"The Island" as written by Trevor Charles Horn and Geoffrey Downes....
They say the skies of Lebanon are burning
Those mighty cedars bleeding in the heat
They're showing pictures on the television
Women and children dying in the street
And we're still at it in our own place
Still trying to reach the future through the past
Still trying to carve tomorrow from a tombstone

But hey, don't listen to me
This wasn't meant to be no sad song
We've heard too much of that before
Right now I only want to be with you
Till the mornin' dew comes fallin'

And I want to take you to the island
Trace your footprints in the sand
And in the evening when the sun goes down
We'll make love to the sound of the ocean

They're raisin' banners over by the markets
White washing slogans on our ship yard walls
Witch doctors praying for a mighty showdown
No way our holy flag is gonna fall

Up here we sacrifice our children
To feed the worn out dreams of yesterday
And teach them dying will lead us into glory

But hey, don't listen to me.
'Cause this wasn't meant to be no sad song
I've sung too much of that before
Right now I only want to be with you
Till the mornin' dew comes fallin'

I want to take you to the island
Trace your footprints in the sand
And in the evening when there's no one around
We'll make love to the sound of the ocean

Now I know us plain folks don't see all the story
And I know this peace and love's just copping out
And I guess these young boys dyin' in the ditches
Is just what being free is all about
And how this twisted wreckage down main street
Will bring us all together in the end
And we'll go marching down the road to freedom
Freedom
Freedom


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"The Island" as written by Trevor Charles Horn Geoffrey Downes

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    Song Meaningthis song is the ultimate wishing you were here with me song. the singer (kieth SO AWESOME) is obviously refering to war, all war.and through it all, he just wants to be with his "significant other"
    celticgirl4on July 03, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that this song is about a man in war, and he's wishing he could be with his girlfriend/wife/lover on "the island". And how he's keeping that picture in his head, he doesn't want to think of this "sad song" meaning the war.
    JAYdeeKINZon April 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about just how sad and cruel reality can be and sometimes the only thing you can do to survive is to block it all out and go somewhere even if it is just in your mind to stay sane. Also he is referring to looking to the future for our children's sake instead of thinking of the past; unfortunately all wrongs can not be redressed so you just have to let go and free yourself.
    celticmomon May 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMakes me cry every time i listen to it. The first time i heard it, i saw him preform it, kind of unaware of the meaning of the song. Once i listened to it again multiple times, i understood how deep the message was, and how the ending is so sarcastic, and how he leaves the song kind of unfinished... "This twisted wreckage down main street will bring us all together in the end, and we'll go marching down the road to freedom", obviously the opposite of what the whole song is trying to say. He's also going back and forth between these thoughts of war and the thoughts of love, being with the one you love on an island, and losing your children in a war. It's a cery powerful song!
    disneydreamzon August 02, 2016   Link

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