"Rise & Shine" as written by and Dye/reynolds....
there are ghosts in here
they are stuck in the middle
midnight rattling chains
just like fireworks
heading straight for the heavens
but explode on the way

wake up, sweetheart
rise and shine
there are bones to bury
and bones to find
this place is coming to life

just like dominoes
first one, then come the others
long invisible lines
restless prisoners
damsels longing for lovers
rhymers searching for rhymes

wake up, sweetheart
rise and shine
i hear music playing
chorus lines
this place is coming to life

speak up, sweetheart
we're wasting time
these are changed surroundings
hold on tight
this place is coming to life

Lyrics submitted by AllStarMe

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    General Commentthis song is so simple that it makes it so diverse...it's basically about giving what you've been taught life is or meant and enjoy what's in front of you...society makes us believe we have to keep up with the flow and he just wants us to slow down and think about how good this moment really is
    nialccmffejon April 28, 2014   Link
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    General CommentGreat song IMO....I can't believe that nobody has commented on it!
    scootingeron November 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is talking about spirits making their way to heaven, or some spirits that don't deserve to be in heaven and are still trying to make their way there.

    "There are ghosts in here
    They are stuck in the middle"

    They're stuck in the middle being purgatory.

    "Heading straight for the heavens
    But explode on the way"

    They don't make it straight through.

    "Just like dominoes
    First one, then come the others
    Long invisible lines
    Restless prisoners"

    There are many spirits, lined up, waiting to be accepted into heaven but they are stuck and jailed in purgatory.
    marinerdon March 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this is one of Guster's best, though I really don't know what the song is about.
    The O-Manon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought of it as trying to wake up from a nightmare before it gets too crazy. ("This place is coming to life") But that's not very symbolistic. It's just me being stupid and trying to sound smart. =D
    maxy17on June 02, 2010   Link

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