"Wanderers" as written by and Lee Oskar Sylvester Allen....
This little light of mine
I was told to let it shine
But I stood idly by
And watched that poor flame die

I kept it from the bushel and brush
Away from the grasp of men
I left that lantern in the light
Where my flame could blend right in

I will bear this cross
And I will wear these thorns
I will bear this cross
I will wear these thorns

But I know all this dark won't swallow
All the light I hide but still host her
I'll learn to hold
She will grow and grow
And she will shine so bright

"Don't let Satan blow it out"
The teachers always said
But soon enough he figured out
It wasn't worth his breathe
'Cause this little light of mine
Is losing all its bright

Not to the dark, I hold inside
But to the dark kept from its sight
Below the smoke still burns a fire
A small spark lives 'neath all these ashes
Promise me you'll blow until I glow

I will bear this cross
I will wear these thorns

But I know all this dark won't swallow
All the light I hide but still host her
I'll learn to hold
He will grow and grow
And she will shine so bright

I've learned to smolder
All the smoke but no flame
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down
(I will bear this cross)
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down
(I will wear these thorns)

But I know all this dark won't swallow
The light I hide but still host her
I'll learn to hold
She will grow and grow
And she will shine so bright

Ashes to ashes, we all fall down

This little light of mine
I was told to let it shine
But I stood idly by



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"Wanderers" as written by Charles W. Miller Beth Gibbons

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    General CommentBrendan said:

    "The lyrics deal a lot with conviction and the loss of it. Light can only shine in dark places. Despite many things, the most natural of human conviction and hope is not lost."


    I really like how it's based off the little light of mine thing.
    Revengaon August 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis little light of mine
    I was told to let it shine
    But I stood idly by
    And watched that poor flame die

    I kept it from the bushel and brush
    And away from the grasp of men
    I left that lantern in the light
    Where my flame could blend right in

    I will bear this cross
    I will wear these thorns

    But I know
    All this dark won't swallow
    All the light I hide
    But still host

    Her I'll learn to hold
    She will grow and grow
    She will shine so bright

    "Don't let Satan blow it out."
    The teachers always said
    But soon enough he figured out
    It wasn't worth his breathe

    'Cuz this little light of mine
    Is losing all its' bright
    Not to the dark I hold inside

    But to the dark kept from its sight
    Below the smoke still burns a fire
    A small spark lives 'nearth all these ashes
    Promise me you'll blow until I glow red,
    bright fiery red

    I've learned to smolder
    All smoke but no flame
    Ashes ashes we all fall down

    (I long to glow like you
    embers, bright halogen embers)

    I will bear this cross
    I will wear these thorns

    But I know
    All this dark won't swallow
    All the light I hide
    But still host

    Her I'll learn to hold
    She will grow and grow
    She will shine so bright

    Ashes to ashes we all fall down

    This little light of mine
    I was told to let it shine
    But I stood idly by...
    ciesl279on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHANK YOU SO MUCH - this is such a beautiful song
    spiritussancti87on August 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTHANK YOU SO MUCH - this is such a beautiful song
    spiritussancti87on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGutzs, I never really thought about it like that, and I noticed the religious references too.

    Anyways, I think this song is about him not trying hard and making mistakes. After he finds out he's going to be a father (notice it comes before Stay Small) he doesn't want to his daughter to end up like him (burning out and letting his 'flame' die).
    paintballonaimon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe title probably has something to do with the song itself.

    I think its about a guy who was raised in a religion, but grew up and wandered away from it, until he he hit rock bottom...the light could be his soul.
    bloodylipson June 19, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOkay here's what I think this sing is about:
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    "This little light of mine
    I was told to let it shine"

    He grew up with faith, and he was raised to show his faith and proclaim it. In this medaphor, Faith=Light.
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    "But I stood idly by
    And watched that poor flame die

    I kept it from the bushel and brush
    And away from the grasp of men
    I left that lantern in the light
    Where my flame could blend right in"

    Here, the speaker is addressing how he was reclusive about his faith, probably because of society's growing disrespect of faith of any kind. He "kept that lanturn in the light", meaning he only exposed his faith to people who shared his views, probably for fear of ridicule.
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    "I will bear this cross
    I will wear these thorns"

    Confirms the christian meaning behind this song. Bearing the cross is a Christian medaphor for suffering in the name of faith.
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    "Her I'll learn to hold
    She will grow and grow
    She will shine so bright"

    I have no idea...Every reference to "her" has me completely stumped. I have to think about this more. Maybe "She" is his "light" aka faith. But thats just speculation.
    ----------------------------------------------
    ""Don't let Satan blow it out."
    The teachers always said
    But soon enough he figured out
    It wasn't worth his breathe

    'Cuz this little light of mine
    Is losing all its' bright
    Not to the dark I hold inside

    But to the dark kept from its sight
    Below the smoke still burns a fire
    A small spark lives 'nearth all these ashes
    Promise me you'll blow until I glow red,
    bright fiery red"

    Pretty much, someone is trying to convince him not to let Satin destroy his faith, and he is struggling with it, saying there is only a spark left from his flame (faith), then he urges the person to not give up on him ("promise you'll blow until I glow red")
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    "I've learned to smolder
    All smoke but no flame
    Ashes ashes we all fall down"

    Ashes are left when a flame stops burning, pretty self explanitory what's going on here.
    ----------------------------------------------------
    "I long to glow like you
    embers, bright halogen embers"

    The song then repeats the chorus, then ends with this:

    "This little light of mine
    I was told to let it shine
    But I stood idly by... "

    Same as the beginning, but this time you can hear the sadness in his voice and know now that he is looking back in regret.
    Gutzson March 09, 2008   Link

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