We are escalator walkers
in the brand-new temple
Came to reshape identities
Shed our skins
Be reborn and feel the same
Feel the same: that no one here is real

We are moving standees
in the shrine of choices
Incarcerated between floors
of hope and disappointment
We feel the same
Feel the same: no one here is real
We feel the same
Feel the same: that nothing here is still

We are stairway drifters
made of cyber paper
Google boys and Wiki girls
Children of the self-care
We come to pray every single training day
Looking for a chance to survive
Buying reduced price illusions
Floating into another light
Melting into another lonely crowd

We feel the same
Feel the same: that no one here is real
We feel the same
Feel the same: that nothing here is still

Used to have our love
And now - Disposable needs
Used to have our souls
And now - Refined new skins
Take - Use - Throw away - Forget

Dragging our feet
Tired and deceived
Slowly moving on
Bracing shaky legs
against all those wasted years
We roll the boulders of sins
up a hill of new days
Up - Up a hill of new days

In the arms of the setting sun,
our burdens cast shadows over fiery ground
Catching final rays
We try to reach the journey’s end
before the sun will die
We sense we’re almost there, (We sense we’re almost there)
but the night comes too soon (The night comes to soon)
And we crawl in the dark, (We crawl in the dark - x2)
not ready to face up (Not ready to face up)
to unknowing lies (To unknowing lies)
We ache to go back (Ache to go back - x2)

But we can’t stop
But we can't stop,
so we walk ahead
So we walk ahead
(x2)
Walk ahead


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Escalator Shrine song meanings
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    General CommentThe more I listen to Riverside lyrics the more I fucking love them.
    It really is rare to find reflexive lyrics nowadays that aren't psychobabble.

    In tune with the rest of the album's lyrics, the whole song speaks about massive consummerism, the cult of buying, the decay of identity brought by the spread of digital communication, and the isolation of the individual caused by all of this.

    The "escalator shrine" is of course talking about massive amounts of people going to pray to the god of "BUY".
    Inevitably in these crowds identities are lost and the feeling is "that no one here is real". (This tied with the digital era) Not only that, but there is no stillness or tranquility at all.

    "We are moving standees
    in the shrine of choices
    Incarcerated between floors
    of hope and disappointment"

    The choices were are given are, of course, fake, or in any case, all the same.
    It's almost tragicomic: moving by standing still.

    "Melting into another lonely crowd"

    This part is just spot on: even if we are in a crowd of many, because of the way we communicate, we are isolated. Fucking brilliant.

    "Used to have our love
    And now - Disposable needs
    Used to have our souls
    And now - Refined new skins
    Take - Use - Throw away - Forget"

    Its just plain depressing. It keeps on going about how with this "discardable" mentality nothing has any lasting value. Not even love.

    The ending is pretty grim too. We can't stop, so we gotta keep on moving on.
    Snoarduron April 22, 2013   Link

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