And honestly, I have been begging for answers
That you and only you can give to me
A voice crying loud
I've been crying for days now
And as I start to run, I stop to breathe

(And I was nearly scared to death)
And I was nearly scared to death
(Of what you left in paragraphs)
Of what you left in paragraphs
(The words were nearly over us)
The words were nearly over us
You stop and turn and grab your bags

And I'll be here by the ocean
Just waiting for proof that there's
Sunsets and silhouette dreams
All my sand castles fall
Like the ashes of cigarettes
And every waves drags me to sea
I could stand here for hours
Just to ask God the question
Is everyone here make-believe?
With a tear in His voice
He said, "Son, that's the question."
Does this deafening silence mean nothing
To no one but me?

As hours move to minutes
And minutes take longer to break
I will be desperately awaiting
But my tongue won't fall apart
And we've been sitting here for hours
All alone and in the dark

So let me think of how to word it
Is it too soon to say "perfect"?
If I could find another thirty minutes somewhere
I'm sure everything would find me
All that's left is just to sing

And I'll be here by the ocean
Just waiting for proof that there's
Sunsets and silhouette dreams
All my sand castles fall
Like the ashes of cigarettes
And every waves drags me to sea
I could stand here for hours
Just to ask God the question
Is everyone here make-believe?
With a tear in His voice
He said, "Son, that's the question."
Does this deafening silence mean nothing
To no one but me?

And if you sing to me sweet till then
I may never sail Virginia again
And as this current moves slow for me
This much you must know
We'll meet again
And El, I'll have you know I'm scared to death

Tell me once again
That you'll love me to the death
And should I die
You swear that you will come for me
As I fade away, you reach out your arms
(And please don't let me go)
And please don't let me go
(And please don't let me go)
And please don't let me go

And I'll be here by the ocean
Just waiting for proof that there's
Sunsets and silhouette dreams
All my sand castles fall
Like the ashes of cigarettes
And every waves drags me to sea
I could stand here for hours
Just to ask God the question
Is everyone here make-believe?
With a tear in His voice
He said, "Son, that's the question."
Does this deafening silence mean nothing
To no one but me?


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You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet on the Ground, I'll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart in the Clouds song meanings
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    General CommentThe verses are definitely about him thinking about the relationship. I interpret the first verse as him reading a goodbye letter that the girl gave to him as she was leaving because she couldn't actually tell him face to face. Probably because she was cheating on him with another guy behind his back. In the second verse, he tells of how he thought that their relationship was perfect, and I guess he's just wondering how she could leave.. what was it that he did wrong?

    Eventually, he drifts off into that sleep that you get when you're super exhausted, totally worn out from being so depressed. That's when the chorus hits. He dreams that he's walking beside an ocean, reminiscing about all the past events in the relationship (those are the silhouette dreams), and he asks God if everyone there was make believe. In other words, was everything he saw in the relationship real, or were there things that he wasn't really aware of, and maybe that's why the girl left. Was the relationship really that perfect?

    The ending part is him wanting to meet with the girl again. He wants to hear that she'll love him 'til the death. He wants to know that she'll never let him go. And because she actually did leave him, he's scared to death. He's torn .. heartbroken.

    This song was definitely the easiest to relate to for me. I think anyone who's been in a deep relationship that ended by the other person leaving them can relate. This is undoubtedly my favorite song off the album, if only because I can put myself exactly in the guy's shoes.

    'You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground... I'll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds'
    carefreedudeon August 18, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm getting pretty disappointed no one has pointed out the fact that the chorus is a direct reference to the poem "A Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe.

    I mean:

    And I'll be here by the ocean
    Just waiting for proof that there's
    Sunsets and silhouette dreams
    All my sand castles fall
    Like the ashes of cigarettes
    And every waves drags me to sea
    I could stand here for hours
    Just to ask God the question
    Is everyone here make-believe?

    I stand amid the roar
    Of a surf-tormented shore,
    And I hold within my hand
    Grains of the golden sand-
    How few! yet how they creep
    Through my fingers to the deep,
    While I weep- while I weep!
    O God! can I not grasp
    Them with a tighter clasp?
    O God! can I not save
    One from the pitiless wave?
    Is all that we see or seem
    But a dream within a dream?
    mypencilson October 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that the beginning is about a girl leaving him. and the rest of the song is about him getting over it seeking Gods help.

    i thought maybe the ending was to a girl, but El translates to God in english. so that changed my views on that part.
    imtheleadon November 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs previously stated, the first verse is obviously about a relationship failed. He just wants answers, answers only his partner can give, but it seems she’s denying him.
    Then, in the chorus he’s sitting on the beach, and that’s when he has this epiphany, this realization where he really steps back and is like ‘Wow. This is for real.’ For a lot of people, there are just these moments where you come to understand the reality and the intricacy of life, and it flabbergasts you that something so beautiful in all its tragic glory could actually exist. I’ve experienced this feeling, and it really is like an out-of-body occurrence. So I think this is when he looks to God for the answers, just searching for the reassurance that we’re all pawns on his giant chess board. And when he’s not answered to his satisfaction immediately, he wonders if he’s the only one who isn’t content not knowing.
    In the next verse, it seems to be a continuation of the chorus, in which he’s still planted in that spot, trying to figure it all out, but nothing’s coming. And he’s sure that if he just waits there a little longer, everything will come to him.
    The chorus comes once again, and we’re reacquainted with that feeling of confusion, followed by the bridge, in which he seems to be almost bargaining with God, saying that if he only grants him this one piece of knowledge, this meaning to life, then he promises he’ll stay faithful. ‘El’, in Hebrew, means ‘God’, and when I found that out, it completely changed the meaning of this part, and really the song in general. I could be wrong, but I think he’s really showing God his vulnerability. He’s terrified, but he wants God to give him the reassurance that if he does this; if he dives into faith, that God’s going to take care of him.
    I think this song is really about finding his true identity in God, and trying to grasp this crazy concept of life, and realizing that he’s never truly going to understand, but he has to trust in God’s plan.
    LEAHHMACKENZIEEon February 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat I get out of this song, is that El is greatly missed. And that El killed herself.

    "And honestly, I have been begging for answers
    That you and only you can give to me"

    As in, he's begging for answers to the questions he has about why she killed herself... but no one can give him those answers except for her, and that can't happen.

    Basically, he's scared to death over death, and he hopes that she will be there for him when he dies.

    That's what I get out of this.
    gotyourfaceon August 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningHe's confused. He doesn't understand why she left without saying goodbye or what she did that made her disappear. All she left was a note. He was shocked that she would just leave like that. She grabbed her bags and took off without a word.
    He stands and looks out to sea....standing there for hours having this little hope that maybe she will come back. Everything starts to be so un-real to him that he asks God "Is everyone here make-believe?"....because this has happened to him before.....and it's starting to seem like everything is too good to be true. He feels so alone that he tunes the whole world away.
    He never got to say "I love you." He had a flashback of the time they sat "alone and in the dark", he thought the moment was perfect....and he would have done anything to go back and have a 30 more minutes with her.
    Then she tries again, she remembers the nights he would sing her to sleep and stay close. And if he keeps her promise that he will love her to death (he swore to her that if she died he will come back to her) she may never leave him and sail virginia again....she tries to go back but the current moves slow...and as he fades away and forgets her, she begs to not let go.
    Panic17on July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWhen i listen to this song i get no feeling what so ever that hes talking about a relationship or a bad breakup. I Think He's Talking about being alone, Watching everyone pass him by. "And I'll be here by the ocean Just waiting for proof that there's Sunsets and silhouette dreams"
    When he says that i think he means i'll be here if you care, waiting, By myself For Proof of what you told me to expect. I Think in a way he's asking for gods help. To lead him in the right direction.He's Not Talking to anyone in particular.
    akamarusbestfriendon March 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song [well the whole album actually!] i was sitting next to Derek and Brooks and across from Alex and Cabbage, it was such an amazing moment that i will remember forever... this song is just so awesome, the boys sound so grown up! it's just great! everytime i hear this album i'll remember that the first time i got to hear it was over a month before it came out sitting in a hotel room next to Mayday Parade =)
    brittanynoeleon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthats awesome man,
    do you know wat the ? are saying?
    Heartahimfan666on June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is what i get from it:

    And honestly, I have been begging for answers
    That you and only you can give to me
    **A voice crying loud, I've been crying for days now
    And as I start to run, I stop to breathe
    **(And I was nearly scared to death)
    **And I was nearly scared to death
    **(Why you left in paragraphs)
    **Why you left in paragraphs
    **(The words were nearly over us)
    **The words were nearly over us
    **You stop and turn to grab your bags

    And I'll be here by the ocean
    **Just waiting for proof that there's sunsets and silhouette dreams
    All my sand castles fall like the ashes of cigarettes
    And every waves drags me to sea
    I could stand here for hours
    Just to ask God the question, "Is everyone here make-believe?"
    **With a tear in His voice, He says, "Son, that's the question,
    Does this deafening silence mean nothing to no one but me?"

    As I was moved to malice
    And minutes take longer to break
    I will be desperately awaiting
    But my tongue won't fall apart
    And we've been sitting here for hours
    All alone and in the dark

    So let me think of how to word it
    Is it too soon to say 'perfect'?
    If I could find another thirty minutes somewhere
    I'm sure everything would find me
    **All that's left is just to sing--

    And I'll be here by the ocean
    **Just waiting for proof that there's sunsets and silhouette dreams
    All my sand castles fall like the ashes of cigarettes
    And every waves drags me to sea
    I could stand here for hours
    Just to ask God the question, "Is everyone here make-believe?"
    **With a tear in His voice, He says, "Son, that's the question,
    Does this deafening silence mean nothing to no one but me?"

    ?
    I may never sail Virginia again
    And as this current moves slow for me
    This much you must know, we'll meet again
    And I'll have you know I'm scared to death

    Tell me once again
    That you'll love me to the death
    And should I die, you swear that you will come for me
    **As I fade away, you reach out your hand
    (And please don't let me go)
    And please don't let me go
    (And please don't let me go)
    And please don't let me go

    And I'll be here by the ocean
    **Just waiting for proof that there's sunsets and silhouette dreams
    All my sand castles fall like the ashes of cigarettes
    And every waves drags me to sea
    I could stand here for hours
    Just to ask God the question, "Is everyone here make-believe?"
    **With a tear in His voice, He says, "Son, that's the question,
    Does this deafening silence mean nothing to no one but me?"
    brittanynoeleon June 26, 2007   Link

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