On a thousand islands in the sea
I see a thousand people just like me
A hundred unions in the snow
I watch them walking, falling in a row
We live always underground
It's going to be so quiet in here tonight
A thousand islands in the sea
It's a shame

And a hundred years ago
A sailor trod this ground I stood upon
Take me away everyone
When it hurts thou

From my head to my toes
From the words in the book
I see a vision that would bring me luck
From my head to my toes
To my teeth, through my nose
You get these words wrong
You get these words wrong
Everytime
You get these words wrong
I just smile

But from my head to my toes
From my knees to my eyes
Everytime I watch the sky
For these last few days leave me alone
But for these last few days leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone


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  • +9
    My Interpretation

    "Every one of us is an island. If it were not so we should go mad at once. Between these islands are ships, aeroplanes, telephones, wireless— what you will. But they remain islands. Islands that can sink or disappear for ever." -John Fowles (Conchis in The Magus)

    This song is about love, but more than anything it's about the Absurd. It's about our search for meaning in this life, and our struggle to find it. It's like we think we're all stranded on our own little islands and every day we dream that a ship will come and take us away, but we might actually be the islands themselves. Ships may pass by from time to time and we may even catch wind of other islands, but if we face the truth we'll probably be living the rest of our lives stranded here. Even so, there's a sort of comfort in knowing that although we are all alone in some regards, there are thousands of other islands out in this vast ocean.

    I'm probably getting these words wrong, but I just smile :-)

    jjechon March 30, 2014   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretation

    I think it’s about realizing how many people are lonely just like you are, and how everyone hides it so it’s hard to notice. A thousand islands in the sea, it’s a shame because they can’t see all the other lonely people because they’re hiding under ground. So maybe now he’s seeing just how many lonely people to connect with, a vision that would bring him luck. But he is stuck between reaching out to others, and asking people to leave him alone, like he’s used to doing.

    mimolakaon May 07, 2018   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This used to be my favorite song from Power Corruption & Lies. I just loved how catchy and melancholy it was at the same time. Brilliant.

    tetsuo29on May 31, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This is probably my number 1 favourite song, ever. I still don't fully understand the song, but here's my interpretation ...

    "I'm in a relationship and I feel that she doesn't get me, and this makes me feel lonely. But this is how all of my relationships have been, and it's how I see everyone's relationships.

    I do love her, but at the same time hate her ... but I'm going to end it"

    Even writing this I have had to have a dozen goes at it !

    Macpedroon April 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Memory

    This is my favourite song. I even had it as a ringtone and several years ago my cell started ringing when i was in a maths test and it kept ringing for 2 minutes or so. And everyone loved it for some reason.

    pfffmehon May 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It comes from someone who feels detached and emotionally cleaned out.

    From the isolation he feels, he sees a sea of alienated people:

    "On a thousand islands in the sea I see a thousand people just like me... A thousand islands in the sea It's a shame"

    Everyone is an island isolated from each other.

    What do I feel like when I'm alienated? Sometimes I feel like being alone - telling people to leave me alone.

    coo2kachooon May 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    "A hundred unions in the snow I watch them walking, falling in a row"

    Probably written during strikes in the 80's but relevant on a snowy 2nd February in 2009 with unions on strike once more.

    Onlineon February 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    it's definitely about feeling emotionally drained. almost referring to the notion that "it's a shame" how alike we all are to one another; like he's coming to the realization that all the uniqueness is gone.

    jterranceon June 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "On a thousand islands in the sea I see a thousand people just like me"

    A great way to start the song. Almost seems to be saying "Everybody else is just like me, so why are you picking on me?" Hence the name of the song. Anyways love this song XD

    mediocremurphyon October 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    GREAT band and a good song. Heard it loud and clear today...

    UseSomeoneElseon May 08, 2012   Link

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