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Cease to know or to tell or to see or to be your own
Have someone else's will as your own
You are beautiful and you are alone

Off in the adolescent play, reward your grace
Confuse your hunger, capture the fake
Banish the faceless, reward your grace

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    General CommentNeko Case is one of my favorite artists, and this is one of my all-time favorite songs. Prob. my favorite song on the album (either this or "Man") .

    It's such a beautiful and tender song, and Neko's vocals are so wonderful and haunting.
    My personal interpretation of the song's meaning is that so often we identify with other peoples' opinions of how we should live our lives and who we should be. But, in reality, we're beautiful just as we are, and we are all unique and so often we don't see the beauty in others because we're all caught in our own uniqueness. And we can only see another person or situation stemming from that unique, individual point-of-view.
    "You are beautiful and you are alone" means that we're all genuinely perfect in our deepest essence, we just don't feel that way when we compare ourselves to others.

    "Confuse your hunger, capture the fake" is when we interpret our hunger for meaning/connection in our lives by thinking we need to be/live like other people. Therefore losing sight of our beautiful uniqueness and genuine individuality.

    "Banish the faceless, reward your grace" is when we stop caring what people think (not even just people we personally have met, but collective mankind, hence "faceless") and settle into our true perfection and grace.
    That's how I personally interpret the song. It's such a great song about staying true to your unique colors and not being "afraid" to be your own beautiful self.

    I Love this of my favorites.
    LavenderDreamson January 24, 2014   Link

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