"We Made A Pact" as written by and Timothy John Baker....
You
You and I made a pact
A deal that as we lay dying
We'd think about each other then
And smile as we're taken in

I
I listened like a little child
To the story of your earthbound pilot
He plummeted so violent
A parachute not opening
And rushing to oblivion
He broke into that knowing grin

I
I think about that a lot
Cause a lot is what I've not got
And a smile is what I least expect
In the clutches of this darkness

You
You I was surprised to hear
Your birdsong velvet in my ear
The phone broke its silent stint
I pulled the cord and I needed it
You billowed like a bowl of silk
And slowed me from my ruining


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"We Made a Pact" as written by Timothy John Baker

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    General CommentI love this song. I've read through the lyrics of this song and hope I am interpreting this correctly.

    "You, you and i made a pact
    a deal that as we lay dying
    we'd think about each other then
    and smile as we're taken in"
    --I think this part is pretty straight forward. Two people made a pact with one another. A deal between good friends, or two lovers(I would lean more toward lovers considering the second verse, and how I interpret that), that when they got to their final moment in life, they would think on the other person and smile(and presumable be joyful at the thought) as they died.

    "I, i listened like a little child
    to the story of your earthbound pilot
    he plummeted so violent
    a parachute not opening
    and rushing to oblivion
    he broke into that knowing grin"
    -- This part required a bit more thinking. I would assume the "Earthbound pilot" would be the other persons father(since it is mentioned that it is a "he"). The man singing is listening to a story of his lovers father. This person(the woman's father), has also made the same pact with someone(since he breaks into "that knowing grin"). We can assume that he committed suicide, or caused his death through his own means(drugs, drinking, etc). He plummets fast and violently, with no one to help or save him. His "parachute"(this imagery is important and used again at the end of the song) does not open, therefore no one was there to save him. However, despite the fact that is was quickly rushing to his own demise(ie- oblivion), he thought about the person he made a pact with and was able to smile at his death.

    I, i think about that a lot
    cause a lot is what i've not got
    and a smile is what i least expect
    in the clutches of this darkness
    -- The singer of the song is focused on her fathers story. He does not have a lot of time left(according to his own admission), and we can assume he is on the same path as the woman's father. He is surrounded by darkness. The reason he is thinking about the father, is b/c he wonder's if he will be able to smile(its what he least expects), as he dies.

    You, you i was surprised to hear
    your birdsong velvet in my ear
    the phone broke its silent stint
    i pulled the cord and i needed it
    you billowed like a bowl of silk
    and slowed me from my ruining
    --The phone rings( and we can assume it has not rung in quite some time) He is surprised to hear the voice of his lover(or friend, depending on the interpretation). He describes her voice as something pleasurable to hear, and he wants desperately to hear her. We come back to the parachute imagery. He pulls the chord of his "parachute"(his lover), and she saves him from dieing. This is in direct contrast to her father, whose parachute did not open(his lover was not there). The singer does not need to think of her as he is dieing, b/c she was there for him, to save him.
    Orion510on August 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat interpretation! I think you got it spot on. This song deserves a shittonne more airplay.
    tipooon September 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTim said that this was was written when him and Jenn Grant were talking one day about two sky divers who's parachutes didn't open, and this was his version. Jenn Grant's version is called parachutes.
    burgandyon January 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think Orion510's interpretation is great, and I thought I'd offer my take on this song from when I first heard it a couple years ago. It was on a television show and it captivated me instantly; I searched for it and listened to it about twenty times as I sat for nearly an hour studying the lyrics and pondering their meaning.

    you
    you and i made a pact
    a deal that as we lay dying
    we'd think about each other then
    and smile as we're taken in

    I believe this is between two lovers, and like Orion said, I believe they made this pact. In the television show I saw, however, this was used as a song between brothers, which I thought added a profound depth of meaning. It's applicable to close relationships in general, not just romantic ones, but that take is my favorite. Although it makes the "he" statements in the second verse a little more complicated, that's how I like to see it and because when I sing it, it comes from a female voice, it makes sense to me. Perhaps it wasn't written with a "she" in order to keep it ambiguous and applicable to a wide range of relationships, as I mentioned earlier. These are my thoughts on the matter, but to be honest this song has been so profound to me that the he/she thing is rather a non-issue in my mind. Anyhow.

    i
    i listened like a little child
    to the story of your earthbound pilot
    he plummeted so violent
    a parachute not opening
    and rushing to oblivion
    he broke into that knowing grin

    I think that this song is about souls and that "earthbound pilot" refers to the body housing the lover's soul. The singer's love is dead, and as their body plummeted to a sudden, unforeseen, catastrophic end, they kept that pact and smiled, thinking of their love.

    i
    i think about that a lot
    cause a lot is what i've not got
    and a smile is what i least expect
    in the clutches of this darkness

    I think the death of the loved one sparked a lot of realizing that life is brief and that the singer, too, could easily come to an unforeseen end. In dark emotions brought on by life and the loss of the loved one, the singer can't even imagine being able to smile again.

    you
    you i was surprised to hear
    your birdsong velvet in my ear
    the phone broke its silent stint
    i pulled the cord and i needed it
    you billowed like a bowl of silk
    and slowed me from my ruining

    The singer's time has come, but instead of it being a horrible end as they'd previously assumed, they're surprised to hear not the sounds of impending doom but the voice of their lover, sweet and welcoming like birdsong and velvet, beckoning them. I think the phone ringing signifies the calling of their loved one, and in falling as they pulled the parachute cord, it wasn't just a parachute but the love that bore them gently to the bottom. The lover who'd died before didn't have such a parachute ("a parachute not opening"), but by bravely keeping the pact, their love became that parachute for the soul of the other and beautifully rescued them from a shattering fall, removing the pain of the ruining of their bodies, the sting of that moment of death, as their soul passed on.
    indierosieon July 19, 2011   Link

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