The dying leaves can grip no more
The eastern breeze will steal them all,
Take care my love, it's all too soon
And all you need is space and room
Away from all my harmful ways,
But you know I hate half the things I say.

Your eyes are bubbles made of oil
And when they spill they'll wreck these shores.
My pulse has slowed, the air turns thin,
But on the beach the sea breathed in
And out and stole our hearts that day,
But you know I'd go back but there's no way.

This is the last decade,
Let's not pretend we've changed;
Come back home,
See how the sun decays
Over our last parade
On our own,
Soon there'll be sleep, no pain
This is our last decade,
This is the last decade.

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    General CommentSo, I listen to a lot A LOT of music, and within a week this song easily made it into my top twenty or so favorites of all time; I can't believe it's not more popular. It's just perfect for whatever mood I'm in, and always the first thing I go to when I'm alone in my car and want to play around with singing some great harmonies!

    As for the meaning, I don't think I'll be able to pin it down exactly but the images all seem to suggest to me some kind of imminent and unavoidable ending ("dying leaves can grip no more," "when ("when," not if) they spill, they'll wreck these shores," "this is the last decade.") The very calming orchestration though makes me feel like the speaker is very at peace with this inevitability.
    cloudy eyeon May 26, 2010   Link

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