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Iʼm tearing up, across your face
Move dust through the light
To find your name
It's something faint
This is not a place
Not yet awake, I'm raised of wake

Still alive who you love
Still alive who you love
Still alive who you love

In a mother, out a moth
Furling forests for the soft
Gotta know been lead aloft
So I'm riddling all your stories
What I know, what it is, is pouring – wire it up!

You're breaking your ground



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    UnregisteredDec 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    For me, this song reflects the death of my mother, and it makes me cry. The chorus, "still alive who you love" reminds me of the quote from William Penn "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies." Beautiful, and very true.
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    Joy JechJul 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm
    This song is very nautical. I think that the imagery of "tearing up across your face" is analogous for a dusty photograph but that is only a metaphor for a person who is stuck in a moment in time, not moving. "Boring" (not pouring). I'm guessing "Perth" is the name of a boat that has not moved for sometime perhaps due to the stagnancy of the boats caretaker and being emotionally stuck. "Move dust through the light to find your name" brings up the image of a person dusting off the stagnant ship to reveal the name written there. "Not a place" - not "Perth" the place. Boats are always personified so if she was sitting there a long time, she was "not yet awake". But she is "still alive". "Gotta know been led aloft" aloft is a nautical term to mean, in the rigging , on the masts. "So I'm riddling all your stories" - all the stagnancy & repetitive nature of the heart & mind. All the excuses to let the boat and the life stay in a sleeping state. "I know what it is, it's boring, wire it up"! It's like saying let go of all that in your head (the stories we keep telling ourselves) that is keeping you stuck & live! Restore the ship of your heart. Wire up the mast! "Your breaking your ground" - it's a nautical term to mean pulling up anchor & therefore, setting sail.
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    UnregisteredAug 23, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Heath ledger was born in perth, australia. He's talking about how (perth) "this is not a place" to be focused on, but rather a simple setting for heath to live and be remembered "still alive who you love". Also, "you're breaking your ground" refers to how he's broked free of his simple birth place and has achieved so much.

    The title, "perth" is not mentioned in the lyrics to show that it's not the focus of heath's life, but rather another aspect of it.
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    UnregisteredApr 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    They leave it open to interpretation so each person may relate: originally to me, it was about lost love, but then it seemed to relate more to the loss of a close fried for me, but on occassion, it makes me think about my ex... The lyrics being incoherent thoughts is actually pure genius. They're coherent, but you need to fill in the blanks with what's in your heart...
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    UnregisteredDec 2, 2011 at 5:40 am
    Im tearing up- across your face= im tearing up your photograph, right across your face... Thats where it starts. A lover that is parting ways with his once lover. He misses her, is trying to move on, trying to rid himself of the memories the stories. Its all boring its over and he needs to be breaking new ground to move on...

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