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Bassist John Myung in an interview about the song's meaning. "That was the first song that I did a sketch for where I played guitar and keyboards and bass on it, and I presented it to the band. It was a song that went through many different stages. The first demo that I made was a really raw version of that and then we worked on it as a band and took it to another level. It turned out to be this incredible song that went from the version that I did to something that incorporated the band, which is...

Song Meaning
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The salt flats of Nevada is where Area 51 (the secretive military base) is located. It was also called “Paradise Ranch” to entice workers to the desolate location.

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I think this song is about the fear of romantic relationships turning bitter.

There's consistent imagery of water and drowning, "rain, umbrella, drinking, lung, thirsty, breathing" and repeatedly at the end "Don't sink". This suggests that the person here is afraid that the commitment of love will swallow them whole and drown out everything else. The line "they don't make no love they just go to war" displays that. The love they once had has been replaced by fighting and there's nothing but conflict left. "They're just breathing fire, pulls his teeth, pulls her hair" all show the frustration and...

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I find the lines "My daddy hit me / But he couldn't quit me / We showed each other how to feel alive" deeply disturbing.

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Very nice song although I wish all of it was sung in english. Debbie sang this song beautifully and with deep feelings. Out of 10 I give ot a 8.5

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'On a thousand islands in the sea / I see a thousand people just like me' This makes me think of how the Narrator feels he is alone, though he knows he isn't, 'the sea' could represent the separation and disconnection he feels away from other people.

'We live always underground / It's going to be so quiet in here tonight / A thousand islands in the sea / It's a shame' This suggests that the Narrator thinks that people who are alone are 'always underground' (maybe metaphorically) and are not seen or known. The second two lines make me think...

  • 'Everytime I watch the sky' could suggest a place above the sea and islands, above what the Narrator sees as underground, perhaps a heaven or refuge, a place where he hopes to be, or maybe just observes. 'The sky' could refer to society beyond his isolation, but with him being underground and society in the sky, he feels distant and detached, knowing it's a place he can never reach, and now all he is asking for is to be alone. 'For these last few days' could show how he knows he's spent his alone (in and out of attempts to reconnect with society), but now all he asks is to be alone in it's most complete state.
  • (one of my favourite New Order album tracks :)

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    To those who not only say this ISN’T a Christian song, but vilify Christianity, I ask you to please not conflate true Christianity as exemplified by Christ Jesus with the vile, commercialized, adulterated garbage that is most of modern Christianity and indeed most of the history of so-called Christianity since the “great apostasy” that occurred after the death of the apostles near the end of the first century that Jesus prophecied would come. Indeed, the message of this song is universal, but it has so many terms from and references to the Bible that it isn’t a stretch for Christians to...

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    Love this song. A song dedicated to a person who someone will give up everything for.

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    Super tight song. Very under-rated. The video explains more.

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    This song got me through my first girlfriend breaking up with me. (High school, 35 years ago) Really, really well written song. Permanently on my phone. :-)

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