The tops of crags and cliffs, the air is thin
So we'll find a mountain path on down the hill
Meet me where the snowmelt flows
It is there, my dear, where we'll begin again
Skipping stones, braiding hair
Last year's antlers mark the trail

Take us back, oh take us back
Oh take us, take us back
Take us back, oh take us back
Oh take us, take us back

I've a friend who lives out by the river's mouth
He knows the fiddle's cry is an old sound
A lonesome bow
The creeks and moans of empty houses are songs like fallen rain
Windblown buildings, muddy ground
The strength of water can sink a man

Take us back oh take us back
Oh take us, take us back
Take us back, oh take us back
Oh take us, take us back

When the higher hills have turned to blue
And the waves are lapping where the children grew
All that we have known will be an echo
Of days when love was true
Muted voices just beyond
The silent surface of what has gone




Lyrics submitted by holbytla, edited by zipxavier, smallwonderrobot

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    My InterpretationI think this song could be about people who's homes have been destroyed by a natural disaster, such as a flood, and the only thing they want is to be able to go back to their old lives and not have to live somewhere else.

    A natural disaster seems to be hinted at in the lines "windblown buildings, muddy ground, the srength of water can sink a man"; 'Windblown buildings and muddy grounds' are the effects of the disaster - strong winds have blown off rooftops and the streets are now like a huge puddle of muddy water from the flood, and 'the strength of water can sink a man' is literally stating that there is so much water that even the strongest men are swept away. A flood is also suggested again in the lines "when the higher hills have turned to blue, and the waves are lapping where the children grew"; the higher hills turning to blue means that the water is so deep that entire hills are submerged in it and so they look blue, and 'the waves are lapping where the children grew' could be referring to the playgrounds in the schools where the children grew up being flooded with waves of water.

    It is clear that the people want to go back to their old lives and don't want to live anywhere else because of the the lines "take us back, oh take us back", which sounds like them praying that they can go back to their former lives and just live happy.

    This is what I make of the lyrics, I could be wrong but there you go...
    hazoid246on February 13, 2015   Link

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