If you believe in the power magic,
I can change your mind
And if you need to believe in someone,
Turn and look behind
When we were living in a dream world,
Clouds got in the way
We gave it up in a moment of madness
And threw it all away

Don't answer me, don't break the silence
Don't let me win
Don't answer me, stay on your island
Don't let me in

Run away and hide from everyone
Can you change the things we've said and done?

If you believe in the power of magic,
It's all a fantasy
So if you need to believe in someone,
Just pretend it's me
It ain't enough that we meet as strangers
I can't set you free
So will you turn your back forever on what you mean to me?

Don't answer me, don't break the silence
Don't let me win
Don't answer me, stay on your island
Don't let me in

Run away and hide from everyone
Can you change the things we've said and done?


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    My InterpretationThis is one of the rare cases where the lyrics seem rather clear to me.

    Picture a man and woman in a "magical" relationship that unfortunately breaks down in a very nasty way, with hurtful words and actions exchanged.

    Imagine she is very strong-willed, determined not to "lose" the battle because she fears showing weaknesss more than losing what could be a beautiful love.

    I'm not suggesting that all the details are laid out in the song, but these hypothetical descriptions might give a feel for what is being said:

    >If you believe in the power of magic,
    >I can change your mind
    >And if you need to believe in someone,
    >Turn and look behind

    He can probably see that she's not happy, and he's asking her to give him--to give *them*--the chance to let magic work.
    She doesn't need to be looking for someone to believe in--he's right there in her past.

    >When we were living in a dream world,
    >Clouds got in the way
    >We gave it up in a moment of madness
    >And threw it all away

    They had it all and yet threw it all away, letting misunderstandings interfere.

    >Don't answer me, don't break the silence
    >Don't let me win
    >Don't answer me, stay on your island
    >Don't let me in

    He's not suggesting this. It's more like a mocking of her behavior. I could see him thinking: "You refuse to listen to what I say because it might mean you have to let go of the anger."
    "Instead of reaching out for what we could have, you throw up passive-aggressive barriers and think that's 'winning,' even though it hurts us both."

    >Run away and hide from everyone
    >Can you change the things we've said and done?

    "You act as if you can just hide and all the accusations and actions will go away...but we hurt each other and that won't change on its own. The hurt won't go away unless we face it, not hide from it."


    >If you believe in the power of magic,
    >It's all a fantasy
    >So if you need to believe in someone,
    >Just pretend it's me

    If you truly believe in the power of magic or redemption, then you know you can make your own reality through your own actions.

    >It ain't enough that we meet as strangers
    >I can't set you free
    >So will you turn your back forever on what you mean to me?

    So...are you going to sit in pain and isolation, all to avoid "giving in"...Can't you open up to me again, despite what we went through?

    Gondringon November 22, 2010   Link

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