I look up high to light in my eyes
But it's not really there
Is there no flattering light for this girl
No sun that might lift her
No stars that might kiss her
Swimming through small spaces
And breathing under water
The nights I push play and sing myself to sleep
I mother myself and I’m comforted
In the thought that I am
I smell the ink on this paper and that too is comforting
A slave to music, a slave to sorrow, a slave to love
Biking through dirty water and I’m looking for that street
He appears, he's sorry, now he wants me
I ride through it all
Water, people, love, night, day
And that was a good dream
Such a sad girl, screaming in your face
But you can't hear, you're selfish
And you think she's trying to please you
A feeling is a mark, but waiting lasts forever
Thinking of reasons why
Oh the dream is better than the real thing
When the words just won't come
You're framed in lead
You've been hit hard
And you climb into bed
Go inside, into the halls, past all the walls,
Where nothing falls,
It's safe where you're small
Safe where you’re small
Safe when you're small


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    General CommentThis song is fantastic.

    The way it sounds----not the lyrics, but the way it's sung----sounds like the girl is either possessed (Ghost in The Girl EP) or has a mental illness. Her speaking sounds all disjointed from her brain, raising and lowering at weird places and stressing words that usually aren't stressed.

    On the other hand, the lyrics seem to suggest someone suffering, from loneliness or just from being broken. Think about it:

    "Such a sad girl, screaming in your face. But you can't hear her.... You're selfish."

    The girl has probably become quieter, shyer, timid, and just all around intraverted and then depressed. No one notices, though, that this is her cry for help----her silence is her loudest scream. And no one hears it, because they're too selfish to care.

    "Safe when you're small.... Safe when you're small..."

    If she stays like this----quiet, timid, afraid----then nothing can hurt her. If she never lets anyone in, no one can stomp on her again. So if she never really lives, she'll never really feel pain. But she's saying it like mantra---so she's obviously telling herself this is for the better, even though she hates it.

    "The nights I push play and sing myself to sleep, I mother myself and I’m comforted in the thought that I am."

    She's trying to soother herself, to find comfort in her loneliness. She's trying to make up for a lack of love by caring for herself, kind of like a really depressing desperate narcissism. And so she's forcing herself to be comforted by telling herself that she is.

    "Is there no flattering life for this girl? No sun that might lift her... No stars that might kiss her..."

    She thinks she'll never have happy ending, that she'll never feel true happiness again.


    Overall, this is just an absolutely beautiful song.
    DemiLuvon April 14, 2012   Link

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