paper houses line the streets
the streets create a town
towns grow into armies
armies shoot you down
while the same humdrum that beats the drums
compels you look around
in time to see your paper houses
burning to the ground

baby, there's no light at the end of the tunnel

glassy beaches hold the seas
the seas they flood the world
the world, she sinks in slowly
leaves nothing but a pearl
it fills a bag that slowly drags
behind a crying girl
barefoot striding glassy beaches
give to waves unfurled

and she won't sleep for fear
and baby, there's no light at the end of the tunnel

hopes they fall like broken glass
into my overburdened lap
i find myself now wishing in
from the outside of the glass
papercuts they split the sea
to dry the sands that freedom bring
you and i we'll never see
the land of which we dream

we don't sleep for fear
and bay-ay-by
there's no light at the end of the tunnel


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    General Commenti wonder how long till he gets some radio play? not long, i'm sure!

    basically, this song is saying there will never be "utopian" type of world(??)
    krispitoon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure I get this song (heck, I don't get most of his music), but I think it's about how imperfect the world is and how none of us make it out alive.

    All of Josiah's songs seem really deep to me. I'm kinda of glad he didn't make it on American Idol. Now he can do whatever he wants with his music.
    lauralunaticon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe stupid question .. i ever heard ..

    what does this song mean to you?

    yes songs mean something to different people.

    people have different opinions there different.

    If you don't get the song..

    its find if we all new why artist write songs like we were there..

    then music wouldn't be a need in life.

    music takes u places u haven't been, or suppose to go, and memories from a voice a note , or lyric not even similar to what u where thinking...


    my friends this is call POETRY.. :)
    GImmiehugon February 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow. Who knew such an amazing voice could sing such a depressing song? I think I might mention how amazing his voice is on every song I comment of Josiah Leming's. Ha.

    This is pure poetry. Incredible and beautiful. Such talent.

    I think the song has a lot to do with burdens life brings. "Hopes they fall like broken glass into my overburdened lap."
    Smitten Kthnon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, a lot of my last comment got cut off for some reason?

    Anyways, that quoted line, in my opinion, sums up the song quite a bit for me. It just shows that he has no hope for "there's no light at the end of the tunnel."

    I think it has to do a lot with someone who has been let down a lot in life.

    But hey, that's just my short take on it : ]
    Smitten Kthnon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, a lot of my last comment got cut off for some reason?

    Anyways, that quoted line, in my opinion, sums up the song quite a bit for me. It just shows that he has no hope for "there's no light at the end of the tunnel."

    I think it has to do a lot with someone who has been let down a lot in life.

    But hey, that's just my short take on it : ]
    Smitten Kthnon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song of pure hopelessness, and feeling of chaos. This feels like dejavu, everyone feels like this at some point in there life or another. He could be talking about a number of things, but listen to the beginning of each verses and compare it to what it sounds like towards the end. in the beginning, it's all upbeat and sounds happy, but by the end, it sounds sad and feels really emotional. no one can sleep because of life's harsh reality. there's a huge collection of emotions in this song, think about how someone might feel with being over burdened and having to see your hopes fall like glass and breaking. and wishing for something that you know will never happen. "papercuts they split the sea to dry the sands that freedom bring" which means all the hurt that has accumulated over life, is worth the freedom you know is coming. there has to be reliefe at some point....but then he realizes that it's no use and he's learned his lesson about having hope. because they'll never see the land of which they dream. this is my interpretation
    JenJenBeanon December 18, 2011   Link

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