"Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Meanwhile back in the year one
When you belonged to no one
You didn't stand a chance, son
If your pants were undone

'Cause you were bred, for humanity
And sold to society
One day you'll wake up, in the present day
A million generations removed from expectations
Of being who you really want to be

Skating away, skating away, skating away
On the thin ice of the new day

So as you push off from the shore
Won't you turn your head once more
And make your peace with everyone
For those who choose to stay
Will live just one more day
To do the things they should've done
And as you cross the wilderness
Spinning in your emptiness
If you have to, pray
Looking for a sign, that the universal minds
Has written you into the passion play

Skating away, skating away, skating away
On the thin ice of the new day

And as you cross the circle line
Well, the ice wall creaks behind
You're a rabbit on the run
And the silver splinters fly
In the corner of your eye
Shining in the setting sun
Well, do you ever get the feeling
That the story's too damn real
And in the present tense?
Or that everybody's on the stage
And it seems like you're the only
Person sitting in the audience?

Skating away, skating away, skating away
On the thin ice of the new day

Skating away, skating away, skating away

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"Skating Away (On the Thin Ice of the New Day)" as written by Ian Anderson

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    My OpinionI believe that the album A Passion Play is crucial to understanding this song. As I haven't listened to A Passion Play yet, I therefore can't give you a full interpretation. However, it seems to me that the lyrics can be taken fairly literally. As a whole, it seems like the song is about expectations of society shaping who a person becomes. In particular, the speaker believes that in the present day, people can't really expect to be who they want to be, but rather what society wants them to be. The character doesn't like this, and tries to get away from those expectations ("...push off from the shore..."). In this case, the shore would be the safe life of living up to people's expectations, and going against those expectations would be, well, skating on thin ice!

    Favorite line from this song: "...get the feeling the story's too damn real and in the present tense."
    Kopachrison March 09, 2011   Link

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