Watching him fade minutes before the car pulled up outside
It was just after 3pm

His eyes were open
But we were guessing he wasn't seeing straight out of them
No, he didn't have to wait much longer

He'd go just after I left
And now he's merging
Under a railway sleeper
With the ferns and the creeper roots
Entwining into his paws


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    My Opinioni hate to say it, but these lyrics are insubstantial. they don't matter to the song at all.
    vincentedgaron August 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentvincentedgar: I agree that the lyrics are vague, but not insubstantial. To me the song is about the physical transition back into nature, maybe by means of death. Not sure what the lot about the car is about, but:

    "His eyes were open
    But we were guessing he wasn't seeing straight out of them
    No, he didn't have to wait much longer"

    I hear this as a man who is about to die. His eyes are open, but he's in the process of dying, he's not seeing the world we see.

    "He'd go just after I left
    And now he's merging
    Under a railway sleeper
    With the ferns and the creeper roots
    Entwining into his paws"

    Merging could signify the transition from a living soul to a body--a mere collection of elements, then the ferns and roots enter as the earth reclaims his body. It's quite a beautiful song, like most of Bibio's it shines light on our intimate relationship with nature.
    lunarshoeson November 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI've been listening to these lines over and over lately and I can't help but think that this song is about the death of a family pet. The last line, "Entwining into his paws" makes me think he isn't talking about a person but a dog. The dog died and they took him to rest under a "railway sleeper", where the foliage begins to claim his body. Beautiful!
    lunarshoeson November 23, 2010   Link

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