"Wide Lovely Eyes" as written by and Warren Ellis Nicholas Edward Cave....
You wave at the sky with wide lovely eyes
Waves and waves of love creep by
And through the garden with your secret key
Down the tunnel that leads to the sea
Step off the beach beneath the iron sky
You wave and wave with your wide lovely eyes
Crystal waves and waves of love
You wave and say goodbye

Your dress size with your wide lovely strides
And all along the street and lately the stories abound
They've dismantled the fun fair and they've shut down the rides
And they've hung the mermaids from the streetlights by their hair
And with wide lovely eyes, you wave at the sky
And me at the high window watching the ride
The waves of blue and the waves of love
You wave and say goodbye

The night expands, I am expanding
I watch your hands like butterflies landing
All among the myths and the legends we create
And all the laughing stories we tell our friends
Close the windows, clear up the mess
It's getting late, it's darker and closer to the end
Through the tunnel and down to the sea
And on that pebble beach, your laces you untie
And arrange your shoes side by side
You wave and wave with your wide lovely eyes
Distant waves and waves of destined love
You wave and say goodbye

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    General CommentIćm not sure what the song is about, but the images it produces are magical, like trying to escape together from this straightforward world, that destroys all that is beautiful (mermaids) into another imaginary place...
    soboton June 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout a girl committing suicide.
    So sad.
    semjhson December 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOn the surface it does indeed look like a suicide story. The girl's life has deteriorated to the point where there's nothing left for her to find joy in, her fun fair has been dismantled and the rides have been shut down, so she takes off her shoes and walks into the ocean.
    Brassfinchon May 17, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI was thinking the same, a girl commiting suicide. Especially after the line:

    And arrange your shoes side by side.

    A small detail, but it is something someone would do before walking into the ocean to commit suicide.
    Seressevicon February 26, 2018   Link

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