Left behind everything I knew
All the colors but bone-white and sky-blue
Hit the continent running
Engines were humming just to break through

Antarctica, my only living relative
Antarctica, I can't wait anymore

Under ice there's a world moving slow
Carnelian stars and the bars down below
Serve only vodka and gin
I try to stay drunk so nobody knows

Antarctica, my only living relative
Antarctica, I can't wait anymore

And then there's morning
Each one feels like the first one
A morning, so clean, so pure
Nothing so clear, now that I'm here

When I get back to the city
Everything's cluttered and pretty
I won't regret my return
I'll just remember the wind and the snow
And the howling so loud
That it alone drowns out the inside of me

Antarctica, my only living relative
Antarctica, I can't wait anymore
I can't wait anymore
I can't wait anymore

Carnelian stars and the bars down below
Serve only vodka and gin
Carnelian stars and the bars down below


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    Song MeaningI honestly don't know what this song means, but when I first heard it, I thought she was really talking about Antarctica. I thought that she was singing about how Antarctica is one of the only real natural and fresh places left on Earth and how when she goes back to the city everything's too busy, but the lights are pretty, but she still can't wait to go back to Antarctica because it's way prettier there. Of course, that wouldn't explain the part where she sings about the world below the ice, but I think she might just be using her imagination saying that we don't really know what's below the ice. The animals underneath could be doing whatever, having a good time just like us humans do. That was my literal take on it. This is what I thought when i first heard the song before looking at it too deeply.
    kokobearson April 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWHAT A GOOD SONG
    LeSerpentMascaraon July 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love it too. and i would love to know what the hell it means
    jfumanon July 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis might be a shot in the dark...

    But spawning off of the verse...
    'Under ice there's a world moving slow
    Carnelian stars and the bars down below
    Serve only vodka and gin
    I try to stay drunk so nobody knows'

    Maybe the world/stars/bars happen to be the writers personality/self. The point of drinking would be to mask it because it feels good (and nobody knows there's a world underneath the ice of the booze).

    I would suppose the first two chunks would be leaving behind everything for the booze and hitting the vodka hard because 'I can't wait anymore'.

    The verse pertaining to morning might be symbolic of that state where you're completely numbed by drink and feeling good about it.

    Perhaps getting back to the city might be relating to sobering up and getting on with life?

    Like I said... I'm way overtired and I'm probably way off.
    Fawsuneon August 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti wanna go to antarctica :)
    groupieon August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah this is definitely about drinking. "howling so loud that it alone drowns out the inside of me." She's using alcohol to "drown out" her inner turmoil. I think she returns to reality at the end of the song. The morning line refers to waking up after a night of boozing, I assume. They do tend to seem a lot brighter! ;)
    kachesonon July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy guess is life outside of the city. The singer is from new england where the winters can be harsh but maybe at the time she/he was living in Boston. Its kinda like living upstate Ny and traveling to NYC. The experience of the two worlds and sceneries.
    Jae26on October 30, 2012   Link

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