"Adventures in Solitude" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
Balancing on one wounded wing
Circling the edge of the never ending
The best of the vanished marvels
Have gathered inside your door

More than begin but less than forget
But spirits born from the not happened yet
Gathering there to pay off a debt
Brought back from the wars

We thought, we lost you
We thought, we lost you
We thought, we lost you
Welcome back

Sleeping for years, pick through what is left
Through the pieces that fell and rose from the depth
From the rainwater well deep as a secret nobody knows

Less than forget but more than begun
These adventures in solitude never done
To the names of our wounds
We send the same blood back from the wars

We thought, we lost you
We thought, we lost you
We thought, we lost you
It will all come back

I know you want to run far away
From one more and that it's comin' at a bad time
Some cold place heartless ways for all we know

I know you need to breathe through
Come back, come too but it's comin' at a bad time
Tangled day, for all we know

I know you want to run far away from one more
And that's comin' at a bad time
Some cold race heartless ways for all we know

I know you want to breathe through
Come back, come too but it's comin' at a bad time
Old scarred face survivor's guilt, for all we know


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"Adventures in Solitude" as written by Carl Allan Newman

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    General CommentSounds like a near-death experience, like a person fighting cancer (circling the edge of the never-ending) and surviving (we thought we lost you...welcome back).
    Malmoon July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou shouldn't take it too literal at times. This song is be derived from the title - Adventures in Solitude. It's about being alone, getting some space for yourself. Because of the "adventure" in the title, the "wars" described aren't literally wars but metaphors for the turmoil and hard times that may have 'caused the loneliness or need of space.

    It's amazingly nice change of pace from the usual non-sensical New Pornographers writing style. I know they could be political at times, but this song isn't political.
    KidUncommonon July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is such a life-saver. January was hard. I don't know why. Well actually I do know but I'm not going to tell about it here. Anyway, it seemed very very possible then that nothing would ever feel good again. I had a free period and I lied down on the sofas at school and watched the clouds go by. Then this song came on shuffle and assured that

    "We thought we lost you
    We thought we lost you
    We thought we lost you
    It will all come back"

    I decided to believe it. And it was right. Yaaay.
    raiseyourvoiceon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHmm... Well I've been reading a fair amoung New Pornographer interpretations and one common theme I've seen from comments is "If you've lived it, you get it." I've never been divorced or had an affair, but I do have depression; as a result, in some sense I 'get' this one.

    First consider that the narrator is not the subject. The narrator is extending empathy to the subject, attempting to assist him/her through the 'guilt' phase of re-entering relationships (vanished marvels) after a period of self-inflicted alienation. The narrator's familiarity with the metaphors of depression survival - of silent, self-inflicted psycho-spiritual (and more rarely physical) violence - indicates a personal experience similar to the subject's; further the narrator's statements 'to pay off a debt..." and "we brought the same blood back..." references the common experience of depression-survivors, who often feel they owe a debt to someone who helped them to come back to society that cannot be repaid directly that obligates them to repay that debt to someone else who suffers what they have suffered and who, only another survivor knows, will spend the rest of their lives 'circling the edge of the neverending.'
    MrEouson November 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong
    C D G AM

    Bridge
    Bm G C G

    I find this works well for the guitar.

    This song is awesome, by far my favourite The New Pornographers song :)

    I'm guessing that it's about somebody who has gone through depression haemoraging friends through the mines of a war going on in their head leading them to solitude, to nothing... which they claim back and with so their friends that have been awaiting patiently. I think it's about dealing with the guilt of rejecting your friends, rejecting that which can bring you happiness and embracing it once the war is over.

    I might be wrong but that's my spin on it... I guess I'll wait and see to be proved wrong :D
    atlantioon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat relationship with the person who made your life make sense ends. Over the years you meet other people, but never ignites the same magic... always feel a sense of longing... a hole that nobody can fill. Then your paths cross again...

    Or something else? Like it better than the above ideas tho :p
    howlingtormentson December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's because I just saw it (read the book), but this song is reminiscent of scenes from the movie Atonement.
    wraton January 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI took it as being completely within the realm of solitude. The "we" referring to the aspect of someone's self presented to the world, and the "you" being their true self that's constantly changing and in question. Like when faced with a difficult problem or sadness, someone might retreat to a deeper, darker part of themselves, and the adventure is coming out of that.

    But I'm probably over-thinking.
    clamanityon March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not really sure what this song is about, but I'm leaning towards someone opting to go it alone, whether the times are good or bad, but ultimately realizing that there are people in their life who care and are waiting for them when they're ready.

    I couldn't agree more about the "We thought we lost you"s. The first time I heard this song I started crying, having gone through several things alone, often of my own choice. It was the first time I realized the people in my life care about me. I still get a wave of emotion every time they start singing that part.
    pheineon April 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe melody of this song is so magical.
    music_is_my_life001on May 22, 2009   Link

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