"Borrowed Time" as written by and Alison Loren/penaloza Sudol....
Thick as thieves the last of leaves
In the winter sun
Holding fast this freezing branch
Is home to us

Step, step right over the line
And onto borrowed time
When it's life, not waiting to die
Waiting to divide to divide

Counting stars and passing cars
On the interstate
The end is near I feel it dear
But I am not afraid

Step, step right over the line
And onto borrowed time
When it's life, not waiting to die
Waiting to divide to divide

But you say you're getting tired
You're tired and so am I
When you follow from behind

Step, step right over the line
And onto borrowed time
When it's life, not waiting to die
Waiting to divide to divide

But you say you're getting tired
You're tired and so am I
When you follow from behind


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"Borrowed Time" as written by Anthony Joseph Penaloza Alison Sudol

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    General CommentSudol seems to have a running theme on this album about not just sitting down and letting life pass you by, but getting up and getting out there and taking risks. To me, this song is about not dwelling in fear of the end of your life, even if it is close. Get out there, use that borrowed time to life! LIVE LIFE AND STOP JUST "WAITING TO DIE." So many people live a life of mundacity - get up, go to work, come home, watch TV, go to bed . . . repeat. Sudol says, "Get out there and live! Don't waste your life!"
    ploodieon August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh my god. One comment? Seriously? I love this song. I love Sudol's voice and lyrics. This song is beautiful. Depressing, though.
    peaceasyon October 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love the last minute or so, when she doesn't sing and it's just ambient.
    beautiful lyrics/vocals as always.

    anyone else get the feeling she's taking the POV of an animal, like in the minnow and the trout? 'this freezing branch is home to us', 'the end is near, i feel it dear, but i'm not afraid'. many animals have relatively short lifespans. idk just a thought. it says on her wikipedia that she might write a book influenced by the chronicles of narnia, with the talking animals and all. so maybe she's using her songs to practice. *shrugs*
    mister care-too-muchon December 07, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI love this song! 'Step, step right over the line and onto borrowed time...'' I love that line. I think it's about just enjoying life for as long as you can. When I first heard it, I thought of someone who found out they were dying and just going through life. This song is so gentle and sweet. It's soft, just beautiful. That's what drew me to the song.
    Prowler Kidon January 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think I agree with everyone else, the whole point seems to be that regardless of your position in life and how much longer you have, you should focus on LIFE not just living. i think this is inspiring and almost haunting
    staringdownthesunon May 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite lyric is

    the end is near
    i feel it, dear
    but i am not afraid

    <3
    mialove1989on July 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply beautiful. I agree with all the other comments. The only lyric I wish was explained is "Waiting to divide, to divide." I looked all over for an explanation to that lyrics but I can't find one! The explanation I came up with is that our time in life keeps getting divided little by little, and we need to appreciate every second of it without fearing the end and regretting not living our lives.
    frenziiouson April 04, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningHaven't you thought that it may be something more mundane? Dramatic and depressing, yeah, but pretty simple and without very deep meaning?


    I see it like this:

    'Thick as thieves the last of leaves in the winter sun
    Holding fast, this freezing branch is home to us'
    Two people. They are a couple for long time. They see that thay can't live with each other, but still they try (like thieves - they are caught but when it's next chance, they steal again). Winter isn't good time for leaves, for life as well. When people recognise that they don't shape up it should be sing that it's the very end of their relationship. The couple from the song still hold this branch (which is near frozen, so sooner or later will fall from the tree; it's their home - they don't see other places to live, without fiance, because they still think it will be ok) and pretend that everything is alright. Sun might be good whiles, because everyone have sometimes good time with others. And this time may be mistaken with love happiness.

    'Step, step right over the line
    And onto borrowed time
    When it's life, not waiting to die
    Waiting to divide, to divide'
    Chorus. From here everything is logic. The most important are first two verses to understand song's message, I think.
    Those lines are words of one of the lovers. He see that it's no hope. 'Come here', he says, 'Come and be with me if you like, but it's not our time! We shouldn't be together anymore, but I will stay with you as long as you finally find out that something is wrong'. It's not their time. Borrowed time. They should end the relationship and start everything from the beginning. Stop waiting to die and thinking how this life is cruel that they can't be happy. They can't, because they don't do anything to be! It's existing, not living! And they both will suffer until they'll divide.

    'Counting stars and passing cars on the interstate
    The end is near I feel it dear but I am not afraid'
    When people are really sad, they try to do anything to forget about problems. Counting stars - or watching one point of ceiling - and passing cars are typical behaviours of lonely, depressed ones. And everything resembles them loved one. It's real pain when you know it's over, you can't imagine future life, but you know you must do it. You must make the decision. And you know it will never be like it was. Don't be afraid of making decisions. Don't waste your and her life.

    'But you say you're getting tired
    You're tired and so am I
    When you follow from behind'
    At last second lover finds out what first tried to say. He recognises, that it's all true. He is tired of this relationship too. He has got enough of being tied with all those limitations that second one brings. He see that when he tries to do something he must first think if it won't hurt fience, her feelings. They both know, they can't be together any longer.


    It's really great lyrics, song too. I think everyone of us had at least once such situation. I wish no one will have problem with living the life, like here. Thanks!
    vulturuson June 13, 2010   Link

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