Hold up your hands,
You've got nothing to shield you
This one took all that you had

It's hard to say who's been wrestled
Or willingly gave it all, gave it away

And now we're left stumbling along
We are looking for something or someone to pay

And always assailants evade
Never can turn searchlights their way

But take small solace in this
In everyone a summons awaits

And for some of them briefly and some incompletely
But all of them all of them all

And for some of them briefly and some incompletely
But all of them all of them all

Believe me, time unwinds it
Believe me, time unwinds it

Solo charade, barely backlit by TV
Hanging on tight by a thread
Sailing along on a sea of prescripted solutions for what's ailing them

And just like a black snake so low in the leaves only shows what it wants to be seen
And just like a black snake so low in the leaves only shows what it wants to be seen

Believe me, time unwinds it
Believe me, time unwinds it


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    My InterpretationA beautiful song of encouragement and consolation. It's from a perspective of a friend talking to someone who's going through intense hardship and surviving; particularly from antagonists (life in general, emotions, etc., but most likely other people), telling the friend that whatever ills others have done, they will answer for it, setting the tone for the song's title and chorus ("In everyone a summons awaits"). Also stating how fate (karma, etc.) balances and evens the score somehow and eventually for everyone, the good and those who have done harm ("And for some of them briefly and some incompletely.But all of them all of them all").

    In the end are words of human nature to be careful and circumspect, especially in trusting people too easily ("and just like a black snake so low in the leaves only shows what it wants to be seen"), but ultimately not getting caught in the discouragement as time eventually heals and as above, evens the score ("Believe me, time unwinds it").

    Not necessarily meant to be analyzed and better to be taken as a message along with the mood of the song as a metaphor, but which works well even when taken literally and examined word for word.

    Liz Durrett's style and voice is almost a dead ringer for Fiona Apple; and this song reminds me of a Peter Gabriel / Kate Bush duo called "Don't Give Up", and absolutely sublime all the way.
    Webnikon August 25, 2012   Link

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