"Nova" as written by and Ronan Harris....
I long to feel my heart burned open wide
Til nothing else remains
Except the fires from which I came

Like parted souls, divided for an age
Or in wonder I’d embrace
And the world ended again

But now
This picture from me fades
From steel’s cold hand there’s no reprieve
Light the fire in me

Shine
Shine your light on me
Illuminate me
Make me complete

Lay me down
And wash this world from me
Open the skies
And burn it all away

Cause I’ve been waiting
All my life, just waiting
For you to shine
Shine your light on me

I dreamt the world with my eyes open
The time moved on and then
New worlds begin again

Oh my heart
In this universe so vast
No moment was made to last
So light the fire in me

Shine
Shine your light on me
Illuminate me
Make me complete

Please... shine
Shine your light on me
No hesitation
Make me complete

Lay me down
And wash this world from me
Open the skies
And burn it all away

Cause I’ve been waiting
All my life, just waiting
For you to shine
Shine your light on me

Lay me down
And wash this world from me
Open the skies
And burn it all away

Cause I’ve been waiting
All my life
Forever waiting
Shine your light on me…

Cause I’ve been waiting, all my life just waiting

For you to shine… Shine your light on me…


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  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is a monologue of a person who has found happiness after trying to find it for a long time.


    He's talking about a person who is very dear to him who he recently found after searching for a long time to find a soul mate, and this song is a description of how that person makes him feel, but he realizes that we are only very fleeting moments in the universe, and such a thing won't last for ever, no matter how good it is.


    He could also be remembering a person who was very dear to him, but for some reason isn't any more, or still is but he can't see them anymore. He's talking about how that person made him feel, and regretting that he didn't cherish the moments they had more, and he spends the rest of his life waiting for that person to return and make him feel that way again.


    A lot of VNV's songs seem to be interpretable as a song about relationships present, future, and past. Makes me think Ronan hes experienced a lot of emotional pain in regards to relationships. But then, haven't we all? Maybe that's why VNV's songs are so universal.
    kilopyon September 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that bit in the first section is:
    "Awe and wonder I'd embrace, and the world anew again".

    Also, I think it might be "wash this world FOR me", although I do end up saying "from" when singing with it.

    I personally see it as an awakened connection with spirt/god, divine light, whatever you want to call it. There are a lot of ancient (and modern) spiritual quotes and mantras that convey the same message. Who will know for sure, but considering how spiritual and themed the rest of the album is, i can't see it as a love song kind of thing, in that way. but up to each i guess. This is my favorite VNV Nation song now, by the way. No doubt.
    NewEarthon September 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think all of the previous suggestions could easily be right. That's the great thing about VNV's ballads. They tend to be vague enough to allow personal interpretation so the song finds a home in more hearts. It is certainly a spiritual song (as in, it invokes a personal spiritual experience to the listener) that can have SO MANY meanings.

    Here are some of the meanings I get from it:
    Cyclical nature of the universe (birth/death/rebirth) be it literal physical death or emotional death
    Searching for a meaning greater than one's self
    Seeking cleansing of the grime the world places on us as we move through life (renewal, though not necessarily death)
    Literal biblical apocalypse (next time, the world is supposed to be destroyed by fire)

    I can also see Fortinbras' interpretation, though I had to go back through the song with his meaning in my head to see it. I hadn't seen it on my own.
    St34mK8Monsteron July 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think there's a couple of meanings that can be taken from this. I can't decide if it's a description of the feeling of accepting true love, or finding spirituality. Both things could be considered almost rapturous experiences, and there are lyrics that lead me to believe it could be either of the two.

    Also, is it "From steel's cold hand" (Which could imply death), or "From still's cold hand" (implying a state of emptiness or nothingness?)
    Vaxon September 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you read carefully,
    This song is a warrior's death.

    Honestly I can't see it any other way.

    It's poetry. I recieve it as a soldier's last words, or his last emotions before his death.

    Maybe it's intended otherwise. But that is my visual entirely.
    Fortinbras85on November 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIMHO This is about death
    Its a modern requiem.
    "Lay me down and wash this world from me" That's the literal bit but there are so many other references too, its about a spiritual (not necessarily religious) experience of renewal ("the world anew again")

    A beautiful song, one anyone would be proud to have at their funeral!
    avfoolson February 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI could be way off but I think this song has to do with the continual destruction and rebirth in the universe in that our planet, sun, solar system was created inside a star that eventually died and went super nova ("fires from which I came") The reason I say this is because every heavy element was made this way. Our sun is only massive enough to create everything up to Carbon. Every heavier atom in your body was forged in the core of a massive star(s) that eventually blew up and eventually converged into smaller stars (our sun) Eventually our sun will engulf, burn and destroy the earth. If by chance our sun is absorbed by another star to become a more massive star then our atoms will be recycled and then blown out across the universe again. Possibly creating new stars and planets. I think this song is a spirtual look at that process. We were created with fire, we will be destroyed by fire and then creation will continue.
    stevecn70on February 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI could be way off but I think this song has to do with the continual destruction and rebirth in the universe in that our planet, sun, solar system was created inside a star that eventually died and went super nova ("fires from which I came") The reason I say this is because every heavy element was made this way. Our sun is only massive enough to create everything up to Carbon. Every heavier atom in your body was forged in the core of a massive star(s) that eventually blew up and eventually converged into smaller stars (our sun) Eventually our sun will engulf, burn and destroy the earth. If by chance our sun is absorbed by another star to become a more massive star then our atoms will be recycled and then blown out across the universe again. Possibly creating new stars and planets. I think this song is a spirtual look at that process. We were created with fire, we will be destroyed by fire and then creation will continue.
    stevecn70on February 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningFor me this song is about waiting for my soul mate. It is how I hope to have them complete me and shine their light upon me. To lay me down and love me ...to wash the world away from me.

    I can see how other's are interpreting this song and they all are meaningful. The best thing about Ronan's lyrics is that they tend to fit so perfectly into a person's life experiences.
    Ladydeath1970on October 05, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentVax, I think it is steel. Could be referring to death, as in, there is no escaping physical death...so right now he wants the light, to experience while still on this plane
    NewEarthon September 21, 2011   Link

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