Clouds crash on the hillside
Set to sail your soul at high tide
High time you left that shadow
Dead weight in the meadow
Let it follow, far below

Oh, oh, oh, woah
What a ceiling
All the angels cracked and peeling
Revealing constellations
One day you will name one
After a boy you knew when
You were back in middle school
And ingrained his name in love notes
Every one retained, though
In a box behind your raincoats

Oh, those days
When rainy days meant
Tracing spaces raindrops made
When racing 'cross the windshield
The pace of life wasn't real

Oh, though I would quicken
How the slope began to slicken
You slip into a grin
That begin with where you been
Leave the past behind and
Come with me to be free (skin again)

Lalalala

Oh, oh
Clouds crash on the hillside
Set to sail your soul at high tide
High time you left that shadow,
Dead weight in the meadow
Leave the past behind and
Come with me to be free (skin again)


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    General CommentShawn has become such an amazing lyricist since their first few albums, the imagery in this song is so poignant, I feel like I am there in that meadow watching the cloud crash upon the hillside every time I listen to it! And the strings make me feel like shedding a tear :)

    I don't think the song is necessarily about a relationship between a boy and girl, I think it is more about just how life seems to speed up as we get older. I'm definitely feeling that acceleration where I'm at in my life, being 20 and not a teenager anymore, it makes you think about how if you don't accomplish something with your life in the next 10 years you are a failure. Quite horrifying.

    But I think the song definitely has nostalgia for the past, when we were children, the summers used to seem like forever. Now we don't even have any free time in the summer because of our jobs. And I think the "come with me and be free" bit is just Shawn suggesting we join him in living our lives without letting it all speed by.

    PS: the version I have doesn't say that btw, it sounds like it says "you're not linen, you are skin again." weird.
    freedomXfrieson August 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentShawn Harris, who comes from a Catholic family and who attended Bishop O'Dowd High School, is certainly referring to a church fresco with many of these lines.

    Most obviously

    "What a ceiling
    All the angels cracked and peeling
    Revealing constellations"

    And possibly even the first and titular line "clouds crash in the meadow".

    Historically there has been an interest in astronomy within the Roman Catholic church, in particular among Popes Pius IV and Gregory XIII. Thus, along with angels, constellations and star charts are not uncommon in Catholic murals.

    Terrestrial maps can also be seen in many catholic frescoes, especially of Italy, which is depicted as a peninsula of rolling hills among a wavy blue sea laden with ships, easily calling to mind the words crashing and sailing. Google image search "Galleria delle Carte Geografica", an enormous fresco in one of the Vatican's halls, to get an idea.

    The word "soul" shows further religious influence as does the meadow and shadow metaphor (23rd Psalm).

    The person this song is sung to is obviously a girlfriend, the line "in my linen, you are skin again" would seem to indicate that they've had sexual relations, and the fact that both are familiar with the same church fresco points to them growing up together and attending the same institutions.

    This unidentified female had a huge crush on a boy in her younger years, but was afraid to give him any of the love notes she wrote. She kept the love notes, at some point the song writer found out about the notes' existence, either on his own or through her telling him about them. Perhaps this is what caused him to write the song, expressing to her "forget about all your past relationships, look forward to the future with me."

    The song also speaks of how time speeds up as we get older. Overall the song is somewhat stream-of-consciousness and slightly melancholy. It is a personal song with the feelings and imagery describing specific things from the writers life and his past, as such we can never gain a true and complete understanding of the meaning without consulting the writer, we can only surmise the generalities.


    JamesStoltzon June 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell, who really knows? But it seems like, "leave the past behind and come with me to be free (skin again)."
    tucsonsubon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentActually, the song's meaning is fairly easily discovered by simply reading the chorus.
    Brett824on March 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Revealing constellations
    One day you will name one
    After a boy you knew when
    You were back in middle school
    And ingrained his name in love notes
    Every one retained, though
    In a box behind your raincoats"

    seems to me as if its about a boy & girl who get together, but she wont let go of an ex, plus when he says "leave the past behind come with me to be free"

    beautiful song
    biffy_hayleyon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentactually it doesnt say leave the past behind come with me to be free.. not on this version anyhow.
    biffy_hayleyon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone recognize the melody? I'm thinking... maybe beatles can't put my finger on it. Or... something 90s alt rock.
    Fatalremedyon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentacross the universe by the beatles (:
    this song sounds similar to it....its amazing!
    socolovee987on March 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I hear this song I'm immediately reminded of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The first line totally sounds like it.
    Tracedthecordon March 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song has such pretty imagery.
    eyelinerloveon April 14, 2008   Link

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