it's gone from light to grey
but I will move those clouds away
letting the sun shine through
in this ode to you
let the demons have their place
if so it's angels you'll create
and disguised within the dark
light will wait

my heart-I owe you-my soul

will ya
please accept
please accept this offer? (it's over)
this is all for you
transcend

we flipped towards the sun
wheels skidding on the road
a flowing sea of red
the whole city groans

my heart-I owe you-my soul

will ya
please accept
please accept this offer? (it's over)
this is all for you
transcend
fiasco

rubberneck
passing motorists
a mangled tuna-can-car rests
repair this tattered skin
hold it in your hand
you've already glistened through the window
you've already set us all
free
free
free


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Ode to the Sun song meanings
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  • +2
    General Comment"please accept this ode"

    "my heart, my ode, you're my soul."

    Life is a struggle to stay in the light, and to not fall into darkness. As we head down the road of life, there are sometimes roadblocks (nice pun eh? hah), and though we crash and other people see us fail, we must stay true to the light to repair our own tattered skins. Just by glistening through the window, the light has set us free, and no matter how much darkness there is, it can never drown out light.
    eastoneastonon April 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningGood job viceking.
    "He" is offering his help, but not in the way most of you think.
    This song is not about alcohol or a relationship..
    Its about Dino's mother struggling and beating cancer.
    He[Dino] is saying he would help her out at all costs; giving everything he has to save her.
    youcravedmeon August 31, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI also think it's about a car crash.


    The beginning riffs sound like warm sunrays on a summer morning.

    There are no clouds on the sky "but I will move those clouds away" - The sky looks clear, fresh and innocent like nothing happened, plunging the scene in a bizzarre, kind of carefree background.

    "you've already glistened through the window" - Maybe the driver was dazzled by the sun.
    Just within seconds "it's gone from light to grey" - The very bright sunlight, the next thing he may have seen is the grey asphalt of the road.

    "we flipped towards the sun": Another hint, that the driver was dazzled as the sun was apparently shining directly from the front. The "we" hints there are more people involved than the driver.

    "wheels skidding on the road": self-explaining.

    "a flowing sea of red / the whole city groans": Blood of course, and "the city" meaning the local people noticing the accident being shocked.

    "my heart-I owe you-my soul": His girlfriend / close person. Maybe she/he was killed in the accident while the driver survived and now he feels guilty for the death. "I owe you my soul" - It should have been him to die or at least he is so guilty he offers even his soul to save her/him.
    So maybe the song is even about suicide after having caused an accident in which a rider died.
    Alternative it may be a last prayer to take his life but to spare the rider's.
    Or maybe at least, if both die, take his soul to hell and the rider's to heaven ("let the demons have their way / if so it's angels you create"). Every of this theories is also supported by the lines:

    "Please accept this offer, this is all for you, transcend" not sure, if the "you" means the soul of the rider or the sun (symbolic for a sort of god). I tend to believe the last one, because of the song title and the following:

    rubberneck
    passing motorists
    a mangled tuna-can-car rests : Good keywords to put the scenery in a nutshell. Nice metaphor with the mangled tuna-can-car.


    Important quote:
    repair this tattered skin
    hold it in your hand
    you've already glistened through the window
    you've already set us all
    free

    The sunbeam through the window has "set them all free", which means killed them obviously (which may somehow eliminate the suicide theory, but not by any manner of means). He craves to "repair this tattered skin / hold it in your hand", so to save the dead rider, either bring her/him back to life or at least to heaven to keep it save.

    From this background, it's easier to find a way to interprete the first verse:

    but I will move those clouds away
    letting the sun shine through
    in this ode to you
    [...]
    and disguised within the dark
    light will wait



    He wants to sacrifice himself in any way to save the rider and his craving is put into this song. This is why the voice gets so begging and longing and why I love this song so much. You can feel the heartblood in it when listening to it.

    Disguised withing the dark light will wait... While there will be only darkness for him, it will comfort him to know that at least the rider is save, which is his personal lightbeam, even in total darkness around him, hidden (disguised) from others. Darkness in which form it ever means, maybe suicide, maybe hell, maybe death, I am still not sure.

    Hope this is comprehensible, I do not speak English mother tongue.
    frozenvirus85on July 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a car crash, or something of the sort.

    "We flip towards the sun, wheels skidding on the road."
    "A flowing sea of red" - Blood
    "Rubberneck, passing motorists"
    "You've already glistened through the window" - Flying through the windshield?
    "It's angels you create" - Another reference to drying
    "Please accept it's over" - Death again
    atomsplitteron May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song off of Catch Without Arms. This is probably wayyyy off the mark but I look at this song as a plead to celebrities who's 15 minutes of fame are over to let be.

    I think he is using the metaphor of a car crash to symbolize the skidding halt of their celebrity. Anyone thats ever passed an accident on the highway knows that traffic slows way down while they pass it because every single person is rubbernecking, straining to see what happened. Once you pass the site traffic speeds back up to normal. In this case I think he is referring to the people who simply keep watching the people who don't want to be forgotten (ie. celebrities on reality shows like Vince Neil, Uncle Joey, etc.) because its just a natural instinct, like the instinct of looking at a car wreck if you pass by it, no matter how hideous.

    The line "Please accept it's over, t his is all for you trancend" means simply "please except your 15 minutes are over...move on" and the main line that gave me this farfetched idea was "you've already set us free" meaning you've already entertained us or taught us something on a mass scale, there's no point in staying in the spotlight because there's nothing more you can offer to the people.

    I wouldn't think think so deeply about these lyrics and just take them for what they are if it was any other band but I trust Dredg to force you to look beneath the surface of the lyrics and realize something not at first apparent. Also the current craze with celebrity-shows like The Surreal Life and Celebrity Poker that are a real waste of time (just like mostly all reality TV) helped put the idea in my head.
    RockXWLon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm the lyrical analysis gets shaken up when the lyrics on the booklet say...

    Please accept, please accept this offer (it's over)

    So now it can have 2 seperate meanings entirely.
    atomsplitteron July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo you think it could be any form of religious meaning? i'm curious as to if they are talking about anyuthing religious. i mean, they say, "let the demons have their place, if so it's angels you'll create". what are guys thinking about that? it makes sense to me except for the fact that we can't create angels or demons. unless this is a metaphor for something not religious at all. knowing dredg, that's very very possible.
    afxsguyon August 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with atom. At first listen i thought it could be a bout a dying relationship....but upon another listen after reading Atom's post i'll have to agree with him. Which actually has a deeper meaning to me that way. In the beginning of the song you can hear a car starting and driving off, so just another sign that furthers his point.
    SteelBlueRageon September 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't forget the song is called "Ode to the sun". The one thing that can throw off a song is the title.

    This song is very vague in its song meaning but I think this whole album Alcoholism. Examples: This one is about the deaths and depression caused on other people with alcoholics, Bug Eyes is about being clean and about ready to relapse, Catch Without Arms is about alcohol draining your money, etc.

    Its just an idea. This is one of the best songs on the album and it has touched me so whoever claims this song sucks honestly has no reason to support his conclusion.

    This song is awesome, and it is up to the listener to decide the meaning. Yes the lyrics in the book throw you off a LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    uchihasasukeon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirst off, it's "please accept this honor" listen for an f sound, you won't find it. I think he's talkign about a situation that has gone wrong (light to gray), relationship, alcoholism, etc. take your pick. but he's saying he will help the person get over whatever it is with this "ode" he is dedicating to them. i think he's saying he's dedicating himself to help get them past it or make them feel better.

    They are the sun to him, the one important thing, and he feels it is just and right to do this, and that he owes them everything ("my heart, i owe you, my soul") so the least he can do is this.

    As for the crash part, this i believe he is using as a metaphor for how things are going...not so well. "Fiasco!" describes it well. the passing motorists are all those people that seem to look at them while they are in trouble for their own amusement, interest, whatever, but aren't really planning to help whatsoever. They are just there to watch and not help. However he's telling the person that they "already glistened through the window" meaning they don't have to look good here to prove anything to anybody, they don't have to mask anything because everyone already knows that they are a good person.

    This all ties in with the "Transcend" because he's asking them or better yet telling them to transcend into a better situation.
    vicekingon March 22, 2006   Link

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