"Shadows" as written by Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith, Dan Hoerner and Nate Mendal....
in the shadows buried in me lies a child's toy
in the shadows the name is unknown to me
in the shadows grey crusaders with tails
mother made.in the shadows will to become their pride.
in the shadows i climbed mountains for chairs
don't look down
try this figure out memorize their words for hope
in the shadows stood up high for all to see
in the shadows counting these numbers down.
no one can
take away leaf falls short
dreams over a lie's the same
if i may weep.
in the shadows buried in me lies a child's toy
tried to figure out memorize their words for hope.

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"Shadows" as written by Dan Hoerner Nate Mendel

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    General CommentThe singer is thinking about a toy he had as a child. In particular a little warrior, crusader-type figure in a drab grey uniform. This resonates with him. He's one of them somehow.

    Their names don't matter. They're respected by their parents and family. They are proud. They don't look down. They memorize words to give them hope.

    Dark times arrive to "count these numbers down". He thinks "no one can take away" his soul, his beliefs, his dogma.

    But the "dream's over" too quick. All of a sudden terrible things are obvious. What have I done?

    The process starts over at a new level. This entire thing repeats as we learn from our experiences and adopt new "words to memorize".
    y6b7m27xdkdeon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentwoW no comments for such an amazing song??? great song.
    tsucolon April 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentkid spirit has not died inside jeremy
    he's trying to tell about his longings of another times that are still alive
    DepressionGlasson September 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is talking about how Jeremy feels he's not grown up inside.
    xlovelesson December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, this song is about people that have low-self esteem and used to be confident but became forgotten and ignored e.g. the idea of a child's toy that is forgotten once the child's grown up. But the song has a positive note to it as towards the end Jeremy is saying that hope is still there for the forgotten people to live out their dreams and come out of the shadows.
    AThingForAstronautson December 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI wanna mention @y6b7m27xdkde great comment.
    Though something is kinda missing here. I think the grey crusader tails are refering to Vought F-8 Crusader Aircraft, which has a grey tail. From what I gather it was used in Vietnam war. This perhaps hints on a loss of a loved one.
    fresh123456on October 23, 2016   Link

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