Would it be easier, so much easier
If you never knew us?
Would you ever fear anymore
If you never knew us?
Would we meet on a fatal shore?
On a fatal shore?

When are you comin' to shore
To never fear anymore?
You never know any doubt, know any doubt
Like we were breathing it out, breathing it out
Were you breathing it out, breathing it out?
Were you breathing it out, breathing it out?
Were you breathing it out, breathing it out?

Are you a breather, mail receiver?
If you could see right through us
Through our clothes and through our pores
If you could see right through us
You're gonna run into your homes and lock your doors



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  • +2
    My InterpretationIn "Sifters" Andrew Bird says "sound is a wave like a wave on the ocean." When a wave breaks on a shore it is, in essence, fatal to the wave. The shore is fatal to a wave. When a sound wave reaches an ear one could say that it "dies" like a wave would die when it hits a shore. Perhaps the recurring motif of the words "fatal shore" in Andrew Bird's music describe the meeting of music and the listener.

    In Souverian Bird says:

    "So here it comes, the chorus
    You will never fear anymore
    If you join our chorus
    We will meet on a fatal shore."

    The meeting of people and music, ie listeners and music players, dispels fear. They meet on the shores of the sender and the receiver.

    "Are you a breather
    Mail receiver?"
    luckyblindon July 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on this is an open question on whether or not two potential lovers should move forward that are currently far far away. He emphasizes this via lines "When are you coming to shore (?)", coupled with the line "Breathing it out" is a signal that the desired outcome is that the two meet, an exhale when a resolution is reach i.e. two lovers meet.

    There is a obvious fork in the road where a decision has to be made and "fear & doubt" portion is to highlight the uncertainty that contrasted the 2 paths. 1) Inaction and maintaining a steady course where the two people will never meet and fade 2) Reunion where the invitation is fulfilled. Obviously, the latter is the desired outcome.
    DelilahXXon December 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it seems as if its a question of "Would you be better off without religion?" But that's just me. This is mostly based on the "Would you never fear any more" and "You never know any doubt." Maybe I am focusing on this too much and making the rest fit, but that's what it makes me think about.
    mandrsonon September 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentRobert Hughes referred to Australia as the 'Fatal Shore' in his history of British penal colonies and the practice of sending criminals there, essentially to either die, or to survive on their own strength against the wilderness.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    "If you could see right through us
    You're gonna run into your homes and lock your doors"

    This suggests that the speaker in the song is viewed as a criminal, or would be viewed as one if other people knew them well.

    The same with these lines:

    "Would you ever fear anymore
    If you never knew us?"

    The main thrust seems to be that in the current environment, the speaker would be viewed harshly by the person they're addressing, but if they were to meet under other conditions, "on a fatal shore" - somewhere completely new and wild and free from all of the context, they might be free from their preconceived apprehensions and fear:

    "Would we meet on a fatal shore?
    On a fatal shore?
    When are you comin' to shore
    To never fear anymore?"
    john107757on February 11, 2015   Link

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