Keep the Streets Empty For Me Lyrics

memory comes when memory's old
I am never the first to know
following this stream up north
where do people like us float?

there is room in my lap
for bruises, asses, handclaps
i will never disappear
for forever, i'll be here

whispering
morning keep the streets empty for me
morning keep the streets empty for me

I'm laying down eating snow
my fur is hot, my tongue is cold
on a bed of spider web
I think of how to change myself

a lot of hope in one man tent
there's no room for innocence
so take me home before the storm
velvet mites will keep us warm

whispering
morning keep the streets empty for me
morning keep the streets empty for me

whispering
morning keep the streets empty for me
morning keep the streets empty for me

uncover our heads and reveal our souls
we were hungry before we were born
uncover our heads and reveal our souls
we were hungry before we were born
uncover our heads and reveal our souls
we were hungry before we were born
uncover our heads and reveal our souls
we were hungry before we were born
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Jan 14, 2009
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I think this song is a metaphorical reference to endurance and survival, and what better way to express both of these topics than with a deer in the winter (hunting season)? And yes, Karin has stated that this song IS sung from a deer's perspective.

What is implied within the line "morning, keep the streets empty for me," is simply put: "When I wake up, I'm going to hold the reigns over all aspects in my life." KTSEFM is really a song of inner strength, dreams, and acknowledging one's own faults. It's my favorite track on the album.

@tyak I think your right

@tyak Impressive and insightful. It's truly a gem of a song...kinda like 'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star blended with 'Black' by Norah Jones.

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Karin stated in an interview that she is singing as an animal.

"It’s supposed to be a deer singing."

Definitely one of the best tracks, this album is simply awesome.

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If this song is written from the perspective of a deer, then "morning keep the streets empty for me" has a clear meaning: safe passage without being hit in the road. Realizing that made me shiver.

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@Lys3 Yes. That's right. It's about fear and hope. The fear to get hit and the hope for survival We are limiting their space, invading what's left and cutting lines into nature for our cars to run faster and faster. Where are we headed?!

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I believe this song is about human nature and the human spirit. It's easiest to analyze the human spirit when you use something or someone (like a homeless or displaced person) who has been completely stripped of the complexities that society and the material world can impose. We're listening to the voice of a human being...simplified. When we strip away all the bs - we are animals (looking for shelter, food, and warmth),and if those needs aren't threatened, we strive for goodness and love - there's no bad intention, and with that comes an innocence (kind of like how you might picture an animal - or the dear everyone is referencing). Strip us of our desires to compete with each other, to make money, to be "attractive", to live within the confines of society - we're simple beings. A homeless person may not be bogged down by the petty shit a lot of us waste so much energy on. They want food and warmth...and with that simplicity comes clarity, and a sense of freedom...an outsiders perspective on humanity. I just want to be warm, full, and a "good person". Where do I find more people like me? "Where do people like us float?"

"...hope in a one man tent, there's no room for innocence". Our struggle to survive in general, and the need to compete amongst ourselves makes it difficult to be a good person - when you have to fight to stay alive, it can force us to push aside our humanity. "keep the streets empty for me" - keep me safe, and away from the hustle/bustle/potential for negative interactions with the world we've created. Keep me innocent (but not ignorant) and sheltered. The song's about the true nature of a human being, and the struggle to survive while keeping our innocence/"goodness".

Or it could be about shapeshifting - like everyone else is saying. Haha. :) Whatev's. It's art. It can mean something different to so many people.

Very insightful... I agree

Good point.

@justagrl Just replied to the first guy's comment, but you've deconstructed it perhaps more thoroughly and provided some keen insights. Kudos!

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There are two people singing. From "I'm laying down eating snow" to "Whispering" Cecilia Nordlund sings. She then sings with Karin from there, on through the repeated chorus.

I'm not too sure exactly what this song is about. I definitely, in no way, think it's about sex. It being written from a deer's perspective, or some other similar animal's, has always been my impression of it. But parts of the song don't exactly add up to just that.. Like her referring to "people like us" and "handclaps". It's almost like it's about a person who dreams of being an animal. Or maybe even a person that was reincarnated as a deer. But I'm sure it goes deeper, and probably much more personal, than that. So perhaps we'll never know.

This song, I think, is without a doubt the most beautiful song Karin has ever released.

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"i'm laying down eating snow"

exactly, that's what I hear;-)

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i think of HOW to change myself

a lot of hope in ONE man tent

Oops. Thank you! I changed it.

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I think is my favorite from the album. It's just sensational, so lonesome and profound, but so deeply moving and beautiful.

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Question: beginning with the second verse "I learned to not eat the snow" and until the second chorus "whispering" doesn't the voice strike you as someone else's? It's not the usual Karin-esque. Who is it??

By the second chorus' "morning keep the streets empty for me" it seems like that girl's voice is heard in concussion with Karin's trademark one.

I'd be impressed if both voices were indeed Karin's.

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I think this is either about a shaman shapeshifter or primal survival, or both. the deer is a man and vice versa.

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I got the same impression.. not necessarily a shapeshifter, but that the deer and Karin are the same person, trading perspectives. Or rather that the deer is a metaphor for what Karin is going through and they're essentially the same person.

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