"Lost Continent" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
Was there a time that we know peace
When all the children had a place to sleep
When rhetoric was not enough?

Was there a time we weren't at war
When we knew what our hearts and hands were for?
I don't believe there ever was

[Chorus:]
It's always been a lie, a soothing lullaby
We'll soon be swallowed by sea

Was there a time we looked around,
And do we really even want to know what's going down
Well I think no one really does

We'd rather close our eyes
Sing soothing lullabies
We'll soon be swallowed the sea

The water's rising now
And we will surely drown
If we don't turn around


Lyrics submitted by WinterKiss, edited by ChipperSpiff

"Lost Continent" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentI could see how one might relate this to global warming, but I don't think that is what Dustin had in mind when he wrote this.

    I think this song is kind of like a soft Motion Isn't Meaning. He is in a way saying that just because you act concerned about something it doesn't mean you really care, and that is all a matter of where the heart is.

    It is kind of s shaky idea, not too solid, but I am trying to work out all the new lyrics at once and I am still breaking through the basics on all of them.
    sabioon October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCould be another allusion to the flood (you know, the one that covered the whole earth in water). Also could be tied to the Vheissu b-side "lullaby." Not sure, though.
    kungfuasauruson October 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that the abrupt ending is them drowning. It takes a bit from Atlantis, the 'lost continent'
    Sojourneymanon October 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is a very obvious commentary on politics in America (and the world) today.

    What's interesting about it is that every part of the song has both a topical meaning and a more general one: the first two stanzas, for example, are references to the seemingly endless war in Iraq, but also apply more generally to conflict as an inherent part of the human condition. Similarly, the references to the "waters rising" and being "swallowed by the sea" apply directly to the issue of global warming and the rising sea levels, but also more generally to the fall of mankind.

    I'm almost positive that "Was there a time we looked around, and do we really even want to know what's going down? Well I think no one really does" is a reference to "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield ("Stop, hey, what's that sound, everybody look what's going down") - a famous protest song from the 60's. The song is suggesting that even the political activism of the 60's was hollow and false - that even back then, nobody really wanted to be aware of what was happening, or to work for change.
    DubbaEwwTeeEffon October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think what Dubba has just said sums it up perfectly, about " conflict as an inherent part of the human condition", and if it's not resolved soon we'll all drown in it. Perfect summary. One of my favourite songs so far off the volumes, although I must say I'm (only just) preferring Fire at the moment, but I'm warming up to Water :D
    loggery_vnvon October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also agree w/ DubbaEwwTeeEff LOL

    Gee...I go to interpret the new Thrice songs and Dubba beats me to it...haha.
    Ruttikerson October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, but you gotta acknowledge the Atlantis references. I found this online - For generations the Atlanteans lived simple, virtuous lives. But slowly they began to change. Greed and power began to corrupt them. When Zeus saw the immorality of the Atlanteans he gathered the other gods to determine a suitable punishment.
    Soon, in one violent surge it was gone. The island of Atlantis, its people, and its memory were swallowed by the sea.

    Dustin is of course relating it to human nature and our times. Its just an observation that we are like the atlanteans, and we should use that tale as a warning against war, greed, and such. We should turn ourselves around and live the lives that we know we should.
    thoreauguitaron October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's obviously alluding to Atlantis, not global warming or even American politics.

    Dustin's never been a political writer. His songs are about the conditon of the human soul, and all human souls.

    Like Atlantis, we have become greedy and too comfortable in our lives. We have turned out eyes from the important things and have fallen too many times from our souls.

    And, if we don't, as he writes, "turn around," then the sea will swallow us--we will fall, drown, be destroyed by our own doing or perhaps by God or the world's doing.
    kalckelon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkalckel gets it. It's an allusion to Atlantis, and how the time we lived without greed or conflict is fading into distant memory, as if it never existed. If people don't do anything to change that, it will be our undoing.
    metzoron October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see a double meaning to it.

    I see DubbaEwwTeeEff's perspective as a more metaphorical one hidden within the lyrics he already pried out.

    Theres clearly a reference to Atlantis in this as well. Dustin quotes in for the water album: "The Water sonnet deals with man’s pride, and the futility and idiocy of that pride, come face to face with the power of the sea.”

    The story of the people of Atlantis was that, and i'm bound to be wrong because I did not study this in depth, that they were, or at least they claimed themselves to be masters of the sea, and in the end their continent was swallowed by the ocean. Put into context with the water sonnet, it's safe to say the people of Atlantis faced the idiocy of their pride
    Aman89on October 30, 2007   Link

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