Gravemaker, lay down your spade
And come again some other day
I'd rather watch the colors fade awhile

From pawnshop shades to balconies
We'll paraphrase eternities
And oh, the evolutions of your smile

'Cause I'll still be coming
As the daylight's drawn in
And the feeling fades away

But the bells are chiming
And the heights of diamond
As I'm trying to find my way

Silently, your secrets scrawled
On paper cranes and bathroom walls
But no-one's dared figure you out

So you held me like a sinking stone
The one you should have never thrown
But it's too late, too late to dry me out

'Cause your touch still lingers
On my shaky fingers
As the feeling fades away

And the bells are chiming
In the heights of diamond
As I'm trying to find my way

But it's sundown on the Western Sea
And each one sinks in infamy
And I watch you watch me while I walk away

And it's daylight on the patio
Did they forget to let you know
That everyone needs someone to betray?

Well my lode star is beaming
But I might be dreaming
As the feeling fades away

And the bells are chiming
In the heights of diamond
As I'm trying to find my way


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Heights Of Diamond song meanings
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    General CommentOverall, this song is about the singer’s reluctance to end a relationship with someone that he loves, but which is ultimately not working out. There is a sunset theme throughout the song that paints the setting of the relationship beautifully.

    Gravemaker, lay down your spade
    And come again some other day
    I'd rather watch the colors fade awhile

    He knows he has to kill the relationship, but decides to put it off, and just watch what was once so beautiful disappear.

    From pawnshop shades to balconies
    We'll paraphrase eternities
    And oh, the evolutions of your smile

    Not sure about the pawnshop shades to balconies line- might have to do with certain memories he has with her or perhaps it could represent how they have grown with each other- from poor to rich. We’ll paraphrase eternities and oh the evolutions of your smile…. I think this refers to them planning a future together, skipping over the intricate details of building a life, and just discussing the things that make her happiness grow.

    'Cause I'll still be coming
    As the daylight's drummin in
    And the feeling fades away

    The chorus has to do with his reluctance to part from her, although he feels differently about the relationship since it began.

    But the bells are chiming
    In the heights of diamond
    As I'm trying to find my way

    The bells represents a call to action so to speak, much like how in Cinderella the clock chime meant it was time for her to go. I believe heights of diamond may refer to Diamond Heights in San Francisco since the band is from that area, but I’m not sure.

    Silently, your secrets scrawled
    On paper cranes and bathroom walls
    But no-one's dared figure you out

    This girl will write down her secrets and leave them in public and obscure places, but she will never talk to anyone about them. She’s somewhat closed off to the world about her feelings.

    So you held me like a sinking stone
    The one you should have never thrown
    But it's too late, it’s too late to dry me out
    She holds on to him although he’s tried to get away because of her treatment of him in the past, but he can’t take it anymore.

    'Cause your touch still lingers
    On my shaky fingers
    As the feeling fades away

    He needs to leave, but knows he will have a hard time doing so.

    And the bells are chiming
    In the heights of diamond
    As I'm trying to find my way

    But it's sundown on the Western Sea
    And this one sinks in infamy
    And I watch you watch me while I walk away

    The Western Sea reference is another reason why I think heights of diamond might relate to San Francisco. The sun has set for the last time on this relationship- he’s ending it. I love the last line- “ And I watch you watch me while I walk away”- he’s looking at her in a reflection of some sort as he leaves. It shows his reluctance and his bravery to leave this girl.

    And it's pale light on the patio
    Did they forget to let you know
    That everyone needs someone to betray?

    The girl is heartbroken- there is no more color or life in the relationship and she is stunned that it is over. She never expected that he would leave her.

    Well my lode star is beaming
    But I might be dreaming
    As the feeling fades away

    It’s finally dark outside and the relationship he was in with her is over, and although he’s still lost, the darkness of his world is what enables the lodestar to appear- the navigational beacon that will guide him to where he needs to go even though he can’t believe it’s over.

    And the bells are chiming
    In the heights of diamond
    As I'm trying to find my way
    Dogsongon June 28, 2012   Link

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