"Oblivion" as written by Anthony Gerard Gonzalez and Susanne Sundfor....
Since, I was young, I knew I'd find you
But our love, was a song, sung by a dying swan
And in the night, you hear me calling
You hear me calling
And in your dreams, you see me falling, falling

Breathe in the light
I'll stay here in the shadow, oh
Waiting for a sign, as the tide grows
Higher and higher and higher

And when the nights are long
All those stars recall, your goodbye, your goodbye

And in the night, you'll hear me calling
You'll hear me calling
And in your dreams, you'll see us falling, falling
And in the night, you'll hear me calling
You'll hear me calling
And in your dreams, you'll see us falling, falling

Breathe in the light and say goodbye
Breathe in the light and say goodbye


Lyrics submitted by thegreatdivorce, edited by delirium01, ShunnyP, hywyh, rvdude

"Oblivion" as written by Anthony Gonzalez Susanne Sundfor

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThe first paragraph in effect tells the whole story in hindsight. 'Our love was a song sung by a dying swan' invokes strong imagery of a graceful and beautiful creature (representing the couple's relationship) singing a beautiful song as it is dying. In other words, the relationship was a rare thing of beauty and special; it was ultimately doomed. However, while it lasted, it manifested itself as a bittersweet force of beauty in their story and setting (the beautiful singing of the swan).

    The next paragraph expresses the passion the woman feels for her love as well as the desperation with which the woman is searching for him. 'In your dreams you'll see us falling' shows that the two are united and things are spiralling out of their control and foreshadows the sad end the man comes to.

    'All the stars recall your goodbye' offers a glimpse into the significance with which she holds her partner, even after he is gone and offers a kind of reconciliation for her loss, suggesting that his death - more like sacrifice - was worthy of remembrance by all the stars in the sky.

    This song makes a lot of sense in the context of the film 'Oblivion' for which it was produced.
    ShunnyPon April 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationfirst, i'm pretty sure it says "in the night" in stead of "even now" (which would also make sense with the star theme as well as the mention of dreams).

    and second, when i first saw oblivion and heard this song in the end credits, i didn't even like the song. but now that i own the soundtrack and can listen to it on headphones, i find myself listening to this song over and over. i can't stop. i love it. it's so beautiful.

    anyway, i agree that it's based on the movie oblivion (which i can't really talk about without spoiling it for those who haven't seen it - so see it! lol) and i also think it's one of those songs that can be easily molded to fit the situation the listener is in. it can be about the death of a loved one, or it can be about a break up, but either way, i think it's definitely about the beauty of a relationship and looking back on it and being grateful for the time you shared even though it's over. beautiful :)
    KeroseneFireon September 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs anyone else as in love with Susanne Sundfor as I am?

    Just me?

    Okay cool.
    LilyBearon April 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation-Since I was young, I knew I’d find you-
    From the female singer's perspective. The idea of a fated dream romance. Something unrealistic and intangible.

    -But our love was a song sung by a dying swan-
    Obviously meant to denote the beauty of said romance, and it's fait accompli.

    -And in the night, you hear me calling,-
    -You hear me calling-
    The night denotes being in the dark, not being able to see what is coming. Not being able to see the truth from fantasy. She is calling out to her love, she believes in her heart he can hear her. But she only knows for sure that she is calling out. She only knows for sure that she is searching for him.

    -And in your dreams you see me falling, falling-
    She imagines that he knows her from his dreams, unknown to him in his waking life, that she is his dream woman. The one meant to be with him. Her falling denotes that she is moving farther away and out of his grasp. That he must reach out to her.

    -Breathe in the light-
    -I’ll stay here in the shadow-
    The light he breathes in, is real life. It is his reality without her. The light is clarity and truth. Her staying in the shadow, denotes yet again that she is lost without him. That this fantasy exists outside of reality. That although she sees this fantasy, that he cannot.

    -Waiting for a sign, as the tide grows
    Higher, and higher, and higher-
    The sign being waited for is the moment when their fates will finally be aligned so they can be together. Another part of the fantasy. The tide growing higher is life's inevitable move forward, inescapable and unstoppable. It denotes that their love is running out of time and that the tide of time and reality will soon swallow the fantasy, which is their chance to be together.

    -And when the nights are long-
    -All those stars recall your goodbye, your goodbye-
    The nights being long could reflect on his dreams of her. The stars are lights in the darkness, tiny moments of clarity in the darkness of what she sees as them being unable to find each other. In these moments of clarity, his goodbye represents the reality that he will never truly see her. The beginning of her fantasy falling apart.

    -And in the night you'll hear me calling,-
    -You'll hear me calling-
    Once again she imagines her search for him.

    -And in your dreams you'll see us falling, falling-
    Saying "us" means that they both now fall out of each other's grasp. She grows ever farther from him, as he falls away from her. Her image as his dream woman is fading from what she perceives as his dream. Which of course is only her fantasy of his dream.

    -And in now you'll hear me calling,-
    -You'll hear me calling-
    Saying "in now", is a reflection of her urgency. Her last chance for this fantasy. She is calling to him now with everything she has.

    -And in your dreams you'll see us falling, falling-
    Once again she still moves further away from his sight, the fact that he cannot see her remains unchanged. Her fantasy of being his dream girl falls even further away.

    -Breathe in the light and say goodbye-
    The light as before is reality. Breathing in the light is accepting reality. Saying goodbye while breathing in life means that this fantasy of her romance with him is finally at an end. She can now let him go. This phrase repeats as she lets him go.
    djdaem0non August 12, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTo me this is about someone thinking about a past relationship that the other person messed up and they know the other person will regret it.
    thegreatdivorceon April 03, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI will interpret as person #1 as he, and person #2 as she.

    Song talks about a guy who found a love he was searching whole life(perfect person). He finally found her and is showing her his love. But no matter how perfect he think she is there is one problem. She doesn't feel the same about him.

    "And even now you’ll hear me calling
    You'll hear me calling"
    - Showing the love towards her.

    "And in your dreams you’ll see me falling, falling"
    - In her head she doesn't see this relationship working, because she doesn't feel the same about him.

    "Breathe in the light
    I’ll stay here in the shadows
    Waiting for a sign, as the tide grows
    Higher, and higher, and higher"
    - He is waiting for her signals-answers(on his love) in the shadows, which could maybe be interpreted as depression.

    "And when the nights are long
    All the stars recall your goodbye, your goodbye"
    - At nights he is slowly realizing that she will never be with him (nights are very sensitive).
    nakedpeopleon August 23, 2013   Link

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