I watched my guilt blossom before me
Like a tender shoot
With thirsty roots
Oh, how my garden grows
The shameful seeds I've sown
I watched its stems sprawl above me
Its dark shadow cast its cloud around me
But I can live with it
I'll live in it

There's no place like home

Stretch your arms around me
Cast your cloud above me
Curtained, kept, and covered in
Your solemn vow,
"Ever you go, I'll follow."
Grow your roots within me
Drink of me you thirsty seed
I cower, cringe, and tremble at
Your solemn vow,
"Ever you go, I'll follow you."

There's no place like home

There's no place like home
(I can learn to live with this)
There's no place like home
(If I can learn to live in it)

Heavied, we're so heavy
If she only knew just how sorry I was
(Heavied, we're so heavy)
If she only knows...

Sticks and stones won't break my bones
It's the branches and boulders I shoulder
Stick and stones won't break my bones
I can live with it
If I can learn to live with this
If I can learn to live


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Pale Blue Dot song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentOn their "Mi Fa Mi" Behind the Record website, Brendan explained that this song has lines from every song on the album subliminally sang within the song. I believe them to be at the 3:15'ish mark. It's very very faint and with overdrive over it in the background. Can anybody make it out? My guess as to what they are, are the highlighted lines in the lyric booklet. but yeah, i don't know....
    gregxthoron January 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the whole album follows a theme, it is very much a conceptual album and this is almost coming to terms with the rest of the events in the 11 songs that precede it.
    Pale Blue Dot refers to earth, as Wozz had mentioned the Voyager photograph. It's one of the most famous photographs ever taken and surly one of the most recongizable and the book of the same title is simply amazing.
    "The shameful seeds I've sown
    I watched its stems sprawl above me
    Its dark shadow cast its cloud around me
    But I can live with it
    I'll live in it"

    We've made this planet what it is, and sometimes it hasn't always been good but when all is said and all is done, there is no place like home.

    "Heavied, we're so heavy
    If she only knew just how sorry I was
    (Heavied, we're so heavy)
    If she only knows..."

    I think this is an apology to the planet, for all we've put her through.


    "I can live with it
    If I can learn to live with this
    If I can learn to live "

    He can live with the guilt if he can learn to live with it but only if he first learns how to live.
    candykaoson August 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd to better illustrate the pale blue dot concept, here's an excerpt from the book. This can be found right at the beginning of the book in chapter one, there's more to it but I don't feel like typing it all out and this is the only excerpt I found online.

    We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you know, everyone you love, everyone you've ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines. Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

    Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish this pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
    Carl Sagan
    candykaoson August 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Heavied, we're so heavy" and "The shameful seeds I've sown"....from the song "The Salesman, The Husband, The Lover"


    "If she only knew just how sorry I was" is from the song "Stay small"
    staceykinson March 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI watched my guilt blossom before me
    Like a tender shoot
    With thirsty roots
    O’ how my garden grows
    The shameful seeds I’ve sown

    I watched its stems sprawl above me
    Its dark shadow cast its cloud around me
    Curtained, kept, and covered in
    Your solemn vow,
    “Ever you go, I’ll follow.”

    Grow your roots within me
    Drink of me you thirsty seed
    I cower, cringe, and tremble at
    Your solemn vow,
    “Ever you go, I’ll follow.”

    There’s no place like home

    I can learn to live with this
    If I can learn to live in it

    Heavied we’re so heavy

    If she only knew just how sorry I was

    Sticks and stones won’t break my bones
    It’s the branches and boulders I shoulder
    Stick and stones won’t break my bones
    I can live with it
    If I can learn to live with this
    If I can learn to live
    ciesl279on August 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for all the lyrics. I haven't had time to type them out and I appreciate it.
    thoseguiltyeyeson August 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmessed up those lyrics sorry. heres the right ones

    I watched my guilt blossom before me
    Like a tender shoot
    With thirsty roots
    O’ how my garden grows
    The shameful seeds I’ve sown
    I watched its stems sprawl above me
    Its dark shadow cast its cloud around me
    But I can live with it
    I’ll live in it

    There’s no place like home

    Stretch your arms around me
    Cast your cloud above me
    Curtained, kept, and covered in
    Your solemn vow,
    “Ever you go, I’ll follow.”
    Grow your roots within me
    Drink of me you thirsty seed
    I cower, cringe, and tremble at
    Your solemn vow,
    “Ever you go, I’ll follow you.”

    There’s no place like home

    There’s no place like home
    (I can learn to live with this)
    There’s no place like home
    (If I can learn to live in it)

    Heavied we’re so heavy
    If she only knew just how sorry I was
    (Heavied we’re so heavy)
    If she only knows…

    Sticks and stones won’t break my bones
    It’s the branches and boulders I shoulder
    Stick and stones won’t break my bones
    I can live with it
    If I can learn to live with this
    If I can learn to live
    ciesl279on August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrendan says this song is almost a love song between a man and his guilt, how he gets used to it and learns to live in it like a home
    ciesl279on August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds about right. I think the whole plant thing growing is this guilt and he lives with it until it kind of grows within him and almost becomes a part of him (it says it will follow him where ever he goes). Something like that. ANYWAYS, this song is fucking amazing definatly my favourite on the new album (which is also amazing)!
    rival.cycleon August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo u think that the song has any connection with a photo made by the Voyager probe ? the photo is named "the pale blue dot" and shows the Earth (which is a literally a little blue pale dot as far as universe is concerned) there's a also a book with the same title. dunno :D
    Wozzon August 24, 2007   Link

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