Are you staying or going?
We're leaving the driveway
We'll call if it's close
Now don't you worry

Follow the light over
Leave us behind

Hello, she will be here
Not too many more days
Speak up in a hurry
So there won't be pain

[Chorus 2x]

Put my face in a shoulder
Red eyes have swollen
The pipes of the organ
A little consolation
A little consolation

Ascend in the night away
Ascend in the night away
Ascend in the night away

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    General CommentThis song is about woman, probably a mother or grandmother, at the end of her life. The first verse is some friends/family going to visit her in the hospital/rest home and asking the narrator if he's coming with them. But it hurts to see her almost dead, so he decides not to; they tell him they'll call if "it" (her death) is close.

    The second verse is someone exhorting the narrator to get something off his chest, to talk to his mother/whomever about something that they haven't talked about before. Time is running out to speak up, because soon she'll be gone.

    The chorus here is him leaving the rest of the group and going to talk to her alone. Perhaps it's about his feelings of homosexuality, alluded to in "The Decision Made Itself" and (possibly) "Surrender."

    The third verse is after she's died, at the funeral. The pipes of the organ are a little consolation. But just a little; he's still crying.

    And the last bit about ascending (thanks WayToBlue!) is her spirit flying off to heaven or wherever.

    When I figured this out just now, it blew my mind. Somehow I had always interpreted it as the end of a summer fling, but the true meaning is much more powerful. I really, really love this song.
    toadtwson February 07, 2007   Link

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