"Spanish Sahara" as written by Yannis Barnabas Emanuel Philippakis, James Smith, Jack William Bevan, Edwin Thomas Congreave and Walter James Morrison Gervers....
So I walked through to the haze
And a million dirty waves
Now I see you lying there
Like a lilo losing air, air
Black rocks and shoreline sand
Still dead summer I cannot bear
And I wipe the sand from my arms
The Spanish Sahara
The place that you'd wanna
Leave the horror here

Forget the horror here
Forget the horror here
Leave it all down here
It's future rust and it's future dust

Forget the horror here
Forget the horror here
Leave it all down here
It's future rust and it's future dust

Now the waves they drag you down
Carry you to broken ground
Though I'll find you in the sand
Wipe you clean with dirty hands
So god damn this boiling space
The Spanish Sahara
The place that you'd wanna
Leave the horror here

Forget the horror here
Forget the horror here
Leave it all down here
It's future rust and it's future dust

I'm the fury in your head
I'm the fury in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head

'Cause I am

I'm the fury in your head
I'm the fury in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head

'Cause I am

I'm the fury in your head
I'm the fury in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head

'Cause I am

Forget the horror here
Forget the horror here
Leave it all down here
It's future rust and it's future dust

Choir of furies in your head
Choir of furies in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head

'Cause I am

The choir of furies in your head
Choir of furies in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head

'Cause I am

Choir of furies in your head
Choir of furies in your bed
I'm the ghost in the back of your head

'Cause I am


Lyrics submitted by larsi, edited by bastillophobic

"Spanish Sahara" as written by Jack William Bevan Edwin Thomas Congreave

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  • +4
    General CommentBasically 'the horror' refers to a line out of heart of darkness by a character named Kurtz, he cries out 'the horror, the horror'. The line 'the horror' in modernist literature has become an established concept meaning theres nothing beyond death, its the concept of the 'death of god', the horror is nothingness. Future rust/future dust is a contradiction in terms, rust obviously is the outcome of metal decaying over time. Future rust and future dust means that it is inevitable that the future of things will fade. Every other line in the song 'like a lilo losing air' are similes to reinforce this point, God is also interchanged with the term 'i am' from the bible. Furies in your head, is the torment of whether it is something beyond us such as God reminding us that this life is temporary, or just our own thoughts posing as something bigger. Either way, 'the horror' which is the certainty that everyone will die and thats theres nothing beyond death is too much for as to worry about in the present. 'Leave the horror' is leaving behind and ignoring the thought of God, nothingness or just death itself.
    qwertyasdwqson May 02, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn the video posted by dressgirl ( youtube.com/… ), where Yannis talks about what the song means to him, he says:

    It has no real relevance to the real Spanish Sahara, where none of the band members have actually been to. It's more of an imaginary place that's something that's quite nightmarish and ravaged. It's like a film cell of some desolate landscape. The whole song in a way is like getting over a trauma that you see there. But the trauma doesn't go away and it multiplies from one into a bunch of furies at the end which is to do with the Greek myth of the Furies (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…) which would haunt families and generations.

    Soveon August 16, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentit's about the persistence of trying to forget someone. its hard, and when it succeeds, there's always fragments of memory haunting inside.
    RAriffinon January 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionbeautiful song
    a nice start to an highly anticipated album

    i really love the line "it's future rust and it's future dust"
    meaning that something dreaded "the horror" can create a corroding effect on a person/couple/personality, and to cause a person to become laissez-faire

    BY THE WAY

    it's actually "the spanish sahara the place that you'd wanna lose the horror"
    instead of "let's banish the horror"
    blocpartyband07on March 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think it must be 'lilo' instead of 'lie-low', and 'I cannot bear' instead of 'I cannot bare'. And 'Spanish Sahara' as someone has already highlighted.
    tomwillshawon March 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read that Spanish Sahara is about, or inspired by Yannis' lucid memory of seeing a dead dog floating in the sea. It really is such a beautiful, haunting song.
    HauntedHarmonyon May 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinstead of "Quiet the fury...."
    It's "Choir of furies..."
    MiniBoboson March 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSee the video:
    youtube.com/…
    This song is about suicide. He is the person lying on the beach. He picks himself out of the sea. The singer and the person walking through the Spanish Sahara is the ghost at the back of his own head, "the fury" delivering him from the "horror here". Furies are "the embodiment of the act of self-cursing" - see wiki. He is talking to himself from the dead. Absolutely haunting, absolutely brilliant.
    QuintessODon June 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's clearly about depression. And he's trying to carry on, but it's stronger than him.


    "Cause I am

    I'm the fury in your head - mind illness, bad thoughts, anxiety
    I'm the fury in your bed - insomnia, bad thoughts
    I'm the ghost in the back of your head - something that never goes away"

    Forget the Horror!
    gabrielfmbon February 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat's a lilo? I googled words similair to what I thought he said, and lie-low was the only thing making sense.
    larsion March 08, 2010   Link

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