You paper cut the air above the tundra when you came back in silence, in sheets, and the neighbors called me up out of my sleep to watch you unfold the blanket.
Wrap me back into the womb.
The first thought is fear, and brother, it emits a crippling bend.
A shame you can't know that you carry until you've seen it offered down.
Watching shielded in the silence, shielded in the knowledge that has no use for language.
Standing on the lawn at a distance.
Watching shielded in the silence, shielded in the knowledge that has no use for language.
Standing on the lawn until you wish to be crushed in its collisions.
You paper cut the air above the tundra when you came back in silence, in sheets and the neighbors called me up.


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Northern Lights song meanings
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    General CommentAt a concert in November 2009, Anathallo explained that this song was inspired by witnesses the phenomenon of the Northern Lights and being completely in awe of God's power and beautiful creation.
    MicrobeObliteratoron February 20, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"witnessing", sorry
    MicrobeObliteratoron February 20, 2009   Link
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    Memoryyeah. he said that he was freaking out and couldn't look any more so he went inside and wrote a song about the dread and awe that he felt.
    whenshesmileson March 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnathallo has always fascinated me with their unique use of music to communicate (and effectively, I might add) their ideas.
    What I find most interesting is their implicit revealing of God in their songs. After reading their lyrics, it is clear they are beleivers in God in some sort, but they rarely ever make it clear God is what they are talking about.

    This song has to be one of the most moving songs done by them (to me). Their clever use of different sounds, tones, and instruments always works perfectly well with what they mean to communicate, but this song nailed it especially well.

    I notice with anathallo that there is a sort of "weirdness barrier" I had to get past in order to appreciate their brilliant music. Every time I listened to a song I appreciated it more.

    Also, Anathallo is a "headphones" band. I've never seen them live, but I can't fully "catch the ride" of their music unless my eyes are closed and I am focusing on just the song. (Perfect for ten-hour train rides.=D)

    I interpret this as a song addressed to God Himself. The music invelops you in their world and you feel as if you are saying it yourself.
    Maybe it is because I can resonate with the message of this song, but I ound this song especially moving, almost to the point of tears.

    I know almost all of this is not necessarily relevant to the song meaning, but I am essentially the only one I know personally to love Anathallo (much less know of them) and I just wanted to share that.

    Thanks.
    TreeofLifeon March 22, 2013   Link

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