"Sky Machine" as written by Andrew Francis Goddard, Mark Daniel Hosking, Ian Lewis Kenny, Stephen Charles Judd and Jonathan Peter Stockman....
I keep staring at the sky
I've been waiting for some time
So out of touch
So out of mind
I can feel you there, I won't lie
We're all just kids
We're all good liars
Good liars

Please try to understand
There is no great plan
We have no idea
What lies beyond our reach
Try to understand
There is no great plan
We will cross the line
With an open mind

Show me what it is
Hush my desires
Set me on fire

Please try to understand
There is no great plan
We have cast our lies
To the open skies
Try to understand
We've another plan
We have crossed the line
With an open mind

We have crossed that line

You're new to me
And I believe
You have to be
The one we need

Soon you will see it with all
Our reasons for trying to justify
We hold the fate of the world
The dearly departed
They won't make a sound
They won't make a sound

You are the same as us all
Blood running in our veins
Few have the heart of a brave,
Now will you run or stay?
We hide away our vicious things
Don't let them out
Even the ones that we don't see
Who are always there

You are the salt of all

You are the salt of the same blood running in our veins
Few have the heart of the brave
Now, will you run or stay?
We hide away our vicious things
Don't let them out
Even the ones that we don't see
Who are always there

You're new to me
And I believe
You have to be
The one we need

Take me with you on your sky machine
(Please try to understand, there is no great plan)
I'm dying to know
(We have cast our lies to the open skies)
Way out far from what it is we see
(Try to understand, we've another plan
We have crossed the line with an open mind)

Soon you will see it with all
Our reasons for trying to justify
We hold the fate of the world
The dearly departed
They won't make a sound
They won't make a sound


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"Sky Machine" as written by Ian Kenny Andrew Goddard

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  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is one of the best from the album, I feel, by a band which has given me hope regarding the current music scene. It's so good to see progressive bands like Karnivool, Tesseract, Periphery coming out with good music.

    First of all, I think this song is a call for help to the power above, in the first part:

    "I keep staring at the sky
    I've been waiting for some time
    So out of touch
    So out of mind
    I can feel you there, I won't lie
    We're all just kids
    We're all good liars
    Good liars..."

    Ian is referring to humankind as ignorant lying kids, and he acknowledges and pleads for the power above to guide them which resonates in the lines to follow:

    "Please try to understand
    There is no great plan
    We have no idea
    What lies beyond our reach
    Try to understand
    There is no great plan
    We will cross the line
    With an open mind"

    There is no great plan that we have for us, but we will cross the line and accept the truth when you tell us, with an open mind. It's pretty literal.

    "Show me what it is
    Hush my desires
    Set me on fire"

    Tell me what the truth is, silent my desires and let me know what is real. The purpose. 'Set me on fire' basically refers to testing him.

    There is a very beautiful epiphany from this point onwards I believe, as he realises that the almighty is one of us, we are his incarnations here on this earth..he has finally crossed that line by knowing this truth..

    "Please try to understand
    There is no great plan
    We have cast our lies
    To the open skies
    Try to understand
    We've another plan
    We have crossed the line
    With an open mind

    We have crossed that line (x2)"

    "You're new to me
    And I believe
    You have to be
    The one we need"

    This is all still new to him. But he is fairly certain that it is what we need.

    "Soon you will see it with all
    Our reasons for trying to justify
    We hold the fate of the world
    The dearly departed
    They won't make a sound
    They won't make a sound"

    "You are the same as us all
    Blood running in our veins
    Few have the heart of a brave,
    Now will you run or stay?
    We hide away our vicious things
    Don't let them out
    Even the ones that we don't see
    Who are always there"

    Soon we will all realise, with our power of reason, that we are the ones who will decide the fate for the generations to come.

    Now after knowing this, do you have the courage to stay and accept your truth, or will you be one of the many who would thrive at the brink of ignorance?

    "You are the salt of all"

    You are the purest of all.

    In the end, he begs to be taken away from everything, to know the real truth of existence of us.

    "Take me with you on your sky machine
    (Please try to understand, there is no great plan)
    I'm dying to know
    (We have cast our lies to the open skies)
    Way out far from what it is we see
    (Try to understand, we've another plan
    We have crossed the line with an open mind)"


    This is my first interpretation. Comments are welcome. :)
    paintedgrayon July 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI see no reason to believe that this song, along with "Aeons," has a meaning incorporating all the things in the above comment. Asymmetry, in and of itself, seems to be an album all about a call for change, and there's definitely some sort of deistic calls going on in this song. Someone mentioned in the comments for "Aeons" that the speaker was struggling with his belief that there was no higher power, but at the same time hoping that, if there was one,out there, that he wouldn't judge everyone in humanity based on the faults of a few. This one has some of the same touches to it, but it seems to be more of a call to be separated from the rest of humanity. I've always found it brilliant that Kenny balances one of the more seemingly theistic, desperate, and emotional lines in the song ("Take me with you on your sky machine...") with easily the coldest and most atheistic (Please try to understand..."). In the end, whoever is speaking in this song is desperate to find some sort of escape from this life of despair and cruelty, and he wants badly to find someone to find someone who can give him that escape ("Few have the heart of the brave"), but he doesn't quite know if there is something out there for him. It's really all quite beautiful and complex, not something that can be fully and easily understood on first listen. Definitely one of my favorites on the album.
    orphaeus99on August 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIn my opinion this song continues the sophisticated atheistic viewpoints, of the band. Lyrically the song is extremely well-written with many ways to interpret it.
    By seeing Drew with his thruthmovementaustralia shirts and by watching some interviews, I have come to the conclusion that the song is indeed meant to be atheistic. So my interpretation is as follows.

    And sorry for the shitty grammar, I’m Danish and it’s been a long time since I went to school.

    ---
    “I keep staring at the sky
    I've been waiting for some time
    So out of touch
    So out of mind”

    Ian keeps staring at the sky (sky being a continuous synonym for religion, deities, faith etc) trying to feel what everyone else feels…
    ----
    “I can feel you there, I won't lie
    We're all just kids
    We're all good liars
    Good liars”

    He feels pressurized into believing that there is something up there, however he knows that there is nothing and that it’s the “sky believers” that’s got it wrong (liars)
    ----
    “Please try to understand
    There is no great plan
    We have no idea
    What lies beyond our reach
    Try to understand
    There is no great plan”

    Ian wants to let people know that there is no reason in looking to the “sky”.
    ---
    “We will cross the line
    With an open mind”

    Instead we should cross the line with an open mind which could translate into that we should break this “sky machine” by being open to everything surrounding us (evolution, science etc)
    ---
    “Show me what it is
    Hush my desires
    Set me on fire”

    He wants the “sky believers” to show him what all the fuzz is about, but by doing so he must throw all rational thoughts, feelings and logic away, ending in the line “set me on fire” meaning that he wants them to send him off to hell, because there is no way that he is buying their beliefs and superstitions.
    ---
    “Please try to understand
    There is no great plan
    We have cast our lies
    To the open skies
    Try to understand
    We've another plan
    We have crossed the line
    With an open mind”

    Like the previous chapter, this one states that he believes that there is no “sky” and that he now fully understand that the “sky believers” live their lives based on a lie (we have cast our lies, to the open sky).
    We (atheists) have another plan and that is to be open to knowledge, science, truth and evolution.
    ---
    “We have crossed that line”

    Meaning that science and evolution already showed us that there is “no great plan” or “sky”
    ---
    “You're new to me
    And I believe
    You have to be
    The one we need”

    Still society pressures him to accept the “sky”, so to keep from conflicting everyone around him he lie about where he stands. (after all, we’re all good liars)
    ---
    “Soon you will see it with all
    Our reasons for trying to justify
    We hold the fate of the world
    The dearly departed
    They won't make a sound
    They won't make a sound”

    Ian believes that sooner or later, the “sky believers” will see what we (atheists) have proved for centuries. That there is no “sky” and that we (science and evolution) are responsible for all that have ever happened and all that will ever happen in this world and that there is no reason to believe in those “sky images”, as they will never mortalize nor has they ever been mortalized.
    ---
    “You are the same as us all
    Blood running in our veins
    Few have the heart of a brave,
    Now will you run or stay?
    We hide away our vicious things
    Don't let them out
    Even the ones that we don't see
    Who are always there”

    Ian believes that we are all alike. “Few have the heart of a brave, now will you run or stay” is a metaphor which translates into “Few have the logic of a realist, now will you leave (the sky) or stay”. This is Ian’s way of stating that we are not all, intelligent enough to seek and embrace the the truth (science, evolution). The last part of this chapter is about Ian putting his guards up. He realized that he has put harm on a lot of people by insulting their intelligence, so he stops for a moment to make peace. “We hide away our vicious things, don’t let them out” and “even the ones that we don’t see, who are always there” meaning that he would be more quiet about his beliefs if the “sky believers” will do the same. The last two lines is a clear reference to all the deities.
    ---
    “You are the salt of all

    You are the salt of the same blood running in our veins
    Few have the heart of the brave
    Now, will you run or stay?
    We hide away our vicious things
    Don't let them out
    Even the ones that we don't see
    Who are always there”

    This chapter is nearly the same as the previous, although this one starts with a major biblical reference (Matthew 5:10 through 13). Ian believes that we are all the same, and that we (atheist and all other religions) shouldn’t be subjugated to harassment, persecution, hatred etc, based on a biblical passage. And he does so by using this particular biblical passage. A passage that all intelligent people would renounce in the modern society. Who of the “sky believers” now have the courage to stand up and break free? He realizes that he still hurts people and the chapter ends the same way as the previous one.
    ---
    “You're new to me
    And I believe
    You have to be
    The one we need”

    This is the same as the earlier chapter.
    ---
    “Take me with you on your sky machine
    (Please try to understand, there is no great plan)
    I'm dying to know
    (We have cast our lies to the open skies)
    Way out far from what it is we see
    (Try to understand, we've another plan
    We have crossed the line with an open mind)”

    Ian wants them (the “sky believers”) to take him with them on their “sky machine” (Machine in this case, is a metaphor for created by humans, with a sophisticated design) so he can feel what they feel. However he still knows that there is no bigger picture, no “sky” and that the “sky believers” are deceiving themselves (we have cast our lies, to the open skies) and are getting further and further away from the truth (way out far, from what it is we see). He ends the song with the lines “try to understand, we have another plan, we have crossed the line, with an open mind”, meaning that he wants the “sky believers” to understand and accept that we (atheists) have crossed into their domain with and open mind (evolution, science, logic, reason, the truth) . And that we have been there the whole time.
    Barbarian86on August 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "just" a love song.
    TredjeOejeon November 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this is someone with a personality disorder who dreams of escape. The title 'Sky Machine' means escaping to the sky where everything is beautiful and heavenly up there. Escaping from the ground and being truly happy, away from everything you once knew. The song is just his journey of escaping his disorder and being free. Committing suicide.



    No longer feeling alive, unable to feel people around you, so out of touch, out of mind. He tells people he's still there but he's just a liar. He has no plan of how he wants to cross the line and escape but he really wants it, he'll do it with an open mind. He wants someone to show him what life is really about, set him on fire, put him through anything, just let him know what it takes.

    Crossing the line, attempting suicide and meeting someone who comes to help you as a result. Anyone you feel like you can click or connect in the slightest way, you'll feel like they're the one you need, you feel like both of you are falling in love when its barely reached that point.

    Soon you will see his reasons to justify his thoughts of suicide. People around him have stopped caring, so as he dies, the ones dear to him won't even make a sound. Few have the heart to be there for him, will you run or stay? You can't let out how you really feel because it's just your disorder, you have to do everything in your power to keep it hidden. So paranoid about it, even the ones that don't see are actually there. They're not there, but you feel like they are just watching you from time to time.

    He's begging for someone to take him away, he's dying to know how actually living life is like. In the end, there is no other way of escape other than suicide.
    ToasterBoxeson August 05, 2014   Link

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