"Empire" as written by and Ian/orzabal Stanley....
Feel the ocean as it breathes
Shivering teeth
See the mountains where they meet
Smothering me

As the wind fends off the waves
I count down the days
Heavy stones fear no weather

I find comfort in the sound
And the shape of the heart
How it echoes through the chest
From under the ground

As the hills turn into holes
I fill them with gold
Heavy stones fear no weather

From the rain comes a river
Running wild that we create
An empire for you
Illuminate there is a river
Running wild that will create

An empire for you
An empire for two
An empire for you
An empire for two

And I paint your body black
I hide in your hair
And you're staring back at me
Like I wasn't there

As our bodies become stills
We welcome the fear
Heavy stones fear no weather

From the rain comes a river
Running wild that will create
An empire for you
Illuminate there is a river
Running wild that will create

An empire for you
An empire for two
An empire for you
An empire for two

From the rain comes a river
Running wild that will create
An empire for you
Illuminate there is a river
Running wild that will create

An empire for you
An empire for two
An empire for you
An empire for two


Lyrics submitted by mspirit, edited by culprit, mipake, ImogenSally

"Empire" as written by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson

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    General CommentOn first listen, I feel like this is a love song. I believe a man is basically telling a girl he will love her till the end of time. Obviously in OMAM fashion, there are epic nature and fantasy elements at play, but I don't believe they want us to look too far into it. As with all of their songs, you can dig as deep as you want into the lyrics looking for meaning.
    Finneron June 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSome of the lyrics are wrong. It's "Heavy stones, feel no weather" and its "the shape of the heart" not high.
    Ozymandias25on June 25, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThe song's about resilience - about hanging in when times are tough ("heavy stones feel no weather"), and knowing that the tough times will shape you and make you stronger by the end.

    "From the rain comes a river running wild..." - the difficult times
    "...that will create an empire for you, an empire for two" - you become stronger for having gone through the difficulties

    The singer is asking the person he's singing to to find strength and resolve and comfort in their love "I live in comfort in the sound and the shape of the heart", and trust that they'll be stronger for their difficulties ("an empire for two")
    leonharton July 05, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningIf feel this song is definitely about the soul and the afterlife and possibly reincarnation. Breaking down the lyrics by verse here you go:

    Feel the ocean as it breathes
    Shivering teeth
    See the mountains where they meet
    Smothering me

    (the physical body is failing- shivering maybe from fever and getting smothered- finding it hard to breathe. At the same time the senses of the body/soul are heightened and more aware of it's connection to the earth as the earthly body prepares for death. Perhaps being able to "feel the ocean" hints at an out of body experience.)

    As the wind fends off the waves
    I count down the days
    Heavy stones fear no weather

    (The body is getting itself ready for death, counting down the days. The heavy stone reference is again referring to the weight of the body, as in "dead weight".
    But the body does not fear the weather- the pain and suffering of death as it knows something more is coming.)

    I find comfort in the sound
    And the shape of the heart
    How it echoes through the chest
    From under the ground

    (The person is dead now and buried, under the ground. But there is something still alive here, its the spirit and what was in the persons heart.)

    As the hills turn into holes
    I fill them with gold
    Heavy stones fear no weather

    ("The hills turn into holes"- this is a reference to the burial grave. "Filling them with gold" refers to the physical body as a holy temple, with the value of gold, ie. something precious.)

    From the rain comes a river
    Running wild that we create
    An empire for you
    Illuminate there is a river
    Running wild that will create

    ("from the rain comes a river"- the rain is the pain and suffering of death. The river is the afterlife of the spirit or soul. "illuminate" is a reference to rebirth or resurrection. We are cleansed and reborn in the river of life.)

    An empire for you
    An empire for two
    An empire for you
    An empire for two

    (the river runs wild and creates an empire for us, this is possibly a reference to reincarnation, leading many lives where we get to experience all that the physical world offers. "for two" references the body and soul.)

    And I paint your body black
    I hide in your hair
    And you're staring back at me
    Like I wasn't there

    (painting the body black- it is dead. But the spirit is there an separate now, hovering around the head/hair. The dead body is staring back at the spirit.)

    As our bodies become stills
    We welcome the fear
    Heavy stones fear no weather

    (as our bodies become stills- another reference to the death of the physical body. It welcomes death though as it knows this is not the end and the spirit lives on.)

    From the rain comes a river
    Running wild that will create
    An empire for you
    Illuminate there is a river
    Running wild that will create

    An empire for you
    An empire for two
    An empire for you
    An empire for two

    From the rain comes a river
    Running wild that will create
    An empire for you
    Illuminate there is a river
    Running wild that will create

    An empire for you
    An empire for two
    An empire for you
    An empire for two
    scotch10on April 23, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationThey are singing the volcanoes of Iceland.
    The volcanoes watch as the forces of nature compete against each other
    and each climate favors one or another. But when the time has come,
    the volcanoes will go full force regardless of weather and dominate the scene.
    And they fill the holes of mountain with golden molten rock, paint the hill with
    black ashes.
    When time is for becoming inactive again, the hills grow vegetation and
    hide the volcano with its "hair".
    Volcanoes can create islands, which may be what they mention as an Empire.
    A bound piece of land one or two can rule, can have for their own.
    chx75on September 01, 2017   Link

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