"Anywhere out of the World" as written by and Lisa/perry Gerrard....
We scale the face of reason
To find at least one sign
That could reveal the true dimension
Of life, lest we forget.
And maybe it's easier to withdraw from life
With all of its misery and wretched lies
Away from harm

We lay by cool, still waters
And gazed into the sun
And like the moth's great imperfection
Succumbed to her fatal charms
And maybe it's me who dreams of requited love
The victim of fools who stand in line.
Away from harm.

In our vain pursuit of life for ones own end
Will this crooked path ever cease to end?

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"Anywhere Out of the World" as written by Lisa Germaine Gerrard Brendan Michael Perry


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    General CommentBaudelaire 'Anywhere Out Out of the World'

    This life is a hospital where every patient is possessed with the desire to change beds; one man would like to
    suffer in front of the stove, and another believes that he would recover his health beside the window.
    It always seems to me that I should feel well in the place where I am not, and this question of removal is one
    which I discuss incessantly with my soul.
    'Tell me, my soul, poor chilled soul, what do you think of going to live in Lisbon? It must be warm there, and there
    you would invigorate yourself like a lizard. This city is on the sea-shore; they say that it is built of marble
    and that the people there have such a hatred of vegetation that they uproot all the trees. There you have a landscape
    that corresponds to your taste! a landscape made of light and mineral, and liquid to reflect them!'
    My soul does not reply.
    'Since you are so fond of stillness, coupled with the show of movement, would you like to settle in Holland,
    that beatifying country? Perhaps you would find some diversion in that land whose image you have so often admired
    in the art galleries. What do you think of Rotterdam, you who love forests of masts, and ships moored at the foot of
    My soul remains silent.
    'Perhaps Batavia attracts you more? There we should find, amongst other things, the spirit of Europe
    married to tropical beauty.'
    Not a word. Could my soul be dead?
    'Is it then that you have reached such a degree of lethargy that you acquiesce in your sickness? If so, let us
    flee to lands that are analogues of death. I see how it is, poor soul! We shall pack our trunks for Tornio. Let us go
    farther still to the extreme end of the Baltic; or farther still from life, if that is possible; let us settle at the Pole. There
    the sun only grazes the earth obliquely, and the slow alternation of light and darkness suppresses variety and
    increases monotony, that half-nothingness. There we shall be able to take long baths of darkness, while for our
    amusement the aurora borealis shall send us its rose-coloured rays that are like the reflection of Hell's own
    At last my soul explodes, and wisely cries out to me: 'No matter where! No matter where! As long as it's out
    of the world!'
    Songmeaningsuseron November 14, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI believe the line

    "Any maybe it's me who dreams unrequited love"

    should be

    "Any maybe it's me who dreams of requited love"

    While "unrequited love" may be a more romantic and familiar term, I suspect Brendan Perry has a pretty sharp eye for language and "requited love" (or love that is reciprocated) is something one would be more likely to "dream" of.

    ! Many, many thanks to Songmeaningsuser for posting the Baudelaire poem.
    randalldeanon August 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Great meaning. It makes me want to go to sleep.
    ATDILoseron September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment....forever.
    eddiebon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis one really hit home with me when I was studying philosophy, and truth seemed up for grabs.

    Reminds me of Nietzsche, when Zarathustra meets a disillusioned scholar worn out with the questions of life and the apparent futility of seeking truth: "I trust myself no longer since I strove upwards. What seek I in the heights? My contempt and my longing wax together; the higher I climb the more I scorn him that climbeth."

    "Fools who watch and stand in line, away from harm" could certainly be academics - people who speculate all day but seem removed from the real world. The moth analogy is apt - philosophy as a temptress, dangerous but impossible to turn away from.

    Stanza 2, to me, is about the temptation to abandon the pursuit and resort to mere cynicism towards everything. Or like that ancient Greek chap (real or fictional? can't remember) who was so terrified by the fact that nothing is certain, that he lived inside a barrel or something for years, afraid to venture out into a world he couldn't pin down.
    meudwenon May 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe title is taken from a poem by Baudelaire (he wrote the poem in french, of course, yet the title is in english, a language he spoke quite well, as he translated Poe into french).
    peter.puckon August 14, 2008   Link

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