My name spells joy
I can't remember darkness
Except a dream you saved my life

Do you wonder what you saw
Floating softly at the Nile's edge?
Wandering eyes
Commitments never can last
It feels so cold to know our name
I've never known you and I never will
What difference does indifference take?
Do you regret what you saw
Floating softly at the Nile's edge?
Do you regre,
Regret what you did
Running softly,
Softly from the Nile's edge?

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    General CommentThe song has sort of a biblical reference about it.

    The Prophet Moses was placed in a basket on the river of the Nile by his parents when the Egyptians decided to kill every Jewish male child, because they feared an uprising of the Jewish slaves. Because his parents obviously didn't want him to suffer that fate, they placed him in a basket and drifted him down the river, in hopes he would be spared, he was found and eventually taken in by the Pharoah's wife or daughter, which one escapes me now.

    The "Wandering eyes commitments never can last" line alludes to his father perhaps leaving him and his mother for another woman. And to Jon it feels so cold to know his fathers name, because he'll never know him. And probably never will

    It's asking his father if he feels regret or sorrow for what he did in abandnoning him. Much like Moses parents as they watched him float down the river in a basket

    Beautiful song though, my favorite off of the album. The chanting on top of the amazing but simple guitar is almost haunting, and when Jon's voice comes in and displays such calm, and then wildly swings into anger and distrust I get chills.
    PeteSzebinon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to hear someone's thoughts on this song's lyrics. What do you suppose it's about?
    WinterOnyxon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSounds like he is becoming disillusioned, to what I have no idea. Love the song though. Jon, how do you do it?
    mad_meerkaton May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about John's father, but he wouldn't comment it any further.
    He wanted fans and listeners to interpret it in their own world.
    Saga Lhanon June 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPersonally it's about you learning the truth about things, and it pains you so much that you'd wish you never saw it.
    Saga Lhanon June 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThat is very good! Wow...I would of never thought that...but are you sure if was the Nile they put him in? I can't remember.

    I think the disallusionment may just be not because of some woman, but maybe his life in general may have been disgraceful to his parents and that's why he's asking.
    Whiffeton November 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about hoplessness. it's about discovering some truth about yourself that you don't like and trying to forget what you know.
    soapyon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the whole album has some sort of concept pertaining to Jon's own life using biblical references. If you notice with Temptation, he's speaking about looking for love, but only finding evil temptations, much as Eve was tempted by the snake to eat the apple. Three Doors is a bit harder to interpret, maybe a statement of confusion in that he's trying to reach the truth about religion or God, but there are so many "doors" that he doesn't know which one is right or wrong. This song, The Nile's Edge, is about Jon's father abandoning him, and saying that it left him alone or empty or feeling like a part of himself was missing because of it.
    ilikeathfon September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, PeteSzebin you really nailed it I think. I never thougth of it like that but again, what's great about this song is that it can be taken several different ways for each person.
    eryn shaktion January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know anything about the artist, but to me i think peteSzebin is basically right. I just wanted throw in the possiblity of the artist being openly adopted. that line, "Except a dream you saved my life" seems to suggest the person who left him behind did him a favor. I myself am adopted, it kind of captures how I feels sometimes. I feel grateful and yet, there I times I wonder if my birthparents are proud of me, or care. Also, Moses was adopted.
    cyclonus29on December 03, 2006   Link

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