Holly far from home
First time on the road
Stops beside the lake
And walks out onto the snow

Just eighteen years old
First time away from home
Discommunicates
For the first time truly alone

Holly digs a hole
and kneels as though to pray
Reveals a shrouded phone
And buries it in the lake

Holly far from home
First time on the road
Drives beside the lake
For the first time in north Ontario


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    General CommentI know this album was written about Canada in general. But this song is really strong. It's kind of imagery of a girl leaving childhood and growing up and sort of the first time of everything. Very bittersweet.
    Wimsicle22on April 17, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI interpreted this song to be about a young woman, inexperienced and new to the vagabond life, cutting off all ties to her friends and family. Said The Whale opens the song with "Holly far from home, first time on the road", suggesting that she has just recently left home and has not yet "broken the ice", per se. It is her "First time away from home", and as she "discommunicates", or stops talking to those from her past, she becomes acquainted with the unfamiliar feeling of being "For the first time truly alone". As Holly buries her cellular phone in the lake, she is finally burying her last concatenation to her history. She gets back into her automobile, and "Drives beside the lake for the first time in north Ontario". A beautiful song.
    MixedDrinkon February 17, 2012   Link

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