so let me hammer this point home
i see us all as lonely fires that have burned alive as long as we remember
but like all fireworks and all sunsets, we all burn in different ways
you are a fast explosion and i am the embers
and though your flames are quick and mean, they will not last the year,
but expire like a sudden falling star
that only nightingales had seen, before migrating to southern jungles
and in this way you will come find me in December

he said he'd like to move to Nashville to master the guitar
where he would live a single day the way i live a single year
covered his body in mud, went hunting for the sun
then went swimming in the lake of holy water
oh you are too hot for me, i am too slow for you
you are a fast explosion and i'm the embers
you need the one who slowly burns, and burns to stay alive
and in this way you will come find me in December

so let me hammer this point home
i see us all as lonely fires that have burned alive as long as we remember
but like all sacrificial virgins, we all burn in different ways
you are a fast explosion and i'm the embers
and though your flames are quicker than me, they will not last the year,
but expire like a sudden shooting star
that only nightingales had seen, before transforming into bluebirds
and in this way you will come find me in December


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    General Commenti think its an opposition to the Neil Young quote "its better to burn out than to fade away"
    sandcastle212on August 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentso let me hammer this point home
    i see US ALL as lonely fires that have burned alive as long as we remember
    but like ALL fireworks and ALL sunsets, we all burn in different ways
    we are a FAST explosion and i am the embers
    and though your flames are quick and mean, they will not last the year,
    but expire like a sudden falling star
    that only nightingales had seen before, MIGRATING TO southern jungles
    and in this way you will come find me in december

    he said he'd like to move to Nashville to master the guitar
    where he would live a single day
    the way i live a single year
    he covered his body in mud, went hunting for the sun
    then went swimming in the lake of holy water
    oh you are too hot for me, i am too slow for you
    you are a FAST explosion and i'm the embers
    you need the one who slowly burns, and burns to stay alive
    and in this way you will come find me in december

    so let me hammer this point home
    i see US ALL as lonely fires that have burned alive as long as we remember
    but like ALL sacrificial virgins, we all burn in different ways
    you are a FAST explosion and i'm the embers
    and though your flames are quicker than me, they will not last the year,
    but expire like a sudden shooting star
    that only nightingales had seen before, transforming into bluebirds
    and in this way you will come find me in december


    such a good song.
    !
    jetfan1824on May 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat do all of these fires mean?!
    they're everyyywhereee in his writing
    goolebirdon May 25, 2009   Link
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    My Opiniondevastating.
    msweron June 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe images these lyrics conjure are amazing, in fact the entire album has this fantastic imagery about it.

    sergealexon July 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti just got the new album and right now this is my favorite from it. The lyrics are amazing, up there with Krug's best.
    I love the line "you are a fast explosion, and I am the embers"
    wieduwilton August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.

    I do think the lyric is "vast explosion" rather than "fast explosion," however.
    Oddridon August 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI almost wonder if this song isn't about a band member or ex-band member from one of Spencer's other projects. I have a few reasons for saying this and the interesting thing is that none of the reasons involve "He said he wants to move to Nashville and master the guitar". The primary reasons are

    1. This album deals a lot with the divergence of friends and acquaintances and how they lead their lives (as we talked about in the forum "Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna O!", this song might represent the dichotomy created between the lives of the narrator and "he" in the song.

    2. The metaphor of the Nightingale and the Bluebird, the immediate thing that comes to mind when a person uses the Nightingale as symbolism is creativity as the Nightingale has a very distinct song (and also the historical and cultural use of this symbolism to suggest this). Also, the Nightingale is migrative as "he" is- in wanting to move to Nashville to harvest his talent and creativity.

    Having said this, I don't believe that the use of fire symbolizes "Life" but rather "Livelihood and creativity". "He" in the song represents an explosion of creativity, perhaps even a forced creativity in the actions like "covered his body in mud" and "swam in a lake of holy water". These seem like spiritual attempts at harvesting creativity for "he".

    The reason that I wonder if this is about a band member is that, well, we all know that members of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade have created loads of side projects (Frog Eyes, Moonface, Handsome Furs, Johnny and the Moon) and they've gone different directions and came back, but it seems that most of the acclaim resides in the bands that Spencer is involved in. I think that this song is a bit of a cautionary tale, about a person forcing creativity, perhaps somewhat humble in a way about the means of nurturing creativity rather than harvesting it, like a bluebird rather than a raucous Nightingale. I think that Spencer does a bit of sympathizing with the line "I see us all as lonely fires that have burned as long as we remember" saying that neither branch of the dichotomy is gifted as an artist but rather that they are "sacrificial virgins" of their muse.

    Perhaps "he" in the song is meant to return to Spencer as a band member so they can amalgamate their two forms of creativity and continue to create evocative music- as many band members have- branched out and returned to create undeniably good albums (EXPO!WOO!W.P).

    Even if its wrong, I'd like to see if this song is an analysis of how Spencer views his creativity and the means of creating art through music.
    Ivandoreon October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSpencer Krug is a poet.
    ScoutFinchon July 13, 2012   Link

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