"Half Light I" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Richard R Parry and Jeremy Gara....
You told us that
We were too young
Now that night's closing in
And in the half light
We run

Lock us up safe
And hide the key
But the night tears us loose
And in the half light
We're free

Strange how the half light
Can make a place new
You can't recognize me
And I can't recognize you

We run through the streets
That we know so well
And the houses hide so much
We're in the half light
None of us can tell
They hide the ocean in a shell

Ocean in a shell

Our heads are just houses
Without enough windows
They say you hear human voices
But they only echo

They only echo
They only echo
Only echo

(We are not listening, we are on the streets)
(We are not listening, we are on the streets)
(We are not listening, we are on the streets)


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"Half Light I" as written by Regine Chassagne Jeremy Gara

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  • +10
    My InterpretationTheir parents tried to shelter them in the light, but inevitably the night will come. As they start to think for themselves they enter the “half light” which changes how they feel about everything. I think this captures the excitement of starting to really think for yourself. You start to question your parent’s beliefs and find beauty where it wasn’t before.

    However, the whole song is very ominous. They’ve entered the half light, but that means that the night is coming with disillusionment and loneliness.
    clovuson August 12, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think these are the correct lyrics:

    You told us that
    we were too young
    now the night's closing in
    and in the half light,
    we were one

    luck us up safe
    and hide the key
    but the night tears us loose
    and in the half light
    we're free

    strange how the half light
    can make a place new
    you can't recognize me
    and I can't recognize you

    we run through the streets
    that we know so well
    all the houses hide so much
    but in the half light
    none of us can tell
    they hide the ocean in a shell

    the ocean in a shell

    our heads are just houses
    without enough windows
    you say you hear human voices
    but they're only echoes

    they're only echoes
    they're only echoes
    only echoes

    we are not insane, we are on the streets
    we are not insane, we are on the streets


    not 100% positive, since i was playing it by ear, but it's still better than copying incorrect lyrics off of wikilyrics *cough* i can't decided if it's "hide the ocean in a shell" or "had" because i can hear both, and make sense of both.

    anyhow, the end of this song REALLY reminds me of something very sufjan stevens.

    this whole album is a large movement, it's incredible- definitely about growing up and finding yourself, i think, and then finding yourself again (and again)
    sheionizeson July 28, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsooo beautiful! brings me to tears every time i hear it. my favorite part is "you can't recognize me, and i can't recognize you". the separation of the syllables makes it really emotional.
    LikeItLuvIton August 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correctionit's "We Are not asleep, We are in the streets."
    Scr33nageron August 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually it sounds like "we had the ocean in a shell"
    sheionizeson August 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe band said that they wanted this album to sound like the music they heard growing up. It's fun to try a put the connections together

    Alot of other people have pointed these two out:
    Modern Man = Jesse's Girl
    Sprawl II = Heart of Glass

    I think this one has quite a bit in common with "Never Tear us Apart" by INXS.

    Anyone else?
    leyteon August 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI like clovus' view but I see it religiously. when I was young my parents kept me and my brother "sheltered" in Christianity. when wewould ask questions they would say things like "we were too young". when I became an agnostic, things seemed different and new, just like verse two. "Strange how the half light, Can make a place new, You can't recognize me, And I can't recognize you". when I would go to a church I would feel like the things that were being said were things that people were "echoing" from what adults told them when they were children.

    I hope I didn't offend anyone with my ideas, I'm not trying to tell people what is right or wrong. your beliefs are not of any importance to me, and I'm glad you found something that works for you
    bentsporkon February 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe beginning versus to me mean that adults are trying to disciple the children, thinking they're too young to be out at night because nights can be more dangerous since it's dark and there's few people outside. but as kids, they don't think about that (and some adults, like me, still don't...) because they're just thinking about having fun and being outside and feeling free. things at night look differently than they do in the day.
    atillathehunnieeon August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh also, this song reminds me of the song played in little miss sunshine when they're crusing the highway in their VW bus. i think about that every time i listen to this song.
    atillathehunnieeon August 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about how little we see from the world
    "the houses hides so much" -think about it, you only see a house but there people living their life in it it's filled with passion, pain, love etc.
    "they hide the ocean in the shell" we only see the shell but there's something so much bigger in it.
    "our heads are just houses but they don't have enough windows" we don't see enough,

    It's actually might be a religious, spiritual song, we only see the material part of our world and the material is so, so little.

    But in the half light you suddenly see more.
    lev777on August 30, 2010   Link

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