"Peace & Quiet" as written by and Harry Mcveigh Charles Cave....
You took the tunnel route home,
you've never taken that way with me before.
Did you feel the need for change?
Apologies on your fingernails,
love flickered in the city of lights,
Like good singers on radio waves

I don't need your tears
I don't want your love
I just gotta get home.

And I feel like I'm breaking up,
and I wanted to stay,
Headlights on the hillside,
don't take me this way,
I don't want you to hold me,
I don't want you to pray,
This is bigger than us

You went where the horses cry,
you've never taken that way with me before.
Did you feel the need for change?
Guilt smeared across your lips,
I was tired and cold from the window
You're cold, nothing has changed.

I don't need your tears
I don't want your love
I just gotta get home.

And I feel like I'm breaking up,
and I wanted to stay,
Headlights on the hillside,
don't take me this way,
I don't want you to hold me,
I don't want you to pray,
This is bigger than us


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"Peace & Quiet" as written by Harry Mcveigh Charles Cave

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    General CommentAmazing song <3

    "After the red ants, the black-out come peace and quiet
    Those little foot-prints fleshed out calm in my mind
    I lay like a compass, digits accusing the sunrise
    Rain-drops abseil the window and flinch through the hurt cries"

    I have a feeling the "red ants" might be a bar or club of some sort and hes talking about coming home wasted, blacking out from too much alcohol. The digits refer to a digital clock and how the time is nearing morning when the sun is about to rise. The bit about raindrops is self explanitory.

    "After the hunt and the sweat now come peace and quiet
    Your head on my heart anchored the storm in my eyes"

    This line is clearly about after sex and the person has their head on his chest.

    "I lay like a carcass, your lips never letting the blood dry
    And so I pray for tomorrow and wait listening out for a reply"

    The person then leaves prematurely leaving them feel dead and alone like a carcass and they are awaiting a phonecall or text message the day after from them.

    Thats my interpretation anyway but could be wrong!
    suziestrawbson March 11, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionAfter the red ants, the black-out, come peace and quiet
    Those little footprints fleshed out calm in my mind
    I lay like a compass, digits accusing the sunrise
    Raindrops abseil the window and flinch through the hurt cries

    I feel this great pressure coming down on me
    And the tide of my bliss pulling at your sympathy
    I feel this great pressure coming down on me (when my nerve's on the high wire)
    My bliss pulling at your sympathy

    After the hunt and the sweat, now come peace and quiet
    Your head on my heart anchored the storm in my eyes
    I lay like a carcass, your lips never letting the blood dry
    And so I pray for tomorrow and wait, listening out for a reply

    I feel this great pressure coming down on me
    And the tide of my bliss pulling at your sympathy
    I feel this great pressure coming down on me (when my nerve's on the high wire)
    My bliss pulling at your sympathy

    I feel this great pressure coming down on me
    And the tide of my bliss pulling at your sympathy
    I feel this great pressure coming down on me (when my nerve's on the high wire)
    My bliss pulling at your sympathy

    I think Suzie might have the right idea lyrically or the song could be about someone who's in a love/hate type romantic relationship where every fight they have after they make up it's all blissful and perfect but they know there's another storm or fight coming up so they await the next breakdown. They're fights are angry like red ants and the blackout is when he drinks so much he blacksout cause the fight is so tumultuous. The peace & quite is like the calm once they make up while also symbolizing the calm before the next storm or fight.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon November 23, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is their Tears for Fears song :-)

    I am a simple person so I guess this song is about dying after being bitten by a swarm of red ants.
    partenopeion February 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIs the 1st line correct? When I 1st heard it I thought the lyrics were 'After the red hands'. This would make more sense, although all the lyric websites seem to use ants as the lyric.


    I think this song is about about someone murdering another person. Although there's no explanation in the song to why...
    cpisthedbbon February 17, 2011   Link

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