"The Island, Part I (Dawn)" as written by and Robert Swire Thompson....
You arrive in the rising sun
The hidden passenger that I've been takin'
Close your eyes, let's forget again
As you drag me down, I will take you in

What are you waiting for?
Just surrender here tonight
What are you waiting for?
As we go towards the light

When everything is said and done
To looking for answers, if only one
Turn my back, the edge has gone
Left with no reason, we come undone

I'm caught in your slow release
Seems like your traveler is eager to move me
My reflection will slowly fade
To another time, into my head escapes

What are you waiting for?
Just surrender here tonight
What are you waiting for?
As we go towards the light

When everything is said and done
To looking for answers, if only one
Turn my back, the edge has gone
Left with no reason, we come undone

(Oh oh oh oh)


Lyrics submitted by Lil_Heartagram, edited by HalleyKun

"The Island, Pt. 1: Dawn" as written by Robert Swire Thompson

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

The Island, Part I (Dawn) song meanings
Add your thoughts

15 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentPendulum definitely needs to do more House music. Damn
    Kitsune_Tokkanon May 24, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is fucking brilliant.
    Possibly about this person Rob is talking about not being able to reconcile with something. ('What are you waiting for?') This maybe death ('As we go towards the light') or the light of reason. At the same time this person is holding others back in the process ('I am caught, In your slow release'). But nothing lasts forever ('My reflection, Will slowly fade, To another time, Until my head escape')
    businessiswaron May 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me the lyrics are about drugs in so much as it is LOVE that is the drug. Two people are taken on a journey by the love drug ("you arrive in the morning sun" = beginning of relationship/journey) and just like with any drug there is a comedown, a 'traveler' if you will ("I am caught...move me"), and in this comedown appears the realization that they are no good for each other and that their relationship is, appropriate to the song title, 'on the rocks' (perhaps some word association by Swire?). The bridge/chorus, all the way from "What are you waiting for?" to "we come undone" I believe is about this very realization:

    "What are you waiting for?
    Just surrender here tonight
    What are you waiting for?
    As we go towards the light"

    Why are we still kidding ourselves that our relationship can continue? Let's surrender - admit defeat, that the relationship is over. Literally, with the use of "tonight" and then "go towards the light" seems to suggest more word association. That is, that they should literally 'call it a day" and move on towards the next day - i.e. a life without each other.


    "When everything is said and done
    So looking for answers if only one
    Turn my back the urge has gone
    Left with no reason we come undone"

    Reinforces the above stanza. They've tried everything to keep their relationship going, seeking the answer of should they stay together or not. He then realizes that to keep trying is a futile endeavour and consigns himself, albeit regretfully, to parting with her.

    The music echoes the sentiment of the lyrics perfectly. It's slow and hazy during the verses, mirroring the drug induced haze of the couple's love, then builds during the bridge/chorus as the come down brings the couple to the realization that they have to split. Whether deliberate or not (and tbh I really can't tell), the lack of lyrics to the actual chorus could speak volumes; there's nothing left to say so why say anything?


    I <3 Pendulum. Quality music you can dance to with lyrics you can actually think about.




    almaperdidaon September 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite song on the album so far, this and Part II are amazing.
    wendyswing13on June 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcar commercial music
    Wexon July 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about the introspective analysis of doing a drug, feeling the comeup, letting go and letting the drug take you.
    Coming back down, thinking about and needing the drug, and taking some more. :)
    CScytheon October 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAs the Dawn of the day is entrance to new experience - The Island, Dawn by Pendulum is musically and lyricly opening with very pop theme, music is easy, lyric is quite positive, luring its listener deeper under under the easy and joyful cover.

    "What are you waiting for?
    Just surrender here tonight
    What are you waiting for?
    As we go towards the light"

    As it goes further... than comes the DUSK. Pretty dark thing, isn't it? Becouse you drove dark during the track/part of life due to some (dark) change.
    Darkness forever :)
    JUDrFeelgoodon April 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentComing from a drunk (In vino veritas) finnish student:
    It's about the dancefloor :)

    You arrive, in the rising sun.
    (The feeling comes in the morning (or dawn, note the title of the song))
    The hidden passenger, that I've been taken
    (when you drink alcohol, you get that good feeling(?), but you will also take in the possibility of hangover, the hidden passenger that will perhaps come to you sooner or later. It can be really sneaky. You take in good feeling, but with that you take in the hidden passenger, hangover.)
    Close your eyes, let's forget again.
    (Let's not think, let's forget about the past(relationships?))
    As you drag me down, I will take you in.
    (*you know this if you've been clubbing enough* ;))

    *verse*
    What are you waiting for? Just surrender here tonight.
    (What are we looking for, the perfect partner that is not going to happen? aren't we good enough for each other, let's just "surrender" here.)
    What are you waiting for, as we go towards the light?
    (What are we waiting for, the DAWN is coming)

    When everything is said and done,
    (I've tried my tricks, I've spun you around)
    To looking for answers if only one.
    (I look in to your eyes if you're interested in me)
    Turn my back, the edge has gone.
    (You don't show it to me enough, I can't see it in you, we part ways. No "edge" or spark enough in it)
    This is the reason we come undone.
    (That's why we never got to know each other, even though we maybe liked each other. We will never love each other.)

    I am caught, in your slow release,
    (But later I realize how perfect you were, I think I could've falled for you..)
    seems like your traveller's, eager to move me
    (:D traveller.. for me it's something that's lingering in my mind, love. A traveller that I cannot banish. Love is a force that can surely MOVE anybody)
    My reflection, will slowly fade
    (my image in your mind will disappear)
    to another time until my head escapes
    (??.. till my brain get's rid of this feeling)

    *verse*
    etc.

    Go forth, drink a bottle, go to a club and you shall understand ;)

    part 2 dusk is something that just fortifies my feelings about the meaning of the song. You get this or you don't. Think.

    Having read a few interpretations of pendulum songs it really strikes me how different from me people can think of the meanings of their songs. Maybe different people see different things in the lyrics. And that's just positive.


    frenron May 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentComing from a drunk (In vino veritas) finnish student:
    It's about the dancefloor :)

    You arrive, in the rising sun.
    (The feeling comes in the morning (or dawn, note the title of the song))
    The hidden passenger, that I've been taken
    (when you drink alcohol, you get that good feeling(?), but you will also take in the possibility of hangover, the hidden passenger that will perhaps come to you sooner or later. It can be really sneaky. You take in good feeling, but with that you take in the hidden passenger, hangover.)
    Close your eyes, let's forget again.
    (Let's not think, let's forget about the past(relationships?))
    As you drag me down, I will take you in.
    (*you know this if you've been clubbing enough* ;))

    *verse*
    What are you waiting for? Just surrender here tonight.
    (What are we looking for, the perfect partner that is not going to happen? aren't we good enough for each other, let's just "surrender" here.)
    What are you waiting for, as we go towards the light?
    (What are we waiting for, the DAWN is coming)

    When everything is said and done,
    (I've tried my tricks, I've spun you around)
    To looking for answers if only one.
    (I look in to your eyes if you're interested in me)
    Turn my back, the edge has gone.
    (You don't show it to me enough, I can't see it in you, we part ways. No "edge" or spark enough in it)
    This is the reason we come undone.
    (That's why we never got to know each other, even though we maybe liked each other. We will never love each other.)

    I am caught, in your slow release,
    (But later I realize how perfect you were, I think I could've falled for you..)
    seems like your traveller's, eager to move me
    (:D traveller.. for me it's something that's lingering in my mind, love. A traveller that I cannot banish. Love is a force that can surely MOVE anybody)
    My reflection, will slowly fade
    (my image in your mind will disappear)
    to another time until my head escapes
    (??.. till my brain get's rid of this feeling)

    *verse*
    etc.

    Go forth, drink a bottle, go to a club and you shall understand ;)

    part 2 dusk is something that just fortifies my feelings about the meaning of the song. You get this or you don't. Think.

    Having read a few interpretations of pendulum songs it really strikes me how different from me people can think of the meanings of their songs. Maybe different people see different things in the lyrics. And that's just positive.


    frenron May 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentComing from a drunk (In vino veritas) finnish student:
    It's about the dancefloor :)

    You arrive, in the rising sun.
    (The feeling comes in the morning (or dawn, note the title of the song))
    The hidden passenger, that I've been taken
    (when you drink alcohol, you get that good feeling(?), but you will also take in the possibility of hangover, the hidden passenger that will perhaps come to you sooner or later. It can be really sneaky. You take in good feeling, but with that you take in the hidden passenger, hangover.)
    Close your eyes, let's forget again.
    (Let's not think, let's forget about the past(relationships?))
    As you drag me down, I will take you in.
    (*you know this if you've been clubbing enough* ;))

    *verse*
    What are you waiting for? Just surrender here tonight.
    (What are we looking for, the perfect partner that is not going to happen? aren't we good enough for each other, let's just "surrender" here.)
    What are you waiting for, as we go towards the light?
    (What are we waiting for, the DAWN is coming)

    When everything is said and done,
    (I've tried my tricks, I've spun you around)
    To looking for answers if only one.
    (I look in to your eyes if you're interested in me)
    Turn my back, the edge has gone.
    (You don't show it to me enough, I can't see it in you, we part ways. No "edge" or spark enough in it)
    This is the reason we come undone.
    (That's why we never got to know each other, even though we maybe liked each other. We will never love each other.)

    I am caught, in your slow release,
    (But later I realize how perfect you were, I think I could've falled for you..)
    seems like your traveller's, eager to move me
    (:D traveller.. for me it's something that's lingering in my mind, love. A traveller that I cannot banish. Love is a force that can surely MOVE anybody)
    My reflection, will slowly fade
    (my image in your mind will disappear)
    to another time until my head escapes
    (??.. till my brain get's rid of this feeling)

    *verse*
    etc.

    Go forth, drink a bottle, go to a club and you shall understand ;)

    part 2 dusk is something that just fortifies my feelings about the meaning of the song. You get this or you don't. Think.

    Having read a few interpretations of pendulum songs it really strikes me how different from me people can think of the meanings of their songs. Maybe different people see different things in the lyrics. And that's just positive.


    frenron May 27, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain