"Banner" as written by Thomas Salter and Valerie Poxleitner....
Maybe it's bricks and mortar now, whether or not they run it down
I don't want anything to shake that shape away
No one told us which way to come, nobody mapped oblivion
So I go growing roses in disarray

Just like most, falling head in
'Til my ghost fills the bed in
So lift it up like a banner
Hold it up over me
If this war is never ending
I'll take this love down with me
Like a banner

I don't need fate to give it time, it doesn't toke pain to change your
Mind no weapon con sever the soul from me not the sorceress, not the money
All my cleverness, all my cunning so lift up like a banner
Hold it up over me if this war is never ending

I'll take this love down with me
Like a banner
It's around me in my surroundings
It counts me when it starts the counting
In the chaos there is a standard
I'm carrying it like a banner

So lift it up like a banner
Hold it up over me
If this war is never ending
I'll take this love down with me

Lyrics submitted by lightsiberia, edited by IsraelChua, hangaloupe, upSpiral

"Banner" as written by Valerie Poxleitner Thomas Salter

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  • +3
    General CommentI really love this song. I think it has a lot of meaning. It sounds like she has a strength and a certainty that nothing can shake. Not evil (witchcraft, sorcery) or money (greed, fame). She believes in the existence of a soul and the importance of keeping that soul intact in a world of chaos.

    No one tells you which way to go in your life, you just have to find it and be strong in yourself. The line about growing roses in disarray to me means having your own idea of optimism and happiness, away from the world. In disarray could mean craziness, so maybe a fun, childlike activity, growing roses all around for fun.

    Her banner represents her will to fight I suppose, and her strength in something bigger than her and the negativity in the world. No matter what happens, even if the world runs her down, she will take this love and strength down with her, never really losing in the end.
    canuckgirl105on November 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentReminds me of Pslam 20:5
    "We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God."

    She's a Christian, and i can definitely see this song as being inspired by her faith.
    gravityhappenson February 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if I was the only one who caught the Elder Scrolls reference, but when you're in Oblivion, there's no accurate map to help guide you. You're kind of left on your own to find the sigil stone and close the oblivion gate. Anyway, that's what I caught from the song. Yeah for nerdy references!
    theycallherkatieon April 01, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that there are MANY interpretations of this song.

    Firstly, a 'banner' could be many things:
    It could be a white banner which means surrendering
    It could be a banner of protest; standing up for what you believe in and fighting for it
    It could be a banner symbolising peace, which also goes back to the idea of surrendering
    It could also be a metaphorical banner, one which shows a change in someone's life. Like if someone wishes to change their life for the better good.

    Secondly, 'nobody mapped Oblivion' is clearly an Elder Scrolls reference. Evidence that this could be true is that I've seen LIGHTS tweeting about both Oblivion and Skyrim.

    It is also clear that this is a song about standing up for what you believe in, which also goes back to my point about protest.
    EmilySophieRoseon May 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt could ave any meaning depending on how the person relates to the song, that's what makes it such an amazing song. c: I personally feel the lyrics are about having strength, and ambition to do what's right.

    And also, in the music video she is carrying a white banner
    iCuddlehon July 10, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about Love.
    LIGHTS stated in a video that "this song itself is about love essentially." [1]

    Thus, the banner symbolizes the power of love. By lifting up the banner, she declares that love will see her through when her world is in chaos. In the music video, when the banner was lifted up, the fighting stopped. She relies on this banner of love, such that even "if this war is never ending, I'll take this love down with me."

    So whether things are getting better ("bricks and mortar now"),
    or whether things get worse ("they run it down"),
    she lifts up the banner of love.

    So what is this 'love' that she means? It could be her own love for others, or others' love for her.

    Interestingly she uses the words "standard" and "banner". Since she is a Christian, she would have heard the phrase "his banner over me is love", which is taken from the Bible [2] and a popular hymn [3]. She likely refers to the banner as God's love for her.

    The lyrics "In the chaos there is a standard" seem to be referred from the Bible too. Another popular verse from the Bible reads "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him" [4]. This statement sounds just like the song. Probably she is announcing that in her hard times, God will protect her.

    Some might disagree about the Christian ideas, but whether she meant the song in a Christian sense or not, the core meaning remains. The song is still about love being her strength during her toughest moments, whether the love from herself, her family and friends, or in her God.

    [1] LIGHTS - The Making of "Banner" video (youtube.com/…)
    [2] Song of Solomon 2:4 (biblehub.com/songs/…)
    [3] His Banner Over Me Is Love lyrics (elyrics.net/read/c/cedarmont-kids-lyrics/…)
    [4] Isaiah 59:19b (biblestudytools.com/nkjv/isaiah/…)
    IsraelChuaon July 16, 2013   Link

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