A million years it's been, since the search began.
Still can't find it. Still can't find it.
The fuel is nearly spent. Check the maps again.
Can't let go of it. Can't let go of it.
Now the crew is cold and drunk on chemicals.
Can't believe in it. Can't believe in it.
And I heard the captain say, I heard the captain say,
"We' re so close to it, so very close to it.
We still have energy in us."

We feel our hearts break as the engines fade.
Still need to find it. Still need to find it.
So we took the written words of our philosophers,
and built a fire from it. Let's get those engines lit.
We took the church's veil and built a mighty sail.
to carry forth this ship. but we're still losing it.
And I heard the captain say, I heard the captain say,
"We' re so close to it, so very close to it.
We still have energy in us."

The mission's over now, and my breath is running out.
Can't let go of it, can't let go of it.
I didn't mean what I said, I didn't mean what I said.
I love you more than this. I love you more than this.
Then lights they fill the air, or were they always there?
I finally see it. I finally see it.
And I heard the captain say, I heard the captain say,
"You're always close to it, so very close to it."
There's so much energy in us.


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    General Comment I second Mechanica's comments. But, I'd like to add an interpretation. As far as I can tell, the conceit of the Light Chasers album is about a journey of discovery of the TRUTH, and the obstacles and pitfalls of the journey.
    This song comes as culmination, the finale to the journey which was started in "Unexplainable Stories".
    The crew, after a million years of travel, have still not found what they were looking for--they are in danger of the Radiohead warning of "After years of waiting . . . nothing came/And you realize you've been looking in/looking in the wrong place."
    So the crew, energy low, morale dim, searching for light, meaning, goodness, fulfillment, destiny, remain in the cold darkness of space. And despite of the crew being cold and drunk on chemicals, and wrestling with doubt, their captain still remains convinced that they are nearly there "We're so close to it."
    Despite the heartbreak of the engines fade, they realize that "There's so much energy in us" and they use this energy, first our minds (philosophy) to power the ship and faith (the church veil) as guide, as they make their last desperate push to find what it is they've been looking for. In search of what they're so very close to. So close to finding.
    As we reach the last breaths, we come to the point where the journey is nearly, truly over. But still, even after the fruitless searching, there remains hope "Can't let go of it. Can't let go of it." And, as our narrator begins making peace, apologizing for past transgressions "I didn't mean what I said, I didn't mean what I said/I love you more than this, I love you more than this", he becomes enveloped in the light they'd been searching for--which he hadn't found, but realized--it was always there, within reach the entire time, it was just waiting to be discovered and they didn't need to fly into the reaches of space, they had to search within themselves.
    Our energy is our light, our love, and we're always so close to it, we need only realize it.
    darkteapoton July 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSo, I can almost guarantee this isn't what the actual writers were intending, but there's a word in this song that brings it home in a very special, personal way that tugs a very specific, but sensitive heart-string.
    I recently gave-up on being a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of several reasons, including a huge trail of faith. I longer believe in the church, but I still believe in God, and I have a very real, very difficult dilemma of knowing truth.
    This much I know, this song is about finding truth, and I'm sure that's what the authors intended. Where it hits me personally is here:

    "The mission's over now, and my breath is running out.
    Can't let go of it, can't let go of it.
    I didn't mean what I said, I didn't mean what I said.
    I love you more than this. I love you more than this.
    Then lights they fill the air, or were they always there?
    I finally see it. I finally see it.
    And I heard the captain say, I heard the captain say,
    "You're always close to it, so very close to it."
    There's so much energy in us."

    My breath was long-out before my mission was over, but the mission they refer to is that of life, I'm sure. My mission, particularly because of the use of that specific word relates very well to life. So, like it's difficult to let go of life, it was also difficult to let-go of my mission, for many of the same reasons (loved ones, desires). I couldn't help but feeling bad though, because I had said things to people to get them to join the church that I felt weren't true. I'd lied in the name of God, and I didn't mean it, I felt horrible to the captain who continued to cheer me-on, even when I was defacing him. Since then, there has been a moment where I have seen the sky light-up almost literally with understanding and it continues to stay lit. All the while the Captain cheers me on throughout the rest of my real mission, urging me on however it need be, through the 'veil of faith' this "mighty sail" which got me-through my childhood, or by the thoughts of our great philosophers who's words built a fire inside me, even when my engine died and I had no desire to continue life, my real mission.
    EddieMaxon February 22, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis album. It's so fucking amazing. I thought feel good ghosts was beautiful but this one gave me even more goosebumps. Too soon to really try to interpret it (for me) but I had to say that.
    Mechanicaon July 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis band is so completely underrated it's becoming unbearable!
    StarsAtDawnon August 19, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about a search for heaven, and kind of an "end of days" dialogue, or possibly just the end of one man's life. Starting off by saying the search began a million years ago, and we can't find it, but time's running out. The "captain" says that we're so close early in the song, and we still have this will to survive and to keep going. We use our philosophies and our religions to try to find it, but we're still running out of time, but we're so close. At the end when we die, that's when this thing we've been searching for becomes visible (heaven?) and the captain says that it's always been close. Then the song fades out with a heartbeat like sound, fading... open to criticism, but this is what i thought when i heard it.
    drenessnesson May 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI understand this song as a strong relationship between two people, probably companions, told by one persons perspective. The person telling the story is struggling with the relationship because of their own personal struggles, thus the we would mean all of the ideas floating around in that persons mind. The map refers to all of the past relationships that have brought this person to know themselves better. The verse "can't let go of it" again refers to the persons struggles. The verse that talks about being drunk on chemicals is talking about all of the different chemicals of the brain that are released by having good feelings with the other companion.
    When they talk about the captin it seems almost like this captin is a higher power and holds all of the knowledge of the persons loves. It is like the persons heart (feelings and emotions) of which is telling her to stay because the force (love) is still there. When referring to philosophers the person is saying that they tried to ease their mind through thought, in a logical sort of way but it didn't work. The next line talks about depending on faith to carry the relationship through but that didn't work either. The next few lines talk about the words that were said. They were probably talking about breaking up with the other and they say "I love youore than this" because it was against their own will they just felt like it needed to be done. Maybe it was bad timing for the relationship?
    In the last few lines it almost seems like the "captin" is coming from the other person or maybe it is even referring to the connection that is still felt between the two people and both people can feel it but neither one knows for sure if the other person does. The last few words are comforting saying that the love that has evolved between both is unconditional and cannot be lost.
    Asterstellaon September 08, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI'd say my interpretation is somewhat similar to dresnessness' although sans 'heaven'.

    In short, the song seems to be describing a lifelong search to find meaning in, well, life. The first two sections seem to be describing a gradual building of pessimism and fatigue generated from a failure to find said meaning. Then near the end the narrator finally finds it, a reason to live, if you will. Of course by this point he is about to die (from old age or something else).
    Generic08on February 28, 2013   Link

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