And the solemn verse resounds
Heavy lies the twisted crown
As it hovers above
The disgrace I've become

Like a blemish on otherwise perfect skin
Like a scar from a sore
Like a stain that's set in
I wallow in what I could have been

Take me away
Away from this place
Come like a thief in the night
Be a rapture and take me away
From these sentiments turned sediment
From this crude cast of our intent
From the boulder we can't set aside
Come like a thief in the night
Be my vision and take me away

With all the pigments that you've shed
(So pale and porous)
I'm the heir of empty breaths
Of sulfur and sweat
I'm the king of what could have been

I have wed my regret, she's my blushing bride
Like an ache
Like a cramp I can't lose
So I wallow in what I could have been

Be a fleeting glimpse
Of what could have been
That comes to me
Every now and again
And I'll just pretend to carry on, carelessly

Your glimpses are ever fleeting
You're the crutch on which I'm leaning
Come to me
Hold me up be my stilt, my splint
Be my brace, be mine
So I can carry on, carelessly


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    General CommentAnd the solemn verse resounds…
    Heavy lies the twisted crown
    As it hovers above
    The disgrace I’ve become

    Like a blemish on otherwise perfect skin
    Like a scar from a sore
    Like a stain that’s set in
    I wallow in what I could have been

    Take me away
    Away from this place
    Come like a thief in the night
    Be a rapture and take me away
    From these sentiments turned sediment
    From this crude cast of our intent
    From the boulder we can’t set aside.
    Come like a thief in the night
    Be my vision and take me away

    With all the pigments that you’ve shed
    (So pale and porous)
    I’m the heir of empty breaths,
    Of sulfur and sweat,
    I’m the king of what could have been

    I have wed my regret, she’s my blushing bride
    Like an ache
    Like a cramp I can’t lose
    So I wallow in what I could have been

    Be a fleeting glimpse
    Of what could have been
    That comes to me
    Every now and again
    And I’ll just pretend to carry on, carelessly

    Your glimpses are ever fleeting
    You’re the crutch on which I’m leaning
    Come to me
    Hold me up be my stilt, my splint
    Be my brace, be mine
    So I can carry on, carelessly
    ciesl279on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much...This and Pale Blue Dot back to back is really great.

    They both also have that different song structure than what their first album had.
    -ZERO-on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The lyrics were meant to serve as a portrait of the main character looking back on his life and all the mistakes he made, and wrongs he has done, and basically wallowing in all the things he could have been. Regret, remorse. This is the beginning of the man actually being swallowed by his guilt. The next and final song further describes this."
    ALotOfNothingon January 06, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionIs there a reason there are only three comments on this song? I mean, yeah, the song's self-explanatory, but I figured I'd see more comments like "I love this song" and "one of my favorites". This song is absolute win.
    Senjionon September 24, 2010   Link

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