"Shine On" as written by and James Hillier Blount....
Are you calling for our last dance?
I see it in your eyes in your eyes
I could use the same old lines but I'll sing

Shine on, just shine on
Close your eyes and they'll all be gone
They can scream and shout that they've been sold out
But it paved the cloud that we're dancing on
So shine on, just shine on
With your smile just as bright as the sun
'Cause they're all just slaves to the Gods they've made
But you and I, just shone, just shone

And when silence greets my last goodbye
The words I need are in your eyes
And I'll sing

Shine on, just shine on
Close your eyes and they'll all be gone
They can scream and shout that they've been sold out
But it paved the cloud that we're dancing on
So shine on, just shine on
With your smile just as bright as the sun
'Cause they're all just slaves to the Gods they've made
But you and I just shone, just shone

So shine on, just shine on
Close your eyes and they'll all be gone
They can scream and shout that they've been sold out
But it paved the cloud that we're dancing on
So shine on, just shine on
With your smile just as bright as the sun
'Cause they're all just slaves to the Gods they've made
But you and I just shone, just shone


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"Shine On" as written by James Blount

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    General CommentOne of my favorites from Blunt's new album "All The Lost Souls".


    For me, this song is about the end of a relationship - breaking up and moving on. It's the "last dance" and "last goodbye". The "silence" that "greets the last goodbye" represents the inability to find the right words to say (“the words I need”). The truth, however, is reflected in the eyes (“I see it in your eyes”) - the proverbial window to the soul… indicating the other person both “sees” and recognizes that it’s time to let go. However, that the first line is a question "Is it our last dance?" reveals an uncertainty.


    These failed relationships have left behind a drop of cynicism for love and romance – “same old moves” and “same old lies” can be used to start a “new romance” but these lines suggest the “same old” ending will result.


    The “they" in the chorus refer to the fleeting promises of everlasting love; when you “close your eyes, they’ll all be gone”, unable to stand the test of time. The promises of love were “sold out” – deceived, broken and unfulfilled. The “screaming and shouting” reveal the pain of broken promises.


    The promise of eternal love is like god – something revered and believed in but intangible and perhaps on a pedestal so high that it is unreachable. But promises serve this purpose without choice (as “slaves”).


    The chorus…”keep shining/keep smiling” is a message to move on and to keep on loving. The line “shine on” suggests illumination, light, clarity and the imagery of the sun brings warmth - both embody what it’s like to have love in your life. “You and I just shone”, you and I just loved.


    Even though relationships sometimes don’t work out, it’s never a waste of time because it gives us “a cloud to dance on” and brings us closer to that seemingly unreachable “god” in the sky – a love that will last forever.
    gina.lyon October 08, 2007   Link

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