"Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain" as written by and Mark Linkous....

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    General Commentthis sounds like something is dying. the deep static breathing in the background, and the almost medical sounding synthetic beep that is laced consistently throughout the song (if you're listening in headphones, it's in the left ear), but often comes with a sort of hesitation... and the sad piano and strings.

    or perhaps it's a sort of paralysis. (dreamt for light years in the belly of a mountain... a sort of hibernation, a ten minute segment, excerpt of a lifetime of absurd cycles, fading.)

    of course this is completely out of nowhere, i just always get the feeling that something is fading, paralyzed, decaying when i hear this song... yet also the strings (i'm pretty sure that's what those higher pitched, melancholic chords are) bring a tinge of slight, desperate hope.
    eating_for_youon January 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThat's an interesting interpretation, I hadn't thought of it like that.
    I agree with your take on the general mood of the peace. In my mind the 'beep' was like a radar out at sea or in the middle of nowhere, trying to find someone. Or someone trying to find others. There's a feeling of being lost and helpless, but at the same time it's very calm and peaceful. I think it's strangely beautiful and I often play it on repeat when I'm out walking alone at night.
    tumbleandfallon October 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think the importance of this song is that (correct me if im wrong) but it is the only instrumental song by sparklehorse. Mark would often strip a song to a few instruments when trying to express a point or say something very heart-felt so the fact that this is a stand alone song without any lyrics says to me that this is a very important to Mark, as if he cannot put it into words, which is rare for such a talented artist.
    Anyway, the song itself is very classic sparklehorse style fading in and out to represent the passing of life just like time, every breath like the tic of a clock. Mark used this a lot as he would often spend time alone or laying in fields enjoying the sun and nature and all its gifts. The title of the song suggests to me some sort of coma like state, being trapped in the mountain miles away perhaps, or being away from civilization, either way i think the point of hibernation or a coma is expressed. I believe this is the point of the song as that would explain why the song fades in and out as the next breath or second of the song is not guaranteed, on hearing this song for the first time there is no knowing when the song will stop, again much like a patient in a coma heartbeat.
    A beautiful song, truly a gem and a masterpiece that could only be made by Mark, RIP and thanks for the journey.
    benpouldenon September 04, 2012   Link

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