Drag your shadow down the street
Was it you I was to meet
With your saints there on a chain
Waiting on another rain

And I’m falling down
Where the waves will surround
To the roll and the pound
Of the wild, wild sea
Talking sweet to me

Marching in a slow parade
There are ashes where you laid
And sometimes I don’t mind at all
And sometimes head against the wall
The tide will bring and tide will take
Find another horse to break
You're just a rider on a wheel
In a dream where love was real

And I’m going down
Where the waves will surround
To the roll and the pound
Of the wild, wild sea
Talking sweet to me


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    General Commenttheres a beautiful video of bondy playing some songs in this apartment. this song is the first one, and its just great: baeblemusic.com/concertvideo/The-Guest-Apartment/…
    rockisgroovyon March 03, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionCorrection to the third stanza:

    Find another horse to break
    Just a rider on a wheel
    In a dream where love was real
    MaddyUnderstoodon April 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentQuiet simply put it a tortured soul whos leaving. Hes leaving the person hes referring to when saying "is it you I was to meet". He paints this person in an aweful life saying, "With your saints there on a chain Waiting on another rain". I believe he is saying those who treat said person the best are those wish to leave the most. Showing that this person, most likely his lover, from the line In a dream where love was real, he shows he once believed it, but it was just a scene or imagination. And hes finally leaving, from the Find another horse to break. But I believe if you see how he refers that that person is "dragging their shadow" they are ashamed of people. Why I believe that if you hear "And Im going down. Where the waves will surround. To the roll and the pound. Of the wild, wild sea. Talking sweet to me" you see a light picture of peace and clarity. If you combine this to the idea that it's A slow parade, you may see a funeral. near the beggining of the 3rd stanze he says. "Marching in a slow parade. There are ashes where you laid. Sometimes I dont mind at all. And sometimes head against the wall" It may show the perspective of the person who caused the heart break. So I see it as a man who commited suicide in order to escape the horrible conditions he was in. Or maybe I just see it that way, because thats how my friend put it in his suicide letter to his cheating wife before he killed himself.
    ghostrpon August 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDrag your shadow down the street
    Was it you I was to meet
    With your saints there on a chain
    Waiting on another rain

    And I'm going down
    Where the waves will surround
    To the roll and the pound
    Of the wild, wild sea
    Talking sweet to me

    Marching in a slow parade
    There are ashes where you laid
    Sometimes I don't mind at all
    And sometimes head against the wall
    The tide will bring and tide will take
    Find another horse to break
    just a rider on a wheel
    In a dream where love was real

    And I'm going down
    Where the waves will surround
    To the roll and the pound
    Of the wild, wild sea
    Talking sweet to me



    The song is about someone sacrificing their life to save a friend.
    ravenharton October 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's much more a song about losing someone. From the first verse, I get the feeling he's a pall bearer in a funeral procession a la Louisiana, literally dragging the coffin and it's shadow down the street. Perhaps contemplating the moment he met the person that died.

    The chorus is either him sinking in a depression or simply being in a place where the oceans waters calm him down.

    The second verse actually gives me the thought it's a funeral. A slow parade could easily be a funeral procession. Ashes are nothing and the person missing from his life doesn't bother him sometimes, but others it leaves him distressed not knowing what to do. He is well aware that people leave your life just as quickly as they jump in it, and he wants the depression to dissipate so he can move on. The depression is pretty strong though as he says he was just gliding through a dream where the love was real.

    The ending chorus may be simply reiterating the first's feelings, or him killing himself. That's just how I see it. It always leaves a twinge in my heart similar to Lover's Waltz.
    Wingdingoon August 07, 2012   Link

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