"Sun Hands" as written by Kelcey Paul Ayer, Matthew James Frazier, Ryan Clinton Hahn, Andrew Jeffrey Hamm and Taylor David Rice....
I climbed to the top of a hill
But I had just missed the sun
And although the descending arc was gone
Left behind were the traces that always follow along

The most beautiful colors chase the sun
They wrap her trail in a taunting gesture
That seems to sing out loud,
"this is what you're missing"

I'll endure the night
For the promise of light

I want to lift my hands towards the sun
Show me warmth
Baby, won't you show me warmth again?
And when I can feel with my sun hands
I'll promise not to lose her again
And even if the morning never comes
My hands are blessed to have touched the sun

And when I can feel with my sun hands
I promise not to lose her again


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"Sun Hands" as written by Kelcey Paul Ayer Andrew Jeffrey Hamm

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think it's obviously CAN'T.

    It hurts him so bad when he can only remember the power of the sun hands and the happiness he felt back then, so he swears to never let go again if he ever gets her back.

    Is it necessary a girl? Well, probably. But the Sun that he misses so much can be just about anything. Enlightment? Deep feeling of belonging somewhere? Whatever it is, he caught a glimpse and that perseverance is what makes him "endure the night for the promise of light". Pretty awesome optimism even if "the morning never comes".
    infinityontrialon July 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi think that just as a girl decides she is uninterested in him, he falls for her.
    He seems to see her as 'the sun', and furthermore, perhaps, the center of his universe.
    but she has moved on, chasing other stars, while he is left, only seeing her back.
    MaddyUnderstoodon March 17, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy favorite song EVER.

    Just one thing: I think it's "and when I CAN'T feel with my sun hands", though it's waaay difficult to tell, really; it just seems to make more sense, to me.

    -Sunny-
    SunnySideDownon May 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis was the first song that I heard by this band and I love love love it! I recently saw them in concert (opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and they were AMAZING! I'm waiting for Gorilla Manor to be released stateside.
    labeano2002on January 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Link(s)Is it possible that this is and Clothed And Opened Eyed are song partners? Cause it sounds like this is the want for a relationship and infatuation and COE is about realizing that the relationship or infatuation was a bad choice cause you see how bad the person truely is.
    MickeyN1on July 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe most beautiful colors chase the sun
    they wrap her trail in a taunting gesture
    that seems to sing out loud,
    "this is what you're missing"

    this is so poetic. i love it. i think it refers to the colors at sunset or even the darkness at night and how the sun will never get to see it because it's already gone.
    however, the sun could be anyone.
    stuckatseaon November 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    MemoryThis song really connects to me. I'm in the exact same situation. I've lost the only one I could ever love. It actually has it's way of kind of...keeping me holding on. It blows my mind and helps my psyche quite a lot to know someone feels what I feel and, unlike me, has made it into beautiful art.
    unasdoloon January 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel the theme is "Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." Or to fight for keep on fighting for someone's love.
    FrazTHeon June 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI definitely see how this song could be about a second chance with a lost lover, and just appreciating that you had them at all.

    But, as humans frequently do, I connect this song to my own current situation. I am in a long distance relationship with the most incredible person I've ever known, when I hear this song it always makes me think of her.

    "I climbed to the top of a hill
    But I had just missed the sun
    And although the descending arc was gone
    Left behind were the traces that always follow along"

    This part I relate to the journey and sometimes effort that relationships take. Long distance relationships can get hard when you go through so much with them but only get to see them sometimes. Every time you leave one another after being physically together, it really does feel like you are missing something amazing, and that it's a temporary end to your journey, feeling let down at the conclusion (in a perfect world you'd never have to be apart). But of course they can't leave without leaving parts of themselves with you, new things to fall in love with, new memories to cherish (leaving traces that always follow along).

    "The most beautiful colors chase the sun
    They wrap her trail in a taunting gesture
    That seems to sing out loud,
    "this is what you're missing"."

    Of course the traces that they left with you make you happy to think about and reflect on, but they can also hurt. She was just here with me, making my life so much brighter and warmer, now all I have is a cold room, her scent on my pillow, and her laughter ringing in my ears (trail of taunting gestures). I know that every moment that I'm without her I'm missing out on something beautiful.

    "I'll endure the night
    For the promise of light"

    But of course, I would never dream of ending our relationship, even though it can be so difficult to be apart (enduring the night). I would wait for as long as necessary because I know I'll see her again at some point (the promise of light).

    "I want to lift my hands towards the sun
    Show me warmth
    Baby, won't you show me warmth again?
    And when I can feel with my sun hands
    I'll promise not to lose her again
    And even if the morning never comes
    My hands are blessed to have touched the sun"

    And when we are together once again I cherish her presence as much as I possibly can, knowing that she'll have to leave and the my sun will set once more. I promise myself that someday we will be together for the rest of our lives and the times that we are apart will all be worth it. But even with this expectation of our future together, if our relationship was to end prematurely, I would still cherish her. Her existence, her light, her warmth. How she altered me in so many ways for the better. I'm blessed to have known her at all.

    "And when I can feel with my sun hands
    I promise not to lose her again"

    And if things go as planned, and we finish college, and our situations finally work out, we'll never lose one another again.

    This might be my favorite "long-distance" song :) Thanks for putting the lyrics up!
    Taytay41on December 16, 2014   Link

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