"Archipelago" as written by Christian Karlsson, Pontus Johan Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt Blakemore....
Please, the ward he offers me a pack of cigarettes
They aren't his, and yet I feel it coming on
I feel it coming on a sense of welling grief
And though they're serving samovar, somehow I'd rather be

Up in an airplane above the archipelago
I stuttered in my armour in an airplane above the archipelago
I could see where you grew up, and the murderer in me

Please, the blanket and the sheets,
The leaves the gardener rakes are articles of faith
The company believes I'm running derelict around these foreign streets
The colonel knows I want to crack his head for taking me

Up in an airplane above the archipelago
I stuttered in my armour in an airplane above the archipelago
Now I see where you grew up, and the murderer in me

They said there was an ice age forty thousand years ago
Incidents of road rage warring on the streets below
They said there was an ice age forty thousand years ago
Incidents of road rage warring on the streets below

Up in an airplane above the archipelago
I stuttered in my armour in an airplane above the archipelago
Now I see where you grew up, and the murderer in me


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"Archipelago" as written by Christian Karlsson Andrew Wyatt

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    My InterpretationI think this song evokes the feelings of disillusionment and futility of Heller's Catch-22.

    Literally, I think the song is from the point of a view of a Air Force bomber who was injured during one of the many air raids in WW2, and is now confined to a bed in a hospital, ruminating about the transience of life.

    "I feel it coming on a sense of welling grief, and though they're serving samovar I think I'd rather be up in an airplane"

    He's out of the action and recuperating, but after his experiences he is no longer able to enjoy civilian life, he's seen how fragile it is. Perhaps he has PTSD.

    "The leaves the gardener rakes are articles of faith" suggests that people going about their normal chores are unaware or unwilling to believe how meaningless they are in the face of the destructive forces of war.

    "I see where you grew up and the murderer in me"

    He simultaneously connects with his targets and with his remorse at his role in the war.
    bluremion August 28, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation"Now I see were you grew up, and the murderer in me": He knows his lover was a good person before him, he's a bad influence. He can now see were she comes from, and what he has done to his/her personality; he has transformed the other person in a bad way.

    It's over and he's relieved, but it wasn't his decision. In an airplane he can see things from a wider perspective, he can see were it went wrong, but he'd rather stay even if he's harming him/her.

    The ice age is the time before he met his lover. He/she was cold and flavorless. The incidents of road rage are all the transformation, the traces of his influences over them.

    I just love that phrase "Now I see where you grew up, and the murderer in me" when I think about it this way. Being a bad influence, stealing an (apparently) innocent mind, ruining everything and not being able to return that innocence, but not regreting it.
    zapote2on October 15, 2012   Link

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