The tyranny of deterioration
It worries me that it's all just a waste of time
Taking one step forward, two steps back
Still I believe there's a thread through the thorns
And I believe that somewhere it's warm
And I believe that it's ever bright beyond this black

So keep holding on to hope without assurance
Holding on to a memory of light
But will the morning come? For all I know
We’ll never see the sun, but together we’ll fight the long defeat

The suffering that I see all around
It's enough to keep me crashing down till I
I lie wrecked and reeling from these falls
Still I believe there's a word in the wire
And I believe there's a way through the fire
And I believe there's a joy that blooms beyond these walls

So keep holding on to hope without assurance
Holding on to a memory of light
But will the morning come? For all I know
We’ll never see the sun, but together we’ll fight the long defeat

Together we’ll fight the long defeat
Together we’ll fight the long defeat
Together we’ll fight the long defeat
Together we’ll fight the long defeat


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    General CommentJust a quick note on the lyrics. I believe the lyrics actually are "I lie wrecked and WRITHING from these falls"
    Writhing is defined as: respond with great emotional or physical discomfort to (a violent or unpleasant feeling or thought). It makes more sense giving the context of the lyrics.

    Anyway there is likely some alluding to Tolkeins Long Defeat.

    To me this song is perfect. Both musically and lyrically, they were able to create a great contrast of feelings. It starts out with this optimistically beautiful riff. And then drops into more pessimistic lyrics and then again the tempo kicks up a tad and the lyrics become more optimistic again before going back to a feeling of dread. I feel perhaps they were trying to make a statement that there will trials and tribulations in life but also some beautiful aspects of life. There should always be hope. But in the end all that hope may be for nothing because evil and wrong doings of the world can erase all that was good. Perhaps referring to the Long Defeat. The end of the song musically turns darker and less optimistic as well as he contiually sings together we'll fight the long defeat.

    Anyway. Terrific song. The imagery they created in this one was perfect.

    Dkb9a5on November 20, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationIt could relate to helping someone with an addiction, or dealing with your own addictions. When you are trying to break free, but feel discouraged. Maybe you have relapsed and you don't know if there will ever be light at the end of the tunnel. But this song is an encouragement, showing you that you will have support from God or friends and family, and to keep you hanging on to the belief that you will one day be set free.
    sparklemofoon July 05, 2017   Link

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