"A Sunday Smile" as written by and Zach Condon....
All I want is the best for our lives my dear,
And you know my wishes are sincere.
What's to say for the days I cannot bear

A Sunday smile you wore it for a while.
A cemetery mile we paused and sang.
A Sunday smile you wore it for a while.
A cemetery mile we paused and sang.
A Sunday smile and we felt true. (and)

We burnt to the ground
Left a view to admire
With buildings inside church of white.
We burnt to the ground left a grave to admire.
And as we reach for the sky, reach the church of white.

A Sunday smile you wore it for a while.
A cemetery mile we paused and sang.
A Sunday smile you wore it for a while.
A cemetery mile we paused and sang.
A Sunday smile and we felt true. (and)


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"A Sunday Smile" as written by Zach Condon

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    General Commenti like this song. i feel thankful when i hear it. i don't really know what this song means for sure, but to me it sounds like two people who may (or may not) love each other, but he knows being with her isn't what either of them need.. even though he cant bare to be without her some days. the sunday smile is like... the innocent, pure happiness that they "wore for a while" before burning down... just to something they could look back on and admire. the love that froze everything around them, (pausing and singing) but they had to give up to better both of their lives.


    i dunnooooo thats probably totally off, im not sure what the white church means.
    tait111on October 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn a book called History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France by William Francis Patrick Napier, I read about an assault on a place simply called the White Church. I believe this song assessed this event, or a soldiers thoughts during his attack on the White Church.

    “What’s to say for the days I cannot bare.”

    I believe here he is preparing to introduce what in his head he imagines when he is having a hard time in the war.

    “A Sunday smile, you wore it for a while. / A cemetery mile, we paused and sang.”

    He thinks of her smile on a specific day, this day being spent in (or by) a cemetery. Even surrounded by death, the two of them were frightfully happy. I believe he thinks of this because now as he is surrounded by death, he is unhappy.

    “We burnt to the ground, left for you to admire / with buildings inside church of white.”

    I think here he is proclaiming that his acts in the war will be something they can look back on. From the aforementioned book: “Heated shot were however thrown at the White Church with a view to burn the magazines; …”

    “We burnt to the ground, left a grave to admire. / And as we reach for the sky, reach the church of white.”

    He is trying to find good in his acts, thinking that maybe lovers will somebody walk by the cemetery he created and be able to dance. Also, he describes reaching for the white church. They never actually succeeded in destroying it. I think this represents the hope. He reaches for the sky, the same way he fully believes in his relationship with his girl back home. It’s what keeps him going. And yet they didn’t burn the White Church down. So what does this say about everything?
    pricillacoxon December 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthanks pricillacox, twas very helpful! I love lyric analysis, but again, this seems a chance to sit back and just enjoy the beautiful rolling beauty of his singing. Not sure what it says about it all.... nonetheless Beirut is a wonderful band and this is a lovely song
    crumbson January 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't have a big idea on what it means but I love the song. It makes me think of being in some place like Rome. Sitting outside on a beach. Your frineds all around you talking and just relaxing. Many people are enjoying the warm water of the Medetterian. Splasing and laughing. Sun beating on your warm body. You close your eyes and this song fills your mind and body. You shiver as a chill rides up your spine. You dream. Or sitting in France. Looking out over the stone hand carved balcony at the cobbled streets where children run. Candle in the middle of the table you sit at. Faintly lighing up the features of your face. The stars reflection glisten in your glass of water. Your warm meal relaxes you and you become unaware of the slight cool breeze that curls around your face like water. You gaze across the city into the moon's face. Your body sways but you do not notice this song in the distance.
    jjjjppppon December 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it might be 'a cemetary mile'
    danj0on October 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt definitely is "a cemetery mile", if you listen to any live version it's clearly cemetery mile.
    folkboyblueson November 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinstead of "and we felt true" the correct lyric is "and we felt clean"
    kidmehon April 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso "And as we reach for the sky" is "The hills reach for the sky"
    kidmehon April 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIMO:

    "All I want is the best for our lives my dear,
    and you know my wishes are sincere..."

    He's saying, he thinks they should break up because he wants her to go after her dreams and he wants to go after his. They probably have different goals or dreams in life that will take them to different places and by being together they wont accomplish them. He's saying you know it's true and you know I'm right.

    "A Sunday smile, you wore it for a while
    A cemetery mile, we paused and sang
    A Sunday smile, and we felt true"

    I think this is just describing how they were acting after they both realized the break up happened. She would smile at him because she loved him but when the time to separate got closer she stopped smiling and was sad. I think the cemetary mile thing is just them mourning the end of their relationship? I'm not sure. After the mourning they smiled and knew it was for the best.

    "We burned to the ground, left a view to admire
    With buildings inside, church of white
    We burned to the ground, left a grave to admire
    And as we reach for the sky, reach the church of white"

    The relationship ended (burned to the ground), but they'll still remember eachother and all of the memories they had (left a view to admire). I think the church of white part is just the pureness and innocence of the relationship and all of the love they shared. Pretty much all of the good memories of eachother and the love they shared. The grave part is just a remembrance of the other person and their relationship again. The reach for the sky part is just him saying, go for your dreams and reach all of your goals, but still remember us and remember the church of white (their love and relationship).

    Okay, this is just my opinion. =)
    mandacaliforniaon December 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely not a cemetary smile
    but what is he saying in the beginning (in french maybe?)
    d'accord, une foi?
    sterile.starson November 02, 2007   Link

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