It's your sinking divide.
Clock went cold and the readouts die
Head ain't reading things right.
We malfunction blinking light.

Looking up at the waves.
Peaks and bones have you erased.
Surface gets farther away.
Settle and sediment sinks to clay.

And your bones start to weigh (wake?).
And your face picks you late.
And before you fade away.
Your sweeping for days.

There's a flicker in the cold.
Second chance to have and hold.
Out with the new in with the old.
The wavelength rests at its note.

Cause there's been a grief.
There's been washing and bleach.
There's no lessons to teach.
And the epoch is a leech.

And it all starts to creep.
The walls start to leak.
So they remember you weep.
It's more than a dream.


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    Lyric CorrectionRevised Lyrics:

    It's your sinking divide.
    Clock went cold and the readouts die
    Head ain't reading things right.
    We (?) malfunction blinking light.

    You're looking up at the waves.
    Peaks and bones have you erased.
    Surface gets farther away.
    Settling sediment sinks to clay.

    And your lungs start to ache.
    And your face picks you late.
    But before you fade away.
    Your sweeping for a taste.

    There's a flicker in the cold.
    Second chance to have and hold.
    Out with the new in with the old.
    The wavelength rests at its note.

    Cause there's been a breach.
    There's been washing and bleach.
    There's no lessons to teach.
    And the epoch is a leech.

    And it all starts to creep.
    The walls start to leak.
    So then remember your weak.
    It's more than a dream.
    agrarianhistoryon August 17, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionRevised Lyrics:

    It's your sinking divide.
    Clock went cold and the readouts die
    Head ain't reading things right.
    We (?) malfunction blinking light.

    You're looking up at the waves.
    Peaks and bones have you erased.
    Surface gets farther away.
    Settling sediment sinks to clay.

    And your lungs start to ache.
    And your face picks you late.
    But before you fade away.
    Your sweeping for a taste.

    There's a flicker in the cold.
    Second chance to have and hold.
    Out with the new in with the old.
    The wavelength rests at its note.

    Cause there's been a breach.
    There's been washing and bleach.
    There's no lessons to teach.
    And the epoch is a leech.

    And it all starts to creep.
    The walls start to leak.
    So then remember your weak.
    It's more than a dream.
    agrarianhistoryon August 17, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction



    It's your sinking divide.
    Clock went cold and the readouts die
    Head ain't reading things right.
    We malfunction blinking light.

    You're looking up at the waves.
    Peaks and bones have you erased.
    Surface gets farther away.
    Settling sediment sinks to clay.

    And your *lungs start to ache*.
    And your face *pixelates*.
    But before you fade away.
    You're sweeping for a taste.

    There's a flicker in the cold.
    Second chance to have and hold.
    Out with the new in with the old.
    The wavelength rests at its note.

    Cause there's been a brief?*.
    There's been washing and bleach.
    There's no lessons to teach.
    And the epoch is a leech.

    And the *hall starts the creak*.
    The walls start to leak.
    So then remember your weak.
    It's more than a dream.
    driceon April 29, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIt's your sinking divide
    Clock went cold and the readouts died
    Head ain't readin' things right
    We'll malfunction, blinking lights
    (Blinking lights...)


    Looking up at the waves
    Peaks and bones have you erased
    Surface gets farther away
    Settling sediment sinks to clay


    Then your lungs start to ache
    And your face picks you late
    But before you fade away
    You'll sweep in for a taste

    There's a flicker in the code
    Second chance to have and hold
    Out with the new, in with the old
    The wavelength rests at its node

    Cause there's been a breach
    There's been washing in bleach
    There's no lessons to teach
    When the epoch is a leach

    Then the wall starts to creak
    Then the walls start to leak
    Listen, remember you're weak
    It's more than a dream
    modestmousieon May 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLike most songs written by Justin Vernon, this seems to be about struggle that is life. The hope that comes with that struggle.

    When I close my eyes and listen to this song, I'm reminded, initially of darker times. And the want to get out of it, and the lack of will the carry it out. That youthful malaise that in the end finds you lonely and unfulfilled. The things that come after that lack of success at not really trying because you know it's not the real thing. That wave that comes with the inevitable destruction of incomplete dreams. The lack of movement that your early twenties brings. Settling for less because you don't believe better exists.

    Then, something changes. Like my experience, a deep friendship developed, despite some distance. As the relationship changed, the walls came down. Which was in and of itself intense and scary. But, good scary. Hopeful. Over the years, we've progressed and moved forward. Epoch signifies this change for me. This growth from child to adult and the relationships I've cultivated. That particular relationship that's been my safe haven and the endurance you need to maintain real deep and lasting love.

    Getting to where we want to be has been work, and will be more work. But, it's movement. It's palpable. And this song only goes to remind me that I should remember my own weaknesses and take it as seriously as it is. It propels me forward. It is symbiotic with my life and parallel with my feelings of disenfranchised romantic love, and the inevitable fulfillment I found after waiting and working on myself until I was ready for it and until we were ready to head for the future. It is about the responsibility we have to Love, and appreciating it for what it is. Just in the small moments. The real moments.
    modestmousieon May 11, 2012   Link

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