"Hate For The Island" as written by and Thomas Edward Bromley Gareth David Paisey....
Recall the time we straddled your window pane
And smoked the last of the weed that sent you insane
In a public loo in a borough of London that I won't mention
You phoned me in Minnesota, said you had a vital question
And as we smoked you feared your neighbours might see
We watched a fon rip out the contents of each
Bin-bag that we lined the road and then you turned to see me mouth,
"Those entrails are how I'll feel when you decide to leave me"

Now I've a whole lot of hate for the island
Since your friends buried you down there 6 feet deep beneath the sand
But at least I know we'll never be that far now from each other
Just a couple hundred feet either side of sea level
It's no lie that if the waters rose and drowned that place from coast to coast
You wouldn't see this smile leave my face for all eternity

Lyrics submitted by marissahh

"Hate for the Island" as written by Thomas Edward Bromley Gareth David Paisey


Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Hate For The Island song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentgareth said on twitter tbat this song is about Lost
    kens45on November 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis reminds me of "the sea is a good place to think of the future"
    death, lost, gone, etc.
    ruthie369on November 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh my god. This is amazing.
    JulietteMon April 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat last line gets me every time. Beautiful!

    "You wouldn't see this smile leave my face for all eternity"
    Hezuson January 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere's a continuing story – a saga, if you will. It all starts with "The Sea is a Good Place to Think of the Future" on Romance is Boring, which then moves to "Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State" on the same album – after that, "To Tundra" takes place, a whole album later. It's also possible that "Hate For The Island," which showcases a lot of similar themes, is a part of the series.

    TSIAGPTTOTF (wow) introduces us to our protagonists – Gareth and the unnamed woman. It's shown that the woman, very obviously, is having various mental struggles. Between an eating disorder and an implied mental disorder that couples itself with bouts of depression (i.e. depression, bipolarity [1 or 2], many PDs, etc.), it also shows us her suicidal ideation. While never outright stated, 'this woman wants to die,' every single line about the sea – about how all [you] can hear is your lungs flood and your blood course – relates to death.

    Coda is when the woman dies. It's hard to make out at first, but between the constant ties to the sea, the implication that she drowned, and our narrator's frustration over never getting to have /those moments/ (moments he clearly desired in TSIAGPTTOTF), it's safe to infer that she's lost. Either way, it's clear someone the narrator loves is dead – 'all the times I would've liked there to have been.' As was previously stated, however, with the ties to the sea and the drowning scenario... The only thing I can't fit in there is the burn mark. They may have chosen the 'sooner state,' aka Oklahoma, because it's relatively Southern ('best known left wrist, right finger through all the Southern states').

    To Tundra is the funeral procession. It begins with church scenery and the narrator fantasizing about what he and the woman could – what he and the woman /should/ – be doing: just enjoying the moment together. He expresses a desire to hold her safe in his arms, then they immediately cut to him longing to merge with her in the streams. More water connections. The 'two' end up in the sea, making our connection all the way back to TSIAGPTTOTF again. It's then, clear-cut, the funeral. Transept, nave, etc., etc. The 'audience' are the attendees, and he's the applause. To analyze this further, the audience are simply the bodies – the vessels – and the applause is what makes them come to life and share their emotions regarding the act that has just been put on. He believes he's the only one there who's truly feeling something more than apathy about this woman. I've seen some people confused over the lyric about the surgeon ('we fake our concern and speak softly as the surgeon tells wife to cancel her plans'), but recall that in TSIAGPTTOTF, the woman's mom died by the hand of a surgeon ('at fourteen, her mother died in a routine operation from allergic reaction to a general anesthetic'). This could easily be a tie back to that. They could be telling her to cancel her plans to make room for the surgery, or it could be a parallel situation in which they'd known what was going to happen. Cancel her plans – cancel the plans for the rest of her life. It ends with him, once again, longing to join her as he asks to be taken to water alongside the body ('please take a body to water, take a body to tundra, just take me with you as well').

    Hate for the Island could possibly be included in this mix, although it's not nearly as tied-in as the others. It does make /multiple/ connections to the sea (hell, it's talking about an island), but the story progression in the song is a bit harder to place. At the beginning, it's clear that the narrator is recalling some of his memories with this woman – most of which involved getting a bit of a buzz ('smoked the last of the weed that sent you insane [...] and as we smoke, you feared your neighbors might see'). It fits when you recall that the woman had dabbled in drugs, herself, after her mother's death ('spent the rest of her teens experimenting with prescriptions'). It then switches to present tense and implies that the woman was buried beneath the sand, literally or metaphorically, by expectations. It can be inferred that she drowned due to the following lyrics ('just a couple of hundred feet either side of sea level'), and it's also possible – here's where my primary source of uncertainty lies – that he drowned himself after her death and funeral. The entire second verse, he's talking about how he'll no longer be far from her – y'know, now that they've both been buried beneath the sea...

    In summation, I believe this is all part of a saga.
    openusernameon April 17, 2016   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top