And all that we have spoke of
Is lifted the space between us
I send you empty pages to fill
If you shall never show yourself you will
Still be here

The desert will spread around you
While birds migrate
You build castles and build alone
So come down with your hands up
And I will hold your ankles
Until you know
We were friends before we could talk
I have nothing but space and understanding
I have nothing
I have nothing but space and understanding
I have nothing

Let’s decide on something
Rather walk in lines that scatter something you said
Let’s decide on something
Rather walk in lines that scatter something you said

Everyone’s reflecting on the way they’re catapult down
If I didn’t land where I am
Could I have been where I was found
Everyone’s reflecting on the way they’re catapult down
If I didn’t land where I am
Could I have been where I was

Now that you’re lying down shoulders relaxed
Recite the child that’s sleeping
Now that you’re lying down shoulders relaxed
Recite the child that’s sleeping
That’s breathing



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    General CommentBeautiful, beautiful song. Even if the lyrics were gibberish, it would still be heartbreaking. Here's what I think about them. Please post replies and help me out with the meaning! (I use "she" as the person Micah/the narrator is speaking to, but don't have a reason for the gender, really)

    All that we have spoke of-- they've communicated, had conversations
    Has lifted the space between us-- grown closer, through learning more about one another
    Empty pages to fill-- He wants to learn still more about her
    Never show yourself-- if she never entirely opens up

    Dessert-- isolating herself from others and him
    Birds migrate-- people come and go
    You build castles alone-- a fortress, moats, a military fortification for warfare. So, she's shielding herself from him/love
    Come down with your hands up-- he's demanding she surrender
    I'll hold your ankles-- This is my favorite line. It is just breathtaking. I think it's a way for him to say he won't give up, even if she struggles.
    Friends before we could talk-- back to communication, maybe suggesting they were fated to be together
    Space and understanding-- i think this is more literal. She seems to be a hurt/scared/scarred person who doesn't trust easily. In a relationship, space and understanding seem to be two very good things to make a person like that feel comfortable and build trust.
    I have nothing-- I don't know about this line! Help me out here.

    Reflecting on the way they're catapult down-- maybe another military reference, maybe likening love to war. It can shoot you up super high, then you crash to the ground when it ends.
    If I didn't land where I am-- it hurts when your heart is broken, but then you end up in the place where you are when you become "found". Perhaps found by the person he was fated to be with after all.

    Now... shoulders relaxed-- they're comfortable together, she's let down her defenses.
    Recite the child that's sleeping-- Oh man. This is a hard. Children aren't guarded, they're very trusting. By reciting the child that's sleeping, you could be bringing out your inner child and allowing yourself to love. The word "recite" confuses me, though. It brings to mind saying something from memory, like a poem.
    That's breathing-- alive!

    skinnyloveron December 09, 2011   Link

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