All my days are spent
All my cards are dealt
Oh the desolation grows!

Every inch revealed as my heart is pierced
Oh my soul is now exposed!

In the oceans deep,
In the canyon's steep
Walls of granite, here I stand.

All my desperate calls
Echo off the walls,
Back and forth then back again.

To believe I walk alone
Is a lie that I've been told.

So let your heart hold fast
For this soon shall pass
Like the high tide takes the sand.

At the bitter end
Salt and liquid blend
from the corner of my eye

All the miles wrecked,
Every broken step,
Always searching, always blind.

Never fear! No!
Never fear.

Never fear! No!
Never fear.

So let your heart hold fast
For this soon shall pass
There's another hill ahead.



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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a guy who loves a girl.I think he finally confessed his love for her, but it wasn't something he was used to doing. As if this girl was his first love. And when he finally confessed he felt exposed. I think he was used to flirting around and not taking love very seriously until he met her. I think he used to walking alone and never having a long term lover.

    I think at the beginning he hated hiding from her how he truly felt. I think his soul being exposed means he's falling in love with her. I think he's scared because he's never felt this way before about anyone, he's used to putting up these walls and not letting anyone ever enter them. I think he's scared she might reject him so he tries to keep it to himself so he makes these "desperate calls" :

    Every inch revealed as my heart is pierced
    Oh my soul is now exposed!

    In the oceans deep,
    In the canyon's steep
    Walls of granite, here I stand.

    All my desperate calls
    Echo off the walls,
    Back and forth then back again.


    I think it's about him getting the courage to open his heart to someone and finally express feelings that he has never felt before.
    HmmmIdkon July 04, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think HmmmmIdk has the right general idea, but for me, I think it's a guy who, yes, is not used to feeling and confessing this stuff, but I also think he was turned down and is now trying to recover.

    There's something really difficult about spilling your guts to someone, especially if they're close to you, and they just don't feel the same way. I think this song is about rising above that feeling and trying to move forward. It's really beautiful.
    johnnyshred612on October 30, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation"Walls of granite, here I stand"

    Been trapped in THIS emotionally for a significant amount of time, so basically the guy must have had feelings for this girl for a long time

    "All my desperate calls
    Echo off the walls,
    Back and forth then back again."

    This tells us that it's not the first time that this guy has confessed his feelings to this girl as his "calls" are described to have "echo(ed) off the walls", but since these are "echoes" then he may not have obviously said it whereas he hinted it multiple times but the girl was unaware of how he feels for her.

    Every inch revealed as my heart is pierced
    Oh my soul is now exposed!

    This section of the song also tells us that he was turned down as it says his "heart is pierced" expressing how deep and strong this guys feelings for the girl are.

    Long story short, this song is based around the feelings a guys has for a girl, but was too scared to express his feelings to her, but when he did he was either turned down or she had found interest in someone else which could be the alternate implication depending on how pessimistic you find this song and interpret it to be. This then causing him to feel depressed and make him "lost" emotionally and ending the song it tells us that he is trying to cope with these feelings of depression.
    TheMusician94on January 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think the 3 of you are imposing your own emotions and experiences onto the song, excessively over-interpreting parts of the song. Either that, or you are influenced by the fact that it was popularized by HIMYM.
    imacon February 01, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis doesn't have to apply solely to romantic heartbreaks.

    "all my days are spent,
    all my cards are dealt,
    oh the desolation grows."

    The speaker has done everything in his power to struggle through life, and has no more energy left. The emptiness that he has only grows because he keeps trying, but does not get anything in return. His attempts are futile.

    "Every inch revealed as my heart is pierced,
    Oh my soul is now exposed."

    He has been through so much that what others see of the speaker now is his essence. He has had it with the world, and the futility, that he no longer has the power to keep up the façade.

    "In the oceans deep,
    In the canyons steep,
    Walls of granite here I stand."

    The deep oceans and the steep canyons, as well as the walls of granite, are things that are not easily escaped. The situation the speaker is in at the moment seems so big (as big as oceans and canyons) and inescapable. Note that "deep" and "steep" imageries are alluding that this is the lowest point of his life, which is later contrasted with "hills." He falls deeper into despair and sees no way out of it.

    "All my desperate calls,
    Echo off the walls,
    Back and forth then back again."

    The speaker calls out for help, but the sound does not go beyond the granite walls. He feels that he is alone in this, with no one to help him out of the hardship he is facing, which is probably the dismay he feels from the futility of his endeavors.

    "To believe I walk alone
    Is a lie that I've been told"

    Others often tell the speaker that he must be independent, and that he himself is the only one that he can and should rely on. He realizes that he is not alone in this, for whatever reasons.

    "So let your heart hold fast
    For this soon shall pass
    Like the high tide takes the sand."

    The imagery here is extended from the oceans imagery, but here, you see the beach instead of the deep oceans. The speaker is now seeing the surface, and the granite walls are no longer rocks, but rather sand. He sees that the high tide eventually takes the sand away and smoothes it out. The solitude soon passes, and the walls come down.

    "At the bitter end
    Salt and liquid blend
    From the corner of my eye."

    The speaker is crying at the end of all the hardships he had to face. The question here is whether he focuses on the word "bitter" or "end." We could assume that the emphasis is on "end," seeing as it is part of the rhyme, as well as the peak of the melody in that line. The syllables in "bitter" are the two lowest notes, which fades a bit. The speaker does not seem to be weeping, though, since there are no violent imageries, but rather subtle ones, with words such as "blend" and "salt and liquid." He only indirectly tells that he is crying.

    "All the miles wrecked,
    Every broken step,
    Always searching, always blind."

    "Wrecked" and "broken" alludes again to his failure and futility of his attempts. He sees that nothing has been accomplished, and he feels that his attempts were short-sighted in that he was "always searching, always blind." The short-sightedness and the overall message of it all passing work, but this is contrasting in that the short-sightedness is in the past as opposed to the short-sightedness that is in the present, i.e. the granite walls.

    "Never fear! No, Never fear!
    Never fear! No, Never fear!"

    He repeats "never fear" to truly emphasize that there is nothing to be scared of. He does not extend into the reason why until the next stanza. Note that this is one of few sets of lines that uses "you" as the subject. The song is not only about the speaker; rather, he is trying to create a connection between the audience and himself by telling his stories, which is close to what the audience has experienced, and encouraging the audience strongly to "never fear."

    "So let your heart hold fast,
    For this soon shall pass,
    There's another hill ahead."

    The "hill" imagery contrasts with the earlier imageries of "oceans deep" and "canyons steep." We can conclude that "hill" does not mean another hardships, but rather a high point. He reminds the audience that whenever this passes, another high point (perhaps happiness, or a bit of satisfaction) will come. Note that he chose "hill" over any other images of height, perhaps to imply that unfortunately, it will eventually come down again.
    cc270on March 17, 2016   Link

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