"Ashes and Wine" as written by and Alison Loren/burton Sudol....
Don't know what to do anymore
I've lost the only love worth fighting for
And I'll drown in my tears, don't they see?
And that would show you, that would make you hurt like me

All the same
I don't want mudslinging games
It's just a shame
To let you walk away

Is there a chance, a fragment of light
At the end of the tunnel, a reason to fight?
Is there a chance you might change your mind
Or are we ashes and wine?

Don't know if our fate's already sealed
This day's a spinning surface on a wheel
And I'm ill with the thought of your kiss
Coffee-laced, intoxicating on her lips

Shut it out
I've got no claim on you now
Not allowed
To wear your freedom down, no

Is there a chance, a fragment of light
At the end of the tunnel, a reason to fight?
Is there a chance you might change your mind
Or are we ashes and wine?

And I'll tear myself away
That is what you need
There is nothing left to say

But is there a chance, a fragment of light
At the end of the tunnel, a reason to fight?
Is there a chance you may change your mind
Or are we ashes and wine?
The day's still ashes and wine
Or are we ashes?


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"Ashes and Wine" as written by Alison Sudol Lukas Mcguire Burton

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    General CommentI understand Alison Sudol loves and is inspired by great literature. The lyric in the song -- "ashes in wine" -- maybe it has some relationship to Greek legend of a woman drinking her lover's ashes in wine and to an ancient epitaph: "We, the dead, are only bones and ashes: waste no precious ointments or wreaths upon our tomb, for it is only marble; kindle no funeral pyre, for it is useless extravagance. If you have anything to give, give it while I am alive; but if you steep ashes in wine you only make mud, for the dead man does not drink." (as quoted in an essay on Omar Khayyam by Nathan Haskell Dole in the "Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern", page 8456 [retrieved from Google Books]. Of course, even if Alison Sudol were playing off this theme, it does not "fix" the meaning of her song, but I think it helps to consider it as having less direct meanings and multiple layers of meaning. It is a great, great song.
    florafotograficaon July 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe significance of "Ashes and Wine"

    Is that Ashes are not soluble (Unable to dissolve) in wine....

    Which I take into meaning...Her and this man just dont mix.
    simplyearthianon October 18, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationAt first, I wasn't sure what was meant by "ashes and wine". I read all the posts on this site, and could see most of everyone's interpretations, but none seemed to be quite right. Then it hit me: I think both ashes and wine are both things that are used up. An ash used to be a log, cigarette, etc. Wine used to be a grape. Both of them have lost their ability to ever change or be anything different than simply ashes and wine. The entire song is about whether there is hope or whether fate has already spoken. If they were cigarettes and grapes... they'd still have a chance; if they are ashes and wine, they are done.
    elforemaon August 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is soo sad! I think its about her losing someone she really loved. And she really wants to be with him still but they are opposites.
    luckystar177on July 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI definitely think this is one of the prettiest songs on the album. I think a lot of people can relate...I think it's about not really wanting to let someone go, knowing you have to...because they want to leave for one reason or another. It's kind of sad.
    vivrevotrevieon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is pretty easy to understand, and just as easy to relate to

    "This day’s a spinning circus on a wheel"
    i think that is one of my favorite lines from any song
    soleilon August 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI could swear on a stack of phonebooks that this song is called Ashes AND Wine.

    That said, this is probably my second favorite A Fine Frenzy song (behind Almost Lover). It's simply beautiful.
    Metalsandman999on September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis so is so beautiful. I love the lyrics.
    I somewhat relate and it hurts like crazy.
    ele11venon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about how you really love someone and they love you to but they are with someone else who they also love. your trying to get them to break up so you can be together but there to scared to leave the person there with and take a chance on a new relationship even tho it would probably be better then current one when she says "is there a chance you may change your mind" she means is there a chance that ther person will end up breaking things off with the other person and being with the other one

    worst feeling ever..
    Danbergeronon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou know those songs that feel like they are written about your life?

    my boyfriend got expelled from boarding school and i let him live with me for a period of time, where we spent every day and night together. then he went back to atlanta, ga. and a week later told me he could no longer do long distance and dumped me.

    see? describes my situation perfectly. and its the best song on the album. along with rangers and almost lover.
    megthepixieon October 14, 2007   Link

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