"The Planets Bend Between Us" as written by and Gary Lightbody Tom Simpson....
The winters mar the Earth
It's floor was frozen glass
You slip into my arms
And you quickly correct yourself
Your freezing speech bubbles
Seem to hold your words aloft
I want the smoky clouds of laughter
To swim about me forever more

I will race you to the waterside
And from the edge of Ireland shout out loud
So they could hear it in America
It's all for you

The shells crack under our shoes
Like punctuation points
The planets bend between us
A hundred million suns and stars
The sea filled in this silence
Before you sank those words
And now even in the darkness
I can see how happy you are


It's all for you [Repeat: x5]

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"The Planets Bend Between Us" as written by Gary Lightbody Nathan Connolly

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    My InterpretationI think this is about taking a walk along a beach ("the shells crack under our shoes" and "I will race you to the waterside") with a girlfriend on a wintry day in Ireland. The "freezing speech bubbles" and "smoky clouds of laughter" are when you can see your breath in winter. He's describing how happy they are and declaring their love for each other "from the edge of Ireland shout out loud, so they could hear it in America".

    I think it's at dusk and they can see the stars etc. She pauses before telling him that she loves him "the sea filled in this silence" and then he sees that she means it and how happy she is.
    genienaon November 30, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:D it's basically just a happy love song as far as i can tell; lightbody said this album was merely intended to be an antidote to any sadness from the previous two LPs (and also somewhat to ...Clear Up) and this song reflects that. Obviously set in winter I'm struggling to find anything other than a pure bliss spending time with another person.
    3lanceron October 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about being with and falling in love with your best friend, not letting fear of what might go wrong ruin it, and just feeling pure joy while together

    "You slip into my arms
    And you quickly correct yourself"
    so_webeatonon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentToday is valentine's day and I heard the whole album all over again today. Great songs all around. As for the meaning, it's a simple love song. And beautiful.
    young_jableson February 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment'the winter's marred the earth. it's floored with frozen glass' << this is what i hear. not 'the winters mar the earth. its floor was frozen glass' sorry if im wrong!
    my favourite song! amazing! just the name itself is poetic 'the planets bend between us' so visual. the music is gorgeous and i think that if u dont like this song, then you just dont understand its true beauty! love love love it!
    Lisa27on June 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThanks for posting this!

    This song is awesome.
    OnThe11thon October 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo they could hear it in AMERICA*

    amazing song.
    3lanceron October 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSorry -

    From the edge of Ireland shout out loud
    So they could hear it in America
    3lanceron October 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks for that. I wasn`t sure of those two lines. And yes, amazing song.
    mlew10on October 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentExactly what lancer said. What a gorgeous song
    60_miles_an_houron October 26, 2008   Link

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