"Across The Ocean" as written by and Matthew Wentworth....
Say goodbye to the storms in the night
Say goodbye to this beautiful sight
Because we pieced it all together when it just felt right

Every turn it took, we followed
This compass led us to the land we call home
After years of hope
I'm writing home to let them know we made it to the coast
Just look at where we are
The skies are clear and blue, I told you
We saw what we wanted and we chased it all

We sailed across the ocean with a boat we built
As we're navigating through the storms we pass along the way
We saw what we wanted and we chased it all

Every turn it took, we followed
We put our lives on the line
Just look at where we are
The fog has cleared and we can see the shore from miles away
We sailed away

We sailed across the ocean with a boat we built
We sailed away with her, away with her

Part the seas
We've been searching through our sleep
Part the seas
This land will bring us to our knees


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"Across the Ocean" as written by Matthew Ryan Wentworth

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    My InterpretationI understand where it could be about the band. However, at a first glance I saw it as a love song. Kind of like "they told us we wouldn't make it, but look where we are now" type of deal, but under further inspection I think it might be a not-so-love song.

    When it says "say goodbye to the storms in the night; say goodbye to this beautiful sight" I take that as a way of them saying that, yea, they did escape wherever they came from together because they thought they were in love, but really they just aren't meant to be together after all.

    "Because we pieced it all together when it just felt right" means that the two people involved just fell into each others lives because they had a lot in common. It reminds me of those elementary crushes where kids think they're in love because Tommy loves the same foods as Sally. You know what I mean?

    "We sailed across the ocean with a boat we built as we're navigating through the storms we pass along the way" means that the relationship they created through whatever it was that they had in common was enough of a force that it brought them together and gave them the courage and strength to escape. Their desire to leave and their having each other was the "boat [they] built", and they used that to navigate through the ridicule and criticism they got from everyone telling them that they wouldn't make it.

    "After years of hope, I'm writing home to let them know we made it to the coast, just look at where we are; the skies are clear and blue, I told you, and we saw what we wanted and we chased it all" is saying that they've escaped together from whatever they were running from---maybe a small town or abusive families or something---and they can see that they've found something better away from there. They understand that they've gotten away and their lives are full of skies that are "clear and blue" because they have fresh starts.

    "Part the seas, we've been searching through our sleep; part the seas, this land will bring us to our knees" is the way of saying that they've made it away from wherever they "escaped", but no matter how hard they try to make the relationship work, it just won't. Being together will "bring [them] to [their] knees" literally and they need to part ways because their need for each other isn't as strong as it was and they've gotten through whatever it was that they had to.

    So that's what I think it's about. Obviously songs can be interpreted in a million different ways, and I'm totally open to anyone else's opinions. I apologize for excessive word usage and possible grammatical errors. It's one thirty in the morning and I'm freaking tired... Yeah, so that's my side of this, hopefully it can shed some light on the song for someone else.

    Over all, it's fantastic and I love it. In fact, I've been listing to it on replay for over a day... =]
    czarbeaston July 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about them as a band.
    The "boat we built" is a metaphor to themselves and the "ocean" is the places they've toured.

    It's pretty self-explanatory after you know that!
    michaela12345on April 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm with Michaela, pretty much about them having a dream to make music and tour. The whole sailing across the ocean is a metaphor for the journey they've had to do and" "sail" across the states and put their lives on the line to "make it" to the "coast".
    ASPbreakdownon July 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile I know it probably wasn't intended, this song reminds me of the video game Kingdom Hearts. In the beginning of Kingdom Hearts 1 you are building a raft with your two best friends. You are trying to escape from your tiny island and see more of the world. You just know there has to be more out there than the island. In other words, you have a dream and you're chasing it.
    bojjenclonon April 04, 2012   Link
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    arey1023on July 26, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe that this song is about how people use to be so loyal to their leaders, but now we all are against them. It is talking about going across the ocean, like how Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean, and everyone was loyal and stuck with them. The line 'Every turn it took, we followed" refers to how loyal we are, that through anything we still had faith. But then the last line says "This land will bring us to our knees".
    HeWasAnScrotton September 01, 2012   Link
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    General Commentlove this song ! if you like this kind of music, check out this sick screamo band from new jersey called every minute can kill. you'll love them !

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    ^give a listen !
    posthardcoreftwon November 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNot ever fucking song writing is a love song ffs.
    Its clearly their journey through life as a band.
    Or even on their own.
    I know how they write,
    They are more prophets than sappy love writers,
    FFS
    xxbrokenimagexxon March 11, 2011   Link

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