"The Light Before We Land" as written by and Pollock Henderson....
In cases such as these I'd like a hand
Don't wake me up without a master plan
With silence I'm becoming fragile
Don't you understand?
When things that once were beautiful
Are bland

And when I feel like I can feel once again
Let me stay awhile
Soak it in awhile
If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
Buy a little time
For this head of mine
Haven for us

In truth there is no better place to be
Than falling out of darkness still to see

Without a premonition
Could you tell me where we stand?
I'd hate to lose this light
Before we land

And when I feel like I can feel once again
Let me stay awhile
Soak it in awhile
If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
Buy a little time
For this head of mine
Haven for us

Before we let euphoria
Convince us we are free
Remind us how we used to feel
Before when life was real

And when I feel like I can feel once again
Let me stay awhile
Soak it in awhile
If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
Buy a little time
For this head of mine
Haven for us


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"The Light Before We Land" as written by Pollock Henderson

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    General CommentThis song is about depression. Clear and simple. Those who have gone through clinical depression will catch it immediately.

    "In cases such as these I'd like a hand
    Don't wake me up without a master plan
    With silence I'm becoming fragile
    Don't you understand?
    When things that once were beautiful
    Are bland"

    To me, things I used to love, aren't fun anymore.
    I lay in bed for hours. Looking for a reason to leave my bed.

    "And when I feel like I can feel once again
    Let me stay awhile
    Soak it in awhile
    If we can hold on we can fix what is wrong
    Buy a little time
    For this head of mine
    Haven for us"

    There are moments of clarity. Moments where I feel like I can laugh again. I wish I could bottle up these moments for later. Later when the moments of happiness turn into moments of dread, worthlessness, and thoughts of ending it all.

    "Before we let euphoria
    Convince us we are free
    Remind us how we used to feel
    Before when life was real"

    When I'm feeling happy, there's still a nagging thought in the back of my mind. The thought that this is all going to end soon, and the next wave of depression will set it. Again, clinical depression makes you feel like nothing is real. Like nothing matters. And being happy reminds me of my carefree years. When I didn't have a demon in my chest, sucking out all the joy, life, and happiness from my life.



    It's rare to find a piece of music that confronts and describes depression so boldly.
    kinemaon December 20, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about someone asking what they can do to save their relationship.
    pumkinhedon December 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthough i agree with pumkinhed, i think its jus a little more than that. i believe the speaker is complaning about life and the aspects of it not having a enough passion/zest. the way the music switches from heavy (almost like friction between metals) to soft and lyrical (like a wistful lullaby) can be percived as a person's thought process when working out a problem. the problem could be tug-of-war situation that person is going through in their mind. the decision is whether to let things be as they are or act upon their lament and do something. this song is mainly about putting in that last amount of energy into the effort of reconcilation, in order to recapture the beauty that was lost. neverthenless, its a beautiful~ kinda reminds me of a sunset.
    jistyon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is the intro song to Gunslinger Girl
    and i feel that it fits well with it. :)
    peechloveon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthas anyone noticed the in the first verse the lyrics are wrong it's "with sight and sound becoming fragile" not "With black & white instead of colour"here did he get that from. Still a Great song.
    sick1on April 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Before we let euphoria
    Convince us we are free
    Remind us how we used to feel
    Before when life was real"

    I believe this is the key part of the song because of the change in the music itself.

    The entire song is about freedom, but also choosing slavery - Not wanting truth.

    "When things that were once beautiful are now glad" - Happiness isn't the same thing as beauty, that sometimes the regular, or even the ugly, leads us to happiness.

    "In truth there is no better place to be
    Than falling out of darkness still to see" - There's no better place to be then when first coming to see truth, that truth itself when it's first illuminated is the brightest.

    "And when I feel like I can feel once again
    Let me stay awhile
    Soak it in awhile"

    I think this part is important because it's talking about wanting to cling to normality, which isn't always the same thing as truth.
    dark12222000on November 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the melancholy, resigned feeling of knowing something bad or difficult is coming, and nothing you do will change that. There's nothing you can do to be prepared, and you just have to sit and wait. You have a bit of time to relax, but know you'll have to face it soon.

    It doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing that's to come; it could also be a happy, good thing that's coming to its end.

    Kind of also invokes feelings of ASMR (you know, that tingly-head feeling you get from hearing soft noises like typing or whispering, in a quiet setting) and not wanting it to end.

    ...if that makes any sense
    meatyllamastickon November 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationRead this while thinking about a weekend camping music festival (which invariably means *lots* of hallucinogens... first time I heard this song I was on 5 beryls of Mescaline and I was instantly in love)... so look at the 'trip' perspective and it's meaning is there. My experience only lets me see that side of the song but I know there are others ;¬)
    grenon September 04, 2011   Link
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    Lyric Correction3rd line is listed here as:
    "With black & white instead of colour"
    It should read:
    "With sight and sound becoming fragile"

    Otherwise the rest is right... I do love this song, its use as the opening theme to Gunslinger Girl adds a new level to it (if you have yet to see the Anime series, go get it, it rocks!).
    grenon September 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI immediately read these lyrics and thought it was word perfect description of living with recurring bouts of depression or feeling a bit blue, because of mainly the line "When things that once were beautiful are bland"... Its kinda upbeat in that the person when writing is starting to feel normal again and doesn't want the feeling to go, I especially liked the bit about "In truth there is no better place to be than falling out of darkness still to see" but in my mind the writer is aware that despite feeling so very euphoric and happy that he / she is over the last bout they know deep down its only temporary, and wish they could just trap it in this moment and not let go.. just my interpretation...
    Hannibalthecannibalon July 31, 2012   Link

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