The clock may not mean much to rabbits and owls
Depending on darkness and light
To fly in the night or to hide in a hole
We can do both fairly well

But what is this ticking that saves us from sleep
From light and from warm peace of mind?
It's tin and it's cold and is brutal in years
It's emptiness and broken tears

We'll lie under blossom, we'll dance in the field
'Til rocks start to fall from the sky
We'll swim in the river, and bathe in the sea
And lay 'til our bodies are dry

Then what is this beating that saves me from sleep?
It's wondering, waiting to try
The whole world around me is solemn and old
And loneliness answers my sigh


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    General CommentLovely song.
    I was wondering about the meaning of this song (and especially about the title), and I stumbled on this: "The hangman candle has a very long shadow and a very small real body. Typically, it has no upper shadow (or at the very most, an extremely small one). To be an official hangman, the lower shadow must be at least twice the height of the real body. The larger the lower shadow, the more significant the candle becomes."
    Made me think a little. The third part, "we'll lie under blossom..." describes a carefree, happy life, while the second and fourth part seems to refer to a kind of anxiety, fear that the main character cannot get rid of though her life is apparently happy and slowly takes over her, like the shadow becoming bigger than the candle. The references to the clock and ticking made me think about the passing of life, so maybe, this song could be about trying to enjoy life but without managing to forget the threat of death waiting at the end? Just a though...
    lullaby12on November 04, 2009   Link

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