"Sloom" as written by Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson....
The sea said goodbye to the shore so the sun wouldn't notice
The seaweed that wrapped its arms around you

The carpet on my cheek feels like the fall grass
And I run through the tall trees with your hands chasing me

The books that I keep by my bags are full of your stories
That I drew up from a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours

To be asked to take this plunge, to forgive and forget
And be the better man, to be a better man, to be a better man

So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well

The cat's silhouette, as big as a monster,
In this concrete jungle, with street lights hanging their heads

So make all your last demands for I will forsake you
And I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last

So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well
So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well

I met a man today and he smiled back at me
Now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet,
That keep me on my feet.


Lyrics submitted by Macuahuitl, edited by Killianma, Firen, LasseSand, Peachre

"Sloom" as written by Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, Ragnar Thorhallsson

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  • +8
    General CommentThis song is well written, i believe its about parents, either theirs or just in the story of the song, but the sea and the shore are metaphores for mom and dad, and he is the son "sun". parents tell kids there life stories all the time (war, trips, decisions being made, etc) so when he says "the books that i keep by my bag, are fulll of your stories, that i drew up in a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours" is a kids dream and the dads nightmare. kids always want to be like there parents. and if you breakdown the other lyrics you can start to see what im saying.
    ...and these lyrics are somewhat out of order... in this next part is the second last verse in the song.
    "so make are your last demands, for i will forsake you, and our eyes meet for the very first time for the very last" . in the story, theyre talking about being born and seeing you for the first time to losing your parents and meeting theyre eyes for the very last time. and then she goes on to see a man that smiled, and that reminded her of her dad...
    in my opinion this song is very sad, but one of my favorites and is very strongly written.
    (what do you think, am i wrong or right?)
    macnutslawon April 24, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI see this song as being about a child who's parents are divorced or are divorcing and who have abused the child.

    "The sea said good bye to the shore so the sun wouldn't notice"
    is saying how the mother/ father (sea) is saying good bye to the other (shore) as in a divorce.

    "The carpet on my cheek" is the child being knocked down by the parent hitting or pushing them and "With your hands chasing me" is the parent's hand hitting, touching, violating, or abusing the child

    "A little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours" the child dreams of running away or leaving for a better life while the parent does not want that to happen for fear of the child telling about the abuse, or simple because the parent's twisted version of love is already being displayed.

    "and be the better man" is the child not being like his parents "To be a better man" is the child's dream again, wishing to leave and become something greater.

    "So love me mother, love me father, and love my sister as well" is what the child wants to say to the parents. the child wants to be loved and safe as well as his/er sister and brother.

    "the cats silouhette as big as a monster" is saying that the child must see their parent, a being who should be emotional, loving and caring as a monster who is the opposite.

    "so make your last demands for i will forsake you and I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last" is the child saying say one last thing to me and make it good and I will forgive you only because I'm not turning back.

    "I met a man today and he smiled back at me now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet" Is the child, not speaking of the dream but of the things that keeps him/her going even small things like a stranger smiling or a glimmer of hope.

    I think there are many messages to take away from this but two being don't judge people or act upon judgement because you never really know what goes on behind closed doors and always be nice and polite to others because whether it be a bad day, or a bad long term situation, small things really do help.
    m0rganme0won March 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove it.
    maladroitmortalon April 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe sea said goodbye to the shore so the sun wouldn't notice
    The seaweed that wrapped its arms around you

    **This verse means that someone has fell ill and is on the verge of death. The sea retreated from the shore, which must have been something demanded by the sun, but managed to distract the sun just long enough for it to wrap its seaweed around you. So now, even as the sea retreats, its still got a firm hold on you. The sea is a metaphor for an illness. The sun is a metaphor for medicine/doctor/witchcraft. . .

    The carpet on my cheek feels like the fall grass
    And I run through the tall trees with your hands chasing me

    **This verse introduces the main character, who is saddened by the fact that you are dying. (I'm not entirely sure what this is showing us)

    The books that I keep by my bags are full of your stories
    That I drew up from a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours

    **This verse is showing us the importance of the relationship between the one dying, and the one who has to deal with it. Apparently, the main character has a book bag filled with all the things you ever said. Some of the things you said were said out of fear, some of the things you done were out of fear. Regardless, the main character seems to have a mature idea of why the stories are the way they are.

    To be asked to take this plunge, to forgive and forget
    And be the better man, to be a better man, to be a better man

    ** Again, the main character realizes that you are dying and must forgive and forget all you ever did to him.

    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well

    *I'm led to believe that a grandparent is dying by this verse

    The cat's silhouette, as big as a monster,
    In this concrete jungle, with street lights hanging their heads

    **This verse is like a moment of clarity, during the process of forgiving. The main character is realizing that even in a crowded city, where city lights dejectedly shine their brilliance at the ground, almost defeatedly, a cat can take advantage of that despair and turn itself into a jungle cat. This means that if you slump your shoulders and feel sorry for yourself, even the smallest trespass can turn into something which seems entirely unforgivable.

    So make all your last demands for I will forsake you
    And I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last

    *now, at your deathbed, the main character feels like a new person and wants to show you that. Before you pass, the main character looks into your eyes for the first time, for the very last.

    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well

    I met a man today and he smiled back at me
    Now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet,
    That keep me on my feet.

    **the main character will never forget what you have done to them, and they are better for it because they have learned from it.
    poetogethron August 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about a romantic relationship in which two people know they will be parting ways. There is something pulling one of those in a relationship one direction while the other individual is trying to hold on and rekindle what became lost. The song's title sloom (whether it be a dream or nightmare) will soon be over. This over-arching metaphor of sleep being applied to the relationship and waking up will be it's close. If the song begins with the ending then the closing two lines are symbolic of something that started out as good propelling them both forward onto their seperate lives with out each other (keep me on my feet).
    songdeciferesson October 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell i think that it is a love story told backwards, i believe that is sort of a romeo and juliet sort of thing, but for the most part they are talking to there parents. They are trying to convince there parents that the other one is not as bad as they think
    Here let me explain from the end of the song to the beginning.

    I met a man today and he smiled back at me
    Now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet,
    That keep me on my feet.; this is exactly as it sounds

    So make all your last demands for I will forsake you
    And I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last;
    This is the boy warning his parents that if they will not let him be happy then he will leave them.

    The cat's silhouette, as big as a monster,
    In this concrete jungle, with street lights hanging their heads
    ; this is the girl telling her parents that though the cat seems as though it is a monster it is only a cat and only appears this way because of the shadows being made by the street lamps.
    The cat is the boy and the shadow is what there parents see him as, and the street lamps are there judgement, there judgement makes them see what really is not there.

    To be asked to take this plunge, to forgive and forget
    And be the better man, to be a better man, to be a better man
    ; this is the girl again telling her parents that it is time to forgive and forget it is the right thing to do although it can be very hard to do you are showing your love for your daughter and your consern for her happiness and not your own.

    The books that I keep by my bags are full of your stories
    That I drew up from a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours
    ; this is the boy reminding them of the stories probably told to hom as a child of happily ever after and following your dream is all he ever wanted but now it seems as though it is there biggest nightmare, which happens to most parents, not wanting there children to grow up and leave

    The carpet on my cheek feels like the fall grass
    And I run through the tall trees with your hands chasing me
    ; this is the girl, reminding herself of good times, knowing she will probably never see him again, maybe they were friends when they were little and something happened and that is why there parents dont want them to be together

    The sea said goodbye to the shore so the sun wouldn't notice
    The seaweed that wrapped its arms around you
    ; this is the boy telling the girl, the sea, or the girl said goodbye to the shore, him so the sun wouldnt notice, sun being there parents, the seaweed that wrapped its arms around you, meaning there love

    The chorus;
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well
    ;is them telling there parents to love them anyway no matter what happens and let there siblings be who they want as well
    Mlk622on November 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt took some time, but I think I finally figured this one out. The biggest clue is actually the name of the song "Sloom"...it is a love story that occurred in a dream.

    "I met a man today and he smiled back at me
    Now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet,
    That keep me on my feet." --- when she met a man on the street who smiled back. She may or may not be dating someone in real life, but this is how this character slipped into her dreams. And the dream gave her some confidence / positive hope.

    "The sea said goodbye to the shore so the sun wouldn't notice
    The seaweed that wrapped its arms around you" --- this is when the sun hits, the moment when we slowly transition from dream to reality. so this is the end

    "The carpet on my cheek feels like the fall grass
    And I run through the tall trees with your hands chasing me" --- when things in reality go into your dream via touch. in this case, the carpet created the scene of a fall grass

    "The books that I keep by my bags are full of your stories
    That I drew up from a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours" --- the man is based on her construction, so, as with all of our other dreams, the characters are our deepest dreams, nightmares, fears and realities

    "To be asked to take this plunge, to forgive and forget
    And be the better man, to be a better man, to be a better man" --- in dreams, our logic goes away and it is like a complete brainwash. you forget who you are supposed to be with in real life. all of the dream is real to you

    "So make all your last demands for I will forsake you
    And I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last" --- the man in her dream is a one-time romance. They will be together for the first time and for the very last time. So he is asking her: what do you want to make of this?

    "So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well"
    --- I interpret this part as a way to say love my everything, including my mother, father, sister, brother.... A way to describe two people who are completely in love with one another.

    Of course, I could still be wrong. But I am in love with this interpretation of this song :) Don't we all have that one we pleasantly dreamed about, who we look back and smile about?
    toointolyricson December 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a family that ceases to be one. The father decides to split up with the mother and the children are caught up in between. The children notices that something is starting to go wrong and they are caught up in between. This song is told in the children's point of view.

    "The sea said goodbye to the shore so the sun wouldn't notice
    The seaweed that wrapped its arms around you"

    This line refers to the father leaving the mother alone. Let's go back to the title, sloom. For me, this happened late at night, while the mother was sleeping, so was the children. The line "so the sun wouldn't notice" could support it, meaning the sun wasn't still up when this occured. However, ut can also mean that the mother doesn't notice this happening. You'll get the point later on.

    "The carpet on my cheek feels like the fall grass
    And I run through the tall trees with your hands chasing me."

    This line is about a dream of the child. The carpet on her cheek, maybe she was lying on the floor or whatever. She already notices that their parents are having a bad time, so she's having nightmarws about being chased by their parents' problems.

    "The books that I keep by my bags are full of your stories
    That I drew up from a little dream of mine, a little nightmare of yours"

    This refers to a memory the child has with their parents. Stories before going to sleep. The line "a little dream of mine" means that as a child, everything is good in our eyes. In contrast, "A little nightmare of yours" implies that in growing up, or becoming an adult, what we thought of as dreams when we were yound weren't always beautiful. In other words, life is tough as you grow up. This sort f memory was before their family had problems.

    "To be asked to take this plunge, to forgive and forget
    And be the better man, to be a better man, to be a better man"

    This refers to the situation they're in and the child notes, or hopes that through this, though forgiving and forgetting is hard, they'd become better people later on. Mod, dad, and child.

    "So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well"

    This refers to the hopes and wishes of the child. The words say whet they mean.

    "The cat's silhouette, as big as a monster,
    In this concrete jungle, with street lights hanging their heads"

    In this part, the concrete jungle means the city. The fact that the cat's silhouette was compared to a monster could strengthen the fact that the speaker really is a child. And since they're in the city outside, then it can mean that they were being drived away from their house by their father. At this point it can support why the father did this at dawn, and so the mother wouldn't notice. The children don't know what's happening and where they are going.

    "So make all your last demands for I will forsake you
    And I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last"

    When they finally stopped, the father looks at the children and says the line "So make all your last demands for I will forsake you". At this point, the children are really confused, and they feel that this is going to be hard. The line "I'll meet your eyes for the very first time, for the very last" hits hard because that means that they haven't really known each other that much, even if they are parent and children.

    "So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my sister as well
    So love me mother, and love me father, and love my brother as well"

    This is just to emphasize that the children are broken, and that's what they wish.

    "I met a man today and he smiled back at me
    Now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet,
    That keep me on my feet."

    This last line reveals that the children were given to another family. The child says that she met a man who smiled back at her, it can mean that it's their new father. "Now there are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet" means that though they were forsaken, by seeing that new man smile, they can think about hope.

    At this point, this relays the message of the chorus that it can mean it was not only addressed on their real parents, but for these new people too. Saying "love me, mother, father" cause they don't want to be left again.

    And so that's my interpretation of the song. Not really sure if it's right, but I just love this song so much. It's really sad, but that just makes it better and more real.
    SatoshiSasayanon March 04, 2014   Link
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    General CommentBEAUTIFUL SONGG
    kungfufreak5on October 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commentindeed beautiful
    isbleedingredon December 13, 2011   Link

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