"Come In Please" as written by and Alex M T Ebert Nicolo Joseph Aglietti....
Once upon a time I was the hurricane boy
There was no eye in me for you to hide
Head low don't show oceans in my eyes
As the waves clap goodbye to sorrow

Daddy's on the mountain yellin' at the bloody sky
Mama's in the mirror actin' out another life
Children in the schoolyard singin' "everybody dies"
And I am on the corner with a sentimental eye
I am on the corner singin' sentimental lies

Hopped up on a gypsy train with tracks that you can hide
That way no storm could follow our tomorrows
But shackled to a suitcase full of automatic thunder
Clap
All hail to death's boy-wonder

JJ's in the kitchen talking bout the end of times
Mo's thowin' Kerouac to Catch Her In the Rye
Tempermental yogis bakin' merry weather pie
And I am on the corner with a sentimental eye
I am on the corner singin' sentimental lies

Sometimes said it's sun time
Let it sunshine on my mind

All the same its conscience waiting
Cross the line

Last night I dreamed myself upon a golden glade
The clouds passed in and out of my reflection
And everyone I've known held my hands till they were clay
And the storm finally bled from my complexion

Now Jadey's on the mountain singing "We will never die"
The band is in the rainbow playin' love for you and I
Heath is riding shotgun aimin' at the paper sky
And I am only "I am" now I've opened up my eye
I am only "I am" that I've opened up my eye

Sometimes said its sun time
Let it sunshine on my mind
Healing I need healing
A good feeling I can shine
Feel it like you can see it
Like you can dream it in your mind
Sunny Hallelujah comin' to ya
Rain or shine

All the same its conscience waiting
Cross the line

All the same its conscience waiting


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"Come in Please" as written by Alex M.t. Ebert Alex Ebert

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    Song MeaningAlthough, yes, the song has much to do with death and moving on, that is only part of the full meaning of this song. Suicide and depression are essential to include in the discussion.

    Consider the song line by line:

    “Once upon a time I was the hurricane boy”
    The line refers to a boy who is literally a storm of emotions, he is likely some mixture of deeply depressed, conflicted, angry, hateful, etc.

    “There was no eye in me for you to hide”
    The eye of the storm typically refers to the calm in the center of a storm, in this case there is no eye; the boy is completely engulfed in his own emotions. He is emotional unstable and even self-destructive.

    “Head low don't show oceans in my eyes”
    Continuing the hurricane storm metaphor for his emotions, the oceans refers most likely to tears/sadness that he is hiding [from others] by keeping his head low.

    “As the waves clap goodbye to sorrow”
    The storm metaphor is continued, implying that his emotional state is arousing notions of suicide. He wants to say goodbye to [his own] sorrow.

    “Daddy's on the mountain yellin' at the bloody sky”
    The narrative shifts to others around the boy. His father is on a mountain, maybe indicating distance from the boy. He is also yelling, probably indicating he is an angry man, with the bloody sky perhaps implying he is abusive.

    “Mama's in the mirror actin' out another life”
    Mirrors represent looking inward. The mother is lying to herself, convincing herself everything is alright, thereby acting out another, false life.

    “Children in the schoolyard singin' "everybody dies””
    Cryptic line. Maybe intended to be a contrast between how death is perceived by individuals. Most children do not take death seriously, they read about, watch movies; but they discuss the concept with true understanding. Meanwhile the boy is contemplating killing himself, a striking contrast.

    “And I am on the corner with a sentimental eye
    I am on the corner singin' sentimental lies”
    Corner perhaps indicates a crossroads of life and death. Sentimental eye perhaps indicating that he is contemplating both paths. Singing is a public activity, so singing sentimental lies perhaps indicates that he is lying to others about his own well-being, convincing them that all is fine when they are not.

    “Hopped up on a gypsy train with tracks that you can hide
    That way no storm could follow our tomorrows”
    A train heads in a direction, in this case, it is a direction where the path is hidden and his storm (emotional instability) will not be able to follow. The boy has resolved to commit, perhaps even set into motion, his suicide. Maybe he has swallowed some pills, slit his wrists; not entirely sure.

    “But shackled to a suitcase full of automatic thunder”
    Shackled perhaps referring to the fact there is not going back.

    “Clap, All hail to death's boy-wonder”
    Another reference to the suicide, the boy is now dying and thereby becoming deaths boy wonder.

    “JJ's in the kitchen talking bout the end of times”
    A return to others, who have begone to realize the boy has attempted suicide. JJ is talking about the end of times, meaning the death (or approaching death) of the boy.

    “Mo's thowin' Kerouac to Catch Her In the Rye”
    Kerouac could be a reference to drug experimentation, or any number of counterculture elements. Catcher in the Rye is a reference to youth angst. Mo is clearly trying to explain why the boy would commit suicide, or why young people decide to commit suicide.

    “Tempermental yogis bakin' merry weather pie”
    Im unclear on this line, yogis are associated with meditation and calm; maybe this is a metaphor for bystanders who are doing their best to comfort those in distress due to the suicide (i.e. baking merryweather pies).

    “And I am on the corner with a sentimental eye
    I am on the corner singin' sentimental lies”
    See previous description of this line.

    “Sometimes said it's sun time
    Let it sunshine on my mind”
    As the boy moves from life into death, he is preparing to leave his burdens, anger, depression, etc. behind; waiting for the better (sunny/sunshine) afterlife.

    “All the same its conscience waiting
    Cross the line”
    The boy waits for his conscience to cross into the afterlife, he has now moved on.

    “Last night I dreamed myself upon a golden glade”
    A reference of his journey from suicide into the afterlife. The Golden glade being the better afterlife he’s sought.

    “The clouds passed in and out of my reflection”
    A reference to the teetering in between life and death during his suicide.

    “And everyone I've known held my hands till they were clay”
    A reference to those surrounding the boy as he died, they held his hands until he passed away (turned to clay).

    “And the storm finally bled from my complexion”
    He finally left his emotional storm (anger, depression, etc.) behind, perhaps also indicates that those around him could see on his face that he was finally in a better, happier place after his death.

    “Now Jadey's on the mountain singing "We will never die"”
    A reference that death is transcendent, we move from once stage (life) to another (afterlife).

    “The band is in the rainbow playin' love for you and I”
    Unsure, maybe an indication that love bridges life and death; the rainbow a metaphor for that bridge.

    “Heath is riding shotgun aimin' at the paper sky”
    Unsure, Maybe Heath is also suicidal and he is next in line. Paper may be a metaphor for the thin balance between life and death.
    “And I am only "I am" now I've opened up my eye
    I am only "I am" that I've opened up my eye”
    The hurricane boy now understands what sort of person he is/wants to be after this experience (of shifting from life to death) as allowed him to put everything in perspective (opened up his eyes).


    “Sometimes said its sun time
    Let it sunshine on my mind
    Healing I need healing
    A good feeling I can shine
    Feel it like you can see it
    Like you can dream it in your mind
    Sunny Hallelujah comin' to ya
    Rain or shine”
    A sort of chorus summary of the song. The boy wishes for happiness (sunshine), he needs healing (from his emotional suffering), and perhaps a suggestion to live life the way you wish it to be (as opposed to letting your unhappiness take over). Also maybe that regardless of what happens in your life, salvations comes through death, as death transitions you into another stage in life.

    “All the same its conscience waiting
    Cross the line
    All the same its conscience waiting”
    Reiterates the passing of life into afterlife.

    ****Also of note is that the songs title is “Come in Please”. This might mean two things: A- that the boy could have used someone that recognized he was struggling to help him address his emotions. Or, more likely, B- that come in please reference the welcoming of the boy into the afterlife and the end of his suffering.****
    bmarkopoloon December 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWHAT ?
    no ones commented this

    i think.. its optimism in a pessimistic world
    its showing truth in all the lies
    its taking the next step, its a whole lot of things actually.
    gabort3000on February 21, 2011   Link
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    General Comment'All the same it's conscience waiting
    cross the line'.

    I think this has to do with death but more importantly the realization that we will never die but just go to another place. They're saying there's no need to fear death.

    The first half of the song are people fearing death and the unknown -
    'bloody sky', 'everybody dies', 'the end of time'.

    The whole song is a spiritual journey and by the end they realise that 'we will never die'.
    strawberrysunshineon May 22, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this is saying that In spite of all the complex highbrow philosophical & artistic doodling on death, the only real thing we need to concern ourselves with is how we deal with the conscience we are left with on our death bed or beyond (across the line) . The rest is superfluous ego driven diversion.
    @nthonyon July 04, 2014   Link

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