I've arrived
city of lucid dreams

before me
a building
looms caked in inky grime

the act unknown
actor in sleep
here i enter, and here i see
the circle and bones made in haste

winds to anoint the faithful

amorphous specter turns
from old to new
rests in faith beside me
we wait for the quiet fire
to be born and there it is
embodied by a boy
his voice small and gray
whispers smoke to the chosen

upon our heads he places crowns
sewn with hiss and higher tones

the boy presses whispers into her
and they bathe in valley's pale rain.



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  • +3
    General CommentAaron Turner said something about Wavering Radiant being about dreams. One of the themes I see reoccurring in the lyrics for Wavering Radiant, which by the way, you can read more here:

    is sleeping, but I don't think lucid dreaming is the main focus, even though it is mentioned, and may have something to do with the concept.

    What I did find was something called dreamtime, which was an idea by the Aborigines, that a separate but parallel stream of events that occur during our dreams influence the way they lived, their rules and other important aspects of life. It's believe that dreamtime is more real than real life.

    This part jumps out at me and seems to be similar to the dreamtime theme.

    "embodied by a boy
    His voice small and weak
    wisp of smoke to be chosen

    All by their heads
    he places crowns

    to witness entire towns

    The boy blesses whispers into words
    in the painted valleys they await rain "


    "embodied by a boy"
    I think means that this person is just a humble person this story is describing, and not someone really in any prominent position.

    "all by their heads he places crowns"
    The meager 'boy', has given 'power' to someone that didn't have any in the first place.

    "The boy blesses whispers into words
    in the valley they await rain"

    I think this part means goes with the part where he gives power, but he is acting as an intermediate or an interpreter ("whispers into words", the 'into words' part, he is dictating it as some kind of stated law) between the dreamtime and real life. The people looking to him 'await rain', or just wait for something he has said will happen that he has no control over (rain), but it could just be an allegory for anything that is out of their hands, that they expect or are in need of.
    metathoughton July 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBest ISIS song period.
    digs0795on October 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationA visonary boy who is the threshold of transformation between this world and the world of dreams ,he is the king of lucid dreaming
    Arnonaon July 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredible song. As far as the meaning, not a clue.
    brad02160on June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview Jess Caxide said that Aaron Turner had mentioned Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, had an influence on this album.
    deecoon December 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThe lyrics are fixed and now official.
    brad02160on May 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"I've arrived
    city of lucid dreams

    before me
    a building
    looms caked in inky grime"

    The main character has arrived to the place of his transformation. He describes the dreamlike environment.

    "the act unknown
    actor in sleep"

    I'll hazard a guess here. The main character does not exactly know what his transformation encompasses. He is a participant, or "actor" in the transformation/act. But he is "in sleep", in other words, in the dark about the "act".

    "here i enter, and here i see
    the circle and bones made in haste

    winds to anoint the faithful"

    I suppose this is more environmental description.

    "amorphous specter turns
    from old to new
    rests in faith beside me"

    I don't really know about this. Apparently other beings exist in the dream world, also undergoing the transformation.

    "we wait for the quiet fire
    to be born and there it is
    embodied by a boy
    his voice small and gray
    whispers smoke to the chosen"

    The quiet fire is a concept or being in the form of a boy. The boy appears rather callow/inexperienced, but possesses a lot of power.

    "upon our heads he places crowns
    sewn with hiss and higher tones"

    I don't know what hiss means, but the fire/boy bestows upon them a "higher tone", maybe a higher awareness or plane of existence. Maybe something in the dream world.

    "the boy presses whispers into her
    and they bathe in valley's pale rain."

    The boy is inculcating someone with some sort of knowledge. He/it is a source of knowledge. The use of "her" may indicate that the main character throughout the song is a female. This, I suppose, is the result of the transformation.
    andylanon April 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA stellar track to finish a stellar record and a stellar career.

    No one will ever go where Isis went. One of a kind.
    segapropheton August 07, 2012   Link

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