"Ether" as written by and Benjamin P Cooper Alexander P Kane....
While you slept it off
Your empire was lost
Now we're not your sons
Your old silver tongue
It don't work too well now

We wandered off
With our heads nice and soft
But we were still numb
And we burned in the sun
And got torn to pieces

I walked across from eyes
And scratched my name into the sky
The things beneath my floorboards fly
I'll never let them out
And all my teeth are down at my feet
And all of the blood comes in a flood
Start counting sheep

Then I fall asleep again
And by myself I'm wondering
A forest made of skeletons
Of people I once knew
And all their spines are perfectly aligned
Like cold power lines
...

My feet left the ground
And I floated off and got lost
Now this ain't my home
There's no warmth in these bones
Just a mock up to help me pretend I'm sleeping

While we slept it off
All the money was lost
Now we can't stand up
Yeah, the blood in our guts
It just weighs us down now
We'll crawl along
Despite what goes wrong
'cause we're not that young
Takes more than your guns to scare us off now

Paint your face in ether
Make the skies drip
Make our heads hit the ground
It all goes on forever
Makes no difference
Whether we're still around

My feet left the ground
And I floated off and got lost
Now my house is far below
It's buried in snow
And I can't see my footprints anymore; they're too small
I drift through the clouds with my heart in my mouth
I'm not stopping
Now the Earth is far behind
I'm lost in the sky with my eyes closed
I'm just waiting for my air to run out


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    Lyric CorrectionThe high-pitched part right after:

    While we slept it off
    All the money was lost
    Now we can't stand up
    Yeah, the blood in our guts
    It just weighs us down now
    We'll crawl along
    Despite what goes wrong
    'cause we're not that young
    Takes more than your guns to scare us off now

    is:

    Paint your face in ether
    Make the skies drip
    Make our heads hit the ground
    It all goes on forever
    Makes no difference
    Whether we're still around
    CardboardHeadedon July 03, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Now my house is far below; it's buried in snow; and I can't see my footprints anymore, they're too small..."
    I don't know what it is about that line, but it literally brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. Sounds corny, I know, but it's just beautiful. ^.^;
    riotprrlon September 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti see an alcoholic who talks his way out of things and his kids getting taken away as well as his house.

    "While you slept it off
    Your empire was lost
    Now we're not your sons
    Your old silver tongue
    It don't work too well now"

    silver tongue means eloquent speech.

    Then as his kids are going through the rest of their life they have more trouble then normal
    "We wandered off
    With our heads nice and soft
    But we were still numb
    And we burned in the sun
    And got torn to pieces"

    The kids then went out of their way to get attention. not sure about the "flying" things underneath the floorboards. seems like they got in a fight, at a bar.

    "I walked across from eyes
    And scratched my name into the sky
    The things beneath my floorboards fly
    I'll never let them out
    And all my teeth are down at my feet
    And all of the blood comes in a flood
    Start counting sheep"


    the kids grow up ending up with the same problem as their father. they have health issues as well as they try to get by with little money. they're not scared of the problems because they are older.
    "While we slept it off
    All the money was lost
    Now we can't stand up
    Yeah, the blood in our guts
    It just weighs us down now
    We'll crawl along
    Despite what goes wrong
    'cause we're not that young
    Takes more than your guns to scare us off now"

    at the end i see one of the kids dying and not caring, seems almost peaceful. like the struggle in their life was so unnecessary and now they can finally be free of things that weren't their fault.
    m0nst3rson April 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit's pretty simple though...
    ether is the substance that fills up space.

    it's a dream, and in the end he floats up in space.


    this whole album is about dreams and space.
    enjoyyourrootson June 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"the things beneath my floorboards fly, i'll never let them out"
    it means burried secrets or feelings and how he'll never express them, maybe because he doesn't want to or can't. it's both emotionally and physically painful.

    reminds me of the tell tale heart.
    whoatrishhon September 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe demo version of this song was called "Its like a heartbeat, only, it isn't."
    deaffromsilenceon February 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn my download this song is called "It's like a heartbeat, only it isn't" but whatever...

    Anyway here:


    Then I fall asleep again
    And by myself I'm wondering
    A forest made of skeletons
    Of people I once knew
    And all their spines are perfectly aligned
    Like cold power lines
    ...

    at the end I hear "or a fork's silver tines" Which makes sens to me, because a fork's tines are the stabby bits that make the for functional, and they are perfectly aligned, got me?
    Miskadamixxaon April 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it sounds like a world at war and the narration focus itself on this platoon.

    First part talks about the daft politicians up there, trying to work things out with their speeches while soldiers are dying out there, as if they matter (we're not your sons);
    Second stanza tells us about a group of fresh soldiers wading off to battle, sun-burnt and all (or it could imply a nuclear blast), and suddenly the machine guns and artillery shred them into pieces as they scuttled for cover;
    Third stanza pictures the battle at hand, still with heavy resistance (The things beneath my floorboards fly, might imply bullets scattering near him), almost won as they cornered the enemy in (I'll never let them out);
    Forth stanza is probably this soldier having woke up from the two stanzas as a recurring nightmare. Finally slept again, had nightmares of walking through fields of dead civilians and soldiers, examining them for familiar faces.
    Fifth stanza describes the first moments they got air-dropped into the field, and they all had to make comfortable in foreign homes;
    Sixth stanza is significant in describing all the money channeled into financing the war. While this particular platoon of soldiers are littered with injury (sometimes I hear "the lead in our guts" actually), but they're now hard boiled from previous conflicts;
    Small part after this is self explanatory: no matter how many died, it is still about winning the war. Ether here might be literal chemical, or Plato's aether, both probably used to denote courage.
    Last stanza goes back to the time of the airlift, before they were dropped into the battlefield, with emotions attached to the moment.

    The song is good because it is left to a wide range of interpretations.
    Anchoron October 29, 2011   Link

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