Eyes betray the soul
And bear its thinking.
Beyond words they say
So many things to me.

A stranger here reborn it seems
Awaking wonders deep in me.
If nothing's ventured nothing's gained,
So I must seize the day.

And fighting time so hard I pray
That this moment lasts forever.
And will the world stay standing still
At least for me.

Through my eyes stare into me.
I bear my heart for all to see.
With my face turned to the sun
There ever standing still.

It wasn't you it wasn't me
It wasn't anything.
It was a day so long awaited
And a chance to be as me.

I let the wind run through my hands
Before I turned to walk away.
In distant days I long to
Sense it all so clear.

And fighting time so much I ask.
I will this moment last forever.
Though seasons change and things come to pass
Remain inside of me.

I had no faith before that time
In any vow or deed.
Days followed days and
Years were meaningless.
Despite the wisdom of defeat
I bore my heart for all to see
The wonders I'd seen.
The wonders I'd seen.


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    General CommentThis song brought me out of the worst time of my own life when I needed it most. This was only about 3 months ago, and I was on the very verge of suicide, contemplating how my days and years had blended into one another and left almost no trace upon me, when I suddenly realized that music was playing somewhere. Attracted by the words, 'Time' and 'Standing still', I stopped and listened closely. When it was over I thought hard on how I could, perhaps, break the monotony of my days. I started getting out more often and went to the Castle (a Goth club) in Ybor City in Tampa, FL, for the first time. Now I'm addicted to VNV and the Castle. I now have things to look forward to and friends to chill and make memories with. I owe my life to VNV and the Castle! This song truly is powerful in every way. I'm listening to it even now, and can barely see my monitor for tears welling up in my eyes from the strength of the emotions this song draws from me.
    Inaia Rossion February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song- it has the most beautiful lyrics. It's just a song about living in the moment, and cherishing life, and never taking any moment for granted. He has an instant of realization - of how incredible life really is, and he is praying that he will be able to life for the rest of his life in that moment of realization - always knowing what a gift life truly is
    rynlee83on April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with rynlee on this one. It's a song of celebration. Thank God for the precious gift he's given you in life.
    Syrinxon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYour one perfect moment is just that: a moment.

    Everything supposedly goes down from there, but is that any excuse at all to let go?

    Everybody knows that living is pain, but everyone lives on anyways - does it ever make you wonder? Do you ever consider it when you're standing there on the edge of your own bridge?

    Though nothing in the world will stand still for you, that doesn't mean you should just be washed away with the current. Reach with your legs, find the bottom and fight the current to the best of your ability.

    One of my personal anthems, every one of which is by VNV Nation, conveniently. :)
    Renzokuon June 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is also one of 'my vnv anthems' :D. The lyrics to this song are so amazingly beautiful.
    Electric_Jungleon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love listening to this song in my car, with the windows down, as I drive through narrow backroads lined on both sides by towering green trees as the wind whips through my hair. Starting off this song sets a mood and suddenly draws you in as if in a whirlwind into a beautiful voyage, it's almost like a heartbeat pulsing through everything as the lyrics embrace you with their beauty.
    DancingRavenon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI was totally taken back by this song. It is so amazingly clear, but the best thing is how inspirational it is. Every second of every minute is a possibility to make memories. Memories, after all, are based on experiences, good or bad. In other words it tells us to make the most of our limited time here. Go and live. Experience things. Things that you could tell you children about, or just look back on.
    josejimenezon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAs I sit here listening to VNV on MP3 (Rubicon ;-) I am always drawn back to this song.

    It was my first introduction to VNV Nation and remains a firm favourite.

    "I had no faith before that time in any vow or deed.
    Days followed days and years were meaningless"

    Sometimes there are defining moments in your life, moments that you want to capture and which change your life forever. These are surely different for everyone, but if you've had such a moment then you'll know what I mean and the song will have meaning for you ;-)

    Also a question.... should the lyrics say "bare my heart for all to see" rather then "bear" ?? I think both meanings would be equally effective ..
    TheBaronon August 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song, it calls to you. Even if you're not a fan of industrial music (how could you not be anyway?), it's the beauty and truth in the lyrics that draws you in, it hypnotizes you. I've listened to so many different songs, and I'll tell you what, Standing is one of if not the best song I've ever heard. Ronan is such a great song writer, and his work is cherished by so many. The greatest part of this song, is how inspirational it is. VNV has been there, they know how life is. They know that no matter how famous or rich or well-off you are, you had to start somewhere. They started out with nothing, and through their music, a group of people was born. These songs reached out to people on so many planes, they connected with the words and they became VNV's Empire. Even though VNV has not yet became a household name, I believe that someday, their Empire will be worldwide and they will finally get what they deserve. They have my respect, though it may not mean much, and I will always be grateful to have had the privilege to have heard their music.
    o0Sid0oon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love totally love this song! (Plain and simple) you guys wrote everything I would've written about it. Arrgh! :) I love this song.
    Mode000on August 31, 2002   Link

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