So it begins
Our eyes torn open
Free from the thorns of doubt
Free from our selfish confines
our blood
Restless, ceaseless

With open arms we stand before the dawn

The sun seems to have been rising
Ever since I can recall
lending a sense of permanence
To this lying world

Your words not worth the air
Your life’s not worth its weight in flesh
To hope for something more
To dream of substance

Like a million before us
Waiting to die
Like a billion before us
Waiting to die

Masochistic
Don’t think this won’t be remembered Would be remembered
Sadistic
Perpetuation of stagnation

There is nothing as empty
As waiting to die
We spend our lives wasting as time eats us alive

The sun seems to have been falling ever since I can recall
The only sense of permanence
In this dying world

Sit back and watch as time eats us alive

Everyone who knew me(knew me)
Destined to die(die)
The marks I've left
Upon this world
Will wash away
In time
In time

And so it ends
In time
It all finds an end
In time
And so it ends
In time
We all find an end

With broken arms
And hollow eyes
I’ll wait our return
To oblivion

Embrace our last
Empty
Horizons

Embrace our last empty

Horizons x5


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  • +6
    My InterpretationThis song is about life and death, to put it simply. The 'horizons' that are mentioned represent the future. Using the lyrics as found in the book (and Don Vito's post) we can see the song split up into 3 sections. The style is different for each park, as movements in a larger work, but more than that, each section deals with a different stage of life.

    "I - So it begins, our eyes torn open. Free from the thorns of doubt. Free from our selfish confine. Our. Blood. Restless. Ceaseless. With open arms we stand before the dawn."

    The first section is new life. This doesn't mean babies or infants, but rather a naive and young way to look at the world. All the feelings and lyrics here show energy, youth, restlessness to get out and do things. Change the world. The notable line here is the last. With open arms we stand before the dawn. This shows the person embracing the horizons ahead of him, ready to take it on.

    "II - The sun seems to have been rising ever since I can recall. Lending a sense of permanence to this lying world. Your words, not worth the air. Your life, not worth its weight in flesh. To hope for something more. To dream of substance. Like a million before us, waiting to die. Like a billion before us, waiting to die. Masochistic, to think this would be remembered. Sadistic, perpetuation of stagnation. There is nothing as empty as waiting to die. We spend our lives wasting, as time eats us alive. The sun seems to have been falling ever since I can recall. The only sence of permanence in this dying world. Sit back and watch as time eats us alive. Everyone who knew me, Destined to die. The marks I left upon this world will wash away."

    This section is the part where the person learns what life is all about. He repeatedly talks about the rising and setting sun as the only permanent part of his life, showing how the flow of time is the only constant. He comes to the realization that all that awaits him, and everyone for that matter, is death. Time eats all life away. The last line is the big one here too, his realization that nothing he does in his life will change anything, and will wash away in time.

    "III - In time, and so it ends. In time, it all finds an end. In time, and so it ends. In time, We all find an end. With broken arms and hollow eyes, await our return to oblivion. Embrace our last empty horizon. Horizons "

    And so he knows that all that there is to life is death. Time is the only thing that goes on. He accepts this, and embraces the last empty horizon. This is a stark contrast to part one where the horizon meant his future; In this, the horizon is an empty future with only death to wait for.

    I get chills every time I hear this song, especially the last echos of 'horizons.'
    decibeldiscordon June 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm just writing how it is in the booklet...I do like your interpretation though. very well thought out..

    I - So it begins, our eyes torn open. Free from the thorns of doubt. Free from our selfish confine. Our. Blood. Restless. Ceaseless. With open arms we stand before the dawn.

    II - The sun seems to have been rising ever since I can recall. Lending a sense of permanence to this lying world. Your words, not worth the air. Your life, not worth its weight in flesh. To hope for something more. To dream of substance. Like a million before us, waiting to die. Like a billion before us, waiting to die. Masochistic, to think this would be remembered. Sadistic, perpetuation of stagnation. There is nothing as empty as waiting to die. We spend our lives wasting, as time eats us alive. The sun seems to have been falling ever since I can recall. The only sence of permanence in this dying world. Sit back and watch as time eats us alive. Everyone who knew me, Destined to die. The marks I left upon this world will wash away.

    III - In time, and so it ends. In time, it all finds an end. In time, and so it ends. In time, We all find an end. With broken arms and hollow eyes, await our return to oblivion. Embrace our last empty horizon. Horizons
    lets_rape_don_vitoon October 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbasically, life, wealth, and acomplishements are futile, and will one day be meaningless dust.

    This song, I think, can be depressing as in "Life is meaningless" or it can be inspiring "make the most out of life while you can"
    FlabongoBoyon March 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAgain, not 100% on these lyrics, but any help is appreciated, on this and Breaking Point.
    Sam420on September 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song is about the struggle of finding truth in life.

    "So it begins.....we stand before the dawn."

    I think this illustrates the the relentless will of one to believe in a higher power.

    "The sun seems to have been rising
    Ever since I can recall
    Ending a sense of permanence
    To this lying world"

    I think this is saying that by standing on the horizon with your arms open(keeping faith) you are awaiting the guaranteed rise of the sun(reaping the rewards of faith).

    Your lung’s not worth the air
    Your life’s not worth its weight in flesh
    To hope for something more
    To dream of substance

    This is where the song just fucks you in the ear. It breaks the disallusion from the earlier verses and describes humanity's insignificance from a realist point of view. They hope for something more in the sense that they are not just lifeforms ment to perpetuate nature, they dream of substance(tangible existance after death).

    "Like a million before us
    We need to die
    Like a billion before us
    We need to die"

    Saying how we are not special, in that our perception of existance after death is reflected on by the deaths of all humanity. We need to die to wake up from this constantly perpetuated notion of existance.

    "Masochistic
    Don’t think this won’t be remembered Won’t be remembered
    Sarcastic perpetuation
    Of stagnation"

    Reflects the mother-child approach of religion to the masses. Your actions now will be seen no matter how hidden you think they are. However I think the latter two lines contradict this mother-child approach, saying it continues the cycle of not progressing in life.

    "There is nothing as empty
    As waiting to die
    We spend our lives wasting as time eats us alive"

    This song confuses me in that at times I never know when the lyrics are directed against apathetics or believers. Apathetics in that they let themselves get caught up in the material world. Believers in that they get caught up in a reality miles out the realm of practicality.

    "There sun seems to have been falling ever since I can recall
    The only sense of permanence
    In this dying world
    Sit back and watch as time eats us alive"

    I believe this is symbolically contradicting the second verse and displaying the non-believer point of view. Everything ends, that's all there is to it. No more veils.

    "With broken arms
    And hollow wings
    I’ll await your return
    To open the eyes"

    I believe this is reverting back to the believers view of life. "Broken arms" from the inital line saying:

    With open arms we stand before the dawn

    "Hollow wings" beings empty, waiting for a saviour to de-hollow(wtf?) them and let that person ascend.

    Believing them in full faith to come back, and open the eyes of non-believers.

    Embrace the worst: Empty Horizons

    The notion of a higher presence is very comforting, but this line expresses the realist viewpoint of an empty life after death. An empty horizon = no sun, and if I'm right, the sun is a symbol for a saviour, God/incarnate.

    This is just my interpretation of the song, it's important to remember that. Don't let me views on it influence yours, I have no idea if they're legit. It's pretty difficult to piece this to the rest of the album, especially with songs like Moments of Oblivion. Two almost completely different ideas.
    Sam420on September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow....I wrote a lot. And HTML didn't even work. Sorry if that's difficult/impossible to read.
    Sam420on September 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSee Sam's description for a full blow by blow approach - great work Sam.

    I will try and give a brief summary of the song, although those that know me know that this generally isn't my style.

    I believe that the "Horizons" is metaphorical to the end of the life - just as the horizon is the furthest point you can see, so is the contextual metaphor of a horizon as symbolic to the end of one's life represented.

    "Sit back and watch as time eats us alive," - this associates time with the horizon, and metaphorically emphasises the link between the horizon and life, the primary theme throughout the song.

    On listening to the song many times, I think there are one or two mistakes in the lyrics. I could be wrong, I've never looked them up, but to me, I think it would make more sense if instead of: "Sarcastic perpetuation," it was "Sadistic perpetuation" - the word sadistic meaning cruel, thus fitting into the context of the song more appropriately.'

    Also, it sounds more to me like "With broken arms, and hollow eyes" than "hollow wings". I could be wrong, but once again, this seems to make more sense to me.

    Hope my basic summary helps, a great song from Parkway Drive. I went to school with pwd, and when they used to play, I could never stand them. If only I liked them then as I do now, my fave band :D

    Thanks!
    Here_2_Hearon December 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell I haven't thought too deeply about it. Seeing as I only recently got this song, but I think it's portraying his thought on what alot of the world is like. HOping for something more. Like a life after death, he's kinda saying what a waste it is, living for the afterlife. It's like you're just waiting for death, even thought you won't find anything after life. I'm not sure if it is the true meaning, but I believe songs are up to the persons interpretatio nand thats what I want it uo be, because I strongly believe there is no afterlife or anything liek that. I don't like religion becase I think people need to start putting more faith in things that are actually real, like those closest to them, rather than 'higher powers' that haven't been proven.
    McKilluon January 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about time. its the concept of how little we mean in the scope of the world.
    thats not my interpretation that is the words of Winston McCall.
    wishforwingsxxxon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe riff towards the end of this song is the same as the riff in the middle of moments of oblivion
    i love listening to both the songs because i just totally love the guitars
    have a listen to them
    they change it up a bit in moments of oblivion
    bang yo headson February 07, 2008   Link

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