"Lifelines" as written by Jimi Goodwin, Jez Williams and Andy 178189915 Williams....
Well, I, feels like a place I've never been
And, I, feels like a place I've never seen

Oh, somebody's givin' in but I'm not
Somebody's giving it but I'm not
Somebody's giving it a lifetime
Somebody threw you a lifeline

Somebody wakes to the sun in the sky
Others are livin' with hate in their eyes

Oh, the fires that you made and the earth that you walk
The ground beneath and the words that you talk
The fires that we own and the words that we talk
The ground beneath and the earth that we walk
All gone

And yeah, there are pictures of the sun

And yeah, just like sketches of the sun
The color's run

Somebody's givin' in but I'm not
Somebody's giving up a whole lot
Somebody's giving it a long time
Somebody threw me a lifeline
Sometimes it's hard to see things straight
Trying to make sense of a single page
Sometimes you seem to spend your life tryin'
But I'm just looking for my lifeline
The fires that you made and the earth that you walk
The soil beneath and the words that you talk
The fires that we own and the words that we talk
The ground beneath and the earth that we walk
The earth that we walk, gone
All, gone

Our, it feels like a place I've never been


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"Lifelines" as written by Jez Williams Andy Williams

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    General CommentI'm not sure, but i think he might say 'somebody's giving in but i'm not.' Nevertheless, this is an AMAZING song. Probably my fav off of the cd which is saying alot because it's so solid.

    I think it's a song about how so much of life can be perception. The lines 'Somebody's giving in but i'm not' and 'fires that you made and the earth that you walk' both just make me think that he is trying to show how differently people can take things. Alot of people can have the world at their fingertips and still not be happy while people who have little to nothing can be so grateful for the smallest things.

    The line 'Feels like a place i've never been' is describing an all time low or maybe just a completely new phase in your life. And when he talks about looking for a 'lifeline' i think it's like looking to find a way out of a bad streak in your life. I know that sometimes all you need is something small to go well in your life and things start looking up.

    Just my opinion, obviously it could be way off.
    Wahoo11on May 24, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with Wahoo11 in that this is my favorite song off this album. However, I think this song is about death and how we ultimately don't make a big impact on this world, as well as how we don't know what death really is.

    "I
    Feels like a place I've never been
    And I
    Feels like a place I've never seen"

    At the beginning of the song, I believe he is dead already. No one has any real idea of what death really is like, no matter how sure you are of your faith. Until you die, you won't know what death is like, and he is echoing this idea with these lyrics.

    "Oh
    Somebody's giving it but I'm not
    Somebody's giving it but I'm not
    Somebody's giving it a lot of time
    Somebody threw you a lifeline"

    This stanza comes off as him looking back on his life, and how he didn't really care about it. He notices how other people care about life and how they helped someone else who was down instead of him. This stanza is very bitter toward the people who get all sorts of help in life, as if they can't live without some sort of crutch.

    "Oh
    Fires that you made and the earth that you walk
    The ground beneath and the words that you talk
    Fires that you own and the words that you talk
    The ground beneath and the air that we walk
    All gone..."

    This stanza is the most nihilistic of all of them. He's saying that nothing you say will matter when you're gone. Not in the long run of this planet, not in the eyes of nature. Instead of being more specific and modern by saying "businesses" and "money" and whatnot, he is going back to the basics of earth, fire and air. Fire is a symbol of power, and he is saying that no matter how much power you had, it will be gone when you are.

    "Sometimes it's hard to see things straight
    Trying to make sense on this single page
    Sometimes you seem to spend your life trying
    I'm just looking for my lifeline"

    This existentialist stanza is likely the happiest one in here. He realizes that you have to give life meaning on your own; life has no inherent meaning. The line with "a single page," I think, refers to the Bible, which many people look to for meaning in life. He believes that, to truly understand life, you can't simply look through someone else's eyes. After this realization, he says he is looking for a lifeline, meaning he wishes he had a second chance at life.

    The last repetition of the chorus and "I/Feels like a place I've never been" gives the piece a sorrowful, but solid conclusion. Death isn't something you can reverse. The realization that he will have made no ultimate impact on anything on Earth gives a sort of relief in his idea of an afterlife. Instead of wallowing about how insignificant life is, he looks forward to the new adventure of death.
    RammerRWon January 26, 2010   Link

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