And down we go again...
into the ocean of sorrow
towards the sea of despair
in the deep grooves of the death
lifeline running in roaring stream

"Like sand slipping through my fingers
nothing ever lasts, ever will"

"To impart elegance all living
experience the grandeur in giving
felicity found in commitment
tranquillity in mere being"

And down we go again
under the relentless wawes
into the arms of calm breakers
into bayou of forgotten dreams

Like sand slipping through my fingers
nothing ever lasts, ever will

"To impart elegance all living
experience the grandeur in giving
from existence into oblivion
not in cycles, but in lines"

Getting nowhere fast
by contending with time
accept the alteration
come to terms with your days

Down we go just the same
into the ocean of sorrow
towards the sea of despair

This river runs relentlessly
and this river runs deep
not in cycles, but in lines


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Against the Stream song meanings
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  • +4
    My InterpretationThe interpretation of 'not in cycles, but in lines' keeps bugging me, that's what i think now:

    Life, the river, flows down, and once it reached it's end, it stays there. Many people think of life as a circle, as maybe being reborn. This song might contain a contradiction to this attitude, by saying, it's not a cycle, it's a line, that begins, and ends.

    This interpretation is (imo) confirmed by 'from existence into oblivion' as well as 'contending with time' (since time will end for you).

    I hope that makes any sense.

    PS: Also, great literary metaphor of total rock bottom:
    And down we go again...
    into the ocean of sorrow
    towards the sea of despair
    totycroon October 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title says it all , not just us all life repeats a vicious cycle not aware of the results. We use sorrow or despair to see our endless ways but to seek the truth to stand against what we already known.

    Great album cover I lıke it
    baro656384on May 03, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General Commentwell, i see suicide at the end, blood flowing out of the wrists when cut, deep cuts do it right, and run in lines just seals the deal on my theory.


    im not emo, may be depressed. so please dont call me emo :P.


    awesome song. insomnium knows where its at.
    forever smackedon October 05, 2009   Link

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