"Turn Soonest to the Sea" as written by and Moe Carlson Arif Mirabdolbaghi....
Do you remember how it was when you bled?
When you loved and burned in those flames that you've kept
Because Vesta's long been sleeping
And now you've come to accept
That your anatomy defines more than a few
Of the gaping holes in our social fabric and it defines
More than a few one night stands, more than a few prison bars melted in, melted in, melted into wedding bands

We've made you all the peasants and we've made ourselves the kings
Our queens are still subordinate as an angel without wings
We make it easy to belong which means it's easy to be wrong
"Put some plastic in your tits, and you'd look better as a blonde"

I remember when you were hopeful
And you never thought your life would be lived inside a coffin with a moral sacrifice and a million social obligations,
Labels and expectations when you were young and modern seventeen in vogue and vague pursuit of a cosmopolitan dream

So when you bled on the bed as you fed those expectations as a whore and not a human
You embraced with hesitation the very parameters of all you can be
Not a mother, not an aunt, not a sister who's not subdued
Because dignity's not physical and your flesh means more than you
Your flesh means more than you;
Your flesh means more than you;
Your flesh means more than

I know we'll wake up one day with a gun to the back of our brains
You'll be asking for your rib and I'll smile and call you brave
Maybe someday when - when this bloody skull has dried I'll know our city is in ruins when the greatest source of pride is a monument of dicks and ribs and gender crowns we wore
Where underneath, a plaque will read,
A plaque will read: "No woman is a whore"

Maybe someday when - when this bloody skull has dried I'll know our city is in ruins when the greatest source of pride is a monument of dicks and ribs and gender crowns we wore
Where underneath, a plaque will read,
A plaque will read


Lyrics submitted by Inoue versus Date

"Turn Soonest to the Sea" as written by Lucas Hoskin Arif Mirabodlbaghi

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Turn Soonest to the Sea song meanings
Add your thoughts

54 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe song is most certainly not from the perspective of Kezia, as the lines seem to be made to apply to her:

    "I remember when you were hopeful
    And you never thought your life would be lived inside a coffin with a moral sacrifice and a million social obligations"

    This is stated by someone who has obviously known Kezia since she was young (>17), before she was tied down by the expectations of society and presumably before she gave up her virginity ("bled on the bed as [she] fed those expectations"). She hesitated to fill the role set before her by society which was a strict boundary of what she couldn't be: "Not a mother, not an aunt, not a sister who's not subdued."

    "I know we'll wake up one day with a gun to the back of our brains
    You'll be asking for your rib and I'll smile and call you brave"

    The above lines are a bit confusing. It may be that the "we" refers to the author of the note and Kezia and that they'll both be martyrs for the cause of egalitarianism. Or it may be that the "we" refers to men as a whole, in which case I feel that the next lines must be interpreted entirely differently, as it would seems that the women would have turned the tables and be instead the oppressors of those that had oppressed them (mankind). Or it may be something completely different (feel free to comment).

    "Maybe someday when - when this bloody skull has dried I'll know our city is in ruins when the greatest source of pride is a monument of dicks and ribs and gender crowns we wore"

    If it is the first case, and the gun is also to the back of Kezia's head (and the author's), then the bloody skull belongs to either of them and its drying obviously refers to the event occurring (long) after they have died. The city may be in ruins, but the monument to what has been accomplished is still intact. However, I find the other scenario to be more plausible. The "we" refers to "man" and they are in turn oppressed in the same manner as women were once oppressed. The city (world) would then be in ruins when instead of the objectification of women you have a similar idol set to the dicks and ribs (rather than breasts, as now) and other gender symbols of man. The plaque's reading then takes on a new meaning of an oppressive regime rather than a message of hope.

    Also, good catch AmpleVoltage. I didn't know that Young and Modern was a magazine, but it certainly makes sense that they would slip in more examples of objectification in society.
    7IHdon April 08, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain