"Sunrise" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker, Stephen Patrick Mackey, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Mark Andrew Webber and Peter Mansell....
It all started with a stumble
And I get old and I get humble
The sky cracked a million ways
Making me blind
And as the trees grew higher and higher
And the fish began to fly
I went and stole some wings
And thought why can't I

Get in the sunrise
I want to get in the sunrise

Put the world upon your shoulder
I'll stay young while I watch everyone getting older
You can take a million years
Out of my head
But I'm starting to lose my place
In the circles that I trace
And if I let go only then
Will my face

Get in the sunrise
I want to get in the sunrise

(Do you hear me now
Oh won't you hear me now)

Lyrics submitted by shayborg

"Sunrise" as written by Christopher E Keating Anand Mathew Wilder

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General Commentthe lyrics reminds me of greek mythology...Phaethon, Atlas...such a groovy jam
    slinkstersarson May 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEvolution.
    vidon July 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a song about the evolution of humanity. The song even mimics our growing obsession with youth. In the beginning of the song, he talks about how great it is to age, then at the end, he suddenly wants to stay young. In linear comparison with the song, in yesterday's society, getting older (hence lyrics: And I get old and I get humble) used to automatically be associated with respect and wisdom (I went and stole some wings). The wings could be symbolism for the intellectual freedom (to fly/go anywhere?) and depth you gain with age. Then as the song progesses, in linear parallelism with humanity's evolution and today's standards, our obsession causes us to want to "stay young while [we] watch everyone getting older".

    Haha. And I just got this random thought, but I guess I'll say it. I was wondering why the song is called "Sunrise". The sun is a prominent aging factor so ... haha?
    technicolorsoundon July 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHe sounds alot like Cedric, the singer from The Mars Volta. Its only on this song though.
    deadwing89on May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^^haha I thought he sounded just like the guy from The Rapture

    this song has such a cool groove and those drums are amazing.
    leakegon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIcarus?
    artmavenon November 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHis voice reminds me of Phil Collins in this song. I love Phil. This is great song. I agree with the greek mythology connection, or sun worship in general.
    XLoveEpiphanyXon July 16, 2009   Link
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    General Comment@ technicolorsound:

    Yeasayer's reference to the sunrise changes through the song, too, so I think your translation of the sunrise's meaning fits well. I think its less about evolution, though, and more so just about the aging process and how perspective changes from young to old.

    I think he's using 'sunrise' as that which is most desired. The first time he says "I want to get in the sunrise" is after the part of this song sang from the younger perspective. In this first reference 'sunrise' might mean attention or the spot light, maybe even fame. The second time he says "I want to get in the sunrise" sounds more like he's tired of the game he played through his youth and just wants to see the truth or the end. Here I would interpret the 'sunrise' to be death.
    TheMadBagon January 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat's he singing right at the end? I cant hear it, but I love that part, ending sounds amazing!
    Tinkletuffson April 22, 2010   Link

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