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It’s so cold in this country
Every road home is long
He had a map that he bought
For the price of his soul

He had a reason to go there
And a warm place to stay
And when it came time to leave
It was never the right day

Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor

There was a girl who he married
And he left her behind
He couldn't picture her face now
It was like he was blind

Up at five in the morning
Every breath was a storm
Its so cold in this country
you can never get warm

Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor

It’s a strange disappearance
It’s a real mystery
Is he asleep in the snow
And does he feel free

There’s a person he once was
in a place far away
It’s so cold in this country
October to May

Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Sleep is my friend and my rival
Good luck bad luck survivor
Survivor

Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor
Good luck bad luck survivor



Lyrics submitted by Miki-Kiwa, edited by CountNicholas

The North song meanings
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    General CommentI feel it's about a disconnect. You can feel it often in Canada when the weather gets cold. I'm from Ottawa. Walking home at times when it's cold and there is no sunlight, it can cause your mind to wander...
    Jaapyon November 03, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song while reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein about a year ago. Coincidentally, the lyrics of this song apply to the start/end of that novel, when Victor is found on an ice flow after chasing the Creature to die with him in the north. Equally, this song also brings to mind The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Coleridge), a tale about a sailor who shoots an albatross after being stuck in ice and is subsequently cursed (particularly the lines about selling your soul). Finally, stanzas 1,3,4 and 5 also make me think of the mystery of the Franklin expedition, lost in the Canadian arctic. The song definitely has elements of loneliness, fascination for risk, and the sublime colder landscapes.
    madmeaningon January 09, 2017   Link

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