I knew it was far too late to walk out on the lake then
Halfway to the middle thawed I wasn't doing all that great

Had I cut my hair short?
Had I grown my beard out long?
Had I gone to school or...?

Why do all my plans fall through?

There's a leak in the basement
Stupid permanent estrangement
Casement windows need glazing
Hinges and arms need be replaced

All the way at the edge I said I think
That we should head back
What if now the ice cracked?
Think I felt it bend

We took opposite steps
Tried to even the stress
Picked a safe direction but
You never know the way the ice thins

Half-asleep in dreams where
Ceilings start collapsing
Free fall through the roof beams
Get startled back awake
Before you hit the pavement
Floor of the foundation
Water in the basement
Bodies in the lake

Don't panic I could hear you saying as I fell through
Blackness complete down waiting till my feet touched ground

At the bottom they finally did
First reaction was this is it
Next thought was just stay calm kick up
And save your phone

Because I wanted to tell you
Because I thought you should know

Because I thought it might scare you
To see me under the ice
Make you remember you cared for me
What would you do if I died?
Would you fly out for my funeral?
Get too drunk at my wake?
Would you make a scene then?
Climb in and try to resuscitate me?

I was on the ice and I was underwater
I was getting pulled out, I was in my wet clothes
Stumble on the walk back, someone stoked the fire at camp
I was by the flames trying to get my body warm
I was standing naked checking to see if my phone still worked

I will cut my hair short
Trust me, I will
I will let my beard go
Trust me, I will
I will never tempt fate
Not once, I swear
I will never trust ice
I will never trust a thing


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First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice song meanings
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  • +1
    My InterpretationOne of the two (First Reactions & THE CHILD WE LOST) left field songs on the album I think - that aren't really related to the main storyline except for relations emotionally and mentally, ie:

    "We took opposite steps
    Tried to even the stress
    Picked a safe direction but
    You never know the way the ice thins"
    Kind of like what two people in a marriage would do (metaphorically of course). They tried to level the stress in the marriage and it failed.

    Crazy emotional song though and very cool concept.
    parttimelovahon April 12, 2014   Link

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