"Boats and Trains" as written by and Brian David James Briggs....
Waiting for a train
Going nowhere in a nowhere station
Staying up last night
Going nowhere with my trains of thought
Sleeping with your boy
Going nowhere in a long distance relation
Blinded of your senses
By the fear of unrequited love

Once more I woke up in the moonlight
Once more our paths crossed through the night
And a moment's hesitation
Your silent invocation
But you shielded me from your glow
Like a moth against your window
And I'm too shy to stop you in your tracks
Oh you leave me in the dark

Drifting in my boat
Going nowhere with my aspirations
You and me connected
Unexpected in our drifting thoughts
But you still see him
And I am sinking in the storm of separation
Blinded of my senses
By the fear of unrequited love

Once more I woke up in the moonlight
And twice more our paths crossed through the night
And a moment's hesitation
Your silent invocation
But you shielded me from your glow
Like a moth against your window
And I'm too shy to stop you in your tracks
Oh you leave me in the dark again
And I need someone
To stop me from drifting
It's getting late to be traveling

Destined to go nowhere
By the fear of unrequited love


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"Boats and Trains" as written by Brian David James Briggs

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    General CommentWhat an amazing song, and album. <3
    tmaloneyon September 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe first verse he’s saying that both physically and mentally, he’s not going anywhere; he’s not moving, he’s stuck. And the same goes for this girl he speak of. Because of this long distance relationship she’s in, their love won’t last but she can’t see that due to her fear of her man falling out of love with her.

    In the chorus, he saw her in the moonlight, and their paths crossed. I took this as he saw her in his sleep, he can only see her or be with her, in his dreams. But even in his dreams, their love is once again spoiled. She pulls away from him and shuts him out. He’s so close, but she won’t fully give herself to him (“But you shielded me from your glow/ Like a moth against your window”). And he won’t stop her, he’s too shy to make such a bold statement.

    Next verse: He is so down from his emotions & feelings, he is just drifting along his ambitions; not taking action upon them. He was surprised that this girl & he connected, due to how fluttery both of their minds are (maybe), and he’s reflecting on this. However, she is still with the other fella, and this causes our main man to feel even more torn from her. Now, he too, can’t believe that the relationship the girl & he once had, is no longer there.

    At the end he finds himself still broken and states that he won’t love another because he’s too scared that he will feel this pain once again.
    wicked333on June 05, 2014   Link

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