"Shade" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Claims, they crawled from those clouds
And over mountains cried
Into the streams where they ran the length of
Past and time that called out
With their hands beside you
As all the people shouted
Up to the northern territories

My, they glowed like a bug
Burning at the ends
Of shade covered crowns
Whose only words were
Wicked mumbles that shake unstable
Manners brought these thoughts about you
Lights up like flies and ants that dip about
And aim to

Just swallow us up like them bread baked gums
Now I remain glowing at the ends
I remain glowing at the ends
It's because it's you they've become

Shade drifts around, southern where the sheets are
Growing ash and steeple factories
Old boy, you'll never know just what they think
It never finds you
Cheap work finding pockets
Only when we're aimed to

Just swallow us up like them bread baked gums
Now I remain glowing at the ends
I remain glowing at the ends
It's because it's you they've become

These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
Come and get and take me home
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
Come and get and take me home
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again


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"Shade" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    Song MeaningThe song is called Shade. Another word that interchanges with shade is shadow. This song is talking about...how should I put it in layman's terms...ghosts or possessive spirits, etc. For a moment I thought it would be a reference to the writer's own dark side, but read the lyrics again and you will see that the shade is outside of him, but then:
    "It's because it's you they've become."

    "Claims, they crawled from those clouds,
    over mountains cried
    into the streams where they ran the length of
    past and time..."

    In other words, it is saying that the shades claim they come from the clouds (a hint at a formless origin, maybe wispy or etheric by nature). "Past and time" indicate the domain they thrive in. Think time, think Chronos, think Saturn, etc.

    "My, they glowed like a bug burning at the ends of
    shade covered crowns
    whose only words were
    wicked mumbles shake unstable manners
    brought these thoughts about you
    lights up like flies and ants that dip about and aim to
    to swallow us up like the bread baked gums"

    It becomes quite clear the nature of "they" the shades (dark). The perspective of the writer describing what they looked like. The writer goes on to say that the only thing "they" communicate are "wicked mumbles." This whole line is pretty fragmented so it can be interpreted from a few different angles. One could be that the "wicked mumbles," or whispers, and their erratic "unstable manners," or behavior, is brought into action through you or gave the thoughts to you in your mind. Next, he says that their aim or intention is to " swallow us up like the bread baked gums." In other words, the shades' aim is to consume us humans, or at least operate through our physical bodies. In the next few lines, this is confirmed from the perspective of a third party. "It's because it's you they've become."

    "Shade drifts around, southern where the sheets." Now we are back to the less personal "Southern" territory as opposed to the more personal Northern from the first stanza.

    "...are growing ash and steeple factories
    old boy you'll never know just what they
    think, it never finds you
    cheap work finding pockets only when we're aimed to
    to swallow them up like the bread baked gums"

    The above stanza refers to the production of ash which is the dead byproduct of burnt organic matter. Another way to look at this is they are growing death from life. The "steeple factories" are an obvious reference to "mass-produced" churches.

    "old boy you'll never know just what they
    think, it never finds you." This line somewhat eludes me as to who is talking and who is being talked to. I assume that it is the "third party" again that tells the writer that they will never understand what the shades are thinking, even though they are able to read our minds.

    "cheap work finding pockets only when we're aimed to
    to swallow them up like the bread baked gums" This line refers to profiting big off of small-time work and that it only works to your advantage if you are willing to swallow our fellow humans like the shades are doing. Quick rewards require large sacrifice of your own kind.

    "These lights were waves that spilled through my space (in the plains)
    Where no one knows if they'll ever need again (I want to)"

    When you see space, think time and space. When you see plains, or planes rather, think different dimensional planes. No one knows if the shades will "ever need again" or in other words, they are unsure if they will ever come back and demand more of the host. And in a creepy manner, a second voice confirms the hosts fears saying "I want to..." or at least that is the way I interpret it.

    The song is one of the most beautifully sad things I have read. Those last lines on repeat are very pleasing on the ear, but in the perspective I am taking, it holds much tragedy and torment for the host, or writer.


    And their you go. I'm not saying I'm 100% correct, but I can't figure out a more clear and concise interpretation of what is going on. Not everyone is going to be able to grasp what I'm explaining, but I know there are a few who may understand the more occultic side to reality.
    Pgranthamon July 26, 2015   Link

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