"Islands" as written by Sara Bareilles and Matt Hales....
(Ha ha haa)
(Ha ha haa)
(Ha ha haa)

Waiting for the bus stop
Waiting for the concrete black top to settle down
Long enough for me to get off
And get a little ground
(Ha ha haa)
I’m ready for the sea change
Helpless felt this coming from a mile away
And now you’re looking at me babe,
And how we’ll separate if we can
'Cause I still count on one hand
The number of good men I know

It’s like I’m standing on the edge with just a telephone wire
Trying to get to you first to say the world’s on fire
Holding my breath until I know you’re alright
Because the water will only rise
When will you realize (ha ha haa)
You must become an island
(Ha ha haa) you must become an island
(Ha ha haa) you must become an island
(Ha ha haa) and see for yourself
That’s what I am

(Ha ha haa)

You always dirty up the windows
If you keep ‘em at bay that way no one’s gonna surprise you
By getting too close
Anybody but me though
You’ve made exceptions to you rules
And now we’re staring down truth
Neither one of us wants to know

It’s like I’m standing on the edge with just a telephone wire
Trying to get to you first to say the world’s on fire
Holding my breath until I know you’re alright
Because the water will only rise
When will you realize (ha ha haa)
You must become an island
(Ha ha haa) you must become an island
(Ha ha haa) you must become an island
(Ha ha haa) and see for yourself the horizon is all we have
See for yourself the horizon is all we have

(Ha ha haa)
(Ha ha haa)

Holding my breath until I know you’re alright
Because the water will only rise


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"Islands" as written by Matt Hales Sara Bareilles

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    General CommentThis song has quite the landscape, the wide seas of its rolling chords and the dropped stones of its rhythmic piano. This is reflected in the lyrics, where Sara is in the midst of a trip, waiting for the road’s “concrete black top” to become something to step down on. She is anguished because she cares for what she will soon lose, something she felt “coming from a mile away.” It seems to reference life’s ethereal flow. The sentence, “’Cause I still count on one hand / the number of good men I know,” refers either to a hyperbole to make light of the situation, her despair at the paucity of good men in her life and her general preference for females, or even recognition of her own hand’s power — her good man. It depends on the definition of ‘good man.’ This impending loss is why she promotes being an i(emphasis on ‘I’)sland against the rising water, that is, being an individual, self-satisfied, self-assured. She comments that “you always dirty up the windows,” a tactic to prevent disclosure of what is inside. Except she is inside with ‘you’ because ‘you’ are listening to the song’s message of individuality. She is providing advice while still there. Meanwhile, the repeated vocalization of “ha ha haaa” symbolize the division that is promoted.
    azneel128on August 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentADDENDUM OF PREVIOUS POST: the horizon is all that is between now and the end, horizon being the farthest that can be seen.
    azneel128on August 22, 2013   Link

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