothing around worries you.
    So returning to the main fact, falling asleep is the most uncontrollable thing I can think of. Just when you really want to fall asleep it's when you stay awake all night long:
    "You can try hard to catch it, it just catches you".

    There are certain parts of the song that are a little paranoic, those about bones and so.

    But anyway about the verse:
    "Such a lonely ride, such a lonely ride"
    The loneliest moment it's when you are trying to sleep, you are alone, all by yourself trying to think about nothing, but thinking about averything...

    Well, i think the ideas are a little messy but that was my opinion. waiting to read yours.

    sorry for my english.
    Mon the biffy!
    tahoeson June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf by asleep you mean dead, then yes i agree.
    but all the same things apply.

    Although the bone bits confuse me.
    Avatar-rockon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHmm...
    I must be completely wrong then.
    I thought it was about someone having an illness? And the bones line at the beginning was signifying that he couldn't buy y'know...a cure or something.

    And the whole sleeping thing seemed to me as if sleeping was the only way to forget about it, because when you're asleep, anything can happen in your dreams.

    Everything just seemed to fit into this for me?!
    esmejayon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking its about day dreaming, or perhaps trying to think of things to take your mind off something... i.e. the loss of someone close.
    clyroBiffyon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti can see where you might think the song is about sleep but it points towards death - or at least thinking about it.
    "its bigger than us, its bigger than everything it decides to touch,
    its bigger than an halo (i love how he says "'alo",) a devil, an angel, and a crow."
    those 4 symbols - halo, devil, angel and crow are all realted to death, especially crow, which is a major celtic symbol and being from scotland its got obvious meaning.
    though the crow has various meanings in celtic tradition they're pretty much an omen, associated with death.
    As well as that the majority of this album is deeply rooted in the death of Elenor Neil, Simons mum, hence the song Folding Stars. though im not sure how his mum died, there is the possibility that it was bone related, perhaps? im not sure. amazing song though from an amazing album, mon the biffy!
    weemaloneon December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMan sellin bones is death cuz whats left after that deal? Bones! bone he wants is a wishin bone so he can wish 4 his mum 2 com bak but any bone will do, any proof she was there like hand or shinbone. When u lose som1 you love u think of random things like what eyes do when u sleep or where ur tongue rests. Sleepin is the best thing u can do 2 numb that pain. Things happen in slow motion like a cam comin up from ur feet and u get shit tips like to relax ur muscles. In the end it's a lonely ride.
    herchenmon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd when you try to catch some sleep, you can't sleep but then you fall asleep when you don't really expect to, so sleep catches you
    herchenmon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe I'm getting nostalgic too quickly, but this song takes me right back to last summer, cruising in my small and crappy car through the city as the sun sets after many awesome days hanging out with my friends during our last summer together, it always felt like "such a lonely ride".

    Also, I got Puzzle at the same time I got The White Stripe's Icky Thump album, so I can't listen to the first line, "There's a man on the corner selling dozens of bones" without adding in my head "His name is Jack White" because of their song Rag & Bone. Rag & Bone men don't even sell bones!
    Lewis88on March 29, 2008   Link

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