A body is washed up on a Norfolk beach
He was a friend that I could not reach
He thought I was cold but I understand
But for the grace of god goes another man

And I may
Just waste away
From doing nothing
But you're a martyr
For even less
For even less
For even less

A choirboy is buried on the moor
Where we used to go dreaming when we were bored
Some kids are best left to fend for themselves
And others were born to stack shelves

And I may
Just waste away
From doing nothing
But you're a martyr
For even less
For even less
For even less

(For even less)

(For even less)

(Zero, zero, nine, six)
(Two, two, five, one)
(Two, one, one, zero)
(Eight, one, zero, five)

(Zero, zero, nine, six)
(Two, two, five, one)
(Two, one, one, zero)
(Eight, one, zero, five)

(Zero, zero, nine, six)
(Two, two, five, one)
(Two, one, one, zero)
(Eight, one, zero, five)


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Even Less Lyrics as written by Colin Edwin Balch Christopher James Maitland

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    My Interpretation

    This is just my interpretation - and it may well be different from other perspectives.

    The 'body washed up' on a Norfolk beach seems to be about the death of someone cared for or loved. He was a friend who appeared to be troubled and could not be reached.

    Someone tried to help but could not reach him. Efforts to help in terms of guidance or advice was probably taken as uncaring, and the helper was seen in that light or thought perhaps he would have been seen in that way.

    For the grace of God, means that we all carry our burdens around in our heads. It's about 'slippery slopes' into oblivion. A martyr for even less, probably means that he died for a cause that was not worth much - a senseless death, possibly suicide - or possibly after falling off a cliff and drowning.

    His burial triggers memories of the past. The deceased appeared troubled as a youngster in those memories. There was a dilemma as to whether he should have been allowed to deal with life alone as it came at him - or more help offered. He probably had some average jobs common to an impoverished life and did not amount to much. But what he amounted to was not the point. He was loved.

    He was probably consumed by the existential vacuum and sadly died. The song writer wrote this from the heart I sense. If it was a suicide or accidental loss of life, then there is a hopelessness about how some people seem to be constrained to certain paths and meaningless early ends.

    The numbers that repeat at the end of the song are intriguing. They are reminiscent of a coded messages sent in the Cold War. Of course there could be other explanations. Whatever it is about, it makes us think. It made me think that sometimes when people are in need of help they send some coded messages - that are not in words - but in the ways they behave. The code may not be understood.

    This song has made me think deeply. People are often in trouble. How much can we or should we attempt to help. What happens within us after they die? How do we deal with it?

    Sometimes just sitting with a friend or colleague is enough. Words sometimes have less effect or influence. Do we have time for people in need? It's a busy world - isn't it? Very sad indeed.

    captainwalkeron November 26, 2016   Link

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