The sky was falling, heaven was calling.
When danger crashes, rose from the ashes.

Like two statues hidden inside ancient rock,
We were praying for the secrets to unlock.
And when the sun had turned its back on us,
In the dark our love kept track of us,
Pushed together by the lack of love.

We held each other tightly
through our hell of dreams.
I still hear the never-ending
echo of those screams.

But it's a life not made for reliving,
Its a life that makes your soul forgiving.
We sealed our bond from the beginning.

Aching, affection, vulnerable protection;
Falling, captured, crawling, rapture.

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    General CommentThe title of this song is taken from the poem "Love Among the Ruins" by Robert Browning, posted here for your convenience:

    Where the quiet-coloured end of evening smiles,
    Miles and miles
    On the solitary pastures where our sheep
    Tinkle homeward thro' the twilight, stray or stop
    As they crop--
    Was the site once of a city great and gay,
    (So they say)
    Of our country's very capital, its prince
    Ages since
    Held his court in, gathered councils, wielding far
    Peace or war.

    Now the country does not even boast a tree,
    As you see,
    To distinguish slopes of verdure, certain rills
    From the hills
    Intersect and give a name to, (else they run
    Into one)
    Where the domed and daring palace shot its spires
    Up like fires
    O'er the hundred-gated circuit of a wall
    Bounding all
    Made of marble, men might march on nor be prest
    Twelve abreast.

    And such plenty and perfection, see, of grass
    Never was!
    Such a carpet as, this summer-time, o'er-spreads
    And embeds
    Every vestige of the city, guessed alone,
    Stock or stone--
    Where a multitude of men breathed joy and woe
    Long ago;
    Lust of glory pricked their hearts up, dread of shame
    Struck them tame;
    And that glory and that shame alike, the gold
    Bought and sold.

    Now--the single little turret that remains
    On the plains,
    By the caper overrooted, by the gourd
    While the patching houseleek's head of blossom winks
    Through the chinks--
    Marks the basement whence a tower in ancient time
    Sprang sublime,
    And a burning ring, all round, the chariots traced
    As they raced,
    And the monarch and his minions and his dames
    Viewed the games.

    And I know, while thus the quiet-coloured eve
    Smiles to leave
    To their folding, all our many-tinkling fleece
    In such peace,
    And the slopes and rills in undistinguished grey
    Melt away--
    That a girl with eager eyes and yellow hair
    Waits me there
    In the turret whence the charioteers caught soul
    For the goal,
    When the king looked, where she looks now, breathless, dumb
    Till I come.

    But he looked upon the city, every side,
    Far and wide,
    All the mountains topped with temples, all the glades'
    All the causeys, bridges, aqueducts,--and then
    All the men!
    When I do come, she will speak not, she will stand,
    Either hand
    On my shoulder, give her eyes the first embrace
    Of my face,
    Ere we rush, ere we extinguish sight and speech
    Each on each.

    In one year they sent a million fighters forth
    South and North,
    And they built their gods a brazen pillar high
    As the sky
    Yet reserved a thousand chariots in full force--
    Gold, of course.
    O heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns!
    Earth's returns
    For whole centuries of folly, noise and sin!
    Shut them in,
    With their triumphs and their glories and the rest!
    Love is best.
    wildflowerfeveron May 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm really not sure what this song means, as it seems to relate only peripherally to the poem. Sometimes I think of it literally, as two people falling in love unexpectedly while experiencing some great tragedy together (like war or some sort of natural disaster), and sometimes I think of it more figuratively, as finding love again among the ruins of failed relationships.

    Either way, it's a crazy-happy song and I love listening to it :)
    wildflowerfeveron May 02, 2011   Link

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