Put your coat on, this city trembles.
Keep your chin up, as you untagle God
From cold blood and bruises.

We are X-rays of something broken.
Cursive bloodlines write every forecast:
An orchestration
Of dissonance and innocent surrender.

When our color dies,
We will bury the ashes of time,
And we will earn new eyes.

Wrists get tired rewriting futures.
Our bodies beg us to be creatures of habit.
We are creatures of habit.

Only with careful hands
We'll turn their fangs into feathers and cures.
Only with careful hands
We'll divide the prisoner
From the prisoner.

Clever beauty,
Umbrellas folding.
In architecture, our lines will measure
A map to find us.
Blue ink will guide us home.

Cranes are creeping, lifting metal,
We will find new ways to settle,
Tipping scales from the killer to its prey.

I can feel the weight around us,
Climbing every rib inside us,
A sanctuary in a lion's mouth.

Lyrics submitted by jfordhay

Careful Hands song meanings
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    General CommentThis is the first song I heard from Sleeping At Last and still remains a favorite. It's absolutely gorgeous.

    The only correction I have is from this line: We'll divide the prisoner From the prisoner. The second 'prisoner' should be 'pioneer.'
    sirensflashingon August 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is gorgeous.
    girlofjulyon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song.
    hularoolaon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Keep your chin up as you untangle God from cold blood and bruises." Absolutely beautiful.
    shirvson December 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh gosh. this song made me cry once when i was like being emo and was really really depressed like no kidding
    i think this song just states the fact that only careful hands can cure like the bad things and the dark burdens in life. well. im not really sure.
    these are really deep lyrics haha does anyone know what it means
    paramore_apartofmeon December 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, to me I think it's about trying to find the beauty in the world we've created rather than dwelling on the pain and it's just saying that the only way we can do this is by carefully extracting moments of beauty from all the crap. But at the same time I don't really want to analyse the lyrics too much at the risk of losing beauty to understanding.
    shirvson August 14, 2008   Link

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