"The Penalty" as written by and Zach Condon....
Like an ancient day and I'm on trial
Let them seize the way, this once was an island
And I could not stay for I believed them
Left for the lights always in season

Impassable night in a crowd of homesick
Fully grown children, you'll leave the lights
Your family may not wait, Sir, keep on breathing
Our parents rue the day, they find us kneeling
Let them think what they may, for they've good reason
Left for the lights always in season

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"The Penalty" as written by Zach Condon

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    General CommentI think this song is about coming to the decision of leaving your home and family behind at a young age. "This once was an island" refers to the small town you grew up in or your house, while the "lights aways in season" is the allure of a big city as you get older and realize how big the world is.

    The second verse is after a couple months when big city life doesn't have that special allure it once had. Some stay in the city, some leave to go back home.

    The last four lines is someone trying to convince you to stay in the city. Your family might not want you back. Your parents long to see you come back home on your knees begging to stay with them.
    JPW7218on December 06, 2007   Link

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