"1904" as written by and Kristian Matsson....
Some will say it’s not even funny
And there you stand, not even trying
They say it is in line with the aging
Sometimes noise is just your mind
But the lesson is vague and the lightning
Shows a deer with her mind on the moor
And now something with the sun is just different
Since they shook the earth in 1904
As I lower down I hear it’s a message

And it’s 1902 telling people to get out
If there was a just a way I could tell them
It’s been long, but you are right
The singing is slow and so quiet
Like the sound when you sweep off the floor
And now something with the dirt is just different
Since they shook the earth in 1904
When the night is young
But the bridge is up

Something passing by our shore
The only one you can tell it to
Is the only one that will know
As one rock was made to go through my window
Here is something so strange and something louder than before
You’re living with no light or direction but damn precise
And now you know
That believing is hard but you go now
And you feel what you drag across the floor

And now something in these trails is just different
Since they shook the earth in 1904
Some will say it’s not even healthy
But body is young and mind is sure
That at least something is alright with your thinking
Because they shook the earth in 1904.


Lyrics submitted by Kashika, edited by Xamnam, sarahmarks

"1904" as written by Kristian Matsson

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  • +4
    General CommentIn an interview with Dutch music magazine ´Oor´, Matsson said there was an earthquake in Sweden and Norway in 1904. Which makes sense, Matsson being Swedish, not American/San Fransiscan. It was the biggest to hit Scandinavia in ages. It is known as the Oslofjord earthquake. There is only a wikipedia-page about it in Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch. So I guess most of you will have to use some kind of translator. Not that hard to do nowadays, I think.
    sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    He did not go into the meaning of the song as a whole, though, saying he likes to leave his songs open for interpretation. The song is about more than just the earthquake itself, I take. Maybe taking the earthquake as some metaphore for an incident after which everything is or seems different.
    Schinkenon September 13, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningAlso, Kristian tweeted: "1904 is sure not about death. It's about finding some hope."
    Kashikaon May 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlovely song. lovely album.
    SongMeanings2010on June 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAs a non native, this is a specially challenging song. I asked a good native friend and here are his nice comments:

    "The song you sing is not easy
    too much metaphor and not enough law

    I think it dwells on the past
    of a singer, a mad mad,
    a poet in the cast

    Maybe its a memory of a painting
    with a message that just couldn't last

    It feels like the homage to a voice
    of a heart, of an eye or a soul -
    of a sound that spoke with no choice

    It feels like Dylan of a good day
    both cryptic and assured
    It feels like a echo
    from a shore."
    antoniosoutoiglesiason June 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't claim this is the meaning of the song, but I will point out that in 1904 the U.S. started on the Panama Canal. 1902 is when the U.S. Senate voted to pursue building the canal. The canal was a monumental engineering feat, breaking many records. It changed worldwide shipping. You could say it changed the world. It was also a killer. Building it was brutal. The abuse of laborers and locals was horrific.
    fogllamaon July 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHarry Martinson was born in 1904.
    Please, read his poems and you'll understand.
    younameiton October 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song by an amazing artist and I don't mean to be a dick, but doesn't he sing "something with these trails ARE just different" as opposed to "is just different"? Only the latter is grammatically correct though, right?
    Mezmerizeon November 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou did a good job with these lyrics, Kashika. I tried, but ultimately had too many parts I wasn't sure about...

    There's one line you posted that I'd change - I think it goes, "This is where robbers meet to go through my window," but, I could be wrong.

    Also I've gone back and forth about the first line a lot. "Some may say" or "'Son,' they say"... ???

    This song reminds me of the city I grew up in and the river that cuts it down the middle. I could hear the bridges going up and the cargo ships passing by from my bedroom window at night.
    tesstigermilkon May 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and the entire album in general. I think that Kristian is an absolute musical genius, one of the best artists I've ever listened to. When i first listened to the album, it was like, whoa, this is different but still amazing. The sound is a lot fuller, but instead of making the simplicity of his earlier songs go away, it just adds variety to his music. You can still hear that classic Kristian Matsson style, which i love, even though there's more instrumental variety.

    First verse of 1904 makes me sad, reminds me of an old person everyone thinks is going crazy. Like how "sometimes noise is just your mind." Its as if someone's being told it's not funny, but they're actually serious, not trying to be funny. They are being told as they get older their mind isn't working the same as it did when they were younger (in line with the aging) It just makes me sad to think about it, an older person being treated like they're insane when really they are thinking about the past, or whatever this person is doing.
    1904 earthquake theory is interesting, never thought of that but it makes sense.
    likealionon July 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe SF earthquake was in 18 April 1906, so it can't be that.
    roguelibon July 24, 2012   Link

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