I saw you
Down at the station
Your leather suitcase
Burst at the seems
Stay all day
Up in your rooms now
That’s not a problem
You’ve ever seen

Fall on your knees
Wasting your arrows
You found you’ve walked along these halls

I awoke
Up in a bedroom
You’ve gone up hunting
I was asleep
Spend my day
Out at the fountain
That’s not a problem
You’ve had foreseen

Fall on your knees
Wasting your arrows
You found you’ve walked along these halls

Fall on your knees
Wasting your arrows
You found you’ve walked along these halls

Oh it’s no use
at all...
But that light in the church could still remain


Lyrics submitted by life_aint_chess, edited by jamesktu


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  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song is a narration on the novel 'Brideshead Revisited' by Evelyn Waugh. The first section of the song refers to the main character, Charles Ryder, meeting his 'best and only' friend, Lord Sebastian Flyte at the station before returning to Flyte's estate, Brideshead.

    'Stay all day
    Up in your rooms now
    That’s not a problem
    You’ve ever seen'

    Refers to Sebastian's decline into alcoholism, a subject that dominates the first half of the book.

    'I awoke
    Up in a bedroom
    You’ve gone up hunting
    I was asleep
    Spend my day
    Out at the fountain
    That’s not a problem
    You’ve had foreseen'

    At one point in the novel Sebastian leaves for a hunt but instead decides to go drinking at a local village. Throughout the novel Brideshead's fountain is the centre of dramas in Charles' life, particularly his years of happiness with Sebastian Flyte and much later, a quarrel with his lover Julia Flyte, Sebastian's sister.

    'Fall on your knees
    Wasting your arrows
    You found you’ve walked along these halls'

    At the very end of the novel, Charles, who during the second world war was forced to return to a dilapidated Brideshead, finally finds his religion in the chapel of Brideshead. He at this point had loved and lost both Julia and Sebastian and nearly all connection with the Flytes and Brideshead.

    'Oh it’s no use
    at all...
    But that light* in the church could still remain'

    Finally after he prays at the chapel, he sees the lantern lit over the tabernacle of a chapel that was due to be closed, but remains.
    jamesktuon February 14, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General Commenttwo corrections:
    "your leather suitcase burst at the seams"
    "oh it's no use at all"

    this song is amazing and i don't know why they didn't put it on the album.

    i think "you'd gone out hunting" means that she was seeing other people... while he was asleep in her bedroom. OUCH.
    ap0theosizeon May 29, 2008   Link

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