Wandering properties of death
Arresting moons within our eyes and smiles
We did rest
Amongst the granite tombs to catch our breath

Worldly sounds of endless warring
Were for just a moment silent stars
Worldly boundaries of dying
Were for just a moment never ours
All was new
Just as the black horizons blue

Then along the bending path away
I smiled in knowing I'd be back one day


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    General CommentThis song is indeed gorgeous, and it's also one of the darkest songs he's ever written. I think this song is about fantasizing about death. He goes there with a friend, and thinks of death as peace, worldly sounds of endless warring being silenced for the dead, and he smiles as he leaves thinking about being at peace in death. Pretty cynical... but haven't you been there? where you'd rather it was all over?
    gracetbeon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is so beautiful... I've always seen it as getting caught in a beautiful moment and being happy in its beauty, but especially in knowing that it won't be the last time you feel like that.
    belle1313on March 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is so beautiful... I've always seen it as getting caught in a beautiful moment and being happy in its beauty, but especially in knowing that it won't be the last time you feel like that.
    belle1313on March 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti'm thinking that "i smiled in knowing i'd be back one day" could possibly mean he's reflecting on his own death or making peace with the idea of it. maybe not, but it puts a weird twist on the song. it is indeed beautiful.
    lawrenon June 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with belle1313. This song is completely beautiful.
    YourPerfectVerseon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you gracebe.
    sunbeamljon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlove this song. definitely about death and not romance. i agree with gracetbe.
    weirdjunkon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I don't know what it's 'supposed' to mean but...
    'arresting moons within our eyes and smiles'--I see a angel sculpture with frozen eyes and lips in the shape of moons.
    'worldly boundaries of dying were...never ours"--death and life are merged, the line is blurred, as the living walk among the dead.
    'all was new, just as the black horizon's blue'--a sunrise, a new day, rather than the sunset that most would see in a graveyard.
    I don't think it's cynical at all, I think it's peaceful--acceptance of fate and the ability to see the beauty in it. He's able to leave after his contemplation of death, now is not his time. It's not over, and even when it's 'over' it is really only a new day.
    kala_wayon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti could listen to this song forever. i saw an interveiw wher rufus said he wrote it while he was in a graveyard and that its about death and the beauty of it.
    pocketvisionon September 17, 2007   Link

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