In the burning days
Of unnatural light
I took a long drive
Into the evening

On the barracks road
past the generals' eyes
down to the seawall
where the waves stand by

The enormous lull
then the roar in the sky
and then the searchlights
over the airfield

And over the ocean
winging low
I saw the first wave
and the flares that fall
like fireflies
on the islands

In the boom and swell
from the waves to the heights
of our old lives

Like a golden bell
that would ring through the night
and then the front moves
and we raise our eyes
in the silence of the islands

Lyrics submitted by munkhbat

Meridian song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentThis song, and the album, begins with the Bikinian anthem, quoted later in "Uniforms":

    "I jab ber emol, aet, i jab ber ainmon
    ion kineo im bitu
    kin ailon eo ao im melan ko ie"

    "No longer can I stay; it's true.
    No longer can I live in peace and harmony.
    No longer can I rest on my sleeping mat and pillow
    Because of my island and the life I once knew there."

    This song and "Missing Islands" are bookends for the album, depicting basically the same scene.
    inverarityon November 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song! Along with 'On The Death Of The Waters' one of the best opening songs on an album.
    To me, this song is about nuclear tests/ a nuclear explosion somewhere, perhaps on an island. The last two parts of the song discribe the explosion and the aftermath.
    wombat13on February 21, 2010   Link

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