There was an anchor
There was a silver-sweet refrain
You tucked your fingers in between my troubled bones
And what you did next was second-to-none
You really let us down
You tied yourself up
And jumped in the sea
Never to come home

Valium
You left me all alone
Tell me when
I will be whole again

There was a whisper
Once there were heralds and parades
You sang your secrets through the tolling of the tide
The fugitive rooms, the amateur tombs
The silence and the cries
The quickening beat
Your march to the sea
Never to return

Sweet morphine
You've taken all of me
Let me know
When you will let me go

Heroin
Where did you take my friend?
Tell me why
Those ropes are hanging high

Valium
You left me all alone



Lyrics submitted by Jprnotld87, edited by cobalt

March To The Sea song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentSounds like a song about friends who have died from drugs, possibly some of their own drug use but it seems to be mostly in the perspective of another person in their lives to me.
    schism206on April 13, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationOverall I see it as a really precious and sad song, a song in which he sings to a lost friend (probably, a dead friend).

    > There was an anchor
    > There was a silver-sweet refrain

    It starts with a lament: "you fool, there was hope, there was a solution". The anchor and the silver-sweet refrain stand for what could have helped this person: help from others, an illusion of being better in the future.

    The next relevant verses:

    > And what you did next was second-to-none
    > You really let us down
    > You tied yourself up
    > And jumped in the sea
    > Never to come home

    It is unclear of this person committed suicide or simply suffered an accident, but the "never to come home" suggests this person passed away.

    > Valium
    > You left me all alone
    > Tell me when
    > I will be whole again

    Valium is a well-known anti-depressive. May it be that Valium helped the living overcome their loss? Then, it could also be thought that they feel that by overcoming their loss, they are giving up on their friend. "valium, you left me alone". Valium, with your help I got through the death of my friend, and so i think, because i'm feeling like a betrayer and that doesn't sound like being healed at all.

    The second paragraph "there was a whisper..." may indicate that the voice with the POV is self blaming itself. There was signs, and we failed to catch them.

    Just before finishing, the song goes to valium and morphine, and introduces heroin as the key of whatever that had happened. "Where did you take my friend?"

    The reference in the title to Civil War campaign is hard to assess. It may refer just to the struggle itself, but Sherman's March to the Sea was a success, and it may indicate that perhaps the POV sees a self-destructive conduct in this lost friend, a self-destructive conduct that had eventually succeded.

    As I said, a precious but horribly sad song.
    versvson December 17, 2016   Link

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