Looking back I knew somebody who
A destiny to death was all he knew
Paced around the room and ate his hand
Chased no demon till the sky was red

I wouldn't have it again
My way is an eveningness
I wouldn't go there again
My day is an eveningness
I wouldn't have it again
My way is an eveningness
I wouldn't go there again
My day is an eveningness

Following a ghost over a lake
Checking all the bones under its flesh
Late, when all the shadows wore a dream
I see him now but don't recall a thing

Now that I've seen how you've changed
I know no way you'd have it the same
Oh no, now that I've seen how you've changed
I know no way you'd have it the same
Oh no

I wouldn't have it again
My way is an eveningness
I wouldn't go there again
My day is an eveningness
I wouldn't have it again
My way is an eveningness
I wouldn't go there again
My day is an eveningness

Looking back I knew somebody who
A destiny to death was all he knew
Late, when all the shadows wore a dream
I see him now and know it wasn't me

I wouldn't have it again
My way is an eveningness
I wouldn't go there again
My day is an eveningness
I wouldn't have it again
My way is an eveningness
I wouldn't go there again
My day is an eveningness


Lyrics submitted by decipherer

Eveningness song meanings
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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is one of my interpretations of the meaning of the lyrics. It should be noted that this interpretation is based on the lyrics that I heard and deducted (the first lyrics that were submitted to this page); I included these lyrics in this comment so, in the event that they are replaced above, one may still refer to them here. Throughout this comment I will use all caps in place of italics.

    Central Meaning:

    My favourite way of interpreting the song is as the speaker's reflection on his former self. The speaker looks back to darker days in his past and reflects upon how his life has changed for the better. The central motif is hope.

    Verse 1:

    "Looking back I knew somebody who
    A destiny to death was all he knew
    Paced around the room and ate his hand
    Chased no demon till the sky was red"

    The first verse describes a person who is generally unsure, fearful, and apprehensive. His outlook on life is bleak and he is hesitant to believe in anything uncertain or do anything he is uncertain about. The speaker and the person the speaker describes are one in the same. The speaker distances his present self from his past self by describing his past self not as HIMSELF but as "somebody."

    Chorus:

    "I wouldn't have it again
    My way is an eveningness
    I wouldn't go there again
    My day is an eveningness
    I wouldn't have it again
    My way is an eveningness
    I wouldn't go there again
    My day is an eveningness"

    In the chorus the speaker expresses that he does not wish to return to the dark place in which he once resided (i.e., the dark disposition that tinged his past life and beliefs). He infers that, now, although he is not yet completely liberated from the darkness of his past, he is no longer in true darkness but in a transient stage between darkness and light (night and day) that merely resembles it: "an eveningNESS." A hopeful interpretation of the chorus implies an eventual deliverance from the darkness.

    Verse 2:

    “Following a ghost over a lake
    Checking all the bones under its flesh
    Late, when all the shadows wore a dream
    I see him now but don't recall a thing”

    The first three lines of the second verse conjure feelings of loneliness and desolation. However, the verse is at once sorrowful and hopeful as it implies the speaker's divorcing himself from a tainted part of himself. The words “following,” “checking,” and “dream” in the first three lines signify that the lines describe a detached reflection–almost a study–of his past self. The last line reinforces the idea that the speaker's present and past lives are separate by suggesting that, although he, the speaker, should remember his past life, it, instead, comes to him as a dream-like vision. In other words, the speaker acknowledges the existence of his past life (i.e., following his past self as a “ghost over a lake” and perceiving him as an entity outside of himself–e.g., “I see him now”), but infers that, when he considers his dark past, he feels as if it is not a direct recollection but one so detached that he SEES it rather than REMEMBERS it. The speaker makes it clear that he does not consider the memories he describes to be a part of the present version of himself.

    Bridge:

    “Now that I've seen how you've changed
    I know no way you'd have it the same
    Oh no, now that I've seen how you've changed
    I know no way you'd have it the same
    Oh no”

    In the bridge the speaker, yet again, speaks of himself as if outside of himself. This time, though, he speaks both about his past and present selves. The bridge seems to be addressing the possibility of relapse. The speaker considers how he has changed and knows that he won't ever want to be as he was again.

    Verse 3:

    “Looking back I knew somebody who
    A destiny to death was all he knew
    Late, when all the shadows wore a dream
    I see him now and know it wasn't me”

    The first three lines of verse 3 are taken from verses 1 and 2. The last line reiterates the song's main statement: the speaker believes his present self to be divorced from his past self. However, there is more resolution and gravity in the final line than any before it. Instead of saying IT ISN'T ME, which would imply that his present self no longer considers his past self to be a part of him, the speaker says “it wasn't me,” which implies that the speaker believes he never was his past self.
    deciphereron July 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always heard it as "pace around the room and hang his head / chain-smoking until the sky was red"
    SecondSkinon July 11, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Decipherer's song meaning and his lyrics look pretty close to accurate, except I hear "chainsmoking until the sky was grey" in the beginning.

    Cool song, and it's even better now that I know wtf he's saying.
    @ 2:05 into the song... Dope!
    Stanley Kubrick. Yeon November 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest i could do. better than anything else on the net at least; nothing else is even close lol. i feel good about most of the lines. the last word of the final line of the first stanza might be "rain" instead of "red." it sounds a little more like "rain," but "red" makes a little more sense in the song. the second instance of "late, when all the shadows wore a dream" sounds a little different than the first and might not have the same wording
    deciphereron June 06, 2013   Link

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