"Seashell" as written by Sindri Mar Sigfusson and Sindri Mar Sigfusson....
Roaming softly through yourself
You watched the words change for someone else
From an echo in a seashell
A drunken thought or a long farewell

And then tonight I'll dive into your eyes
Will we feel like this for the rest of our lives?
Just stay put, tied to a stone
Do I really want this stone to be thrown?

We heard the sea, black and deep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
So shake the leaves off this tree

And in the dark blue light
I watched the bottle sail into the night
Can't meet you home, shaking like a leaf
You couldn't swim even though you live by the sea

A flock of owls know your name
Will you promise me to stay the same?

I leaned my hands in your cold sand
I looked up and saw all the sunlight up again
Right after night I'll follow you home
Right after light I'll follow your footsteps on the snow

We heard the sea, black and deep
We heard the sea, black and deep
We heard the sea, black and deep
We heard the sea, black and deep
We heard the sea, black and deep

We heard the sea, black and deep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep

Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep

Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep

Everything I give is everything that I keep
Everything I give is everything that I keep


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"Seashell" as written by Sindri Mar Sigfusson

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    General Comment"Will you promise me to stay the same?"
    kidmehon March 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Seabear song. It's just perfect.
    Cerebellaon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Form an echo in a seashell/A drunken thought or a long farewell"

    Beautiful.
    eddiesmileon July 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "Will you promise me to stay the same?"

    But not sure.
    This song is so wonderful, though.
    Brighterrron October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAre we sure it's "Roaming softly through yourself"?
    I think "Humming softly to yourself" would make more sense, especially since the next words are "you watched the words change for someone else" .. the song you were singing has been the same for awhile and someone else is getting what you have been waiting for but you're still singing the same old song..? That's what I think it is. Who knows.
    nena4Christon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAre we sure it's "Roaming softly through yourself"?
    I think "Humming softly to yourself" would make more sense, especially since the next words are "you watched the words change for someone else" .. the song you were singing has been the same for awhile and someone else is getting what you have been waiting for but you're still singing the same old song..? That's what I think it is. Who knows.
    nena4Christon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsorry about the triple posting :( i get impatient sometimes =P
    nena4Christon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commentseabear's etheral sound and vague lyrics are to me much more existensial than about anything in particular. Throughout their songs the lyrics tie in owls, nature, and the sea with beautiful complicated emotions and thoughts. Then, as if coming out of a day dream they have an ephiphany which is in this song "everything I give is everything I keep". How true.
    Rascalfon March 06, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation^indeed Sindri seems to greatly admire owls to point of obsession. almost every song in this album has an owl reference in the lyrics and he's even got an owl tattoo. go figure, the man loves them big eyed predators.

    hey nena4Christ I don't mind the triple post. I see your point there, but you see, if you listen carefully you can distinctively hear how he slightly rolls the "r" in "roaming." remember he's icelandic and they tend to do this when speaking in english. besides "roaming" fits in pretty well as it also means "to wander about without a purpose."
    arnfdenoon March 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti get the sense this song has to do with a relationship. the narrator is so far into a relationship, they're starting to wonder what the future's going to look like.

    Roaming softly through yourself
    You watched the words change for someone else
    Form an echo in a seashell
    A drunken thought or a long farewell

    in this stanza, they're just starting to think about the thought of breaking up with the person they've been dating for awhile. they're considering how the relationship has changed them, how they've molded to fit the shape of the other person in the relationship.


    And then tonight I'll dive into your eyes
    Will we feel like this for the rest of our lives?
    Just a bird, tied to a stone
    Do I really want the stone to be thrown?

    they act totally committed to the other person, but also wonders at the back of their minds if they're destined to be together forever. they feel like they're trapped in the relationship (a bird meant to be free)
    ballooonson May 29, 2009   Link

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