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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 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    For me, "tearing up across your face" brings up a picture of some whose tears are falling on the photograph of someone's beloved face
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    UnregisteredMay 1, 2012 at 2:52 am
    Perth is also a small town in ontario. He has a song called calgary so maybe he had a canadian lover? Just a thought. Canadian lover... What the hell did i just write?
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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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    UnregisteredJan 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    It's about a dude fighting for love and thy he is willing to fight for his life to be with this girl.
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    Joy Jech5 days ago 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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