"The Great Exhale" as written by and Anthony Dekker....
Look at the names carved into us
Look at the days when they were lit up
Brushing my head and I feel their rage
Years of radiance, years of rain

And the world stops spinnin’ when you stop spinnin’
Sighs when you sigh when you sigh
I’m coming home so leave the light on for me
I’m drawing over the moon on this fell
When I’ll get in I will see you all there
I’m drawing on the great exhale

Certain grounds are water more likely
Translating names of lost families
Somebody’s sleeping and you should not wake
Drifting whispers over their grave

And the world stops spinnin’ when you stop spinnin’
Sighs when you sigh when you sigh
I’m coming home so leave the light on for me
I’m drawing over the moon on this fell
When I’ll get in I will see you all there
I’m drawing on the great exhale

Wide and open spaces
In a sleep along with time
Come to waiting places
Come tonight like all the dreams

I’m coming home so leave the light on for me
I’m drawing over the moon on this fell
When I’ll get in I will see you all there
I’m drawing on the great exhale

I’m soling in on the great exhale


Lyrics submitted by Cyberghost, edited by ThomasKemper, Marixpress, aud82

"The Great Exhale" as written by Anthony Dekker

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    My InterpretationI find this to be a sublime reference to remembering ancient peoples who occupied the land. You can imagine caves where "they were lit up", as the writer feels the walls and imagines ghosts that "whisper over damp clay," and he gives them their due respect for passing, being careful that he "should not wake" them.

    I also believe this is a song about the fragility of life, and our imminent passing away from this realm. But there is hope in it: he is drawing the "luminous veil" aside, like a glowing, beautiful curtain between this world and the next. He's coming home, soaring in on the last breath of his life, and expecting to see all those who have made the transition. He is drawing a great lesson from that "great exhale".

    Beautifully written, and sublimely performed.
    ThomasKemperon April 14, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI could be wrong but there are some adjustments I'd make to the lyrics.

    "Look at the names carved into rocks"

    "Brushing my head and I feel their age"

    "Drifting whispers over damp clay"
    Marixpresson February 27, 2015   Link
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    General Comment"Somebody's sleeping that you should not wake"

    "Im coming home so leave the light on for me. Im drawing in on the luminous veil."

    "I'm soaring in on the great exhale"
    Marixpresson February 27, 2015   Link
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    General Comment**At first I had one lyric change in mind but then saw many other mistakes. Please delete my multiple posts! I can't seem to find a delete button or l procedure.**

    I could be wrong but there are some adjustments I'd make to the lyrics.

    "Look at the names carved into rocks..."

    "Brushing my head and I feel their age..."

    "I'm coming home so leave the light on for me. Im drawing in on the luminous veil..."

    "Somebody's sleeping that you should not wake. Drifting whispers over damp clay."

    "Wide open spaces. In a sleep a long time (?) Punctuating places (?) Coming out like old teeth."

    "I'm soaring in on the great exhale."

    Also, the line "Certain grounds are water more likely" seems highly suspect.
    Marixpresson February 27, 2015   Link

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