"Eyes as Candles" as written by and Michael Angelakos....
My world astir and sickly
Spits out our voices singing
"Tra la la la" on high now
To kingdom come so slightly
Herein a void in your place
I twitch and tweak in allusion
To sit and stare so blankly
Until all hope is used up

Why do I always need to need you when you're fleeting?
Where do you go when I'm around?
What have I done, what have I lost that's so defeating?
And have the nerve to wear a crown?
Oh na na na na na na
Hey hey hey hey

In some dark room
A smoky figure fills me full
Makes my head swell in ruin
My family kneels at their pew
They nod, "We believe in
What you're doing"
I feel it rise above me
The western landscapes towering
And from my shell of a body
The flowers blossom for picking
I've waited and waited
For someone to take it
Don't fight it, don't bother
An inch for another
Don't listen
Don't hear them
They're in this together
I've learned well
Now hear me
There's much to be fearing
I'm used to your absence
Your faceless distractions
I've painted your patterns
But found them attractive
Now I've been leaning towards
A life far more candid
Though lead through the dark
With your eyes as my candles
Where your life
And my life's directions
Can wrangle
And all of a sudden
You've left me to handle
The reasons that never
Forbid me to stand tall
And somehow or somewhere
I found out the secret
To staying alive
Without actually breathing


Lyrics submitted by HopeSoForYou

"Eyes as Candles" as written by Michael Angelakos

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  • +2
    General CommentI found these lyrics for the ending verse, and I think they might be from the official lyrics booklet:

    I've waited and waited for someone to take it
    Don't fight it, don't bother an inch for another
    Don't listen, don't hear them, they're in this together
    I've learned well; now hear me, there's much to be fearing
    I'm used to your absence, your faceless distraction
    I've painted your patterns but found them attractive
    Now I've been leaning towards a life far more candid
    Though lead through the dark with your eyes as my candles
    Where your life and my life's directions can wrangle
    And all of a sudden you've left me to handle
    The reasons that never forbid me to stand tall
    And somehow or somewhere I found out the secret
    To staying alive without actually breathing

    I've listened, and they do sound correct :) If anyone has the official booklet can you confirm these are correct?
    60_miles_an_houron July 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I twitch and tweak allusion
    to sit and stare so blankly
    into our whole confused house."
    Sounds more like...
    "I twitch and tweak in illusion
    to sit and stare so blankly
    until (all/our) hope is used up."
    CaptainOutrageouson June 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs many have said, these are the correct lyrics. The leaked copy had the tracks named wrongly, that's all.
    astheoceansblueon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRegardless of the song's name, it is an amazing one! and maybe not to everyone, but to me, it's about crying out to God when it seems like He isn't there, which can be alot: "where do you go when i'm around?" the part about wearing the crown really makes me think its about seeking God because in the Bible He is the king and we are his children, therefore princes and princesses, wearing a crown, but he feels unworthy. the second verse is his family encouraging him to keep seeking when it's hard and the end result is dying to the flesh and becoming "flowers" for picking(God's to be used as He chooses). The ending spiel is my favorite, he's telling how he finally found him after he's "waited and waited" and the world has told him "don't bother an inch for another". He's been used to not seeing God in his, and others', lives and "painting his problems" to fit his unhappiness until after "leaning towards a life more caring" he sees what its all about! as i type this it seems very obvious of the meaning so maybe thats why noone has commented on it but hey, i thought i'd share what goes on in this crazy mind! so yeah, sorry if this was pointless haha to end i must say: yay Passion Pit!!!
    bah923on January 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor all of the confusion about the song title, they have it correct. I have the actual manners album.
    Henryw25on January 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthought that was odd, but the copy I have has this labeled as "eyes as candles". which is "eyes as candles", then?
    HopeSoForYouon May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd amazon.com also has this listed as "Eyes as Candles"... I understand why you say it's wrong, but I'm not so sure you're right.
    HopeSoForYouon May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyric: "to kingdom come so slightly."

    that might answer questions about the song title.
    i love both songs though.
    capturedanthemson May 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know that's what it says, obviously. But go to amazon.com and check their sample. I'm leaving the title as is until the album comes out.
    HopeSoForYouon May 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd if this is "to Kingdom Come", then which one is "Eyes as Candles"???
    HopeSoForYouon May 07, 2009   Link

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