I could be so much stronger than I am right now
With broader shoulders and a sturdy frame.
But that would cost me time and change
That I might not be willing to make.

It's gonna take every drop
Of young blood I've got
So hold on and stop
And settle down.

I want to sit still and empty.
I want to learn the hollow route.

A lonely piece of mountain.
I want to sit and shut my mouth.
But I'll be damned, I'd rather sleep.
The gardens soft, my skin is weak.

It's gonna take every drop
Of young blood I've got,
So hold on and stop and settle down.
Settle down.
Settle down.
Settle down.

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    General CommentThe song begins by immediately establishing a disconnect between ambitions and motivation necessary to make them a reality. The singer refers to what they could have if only they had to resolve to obtain whatever "changes" they wanted to see. The song continues along the theme of these potential, novel events that they wish to come true but don't have the passion to pursue. The issue the protagonist is faced with is the seemingly gripping jaws of comfort and complacency. Hence the lyrics, "But I'll be damned, I'd rather sleep.The gardens soft, my skin is weak.".

    There is no resolution or answer to this Kierkegaardian dilemma found in the lyrics themselves. There is, however, a warning in the music itself. After the vocals end they are replaced with building and quickening instrumentals. This creates a very anxious feeling because you keep expecting every loop to be the last. But the climax you receive is very odd. Instead of the music halting or dying out it simply ends. Not in the sense of the instruments ceasing to be played but as if the recording itself was cut short. Being "cut short" is the key term because this instrumental build up (in my opinion obviously) is the crux of the song. Because this instrumental at the end IS the "Literal Heart". The ending represents the sudden stop of a heart.It is important to understand that although the song seems to have been cut short to the listener, to the writer it ended at its intended time. An appropriate ending to a song lamenting the passions of the heart being unable to overpower the will of the body to obtain ones desires.
    TuskUnderTalonon July 24, 2016   Link

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