Once I had a child,
he was wilder than moonlight.
He could do it all,
like he'd been here before.

Once I had a child,
she was smiling like sunshine.
She could see it all,
like she'd been here before.

Then I had a child.
Took his while like northern summer
and he knows it all
like he's been here before.

Lyrics submitted by tyak

Here Before (Vashti Bunyan cover) song meanings
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    General CommentOne way you could interpret this is as a song of reincarnation.

    However, I don't think that's the case. I believe the lyrics are about a parent's bewilderment towards their child's intelligence and personal identity from such a young age. Even if a child's a mere week old, he or she develops his or her own personality. By alluding towards reincarnation, I believe the lyrics are more set on comparing a young life to something as mystical and captivating as reincarnation, or any other religious/supernatural phenomenon itself.
    tyakon October 24, 2010   Link

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