i was wasted on the trigger
in the river i was waiting
i was wanting, never wanting
what i could not yet become
let the sea change let's remember
all the good i did the ending
was no more than spare repentance
this is nothing like my home

on the table i was ready
blood it glistened, gods they listened
running wild after chalice
just to let them take me on
see the whirling of the skylights
beasts surround me all around me
trains pull out from under mantles
just to listen with us all

and with colors captivating
Eleanor stood cold and waiting
she was bathing me in blessings
that confronted as i cried
see the whole of me igniting
clever hands with brushes biting
cross the river to the tower
with remains of every sacrifice inside

oh my precious daemon darlings
come to hold me death unfold me
color move me too the chambers
where i know i feel alive
dance in circles atop grasses
crossing over lo, behold her i
n the places of our reaches
where the beasts upset their lives

but the water ceased to bargain
we are stranded where we've landed
break the circle take us back
to where we feel we need to be
watching careful the completion
of the cosmos where the zygote
sleeping sound now that i've found
my dearest friend outside my door

bound for new life, masons thunder
east is over, west is under
found the hum of drag race runners
comfort flaring in my sheets
now we'll head back up to Monmouth
where the kids are seldom honest
cross the borders, past the train yards
i will enter just to breathe
but the time will come for lovers
we will cradle one another
we will wander past the distance
for our merry mouths to meet


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Eleanor song meanings
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    General Commentnot positive, but this is what i hear in the last verse:

    bound for new life, masons thunder
    east is over, west is under
    found the hum of drag race runners
    comfort flaring in my sheets
    now we'll head back up to Monmouth
    where the kids are seldom honest
    cross the borders, past the train yards
    i will enter just to breathe
    but the time will come for lovers
    we will cradle one another
    we will wander past the distance
    for our merry mouths to meet
    papernapkinon January 21, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think about this song a lot.
    My personal feelings, but I almost feel like this song is about suicide and the hero's journey of the soul that follows.

    'I was wasted on the trigger' of course implies death by gun.

    'In the river I was waiting' (and the subsequent lines) imply some kind of post-death limbo. It conjures up images of the River Styx and waiting for a sort of rebirth, which is hunted at later in the song.

    Eleanor is kind of an interesting figure in the song, and it implies that somehow the singer find redemption through Eleanor.
    'Bathing me in blessings that confronted as I cried' Eleanor is asking questions, and the answers to the questions determine the singers fate (damnation, redemption, rebirth etc. In this case, I think it's rebirth).

    The tower imagery 'with remains if every sacrifice inside' sounds a little like the ancient Egyptian belief, except instead of measuring guilt, they're looking at contributions or 'sacrifices'; things that are done selflessly, sacrifices we make in life to accomplish things: these are being weighed to determine the singers place in the next life).

    This next part is where the singer is thinking things are not going in their favor, but there's a sort of acceptance to this. This is the beginning of the rebirth process.
    'Oh my precious demon darlings, come to hold me, death unfold me' feels like the forces that be are coming in to make their final decision. Elenore has a part in this, she's with the singer the entire journey. She's the Virgil to the singer's Dante.

    They're back in the river, the judgement is complete, but the singers fate is ambiguous at this point. The signer views this at a stagnation of sorts (but the water ceased to bargain we are stranded where we've landed).

    This is the moment of rebirth;
    'watching careful the completion of the cosmos where the zygote watching sleeping sound now that i've found my dearest friend outside my door'
    This sounds to me like not just figurative birth, but literal birth. The mother figure is our first dear friend.

    'bound for new life, masons thunder'

    The rest of the song, I feel, is about the new life.
    jessicaylpon February 05, 2016   Link
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    General CommentSuch a great song.
    janeaparis1on November 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI wonder which Monmouth she meant, the town or the one of the two colleges?
    ryanacameronon January 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's most likely about Monmouth in Wales.

    "cross the river to the tower" -- the River Wye meets the River Monnow in Monmouth, and it has two bridges over both which you can cross. Since she mentions Monmouth itself, it's probably about the place in Wales.
    KatinkaZombieon February 03, 2011   Link

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