"Change (Part 2)" as written by Mark Hosking, Jonathan Stockman, Ian Kenny, Stephen Judd and Andrew / Goddard....
(Spare a little of your imagination)
(Spare a little of your imagination)

Hello hollow halo, hello (can you hear them say?)
Hollow halo (can you hear them calling?)
You'll never; you'll never leave this world alone
You'll never; you'll never leave this world alone
And I've become a martyr to the stars
Become a model to the same
Side that I've been fighting
I'm still afraid to crawl
(No more pointing fingers at mistakes)
I'm drowning like a saint
(I'm here in a reflection)
I'm still afraid to fall

How do you suppose, we can light the way to get us home
What you thought was lost, now found within
Feel this weight lift
No more pointing fingers at mistakes
And I'm here in a reflection

What a way to see this thing out
What a way to lay this burden down
What a way to sing this sorrow
What a way to send this one out

Hello hollow halo
Hello hollow halo
Hello hollow halo
Hello hollow halo

And all this leads to nothing
Still this world won't wait
Complicated nothings
Still this world won't wait

What a way to see this thing out
What a way to lay your burden down
What a way to signal tragedy
Hello hollow halo

Hello hollow halo
Hello hollow halo
(Can you hear them say?)
Hello hollow halo
(Can you here them calling?)
(Still this world won't wait)
(Can you here them calling?)

(You can see all of this and watch it before your eyes
Everything owes its existence
Solely and completely to sound
Sound is a factor which holds it all together
Sound is the basis of form and shape
Spare a little of your imagination
And send it into the great voids of space
Came a sound, and matter took shape
Please watch carefully)

Sine waves and mirrors
Smoke that you inhale
Dry mouthing bitter tones
Better left unsaid
I know this will burn you
So I'll become the fire
These days will change us all

Don't you feel the same?
Don't you fear the same things?
Don't we feel the same?
Don't you fear at all?

But lately
Maybe the damage has been done
As we float away like embers
Beneath us the fire still it burns
And I don't, I don't know why
We question who we are and then we die
I guess, I'll see you when it ends
I'll see you round the bend
My sober sorry friend

Don't you feel the same
Don't we feel the same
(I guess I'll see you when it ends)
(I'll see you round the bend)
Don't you feel the same
(My sober sorry friend)

When we collide
Some say goodbye
Some save their words
Leaving no resolve
There's a break in the wall
You can feel it
It's letting us all escape
So people tell me you need
The waking day, to fall asleep
Light your way, find your place
In you


Lyrics submitted by sawyejr, edited by GChocoBis, NourSherif

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    My OpinionIt's a song that each of us must make sense of in our own way, which is something I love about Karnivool's lyrics - they allow that space. For me, Change Part 1 was about reflection - in the original, an older man being interviewed by a child in English can just be heard in the background, and the lyrics suggest reflection on the way things were. It feels like Change Part 2 is a call to action and part of the purpose of the voice speaking in terms of Sound is to challenge us to think about our world in different ways - is gthe way things are the way they have to be?

    The song profoundly moves me because of experiences I have had with Indigenous peoples and their search for self-advancement, self-actualisation, self realisation ... Musically, the song commences with a profoundly tribal sound, including the didgeridoo. So when I hear the haunting chant of "Hello, Hollow, Halo" I think of all the well-meaning, well-intentioned efforts by non-Indigenous peoples to improve the lot of Indigenous peoples, and so often, so little comes of it - it's like, "here come those whitefellas again with their broken promises".

    Other lyrics that suggest the same futility and wasted effort:

    "Lay here, Maybe the damage has been done. As we float away like embers, Beneath the fire still it burns
    And I don't, I don't know why, Question who we are and then we die"

    And again, futility if the following words are seen as an Indigenous reflection on non-Indigenous efforts to help

    "When we collide, Some say goodbye, Some say the words, Leaving no resolve"

    But finally, I hear hope in the final verse:

    "There's a break in the wall, You can feel it, It's letting us all escape
    So people tell me you need A waking day, to fall asleep
    Light your way, find your place - in here"

    My belief is that the break in the wall in terms of the future for Indigenous peoples is that things need to be done differently from the way they have been - Indigenous peooples need to "light your way" and non-Indigenous people need to support them to do it. Most politicians won't agree - but then look at the policies designed to improve things over the past 100 years, and ask who put those policies in place?

    It's a profoundly moving song for me and I deeply appreciate it.

    davegd1on June 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe entire sound awake album follows a deeply anti-religious tone, hints of which can be found through their lyrics that encourage people to "wake up" and realise that religion is not true like they hoped.
    Hello Hollow Halo:
    Hello - a meeting, the sudden realisation that religion is false which seems new to the person.
    Hollow - no depth, the halo is hollow meaning that there is no depth to religion, it's just thrown out there without any evidence or proof.
    Halo - symbolises religion, the fact that the halo is hollow represents the shallowness and lack of evidence supporting religion, and how it is full of false promises.
    I become a martyr to the same side that I've been fighting on:
    May be a reference to the beliefs of terrorists or "martyrs" who conduct suicide bombings. They are only heroes to the side that they support.
    Here in a reflection - their efforts count for nothing, all that they become is a useless memory (reflection of their actions).
    Complicated Nothings
    Question who we are and then we die
    etc

    All of these are references that apply to the anti-religious tone of the album.
    Zoyxon December 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis songs purpose is too take you away to that higher place, mentioned to dave. What an amazing song. These guys are something else. There product has gone further then any band i know. Kenny has overtaken the James Maynard Keenans of this world, lyrically, melodically, and most importantly uniquely.

    This song is about something more.
    shaydevon June 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually Sine waves & Mirrors, just wanted to point that out. Wasn't that the name of their Tour?
    hailtothestoneageon January 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually
    "what a way to signal tragedy"
    "sine waves and mirrors"
    "everything owe its existance" (no AND)
    "and send it into the voids of space"
    "we question who we are and then we die" even though the we is very soft
    "Don't we feel the same
    I guess, I'll see you when it ends"
    "find your place in you"
    Zoyxon January 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually
    "what a way to signal tragedy"
    "sine waves and mirrors"
    "everything owes its existance" (no AND)
    "and send it into the voids of space"
    "we question who we are and then we die" even though the we is very soft
    "Don't we feel the same
    I guess, I'll see you when it ends"
    "find your place in you"
    Zoyxon January 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI know "Sine waves and mirrors" is a definite correction needed, not sure about the others.

    Also; possibly "Try mouthing bitter tones"? I'm not sure.

    Brilliant song anyway.
    Jebooon February 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCheers for the help everyone, sorry it took so long to fix up. Probably the best song I've ever heard.
    sawyejron April 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHey, i had to do a lyric analysis for english homework, i just thought i would share it thanks to the help from this website, particularly Zoyx. btw this is from a poetic technique view of the lyrics.

    The song, Change (Part 2) by Karnivool, confronts the issue of ‘Science vs. Religion’ through the use various poetic techniques and descriptions of the singer’s (Ian Kenny) thoughts on the issue are reflected in an anti religious tone. The song starts with Ian Kenny expressing his thoughts on religion through alliteration, “Hello, Hallow Halo”. ‘Hello’ a greeting, the sudden realization that religion is wrong. ‘Hollow Halo’, hollow is describing the lack of dept and evidence to religion which is symbolized by ‘Halo’. This verse is repeated three times in the song to re-enforce Ian Kenny’s thoughts.

    The second verse describes the persistence of religion which is personified in the line, “You'll never leave this world alone”. “If I, Become a martyr to the stars…….” this line in the second verse is referring to the past where scientist who have over come persecution from religious societies and had proven their scientific theories. In the sixth verse the lines “all this leads to nothing…..Complicated nothings” is describing how religion which being metaphorically compared as a ‘nothing’, but it is just a belief.

    The seventh verse is a voice over describing the scientific theory of the ‘big bang’, “And say into the great voids of space. Came a sound, and matter took shape”. This verse is trying to prove how some religions particularly, Christianity, are wrong about how the universe was created and how science is again winning in the battle. The lines after the seventh verse “I know this will burn you. So I become a fire, these days will change us all”, is reflecting on the previous verse about the creation of the universe and how it defeated or ‘burnt’ religion. So science becomes a ‘fire’ which is metaphorically is describing science as lighting the way towards the future and changing the world.

    “As we float away like embers …..the fire, still, it burns” from the eleventh verse, uses a simile to describe how science is being forgotten but the ‘fire’ is still there and it stills ‘burns’ religion. The final verse is reflecting that religion is starting to lose control of society and people are escaping its clutches, “There's a break in the wall…It's letting us all escape”. The ending verse is reflecting on the title of the song ‘change’, science has changed the world and people’s beliefs and faith.
    cheepyon August 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaving read all the comments on this site relating to the meaning of not only this song, but the whole album, it is evident that there is a love and awareness of Being that is spreading rapidly!

    If you truly wish to understand and feel the meaning of the album, then do yourself a favour and read "The Power of Now" and "A New Beginning" by Eckhart Tolle.

    Another band named Tool (especially with their album "Lateralus") embrace/capture the philosophy of Eckhart Tolle beautifully!

    P.s Special thanks to TobyTheSlave for the initial insight to the album! ;-)
    Consciousness01on June 21, 2011   Link

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