six feet of earth, above my head
keeps me safe from what she said
six walls of wood to keep them out
the smart remarks, the screams, the shouts
they scream, they shout
there's only one way to drown them out

i hear your voice, i hit the ground
you look for me, but i'm not around
in that small cafe, there i wrote it down
i look for you, you were not around
you're the burning lie that kills my child
he's gone underground
i've gone underground
i've gone underground
i've gone underground

some come to pay their last respects
or beckon me to come around
they leave dried flowers in the air
or place their feelings on the doorstep
at first they try to understand
and offer plans, most futile plans
and here in this darkness i can see
your skins the closest thing to grace
it dances like ghosts upon my fingers
and feelings fly, they're still alive
there's only one way to drown them out

i hear your voice, i hit the ground
you look for me, but i'm not around
in that small cafe, there i wrote it down
i look for you, you were not around
you're the burning lie that kills my child
she's gone underground
i've gone underground
i've gone underground
i've gone underground
i've gone underground
i've gone underground
underground

six feet of earth, above my head
don't keep me safe from what she said
six walls of wood don't keep them out
these frightful screams come from inside
they lay with me here through the night


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    General Comment* not sure
    fauston April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI subjectively associate it with unrequited love.
    CÆTon February 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti would think that unrequited love would work, except for the screams and shouts part. i'm confused by it all.
    pakistanimanon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSix walls of wood, six feet of earth - coffin, underground.

    Damned if I have any idea beyond that, but the lyrics are strangely beautiful, especially the "here in this darkness I can see, your skin is the closest thing to grace" - could be mourning a dead lover and wishing he was with her, even in death. He looks for her still, but she's not around - and possibly she was with child, of a not-yet-known to the narrator gender? ("You're the burning lie that killed my child, she/he's gone underground").

    Beautiful song, though.
    LisaCharlyon October 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSix walls of wood, six feet of earth - coffin, underground.

    Damned if I have any idea beyond that, but the lyrics are strangely beautiful, especially the "here in this darkness I can see, your skin is the closest thing to grace" - could be mourning a dead lover and wishing he was with her, even in death. He looks for her still, but she's not around - and possibly she was with child, of a not-yet-known to the narrator gender? ("You're the burning lie that killed my child, she/he's gone underground").

    Beautiful song, though.
    LisaCharlyon October 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTruely a lovely song... From what I get out of it, the singer is in a souring relationship, which causes stress, goes through the loss of a child, likely still in the woumb or something - at the very least not known well by the singer hence the switching gender. Sooo! With all this darkening his day, I think he either falls ill due to stress or commits suicide ("In that small cafe, there I wrote it down" suicide note?). Either way, he ends up at his deathbed, more likely than not unconscious, where people say their goodbyes and such, where he gets an epiphany (how he manages to, I don't know) and realizes that everything he fought over with his... lover? Sure... wasn't worth it, and is able to look beyond the arguments (petty or otherwise) and realize that, yes, he still does love her. Too bad for him, it's too late. Thus, he ends up dead, finding out the hard way that dying wouldn't bring peace, as he's yelling at himself for being so stupid by giving up what he hadn't known he still had.
    -fin-
    Now, for the abstract version!
    This may be entirely off, as it is putting the above version in more adaptable terms, but the first verse seems to be the singer's first contemplation of breaking up with/leaving his lover. He thinks that, should he put a nice and comfortable distance between himself and her, he will finally get the peace he wants. The next stanza is a bit foggier... From what I can tell, he starts subtly avoiding her, getting colser and closer to finally confessing his intention to leave. The "child" remark could have to do with the own emotions, 'inner child' as it were. The part of him that experiances uncomplicated joy, innocence, and such died when she showed her controling nature. By the third stanza, it seems the singer has made his intent clear, with those close to him trying to convince him otherwise, or just give thier own opinions and advice. It is at this point that the singer finally realizes what he is opting to give up, seeing his (former) lover in the same/similar way as he first had. Now, unfortunatly, it is too late. He ends without her and, more or less, alone (I could go into the train of thought that the other people also in their 'graves' would be there, also from relationships gone awry or something like that, but that makes my head hurt...). Sooo! He's left with silence, with only his own voice in his head berating him for his mistake in not seeing what he had let go for company.
    Whaa... That was long... I could be entirely off, but hey, it's as I see it.
    Kitsune Kaitouon April 15, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationMy first impression was that this was from the point-of-view of someone who had died, talking about all of the people who come and say goodbye to them, but while they're aware of all of this, of the people screaming, shouting, coming and leaving:

    "[...]dried flowers in the air
    or place their feelings on the doorstep
    at first they try to understand
    and offer plans, most futile plans"

    The doorstep I just imagined as the tombstone of the grave, people trying to cope and deal with losing this person.

    i hear your voice, i hit the ground
    you look for me, but i'm not around
    in that small cafe, there i wrote it down
    i look for you, you were not around
    you're the burning lie that kills my child
    she's gone underground
    i've gone underground

    This part seems like the someone he loved most, a lover perhaps, coming to visit. Now that I think about it, maybe its from the point of view of someone who committed suicide. "you're the burning lie that kills my child, she's gone underground" - or maybe something to do with abortion? Whatever the case, the person who died is still haunted by whatever it was this person said or did to him.

    But this is all my first impression hearing it for the first time, I'm sure I'll have it playing on repeat for a while and might come up with something else/different. xD
    erissielon May 06, 2010   Link

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