"Elephants" as written by and Neil Mullane Finn....
It's the closing hour
I don't want to go
But I could stay afloat
In your eyes

I've seen the rocks
Where everyone gets lost
I won't stray across
The white line

Let's admit, the world don't turn around us
It's acting like we don't exist
A drunk that's sleeping in the corner
Sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss

When elephants come down
To the water hole at dusk
They feel the same as us about life
We all take a drink
The sun begins to sink
The alligator waits for his time

Let's admit, the world don't turn around us
It's acting like we don't exist
A drunk that's sleeping in the corner
Sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss

You don't have to say a word
You don't have to say a word
I hear what you're thinking
You don't have to say a word
You don't have to say a word
I know what you're thinking

I know there's no use
So lost and discontent
I'm looking for a friend I can trust
For all my intent
It hasn't happened yet
So now I come to you for insight

Let's admit, the world don't care about us
It's acting like we don't exist
A drunk that's sleeping in the corner
Sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss
Sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss


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    My InterpretationI'd have to guess this one is about the uncaring nature of the universe. Similar to the final track from Time on Earth "People Are Like Suns", people "come and go". The alligators wait to attack when night falls, just as death waits for us at the end. It seems to be an existential sort of take on Paul's death. I'm not sure who the friend is to whom he goes for insight, whether it's Paul's spirit, a friend, or his wife. The "sweet dreams, make waves, find bliss" has to be interpreted as making a difference while we're here and finding happiness.
    jacksongreeron July 15, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation'Make waves' is not a State Of Fear/Michael Crichton conspiracy, far from it. I believe Neil Finn is inferring brain wavelengths humans make in the Alpha & Beta ranges. From my understanding, the more waves or lengths, & smoother plus stable; the better/sweeter/enlightening/purifying/cleansing the REM 'dreams' we permeate at night we all can have.
    Killpoweron May 09, 2012   Link

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