Brother, do you believe in an afterlife?
Where our souls will both collide,
In some great Elysium, way up in the sky
Free from our shackles, our chains, our mouths, our brains,
We'll open all the gates and we will walk careless straight into the light

I never felt too enlightened,
With every page I turned, I only found myself feeling more alone
Posing questions to a silent universe
My very thoughts a curse, they just seem to multiply, forever in my mind

Brother, don't grow up
Brother, please never grow up

Hold out against the night
Guard your hope with your life
For the darkness, She will come
Oh and you, Will have no where to run

But your eyes are wider than mine, and help me to sleep
I hope that age does not erase that you see
Don't let bitterness become you
Your only hopes are all within you

Hold out against the night
Guard your hope with your life
For the darkness, She will come
Oh and you, Will have no where to run


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    My InterpretationI think it's about death for the protagonist, and the final words of advice given to his "brother".

    The first half is him speaking of his conjecture. The first part of this speculation is about what awaits on the 'other side', him as he approaches his final moments in life as we know it. He wonders about an afterlife where he has an autonomous and omnipotent existance he perhaps craves and hopes for, and maybe finds solace in. Not only because of what it would allow for him what he didn't have in a limited or disappointing life, but that his goodbye would not be his last to those he loves in life, seemingly personified by his brother.

    The second bit of conjecture goes into these sort of 'limits' the protaganist has. He makes out how he has always questioned life, but was never granted a guiding hand that would help him accumulate knowledge rather than a great mass of unanswered questions. It would seem he thought about the 'universe' too often, and he's been left awry in his wonder.

    The rest of the song is the protaginist passing on advice to the brother, as someone who the protaganist felt had more potential than he, if only for having a hope that was more pinpointed and focused, and didn't leave this brother daunted by the great mass of unanswerable/unanswered questions of the universe, that left the protaganist bewhildered, and in essence, defeated in it's wake. Perhaps in suggesting he hopes his brother doesn't grow up, in ignoring the big questions that are met by a hollow response, his brother won't meet his own fate?

    The chorus advices his brother to be dogged in achieving his ambitions, for he will unavoidably one day meet the same fate (charactised as a feminine darkness, "for the darkness, She will come") as the protaginist suffered.

    "Your eyes are wider than mine, and help me to sleep" - "Eye's are wider than mine" suggesting he considered the brother far more than enlightened than himself, and supposing sleep means his death, he means to say that knowing the potential of his brother is something he finds comfort in as he passes. He then goes on to refer to the most threatening aspects of life to ones on ambition in "age" and "bitterness" - "You're hopes are all within you" Implying that even when met with adversity, the hopes of his brother will always be within him even if he can't see them forming before him, and that there's therefore no reason to feel bitter if it seems as if his ambitions will prove to be unsuccessful.

    The chorus then finalises it to go on onto to re-affirm what the protagonists brother must hold onto.


    Perhaps, if there is indeed a "moral" to this song, it is that you shouldn't spend too long wondering as all life and it's uncertainty will inevitably eat you up.
    Joishmon August 14, 2010   Link

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