By shadowing
all the darkened fields
of forgotten words
and civilian lives
Through violence
through the changing guards
through the grinding away
and the furious marching
By gathering
the holy light
and weathering
a cast away life
and the rising fear
The hollowness
of the flags and gods
that are raised in the air
in the wake of their raging
Your skinny arms
hold a lantern up
on the brightest array
of the stars in their moorings
and summoning
the holy light
on their citadels
the blackening sky
the collapsing sun, the burning wall
that approaches our eyes.

You live again
in the shuddering light
of these images
this valediction:
you are running from a rising tide
you are castaways


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    General CommentThis is possibly my favorite Shearwater song. The grandiose building if the song into a glorious climax is what this amazing band is all about. Combine that feel with Meiburg's dramatic delivery, and you have a classic. I'm sure that this song is full of metaphor, and can affect anyone differently, but my interpretation is that the song details a feeling of inevitability and helplessness against the flow of time. There is religious imagery present, which I think is metaphorical for tradition and the use and misuse of power, something that is grand and ornate yet can be exploitative. Everyone is "running from a rising tide" of societal pressure and wanting to live without the distraction of society, as a castaway. But the flow of time is impossible to stop, those in power will keep power and everyone is tied together by their past. The flow of time is inevitable, and those who try to escape from it are cast away.
    swagshagon November 26, 2012   Link

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