"The Lifting" as written by and Michael Mills Peter Buck....
Grounded five a.m., the night life is comforting,
But gravity is holding you
Once settled into sleep
You have watched
On repeat the story of your life
Across the ceiling
And in review

You said the air was singing
It's calling you, you don't believe
These things you've never seen.

Good morning, how are you?
The weather's fine
The sky is blue
It's perfect for our seminar.

Close your eyes and start to breathe
Allow the noise to recede
You just stay

You said the air was singing
It's calling you, you don't believe
These things you've never seen
Never heard.

Did you hear these ?
Did you hear these voices
Did you hear these voices calling you

Locked into a conference room
We're only what our minds assume
And rationale is leaving you.

This conceit these systems of
I believe your counselor agrees you
Always mark these boundaries now you're free
And with relief.

You said the air was singing
It's calling you, you don't believe
These things you've never seen
Never heard, never dreamed.

You said the air was singing
It's calling you, you don't believe
These things you've never seen
Never heard, never dreamed.

[Repeat: x17]
Never

Once you had a dream
Of oceans and sunken cities
Memories of things you've never known
And you have left alone.


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"The Lifting" as written by Michael Mills Peter Buck

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  • +1
    General CommentI disagree that the 'counselor' is in the protagonists mind - I think they are in some crappy business seminar about being a better, more productive person or something Radiohead-esque like that, and they are reflecting on a real revelation they have had, rather than the faux-revelations offered by the seminar they are attending.

    I love the last lines, hints at the unknown, Atlantis, things hidden just beyond our sight... great. I wish more of Reveal was like this song.
    caitsith01on October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about someone whose life hasn't taken the path he wanted. The sections in quotes are from "the counselor" referred to in the song, who is this new voice in the guy's mind telling him to leave his pragmatic thought and be more free in his life and follow his dreams.

    Wonderful, beautiful song (with obvious meaning to the lyrics), I don't know why nobody has commented.
    seventyfouron April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I really love the mood of the song. The title fits it perfectly.
    Relinquo1on May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis beautiful song is about a man who does his best to adopt to the modern world rubbish, new age etc but fails to do so, because he is very down to earth. The counselor says "we are what our minds assume" and "you've always marked these boundaries, now you're free" mean that this guy just doesnt go with the others, because he knows he is not what his mind assumes, his grasp of reality is so real, thats why he "just stay"s. He cannot fool himself, he just cant let go....
    CemCon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought it was about a rationalist who ,deep inside, still feels spiritual.
    Almost Realon October 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard somewhere that this song is supposed to be about the same character from "Daysleeper". I guess I can kind of see the connection.
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    Jakeberton December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe alternate version is much superior. Shows this would've been a much better album w/ a different production approach :)
    ripelivejamon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, the alternative version is far superior.

    I take it as just a series of dreams while on a business trip.
    cascadia4on August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI prefer the official version--just, and mostly for the intro--but the demo has a better line: "You think you've felt the lifting". I love the final verse in both.
    CoherentAxeon February 19, 2009   Link

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