"Neptune" as written by and Nico Muhly Sufjan Steven....
What's right and what's wrong?
Don't you hold me too lightly
To words as I've rounded them off
To the nearest of ten

For I gathered your body
In envious capture
In envious thought

Oh forgive me, oh gods
Or forgive me in fortune
Forgive me in feeling it out for myself
As I ought to have feelings for something
As great as thou art

Some great white rose
Of youth, your pleasure
Gives of my own heart
Generous portions, wisely
Breaks of my own heart
I felt the arm's length
While I've gone on my own way

Conserve me, strange waters
Come and obey me, strange waters
Have it your own way

So if you won't hold me
I have no objections
So if you won't please me
I make no commands
So if you don't trust me
It's best if I drown


Lyrics submitted by perpetualwolfe, edited by pwnttothemax

"Neptune" as written by James Van Mcalister Bryce David Dessner

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    My InterpretationIs this a song about Neptune mourning the loss of Pluto from the official list of planets? and Neptune wanting to abandon the solar system? This seems like a stretch but I can't get the thought out of my head.

    "What’s right
    And what’s wrong?"
    --Neptune's reality is shattered by the possibility of losing his friend Pluto as a fellow planet

    "Two wor(l)ds as I’ve rounded them off
    To the nearest of ten"
    --Counting pluto and the sun there are 10 celestial bodies in the solar system. But this song only concerns two of them

    "For I gathered your body"
    --Neptune is mourning the loss of his closest friend, Pluto.

    "Some great white rose
    Of youth, your pleasure"
    --Referring to Pluto, which is sort of like a ball of ice, as a white rose. It was also discovered relatively recently (1930) and could be considered youthful?

    "Gives of my own heart
    Generous portions, wisely
    Breaks of my own heart"
    --Neptune considered Pluto to be a kindred spirit

    "While I’ve gone on my own way"
    --Neptune is alone now

    "Conserve me, strange waters
    Come and obey me, strange waters
    Have it your own way"
    --a clear reference to Poseidon/Neptune god of the sea. Neptune attempts to look inward for strength, trying to take solace in his own domain. He fails however and basically says "screw it, have it your way"

    "So oh if you won’t hold me
    I have no objections
    So oh if you won’t please me
    I make no commands
    So oh if you don’t trust me
    It’s best if I drown"
    --Neptune basically says he would rather die than be here alone without his departed friend, Pluto.
    pwnttothemaxon June 13, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like pwnttothemax's interpretation but I feel like the song is drawing more on the theory that Pluto was once a moon of Neptune but escaped it's pull a long while ago and now it is on it's own.

    Building on what pwnttothemax suggested I think the "great white rose" reference is definitely spot on. However, the line "i've gathered your body" and the rest of the stanza i think is talking about how Neptune's gravity formed Pluto initially then the "have it your own way" line and the last stanza refer to how Pluto 'escaped' Neptune's pull. The "two worlds" stanza could also reference Pluto and Triton since the two are so similar but since Neptune has 14 moons that might be a stretch.

    I still agree that it's a song of mourning though.
    StrayDog2on October 23, 2017   Link

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