all day the city's selling something
always, the busy people spinning 'round
busier
dizzier
'til they go back home to somewhere

and taxies stop to say "hello"
"want a ride? I'll take you there"
"to anywhere, just tell my driver"

the sun is casting shadows
an afternoon is fading
I ask, but no one knows
the answer to the question
my life is like an island
where does this ocean go?

shyly, a wino sips his wine
slowly, cause to him that is all that matters
he sees a cat he knows so well
now sleeping on a bench together

a woman waiting by herself, selling flowers
"please buy some, so I can help my daughter, will you?"

the man with spider eyebrows
is standing on a corner
"who wants to see a show?"
his head looks like a melon
he turns into an alley
then stops to blow his nose
sky is filled with neon
the buildings stand electric
and almost seem to glow
want answers to the question
my life is like an island
where does the ocean go?
I really want to know
my life is like an island
it's time for me now to fly
where does the ocean go?



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    General CommentBeautiful song.
    It sounds suspiciously similar to Björk's Hyperballad, but more of her sound is never a bad thing.
    zdkmon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto zdkm i was think the exact same thing, it's the high top in the background i think. i kinda figured the song is about someone examining their life, as to figure out what significance it holds.
    jistyon April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's really beautiful.. :)..

    But I think it's her watching the world go by and remembering her time on earth and preparing to die because of the line

    'it's time for me now to fly'

    :')..
    hannahchanon July 09, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song is sung as if from the perspective of a child. The song is not about death, it's about life outside of our life, the world outside of our existence. The song is about what is observed, but not interacted with: the I and My pops up twice, but the rest of the song is what is seen and heard. Our lives are like islands, we live within the shell, but what lies beyond our lives? There's these strange people around us who we can see and hear, but can never really know, and places and people beyond them, each islands and continents to themselves beyond the watery borders of our own lives. Where does this ocean go?

    The speaker endeavours to "fly" to attempt to escape from herself, not by dying, but to explore the greater world around her and the people in it, worlds unto themselves.

    To pair it up with Ghost in the Shell's themes, Motoko considered the 'net the sum of humanity's ideas and consciousness, and considered it (indeed) vast and infinite. In the movie and in anime, she does venture off on her own to explore it, breaking out of her life and experiences and transcending her own body.
    jeremyston August 06, 2013   Link

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