"The Fountain " as written by William Hugh Cashion, Samuel Thompson Herring and John Gerrit Welmers....
He sits low, in a shady grove
Where the trees arc slow, in the shape of 'you know'
Marble stairwells, waterfalls, egrets' heads and open arms
Whistling through his pensive teeth, the scene is set to peak
Like how the desert meets the reef
And steals the heart, of the thief

She walks slow, past the reach of home
In a Western World, far from the things she knows
Hanging gardens, patterned walls, the books of Rilke, orchestras
Motioning to the slow refrain, the soul is set to gain
Or swallow it whole
The causal chain, of human loam

And as seasons go, it's a lot like this
He reasons for a look, then a glance
To the path, where she passed
From the page of a book, to a perch in the grass
And as meetings go, it's a lot like this
She tiptoes from the path, to the edge of the page
Where she dared, to be asked
What's in a name?
What is your name?

And if you let me know
I won't be alone, I won't be alone
And if you have the time to talk to
I won't doubt you
And if I let you know
I won't be alone, I won't be alone
And if you, as if you start to fall
I'll be here to catch you

Turning around, he sighs, "will you sit next to me?"
Motioning forward, she replies, "will you walk next to me?"
"I know my lines, and there's a lot less space and a little bit of time"
"I know the play, it's fine"
Echoing herself, she says, "will you walk close to me?"
Holding his smile, he replies, "what more would you ask of me?"
"I know my mind, and there's a lot less space and a little bit of time"
"I know the way, it's fine"

And if you let me know
I won't be alone, I won't be alone
And if you have the time to talk to
I won't doubt you
And if I let you know
I won't be alone, I won't be alone
And if you, as if you start to fall
I'll be here to catch you

He's wasting time, you gotta take it slowly
May never get a chance like this
And she knows he's wasting time
And she loves the way he tries
Even though she knows the lines
She's taking time, you gotta let things grow
May never have a chance like this
And he knows she takes her time
And he keeps along her side
All hopes to keep along her side

As seasons go, it's a lot like this
He reasons for a look, then a glance
To the path, where she passed
From the page of a book, to a perch in the grass
And as meetings go, it's a lot like this
She tiptoes from the path, to the edge of the page
Where she dared, to be asked
What's in a name?
What is your name?


Lyrics submitted by edinm, edited by amelb8

"The Fountain" as written by Samuel Thompson Herring William Hugh Cashion

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    My InterpretationLove it! Would love to know what Future Islands says the meaning is but I think it's just about trying to get up the nerve to meet someone and all the fantasies you have about that person while you're getting up your nerve ❤️
    Glorybeeon May 03, 2016   Link
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    General CommentRoman Fountain by Rainer Maria Rilke

    translated by Len Krisak (July 2014)

    Borghese


    Two basins, one above the other, from

    within an ancient rounded marble rand.

    And from the top one, waters softly come,

    spilling to waters under them that stand



    and wait and meet their whispers, playing dumb.

    Hidden, as in the hollow of a hand,

    they show them sky behind the green and gloom,

    like some strange object from a foreign land.



    Calmly, within their lovely basin-shell,

    they widen—never homesick—ring by ring,

    and only sometimes, ping by dream-soft ping,



    drop down the mossy scrim in single file

    to reach that final mirror softening

    the basin with its stone-transforming smile.


    (The Fountain was located in the Borghese Gardens in Rome - ed.)
    andreea maon September 16, 2016   Link

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