And they said we wouldn't last
And they said the years would break our backs
So here we are again, my friend
To mystify their narrow plans

You and I were meant to be
Much more than they could see
You and I were meant to stay
As they waste away

[chorus]
We are shaping our space
And harvesting places
We're the princes of the universe
We are living together
In the here-everafter
In the temple of the evening Son
We're the princes of the universe

Its a prophecy of long ago
Its a blueprint for the journey home
And we're writing as we stumble on
Making history to build upon

You and I will always be
Much more than they can see
You and I are made of clay
And we'll waste away

[chorus]
We are shaping the space
And harvesting places
We're the princes of the universe
We are living together
In the here-everafter
In the temple of the evening Son
We're the princes of the universe

And the raven in the tower clock
She spins poetry and devil-talk
And the woman by the endless well
She drawing water from the mouth of Hell
"And these are the days," she says and

[chorus]
We are shaping the space
And harvesting places
We're the princes of the universe
We are living together
In the here-everafter
In the temple of the evening Son
We're the princes of the universe


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    General CommentThis seems to be a song about a very close friendship, and based upon the statement, "princes of the universe" it is about a friendship between (probably two) males. This relationship is idiosyncratic or odd somehow, as it was expected to fail, though the author does not state how or why.

    Many of the lyrics support the meaning and longevity of the relationship in the afterlife; "we are living together in the here-everafter, in the temple of the evening Son [almost certainly Jesus Christ, who is the king of the universe in the latter days]."

    "Shaping the space" and "harvesting places" seems to reference their preparation of their places in heaven. I do not have much sound logical support for this, but it is the first thing that comes to mind, especially since the word "harvesting" reminds me of the Biblical concept that we shall reap what we sow.

    The only part of the song that seems truly puzzling is the bridge(?) about the raven in the tower clock and the lady by the endless well. The raven reminded me particularly of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, who, as in that poem, is probably lying and attempting to deceive. Who is the lady by the endless well? What does he mean by placing her beside the well, and making it an endless well? I am uncertain; perhaps it is like an abyss. Of course I interpret this metaphorically, but upon my first hearing of the song, when I could not quite hear all the lyrics, I thought that she was a counterpoint to the raven, that she was doing something beautiful and good, since a well and water usually signify life, beauty and growth, like the water of life. It sounded like something beautiful, out of a mythological tale, perhaps. But unlike Christians who drink the water of life, she is drinking water of hell. And unlike the well of these Christians, who drink that water and never thirst again, her well must be endless; she will always drink and never be satisfied. She must be 'drinking' something evil and dark, which leads her into the abyss. Perhaps she is in league with the raven and the others who said that their friendship would not last. Like the fools who enjoy doing evil, she says of it, 'these are the days,' ie the best days, or the days that are the most enjoyable.

    The raven minds the passing of time, until the end, when he shall cease with false poetry and the lady shall meet her demise.

    That is my favourite part of the song, to me the most poetic, enigmatic, picturesque and evocative.
    keetrainchildon July 01, 2007   Link

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