For the great blue cold now reigns...
adamantly taking hold
of every bruised, battered heart
and every slack, weary limb knuckles down
For we shall bend to the cause
the open sea awaits us all
surrender breeds no remorse
we suffered through the ordeal
they came to get me in my dreams
to take me down to the ocean
only in death shall we be sage
and see that heaven lies behind
and we shall quake
reading those words on this book's final page:

For the great blue cold now reigns
For the great blue cold now reigns

certain and endless, it seemed
but every petty grain of sand
and every bone will be washed out to the sea
numbness unfurls
in each and every brain
the coast now is clear,
the air is thin
and as your own plot unfolds
it gets more difficult to bribe
the magistrates of your own psyche
what will you say
when all the lights go dim
and the cup of disappointment is full to the brim?

For the great blue cold now reigns
For the great blue cold now reigns
For the great blue cold now reigns
For the great blue cold now reigns

only in death shall we be sage
when every ocean has dessicated
and we shall quake, reading those words
on this book's last page:

For the great blue cold now reigns
For the great blue cold now reigns


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    General CommentLike every The Ocean song (in some way shape or form) this one's about...you guessed it, the ocean!

    Pretty brutal. And as much as I enjoyed their last 2 full lengths, I am enjoying this cd equally so far.
    OneWithTheOceanon November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOMG does anyone notice how much The Ocean sounds like Mastodon?
    Even the logos are alike!
    But Mastodon is much better though.
    It looks like Mastodon beat The Ocean to the whole "uniqueness" thing.
    Because Mastodon started years before The Ocean.
    agonyburnsredon December 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn response to myself, I was looking at The Ocean's discography, and it's crazy.
    So many demos, EPs, a split, it's insane.
    So really they only have 3 full strength albums: Fluxion, Aeolian, and Precambrian, and I guess you can count their '03 EP Fogdiver.
    Their other 4 releases don't really matter I guess.
    agonyburnsredon December 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, this song is on hear twice, under its other name, Orosirian. Second, of course this band is similar to Mastodon, considering how much each band is influenced by post hardcore. I'd have to say the classical influence makes The Ocean more unique then Mastodon. There are plenty of bands doing the post metal/hardcore thing now-Mastodon, in truth-is a bit more generic then most because they have a big prog influence from bands that have been around for a long time. However they're still an excellent band and I can't wait for the new album.
    metalheadm/on March 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA year later...

    What do you think of Crack the Skye? I think it's good, but I prefer the hardcore, jaw-dropping, brain-splitting songs. You know, the stuff that made them what they are. I hope they get back in touch with that in their next release.

    Also, Heliocentric is out. I've heard two songs from it, and...my thoughts were "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!." What's with all the ballads?? I'd rather it be a Precambrian about astrology. However, the heavy parts are terrific.
    agonyburnsredon May 05, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningOneWithTheOcean is sort of right. Yes, it is generally about the Ocean and its connection with the theme of this song, but it goes a lot deeper. This song is a firm statement about the absence of an afterlife, and how our bodies and corpses will do nothing after we die other than rot and make their way back to the sea. The clearest example of this is the lines "Only in death shall we be sage And see that heaven lies behind And we shall quake, reading those words on this book's final page: for the great blue cold now reigns."

    "Heaven lies behind" states that our paradise, our reward for making it through life, is life itself and the things we did in it. "We" is referring to the masses who generally believe that their good works, faith and dedication to their religion will grant them eternal happiness, but in reality they wasted away their lives in anticipation of another, rather than making the most of the one they had on Earth. There is nothing after life, only the ocean.
    Broseidonon June 05, 2010   Link

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