"Turtle Island" as written by and Perla Batalla David Batteau....
Down the hill I?d hoped that I?d find
Something I could rest my hands on
In the distance sun is setting
Feel I?m jumping over hedges

By the dock of the pond Turtle Island
I will wait for you there creeping silently
I can keep you right behind me all my days in the?

In the waters tracing features
Did they scare hardened creatures?
In that murky green reflection
Did they warn you of dissection?

How, what, why, when?

By the dock of the pond Turtle Island
I will wait for you there creeping silently
I can keep you right behind me all my days in the?

How I want Olive (our love) to know
That inside me she will always grow
In all colors and sizes
You will always remain

By the dock of the pond Turtle Island
By the dock of the pond Turtle Island
I can keep you right behind me all my days in the sun



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"Turtle Island" as written by Perla Batalla David Batteau

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  • +2
    General Commenti play this song on repeat at work for eight hours straight
    acityofwebson February 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat! :]
    dustybreezeon August 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentstraight out of the Devotion booklet (I even kept the bad punctuation :D)

    Down the hill i hoped that i'd find
    Something i could rest my hands on
    in the distant sun is setting
    deer are jumping over hedges

    By the dock of the pond Turtle Island
    i will wait for you there, creeping
    silently, i can't keep you
    right behind me
    All my days in the sun...

    In the waters, trace her features,
    did they scare you, hardened creatures
    in that murky, green perfection
    did they warn you of dissection...
    How? what, why, when...?

    How I want Olive to know,
    that inside me she'll always grow.
    In all colors and prizes
    you will always
    remain.


    parrotsneston November 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me think about time, and its effect on memory and the emotions connected to memories. Time passes, and people tend to change faster than someones perception of them. Also, how a place can resurface memories and emotion for someone. Olive is an unchanging emotion.Turtle Island is a significant place for this memory/emotion.
    Madiladaon January 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWonderful. My favorite Beach House creation. Thank you a ton for posting this.
    longbeachvinceon March 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti play this song on repeat at work for eight hours straight
    acityofwebson February 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment My favorite Beach House song. So beautiful. They are brilliant.
    Sunshineshineon September 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song sounds like it's about abortion
    krollisasexyhoeon November 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it's so dreamy. And Turtle Island is a popular honeymooning resort in Fiji, make what you will of that
    velvetvoiceson November 27, 2010   Link
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    General Comment So the first part I outlined with stars I assume that when the speaker is talking about finding "something I could rest my hands on" to be a result of being physically tired or is implying that he needs someone to talk to.
    Then in the second paragraph/ stanza the speaker reveals that it is about a person when they "wait for you creeping silently" which gives off the impression that he has a significant other until the he reveals "I can't keep you right beside me all my days in the sun". What I get from this so far is that the speaker still cares/ wants to talk to this someone without continuing the relationship he once had with her.. There's still an emotional connection but it's obviously not enough to reunite them once again
    Continuing on with the third paragraph, the speaker asks a series of questions one being, "Did they warn you off dissection?" Which I safely assumed was a way of the speaker clarifying that him and his "lover" we're no more. I think the speaker chooses to use "dissection" maybe to discreetly explain how they parted. By this I mean when you dissect something, it's taken apart; the objects originally present together are no longer a pair and are separate. From this comes "How, what, why, when" implying that she might have left him without giving an explanation as to why she decided to leave. From this I also believe the line " I can't keep you right behind me..." To be another way to express his how sad he is about being left; he makes it clear he cares and wants to talk and see her but not escalate it into being anything he can get hurt from. Better not allow the relationship end the same way if they dated again?
    Finally the fifth chapter he reveals how it is between them two. "How I want Olive to know (name given clarifies it's not about a turtle or anything about turtle island) That inside me she'll always grow. In all colors and prizes you will always remain." No matter what happens or how she changes, the speaker will always care about this girl, regardless of how she might have hurt him. Turtle Island is just an extended metaphor of the situation itself. The speaker isn't really talking about an island or animals, he's relating them to his situation because the idea of it is beautiful to him just like his lover is to him as well.
    So basically he wants to let her know specifically that he will always care for her even through all the things they've been through. A part of them will always remain in one another
    Maddddieeeon September 14, 2015   Link

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