"On the Esplanade" as written by and Paul Julian Banks....
On the esplanade
Down by the sea
Baby watch my back
I think somebody's been following me
You feel overcome
With trying to play it dead
You feel safe that way
Is it better than just playing instead?
Was a big step for me to roll up my golden light
Should have saved, saved my energy

I'm awake today
It's so nice to see the window, wash my dreams away
And I prop myself up on my pillow
We've been through shaky times
But I'm glad you found your way
There was too much panic then
From here on it will be straight all the way
Was a big step for me to roll up my golden light
Should have saved, saved my energy

Changing with time
I can't wait for the sign
Is this right?
Day turns your side, but the day brings the pride of the light
Oh the peace comes at night,
I will never break from this shadow of exile
To be blinded
Changing with time
I can't wait for the sign
Is this right?
Is this right?


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"On the Esplanade" as written by Paul Julian Banks

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    General CommentI think the lyrics posted are wrong. This is what i hear.

    On the esplanade
    Down by the sea
    Baby, watch my back
    I think somebody's been following me

    You feel overcome
    With trying to play it dead
    You feel safe that way
    Is it better than just playing instead?

    It was a big slip for me
    To roll up my golden life
    I should have saved, saved my energy

    I'm awake today
    It's So nice to see the window
    Wash my dreams away
    And I prop myself up on my pillow

    We've been through shaky times
    But I'm glad you found your way
    There was too much panic then
    From here on it'll be straight all the way

    It was a big slip for me
    to roll up my golden life
    Should have saved, saved my energy

    I'm changing with time
    I can't wait for the sign
    Is this right?

    The day chose your side
    but the day brings the
    pride of the light

    Oh what peace comes at night
    I will never break from this shadow,exile
    To be blinded

    I'm changing with time
    I can't wait for the sign
    is this right?
    is this right?
    NightLightSkyon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's she should have saved my energy
    fadedlipson May 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI might be totally wrong on this one, but this is what I think. I have a very vague understanding of the song.
    I think the song is about a mistake.

    The first stanza means... ??? I'm not sure what the sea would have to do with his mistake, but the mistake may be personified here ("Think somebody's following me"--the mistake is haunting him).

    The second stanza may mean that it feels safer to pretend it didn't happen ("trying to play it dead...feel safe that way") than to admit that it did ("displaying"=admitting that it DID indeed happen) and deal with it.

    The chorus means that it was a mistake to throw away the positive things in his "golden life" (It was a big slip for me to roll up my golden life.) The next sentence stresses his regret (SHOULD HAVE). As for the reference to his energy, there's probably a little more to it than I can understand.

    Now for the stanza beginning with "I'm awake today." Thw window may offer a distraction from the mistake the speaker made (looking out at something else). Hence the "washing my dreams away" bit.

    The stanza beginning "Been through shaky times" is obvious. It used to be awful for the speaker and his audience, but from here on out, the narrator vows that it will all be ok.

    The end of the song is:

    ????
    Inside my heart
    ????
    Inside my heart

    which MAY be a key part of the song.

    Again, this might not be what "Julian Plenti" meant exactly. :)
    emiliawasthatdiveron June 02, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThese lyrics are wrong... and some are missing.

    At the beginning of the song there is a voice saying "Abort. Decoys." After the first "To roll up my golden life" you hear the same voice say "Decoys" again. After "Should have saved, saved my energy." The voice comes in again but I can't exactly decipher what it's saying. If someone can, that'd be awesome. I'm really intrigued.

    The last verse is:
    Oh the peace comes at night, I will never break from this shadow of exhile
    To be blinded..
    Changing with time
    I can't wait for the sign
    Is this right?
    Is this right?
    RainTigresson December 18, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI think this song would be way better without the weird voice in the background.
    storeboughtarmyon June 27, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionOn the esplanade
    Down by the sea
    Baby, watch my back
    I think somebody's been following me

    You feel overcome
    With trying to play it dead
    You feel safe that way
    Is it better than just playing instead?

    T'was a big step for me to roll up my golden life
    Should've saved, saved my energy

    I'm awake today
    It's so nice to see the window
    Washed my dreams away
    And I prop myself up on my pillow

    We've been through shaky times
    But I'm glad you found your way
    There was too much panic then
    From here on it'll be straight all the way

    It was a big step for me to roll up my golden life
    Should've saved, saved my energy

    Changing with time
    I can wait for the sign
    Is this right?
    The day choose your side
    But the day brings the
    Pride of the light
    Oh with peace comes at night
    I will never break from the shadow inside
    To be blinded
    Changing with time
    I can wait for the sign
    Is this right?

    Is this right?
    FeelingofLoveon August 31, 2011   Link

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