It was cold you hid your hands inside your sleeve
as we walked I heard the laughter in the leaves
See the shadows lying now where once we stood
And I would lie down with them if I only could

Music came to me it came across the sound
How you laughed and shone and danced a circle round
As we walked away I saw a shadow on the ground
There were stones inside my pockets that were found

When I was younger I heard angels on the roof
A Thousand voices singing each note was the truth
All the wise and light I have left them in my youth
And I have only just my memory for proof

See a doorway open on a darkened room
In the garden thread lies broken on the loom
See a face is smiling flicker on a wall
In the distance mountains waiting for the Fall.

See these knots around my hands around my feet
They would take me down my end for me to meet
And I grow weary of this struggle and this fight
Morning so far off from out here in the night

The Night is cold and you must leave me this I know
And empty all the places where we used to go
Before I knew you I went climbing in the snow
And called your name out to the darkness down below

I miss you

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Crinan Wood song meanings
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    General CommentI recently discovered Alexi Murdoch, and now realize what I have been missing out on. The man is pure genius. In many ways, this song is perfect. The lyrics teamed with the way he sings them evokes such strong emotion that it literally stuns me every time I listen. Below is my interpretation.

    This song is about the narrator mourning the loss of a relationship with a girl he obviously loves. The first couple of verses tell the story of the narrator remembering a walk he went on with this girl (perhaps through Crinan Wood, which I believe is located in Scotland). He is retracing the steps they took together later by himself, remembering the day vividly. Now, where there was once singing, laughing, and dancing, there is only shadows.

    Verse 3, I believe, speaks of faith. When the narrator was younger, it was easy to believe in a higher power at work, or magic, or angels on the roof, or however you want to say it. Now, with age and experience, and heartbreak, it is harder to believe in such things. (by the way, I think the last line is supposed to say "I have only just my memory FOR proof."

    Verse 4, to me, speaks of where they called home, whether they lived together or not, it doesn't much matter. The room where they shared many happy memories is now dark, the loom in the garden is now unattended, and he can see her face in the flickering shadows on the wall.

    The remaining verses speak more of his heartache, of his realization that she is gone. It is clear he still loves her, and probably always will. After all, before he even met her, he was calling her name out to the darkness down below.

    Love this song. Murdoch is King.
    Duzelon July 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI actually think they're at the end of the relationship... He thinks about the early days when they sang and laughed and danced and all, they were happy together and even leaves were laughing. But the problems were just around the corner ("as we walked away I saw a shadow on the ground, there were stones inside my pockets that were found"), and now she's only a face smiling in his memory. The darkened room is where they are now, it's the end of their relationship. "The morning is so far off from out here in the night" - The happy moments are gone, they're struggling and fighting now, it's night and all is dark. And when the night gets colder (things get worse) she leaves him, and all the places where they used to go are empty.
    But he's still deeply in love with her, he desperately needs her, he always will and always have... Before he knew her he called her name out to the darkness down below. He feels like he has always lived in the darkness, but then she came and brought the light.
    Amazing song... Probably my favorite off the album.
    turnturnawayon August 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Guidebook states: Crinan Wood rises 100 metres above the picturesque village of Crinan, Scotland and the famous Crinan canal. Crinan Wood is an exceptional place; with its moist, warm climate it is often described as a remnant of Scotland’s own rainforest and it is home to a vast variety of ferns and lichens. 24 species of birds can be found in the wood, including buzzard, tree creeper, redstart and wood warbler. Such impressive natural diversity is typical of the ancient Atlantic oakwoods of the west coast of Scotland. Celtic settlers from Ireland would have passed here more than 1500 years ago. Tradition tells of a Norwegian prince, defeated in battle nearby, whose line of retreat is where the Crinan canal now sits. There was a time when oakwoods stretched between countries. From Spain and France, to England, Wales and Scotland a scattering of native oakwood still survives. Crinan Wood is one of them.

    I believe this song represents the final thoughts of one who is about to be executed. He is about to be thrown into the nearby Crinan Canal. I believe the phrase, "See these knots around my hands around my feet. They would take me down my end for me to meet" speaks of his imminent execution. The phrase "There were stones inside my pockets that were found" are the stones placed there to weigh his dead body down beneath the water. He is recalling his true love, someone with whom he shared happier times in Crinan Wood. This is a song of parting - HIS parting, from this life, involuntarily. The dirge-like metre of the song, the poignancy of the lyrics and finality of the phrasing betrays its' kinship to tragic death. Perhaps, rather than a common criminal, he was a Scottish rebel or even the defeated Norwegian King of legend. The phrase "I grow weary of this struggle and this fight; Morning so far off from out here in the night" evokes someone ready to acquiese to their fate. Perhaps she was his Queen, left behing in Norway. The phrase "Before I knew you I went climbing in the snow, and called your name out to the darkness down below" and "In the distance mountains waiting for the Fall" could certainly suggest Norway. I believe "the Fall" in this phrase referes to no season, but rather to the "Fall of Man" or the King's demise. These are the remembrances of a condemned man, recited from beyound the Pale. Scotland and Ireland, lands of countless persecutions by countless interlopers, are filled to brimming with such tales.
    plsjr01on August 05, 2011   Link

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