I need another place
Will there be peace?
I need another world
This one's nearly gone

Still have too many dreams
Never seen the light
I need another world
A place where I can go

I'm gonna miss the sea
I'm gonna miss the snow
I'm gonna miss the bees
I'll miss the things that grow

I'm gonna miss the trees
I'm gonna miss the sound
I'll miss the animals
I'm gonna miss you all

I need another place
Will there be peace?
I need another world
This one's nearly gone

I'm gonna miss the birds
Singing all their songs
I'm gonna miss the wind
Been kissing me so long

Another world
Another world
Another world
Another world


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  • +5
    General Comment Hegarty's minimalistic selection is profound and the use of language conventions create a solid thematic statement, riddled with romantic irony. The song opens with solemn piano chords and faint yearning moans. Hegarty sings the first stanza alone, and then joined by another voice in the second, with the faint but swelling moans in the third, and the personified 'wind' via flute in the fourth. The joining of voices do not seem conscious of each other - 2:55 the voices do not finish together, one lingers. The swelling moans and the personified wind in the background seem to be disconnected, abstract, but founded in reality in that they are creating dialogue in harmony. To me it suggests a universal truth of fearing or being anxious of the unknown. I wonder if these faint discords are even in the world of our own, as if the are representative of spirits seen in other planes of existence yet bound by the same universal truth. The intentional repetition of the same group of words at the beginning of successful clauses "I need another.../ I need another... I'm gonna miss the... / I'm gonna miss the" (lines 1-2, 67) also known as an anaphora creates the effect of a trance like beckoning. It reminds me that of a child's pessimistic lamenting while coming of age, that regardless of what you tell them they are going to be anxious and fearful for the change that inevitably will come, primarily because they have not experienced or know. This inability to know what is to come from death is spotted throughout the entire album, until that of the final song which provides a great swelling of empathy. This is similar to that of Heart of Darkness with the thematic agony of not knowing, yet contrasting in that it suggests that universal truths do exist.
    OutsideRoom302on January 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI actually agree with Billy's interpretation. For me it's about a terminal patient coming to terms with the fact that s/he is about to die and acknowledging all of those things that will be missed.

    This "(an)other world" is the unknown that comes with death (be it the christian afterlife, the budist/hinduist samsara or whichever religion you believe in). The question "will there be peace?" reflects precisely that.

    I like the idea that is conveyed in the sentence "I need another world, this one is nearly gone" of not being us who vanish but the world. As if by dying, we don't leave this world to enter a new one but actually this world is the one that disappears.

    For me, "Still have too many dreams, never seen the light" represents the grief of having all this projects and dreams being interrupted by a terminal illness and the forthcoming death.

    This song reminds me of a dear friend of mine that died a year ago after almost six years battling against cancer. I really hope she finally found "another world".
    ferhon October 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song's about committing suicide. Which is ironic, at least to me, as if I was thinking about committing suicide, hearing this song would single-handedly prevent me from doing so. If this song isn't one of the most gorgeous songs I've ever I heard, I don't what is.

    Bravo!
    ArrestedDevelopmenton January 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:( :( :(
    sithieon December 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song
    relvason January 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment(: (: (:
    bohemiandonuton January 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment(: (: (:
    bohemiandonuton January 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentArrested, I didn't interpret this as a suicide song at all. I thought it was about the destruction of the planet and how he would miss nature's beauty after it was fully ravaged by mankind. Hence his need for "another world." But I suppose either interpretation is possible. I do agree that this is a beautiful song, one of the best I've ever heard.
    goddesscarolineon February 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthese two interpretations are really good. I think the song is about the two things, at the same time.

    I need another place, will there be peace? - suicide interpretation

    I need another world, this one is nearly gone. - nature lost interpretation

    Still have too many dreams, never seen the light. - suicide interpretation

    I need another world, a place where I can go. - a place where you can go is more than a 'health' place (talking about nature), it's also a place where you be accepted.
    Narayanon April 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow. This song is amazing!
    It got me thinking.
    Imagine IF the earth (Which we take for granted) starting dying. If the trees suddenly stopped growing and the rivers dried out. What would we do? We would die as well. It's a frightening thought.
    Tyler2004durdenon May 07, 2009   Link

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