"Wake for Young Souls" as written by and Stephan Jenkins....
Today I found my soul
I felt it die inside of me
So I turn to you
Life is like that you know
I have your face in a photo in high school when you were alive but that's all I have
And I can't remember who I was myself then and it doesn't help still I look to you as a friend to tell me

Who we are now, who we are
Who we are now, who we are
Where does time go now on a wake for young souls

Who we are now, who we are
Who we are now, who we are
Where does time go now on a wake for young souls

Like a lullaby we sing

Well the wind that blows its blowing colder and the child that grows she's growing older
And friends we know they'll turn a shoulder
The friends we know they are growing colder

Who we are now, who we are
Who we are now, who we are
Where does time go now on a wake for young souls

Who we are now, who we are
Who we are now, who we are
Where does time go now on a wake for young souls

Where's my soul

Cycle of the moon brings blood to the women
In the blood of the woman brings birth of a child
Child grow up
Keep forgetting something
Birth of a child comes someplace wild you
Even grey days beat the shade to wean
Unbodied unsouled unheard unseen
Let the gift be grown in the time to call our own
Let the truth be sewn before the window's closing
Truth is natural like a wind that blows
Follow the direction no matter where it goes
So it shall be the earth and the sea
Let the truth blow like a hurricane through me

If I've been cold, if I've spoken in anger, to have been bold, forgive me
You know I don't see your mother, not like before, though she hasn't forgotten she doesn't like to be reminded anymore.

Annie got married it didn't come with out tears like the day you died I have laughter for these years

Who we are now, who we are
Who we are now, who we are
Where does time go now on a wake for young souls

Who we are now, who we are
Who we are now, who we are
Where does time go now on a wake for young souls

All the things we know are going to fall away from me like a grain of sand slips through a good friends hand


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"Wake for Young Souls" as written by Stephan Jenkins

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    General CommentThis song is definately about moving through life and death. There are some transcendentalist aspects in the lyrics where it says:

    truth is natural like a wind that blows
    follow the direction no matter where it goes
    so it shall be the earth and the sea
    let the truth blow like a hurricane through me

    The transcendentalists believed that nature is truth and truth is beauty. They also believed in a force that ages us as humans which is often made as an analogy to the wind. In that context, the wind is the force that moves us through life to our deaths.
    livelovematteron January 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really like this song...it so powerful

    i have your face in a photo in high school
    when you were alive
    but that's all I have
    and I can't remember who I was myself then

    to me that says so much, like its saying that they had this person they loved but now all thats left is this photo and they person is gone and so is the person they used to be..
    dmm995on July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI would like to change the lyrics for the purpose of my own personal interpretation of the music, however, i will address this change as i come across it
    Here is my interpretation:

    "i have your face in a photo in high school
    when you were alive
    but that's all I have
    and I can't remember who I was myself then

    who we are now, who we are
    who we are now, who we are
    where does time go now on a wake for young souls"

    As the times change, people change
    i think the lyrics sound more like:
    "is who we are now who we are?
    where does time go..."
    that way he's saying:
    'who we are right now--does that define who we are as an identity?'
    because back in high school we were different
    did we still hold the same identity?
    we seem like completely different people now...



    aand
    that is the deep meaning this song places on my heart.
    3eb has an EXCELLENT habit of placing things on my heart through their lyrics...
    pinkfloyd4241on February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI hope I'm not too late and someone actually reads this.

    This song is definitely about growing up and becoming who you need to be by sacrificing who you wanted to be.

    For examples, it starts out with "Today I found my soul, I felt it die inside of me." We can really relate to this feeling because at some point or another we all wake up and find the soul we once had beneath the layers of business clothes and mild mannerisms just to see that we can never be where we once were. It was always there, but we kept it hidden and if we never let it out we will eventually see the day our soul has died inside.

    To try and revive his old feelings and his lost soul "he" turns to "you" because he's remembering good times back when life was simple and "they" were together. But sadly, her soul has died too and she doesn't see him the same way he is seeing her because she has not woken up and found that she is really dead on the inside.

    So after seeing his old friend, he begs to know 'What happened to us?! You were my friend! Wake up, you're dying inside! Try to remember who we are (were), it's not who we are now.' But she tells him that 'who we are now /is/ who we are now!'

    In dismay he realizes that things are different between them as he had once realized before and he again begs to know "Where does time go?" Jenkins replies so poetically "on a wake for young souls" (which should be taken as a wake in water, like backwash or as the consequence of an event) because all the time we spend growing up and callousing our hearts to past events sends us farther apart on that wake for young souls...

    The rest of the song continues as "he" realizes that everything he once knew, everything that made up his 'soul' is truly dead. The warm wind of love blows colder, the children and adorable babes grow older, friends we once could depend on turn their shoulder and the friends we loved grow colder.

    The final stanzas of the song give us more detail to the relationship of "him" and "her". They are friends, yes, but they are lovers too and in young lust and naïvity they procreated. After their new baby was born they moved to "someplace wild" where they never expected to find themselves and from that one action all other painful actions have followed. Now with all this consequence even the "grey days" are worse than darkness of shadow and "beat the shade to wean" meaning that the monotonous becomes the most painful, darkest part of their lives because they did not mean to choose it! All these other consequences have followed their one action, each being "unbodied, unsouled, unheard, unseen" grating on their still young and naïve hearts.

    But with all the painful consequence they still consider their child a gift and have resolved to make her life the greatest it can be in the time they are given. They vow to "let the truth be sewn before [her] window's closing" and give her a better life than they have ever known. No matter how painful or difficult it will be the "truth is natural like a wind that blows" and they'll "follow the direction, no matter where it goes". No matter how painful it may be he will protect his child by revealing all painful concepts of life and so he will "let the truth blow like a hurricane through [him]".

    This ending stanza is an apology to his daughter for any pain the truth may cause her. It's difficult to give advice to a child because they claim to know, but he wants her to know that "if [he's] been cold" or ever "spoken in anger to have been bold" in protecting her, she must forgive him for his has been there and has seen the consequence of one bad action and he wants nothing like that for his beautiful child. Since her birth "he" has been through divorce in which he lost the one he at one time loved (or thought he loved) because he "[doesn't] see her mother, no not like before thought she hasn't forgotten (the love once shared) she doesn't like to be reminded anymore" because of the pain their love caused her.

    And so time passed and "Annie got married (to someone else), it didn't come without tears" from both him, her and their daughter, but now he realizes that life is for learning and becoming. This reflection has taught him that not all tears are bad and "like the day you died (meaning his young lover's soul), I have laughter for these years!" because he has reflected and seen the good amongst all the pain while she got married and forced herself into even more pain because she is still young at heart, she could never see the good in their faulty actions. So now he realizes that "it's who we are now," not who we were because "Who we are now is who we are" and that wake that usually carries young souls is necessary, there is no reason to mourn. It's growing up and for true love we would sacrifice "who we are" for "who we are now."

    This song is very dear to me and reminds me to see the good in "all the things we know" because I know that they are "going to fall away from me." They don't matter as much as what will be through love and the sacrifice that is found therein because as he realizes now all these young memories with young loves will be just "like a grain of sand [that] slips through a good friend's hands."
    bonfirelightningon December 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure about these lyrics being correct, but there are a couple of places where stephens voice is hard to make out. The part that says "they're rooting for us" is probably the hardest part to make out. If I'm wrong about that line, well, oops I'm sorry. Oh, yeah, almost forgot. I love this song, that's why I just spent the last twenty minutes listening to it repeatedly, trying to figure out the little parts that are hard to hear. Peace, I'm out.
    Lax74on April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think "they're rooting for us" is "they're moving on" I thought some of the other lyrics were a little different than what you wrote as well. but I guess we can't be sure and whatnot.
    mices334on April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think "they're rooting for us" is "they're moving on" I thought some of the other lyrics were a little different than what you wrote as well. but I guess we can't be sure and whatnot.
    mices334on April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I wasn't completely sure, and since it isn't on one of their cd's it isn't like there is a cd lining you could check or anything. Either way its close, and the song still kicks.
    Lax74on April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard the demo they recorded of this in 94 and I liked it a lot. The cool thing is that it's been confirmed that its gonna be on Out of the Vein which means the have re-recorded it. What I'm wondering is did they change the lyrics or the song too much? It will be interesting to see.
    u2elevationon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti hope they didn't i can listen to the demo version all day long
    ramomcfernoon May 07, 2003   Link

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