"The Call" as written by and Regina Spektor....
It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry
I'll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never been this way before
All you can do is try to know who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light
You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

Now we're back to the beginning
It's just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can't feel it too
Doesn't mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
'Til they're before your eyes
You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye


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"The Call" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +3
    General CommentBeautiful song, I agree with most early posts that this was solely written for the movie...so essentially it may be talkin about the relationship that they had with aslan, which C.S Lewis meant to represent Jesus. In the same way Aslan will come back to them if they simply call on him. Very powerful lyrics.
    jmsyon May 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is truely about war.
    I live in a country where wars arise and this song interprets some of the feelings surrounding the fight.

    the first and second verse talk about a war that is just ending, and the thought, feeling, hope... they are all the idea of winning..then its about soldiers saying goodbye to each other..



    Just because everything's changing
    Doesn't mean it's never been this way before
    ^ is a new war, and theres the feeling of war in the air which changes a lot of things, but its happend before so you can know what to expect..

    then the song talks about soldiers saying goodbye to their families before they go off to fight



    Now we're back to the beginning
    It's just a feeling and no one knows yet

    ^ just like in the beginning of the song, the feeling of a chance of winning


    But just because they can't feel it too
    Doesn't mean that you have to forget

    your enemy who have lost doesnt feel the win, but you can forget the people who died - allies and enemy..


    and even though the war is over, when theres another one you will go to defend your people and country.
    savixxon January 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOmg lifegrdsten I COMPLETELY understand what you mean!! I studied abroad in Spain this past semester and all of my friends who I made there live far from me now so it's like the only people who would really understand... in a way are gone. Everyone's like "So how was Spain" to which all I can really say is "Amazing" or some variation of that answer. It sucks because it's like there are these 4 months during which I had some of the best times of my life and I can't really share it the way I want to- not that I even really know where to start when I haven't talked to someone much for an entire semester... Anyway, this might sound strange but if you want to talk or anything, I know exactly how you feel!
    Lains35on May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt started out as a feeling
    Which then grew into a hope
    Which then turned into a quiet thought
    Which then turned into a quiet word

    And then that word grew louder and louder
    'Til it was a battle cry
    I'll come back
    When you call me
    No need to say goodbye

    ^^
    the feeling they speak of, that transforms, is NARNIA.
    they all feel it, then they hope it, then they think it, then they say it aloud.
    when they are there, it becomes a brilliant and thriving cry to all of that world. they are for narnia, for aslan.

    and i totally agree with everything the person on top of me said.
    elizabearlolon May 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about growing up and moving on, but never forgetting where you came from. This can pertain to an 18 year old leaving for college, an adult leaving the comfort of his hometown and moving far away for their career, etc.
    jayhawkion February 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI want to say that I really really like this song!!
    I like Regina Spektor a lot, but here she sounds just a little bit different, but it suites her.
    I don't realy know what it's about, but I just think it's about a joung girl and boy in love, but it's a silent love, one no one knows about.
    (Maybe it's a secret love, not allowed to excist?)
    But for some reason, the boy have to go away, here for the battle, may be something else. He has to leave her. But yet they know that their love is true and that if they wait long enough at the end, they wil come back together, because it's ment to be.
    And finally, everything will be allright..
    (like a happily ever after :)
    Janaakeon May 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is AMAZING! It ttly applies to me. I do have one question though, the song says, which then turned into a quiet thought which then turned into a quiet word. In your opinion, what exactly is that word?
    agirlnamedkittyon May 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOk, so this is what I think. Since the whole series by CS Lewis is about Christ/God, well, this song should be about him too. Although, I strongly doubt the fact that it is even Christ related, but this is how I think we should interpret it.
    "It started out as a feeling" - the feeling of love from God in the beginning
    "Which then grew into a hope" - a hope for God to have humans in his kingdom as his people that were made in his image.
    "Which then turned into a quiet thought" - God seriously thought about it and considered it.
    "Which then turned into a quiet word" as it starts in the gospel of John, "at the beginning it was the word" and as CS Lewis explains in the book of the Magician's nephew, Aslan starts Narnia with a roar/sound/word.

    "And then that word grew louder and louder" in the book Aslan gets closer and closer to the humans and therefore the sound becomes louder.
    "'Til it was a battle cry" I think this is referring to the battle between Satan and God for us, well, where we screwed up!
    "I'll come back
    When you call me
    No need to say goodbye" God WILL come back, as he does in the form of Jesus to save us later. Jesus says ask and u shall be given, and so when it says Ill come back when u call me, it's basically from God, saying that when u (human beings) need me the most and truly ask for me, I WILL come back to you.

    "Just because everything's changing
    Doesn't mean it's never been this way before" Just because we are out of God's kingdom, it doesn't mean that it was never like that. In the movie, as they are going out of Narnia, it doesnt mean that it never happened.
    "All you can do is try to know who your friends are
    As you head off to the war" The war is between us and God on one side and Satan on the other. We just need to have discernment and see what and who is our friend in this world.

    "Pick a star on the dark horizon
    And follow the light" Choose God in this whole dark world, as he says in the bible the word shines in the darkness.
    "You'll come back when it's over
    No need to say goodbye" God tells us that we will be back in his kingdom when all this war is over and if we rely on his we will come out victorious.

    "Now we're back to the beginning" We are getting closer and closer to the end of the world, which is living in his Kingdom, like the beginning.
    "It's just a feeling and no one knows yet
    But just because they can't feel it too
    Doesn't mean that you have to forget" As in the movie, where Lucy tells Aslan that no one believed her, and aslan says why should that keep you from believing? in the same way, a lot of the times we do not feel God's presence, but just because we can't feel it, or that people around us can't feel it, it doesnt mean that He is not there.

    "Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
    'Til they're before your eyes" It is referring to our memories in God's Kingdom.
    "You'll come back
    When they call you
    No need to say goodbye" Basically, God will call us back to the heavens, and we will be reconciled.

    again, this is just something that I just THINK! there is NO evidence that it is true. Specially cuz Regina Spektor is a Jew and not a Christian (well, she still believes that God will come back to save us tho, so .. yeah!).
    :)
    xsavedkton December 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI loved the song before Narnia, but I watched it today and just read that it was written specifically for the movie. "Now we're back to the beginning", they're fighting a war for Narnia once again, "But just because they can't feel it too, Doesn't mean that you have to forget" basically sums up the whole series.. They knew that Narnia existed, but had to be normal people when faced with their London "reality". It's really upsetting that Suson and Peter can't return to Narnia in the future, Suson even more so because there was such a great chemistry between her and Prince Caspian. So basically, every line that says something like, "You'll come back when they call you, no need to say goodbye" is for Edmund and Lucy, who will later return to continue ruling Narnia. I guess if Caspian really wanted to see Suson again, Aslan could open a portal to the "real" world. After all, he is now a King of Narnia, and the horn will call him back.

    This song is still so beautiful, even without the "Narnian" reasoning behind it.
    sabrina134on February 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWhether it was written for the movie or not, i'm going with my own interpretation. This is one of my favorite songs and fits so many situations.

    It fits the story of two of my characters' relationship:

    They became fast friends after meeting, but were hesitant to show their affection. Things get pretty intense in the story, and someone dies in his place at the end of the year. The next year, she has to leave him to find her father, but she was deceived and he and their friends come to rescue her. They escape and danger only seems to come into their lives more and more often following then. The next year, their relationship is severed and complicated. The following year, he leaves for the war and she is separated from him and stays behind, but has to leave home to seek refuge from an invasion. They become reunited about a month later, and continue to face peril... That's as much as i've written, but it's so amazing! I love it :)
    OrchidSunseton May 24, 2011   Link

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