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Shearwater – Animal Life Lyrics 1 year ago
I'll give it a go analyzing this song. As always, shearwaters songs are full with symbols of nature, personal change and succint but very powerful lines that leave a lot of room for interpretation.

Born inside the gates of the family
Hardened by a Roman machinery
Cast among the building sites
The coiling wires, the shots collected

"Roman machinery" could be the way how to shape children to behave and fit into society in general. The same happens to him, he is growing up, having a hard time to fit in "the shots collected". And they are "cast among the building sites" as if they are placed in the middle of the world, not really knowing what to do to.

And then the "Murmurs in the dark confessional" are the long awaited calls of the "animal life" to be finally freed by this "roman machinery". But they are only murmurs. It is like an awakening you have expected, but you can't quite grasp it. So it just "rides along the road, ephemeral".

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