"Bad Things Coming, We Are Safe" as written by and Emma Moss....
Edward come and sit with me,
I fell asleep and now I am afraid.
The sun came up so quick and I
Have always been suspicious of the day.
The dream I had that you were in -
Turned bad and then it finished,
And I am glad to be awake.
And glad,
To be with you,
Cause I feel safe when we're together.

Read to me again
About the King who took
his daughter to the feast.
Tell me how she lifted up her veils
And she laid them at his feet.
Execution in her eyes,
She pointed to her prize, and said,
"I want him to be mine."

And everyone,
Knew the man was going to lose
his head tonight.

I heard a sound,
Across the lawns,
Was like a hoof being taken from a horse.
I understand,
What you describe,
That there are things we don't decide -
They are decided for us.
Still I would trust,
That we are safe when we're together.

Edward, come and tell me,
Are there restaurants on Jericho today?
Look out of the window on St Giles -
Do the palaces remain?
I have woken from a sleep.
I am sure the world is different,
That it's changed.

Edward come and tell me,
Are there restaurants on Jericho today?
I heard a sound,
Across the lawns,
Was like a wave sweeping houses
from the short.
I understand,
what you explain,
That there are things that you believe,
And you think you will see me again.

Still it remains,
That if I could,
I'd string a cord,
RIght from my stomach
Into yours.
I'd stand beside you,
The day you face the tide,
I think I could make it turn around,
Know I could make it go dry.
Cause you and I -
We are safe when we're together.

We are safe when we're together.
We are safe when we're together.
We are safe when we're together.
We are.


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    General CommentAn excellent song about feeling safe and strong when you're with the one you love. And a reference to Salomé and the Dance of the Seven Veils in the second verse.
    Sinsearon April 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Is the Edward in question the same as the one in 'Edward is Dedward', or is that just a coincidence?
    laurararaon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJericho and St. Giles references to Oxford?
    missmeon May 27, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionJericho and St Giles are certainly Oxford references, but of course Jericho is also a middle eastern city mentioned in the bible and so a connection with the Salome references in the previous verses.

    "That if I could/I'd string a cord/Right from my stomach/Into yours" is almost a motherly image, an umbilicus between them. Then in "City Song" she sings "They took a human from my waist..." and it's about abortion but it also connects to this one I think.

    It seems as if in this story Edward is going travelling to the far east for Christmas 2006.
    Breakfaston June 03, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionPretty sure it's "I heard a sound across the walls/ Was like a wave sweeping houses from the shores". It kind of ties into the Biblical references, maybe? Sort of like the God's wrath Ed is scared of?
    Coffeejunkie891on July 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about waking up after a tragedy and thinking it was just a terrible dream, then slowly realizing that it really happened. In my opinion it's a sequel to "Edward is Dedward."

    "The dream I had that you were in -
    Turned bad and then it finished,
    And I am glad to be awake."

    The narrator wakes up and thinks Edward's death/suicide was just a nightmare.

    "I have woken from a sleep.
    I am sure the world is different,
    That it's changed."

    She begins to realize it wasn't a dream and calls for Edward, hoping he'll show up and prove her wrong.

    "I heard a sound,
    Across the lawns,
    Was like a hoof being taken from a horse."

    The sound could be a gunshot.

    In "Edward is Dedward," we learn that Edward has threatened suicide before ("I never thought your threats would come good / You never did what you said you would"). I think he explained to the narrator that he wanted to die, but they'd see each other again in the afterlife:

    "I understand,
    what you explain,
    That there are things that you believe,
    And you think you will see me again."

    The narrator refuses to accept that and tries to save him from himself:

    "I'd stand beside you,
    The day you face the tide,
    I think I could make it turn around,
    Know I could make it go dry.
    Cause you and I -
    We are safe when we're together."

    But, ultimately, Edward chooses to die and the narrator is left repeating something she probably comforted herself with a thousand times:

    "We are safe when we're together."
    witticismson August 31, 2012   Link

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