Out in the heartland
I looked in your eyes
And I asked, "Are you ready?
Ready for this life?"

Did you see it coming?
It happened so fast
The timing was perfect
Water on glass

Like tracing figure eights on ice in skates
Oh well
And if this ice should break, it would be my
My mistake

Between the cities
Between the thrills
There's something inside you
That doesn't sleep well

It won't last forever
Or maybe it will
The white clothes they gave you
You wear them so well

Someone once told me
In love, that you must
Place all you're given
In infinite trust

Yet I'm tracing figure eights on ice in skates
So well
And if this ice should break, it would be my
My mistake


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    General CommentThis song makes me so emotional, I think its about a couple that fell in love but know that it's bound to end. Nothing lasts forever.
    pinklavenderon July 18, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song gives me so many feels, it's freaking beautiful. I think as a general concept that it talks about some realtionship that you think it will last forever, but the two people involved are just not meant to be. It's probably about a marriage though.
    It gets me rly emotional. Amazingly poetic, beautiful lyrics.
    di4stemaon March 26, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationObjectively, this song sounds like it's about signing onto a record label and going on tour, and falling in love with it yet not finding fulfillment from it or having doubts about long-term stability perusing it. However, this song reminds me of being manic and having a depressed girlfriend.

    We matched at an opportune time as they don't go out that much. I would manically send them my thoughts and they would take it seriously. There was the moment where I revealed my affections to them, and they told me straight that their depression makes them unreliable. So there was in this moment an exchange of "are you ready for this life?"

    Tracing eights on ice in skates is like balancing my mental health, and if the relationship should break to my mania it would be my mistake. I like the foreshadowing to infinite trust that the figure eight represents.

    Something inside me not sleeping well really suits my dance with mania. Between the thrills of mania, I get down and reclusive.

    They gave me white clothes when I was an inpatient at a behavior health clinic. I vibed with that setting pretty well. I would write down a lot and interact with the other spiritually minded folk there.

    Since that experience I've been balancing my mental health pretty well.
    noodlepanon April 30, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBetween the cities
    Between the sorrels
    Something inside you
    Doesn't sleep well
    hipsterhomelesson July 21, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song and astronaut again give me the notion that the subject is of a person in the military. There are several hints in the song that fit perfectly to that notion.

    "Are you ready, ready for this life?" Majority consensus is military life can be a rude awakening.

    "Between the cities, between the thrills" Living in a military town, many military personnel travel and are known for their off time of partying.

    "It won't last forever or maybe it will. The white clothes they gave you, you wear them so well." Maybe this person will stay in as long as there enlistment states or prolong it and make it a career. Whites are a name of one of the Navy's uniforms.

    Giving the analogy of skating on ice making infinite signs, states that I'll keep the course of love but I chose to be on a dangerous surface. I know this person is leaving yet they could potentially die, cheat (which unfortunately the Navy has a terrible record of that). Yet that's not going to stop her from love and if it all goes to hell she will own up to it.




    Chat_Chat_on December 29, 2015   Link
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    General Commentto me this song seems to be about a relationship between 2 people when one is very sick mentally. them wanting to make sure they're ready to take them on and skating figure 8s on thin ice is like trying to keep their mind together to keep being a desirable partner but knowing that the ice could break at any moment and knowing if it does and ruins everything that it's their fault
    whatisthis8784on January 20, 2021   Link
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    My InterpretationI will be breaking each part down!! But before that I will express that I believe the song is about a multitude of things. First commitment issues, then self esteem problems. I think the narrator feels as if they will ruin the relationship and the person. I think they believe the relationship is rushed, they want to be ready for it and sometimes they think they are, but they’re always aware that they could ruin. That it’ll be their fault, I believe that it due to self esteem issues and the fearful avoidant attachment that they could have. I believe they think they are unloveable which is exactly why they will ruin the relationship.

    Now on to why.

    Out in the heartland
    I looked in your eyes
    And I asked, "Are you ready?
    Ready for this life?"

    I think the first part it’s telling us is that this couple is that the most important part of their relationship. My guess is marriage. They’re clearly making sure their partner is ready for this, even though they probably don’t believe they are.

    Did you see it coming?
    It happened so fast
    The timing was perfect
    Water on glass

    I think this hints at the relationship going so fast. They believe it was the perfect situation and timing to happen. I think the water on glass is a reference to rain on windows how the you follow the droplet with your eyes and predict where it’ll go but then it goes the opposite way.

    Like tracing figure eights on ice in skates
    Oh well
    And if this ice should break, it would be my
    My mistake

    This stanza makes me think of the infinity sign, because of the 8. (Obviously.) I think the narrator believes that the relationship is going well, that the marriage will be successful, but they’re still worried they’ll ruin it, breaking the infinite love and trust between the couple.

    Between the cities
    Between the thrills
    There's something inside you
    That doesn't sleep well

    I think the narrator is telling us that between all the good times and peace there is always that unsettle feeling that the end of their relationship is coming soon.

    It won't last forever
    Or maybe it will
    The white clothes they gave you
    You wear them so well

    To me this makes me believe the thrills and good times is making the narrator hopeful, it could last forever despite the anxiety they bare. Now I interpreted the white clothes as two things. First relating back to the marriage, white is a coming color the bride or groom wears, however I also thought of purity. How pure and amazing this partner is, how good they are and they feel as if they’ll ruin that purity.

    Someone once told me
    In love, that you must
    Place all you're given
    In infinite trust

    This last stanza reminds me of getting love advice from someone. They’re being told to trust what they’re being told and given by this partner. To place it in infinite trust - it makes me think that they don’t believe their partner loves them. That they aren’t loveable.

    There’s my interpretation of this story!! Bonus two character I feel relate to this song. (Geto and Gojo)
    PurpleHyacinthon November 24, 2022   Link

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