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Jimmy McCarthy – Bright Blue Rose lyrics

I skimmed across black water, without once submerging
Onto the banks of an urban morning
That hungers the first light, much much more
Than mountains ever do.

And she like a ghost beside me, goes down with the ease of a dolphin
And emerges unlearned, unshamed, unharmed
For she is the perfect creature, natural in every feature
And I am the geek with the alchemists' stone.

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For all of you who must discover,
For all who seek to understand,
For having left the path of others
You find a very special hand.

And it is a holy thing, and it is a precious time
And it is the only way
Forget-me-nots among the snow, it's always been and so it goes
To ponder his death and his life eternally.

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For all of you who must discover
For all who seek to understand,
For having left the path of others
You find a very special hand.

And it is a holy thing, and it is a precious time,
And it is the only way
Forget-me-nots among the snow, it's always been and so it goes
To ponder his death and his life eternally.

One bright blue rose outlives all those
Two thousand years and still it goes
To ponder his death and his life eternally.



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    Its Irish, its about guilt & religion, Its about leaving the path that religion takes us on and sinning, its about finding that path again and enjoying the glory of that path & not feeling guilty. Yep, hard catholic guilt, it'll get you every time. Lovely air though, could listen to it all day.
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    Black water is depression skimming over means not getting to far down she like a ghost beside me is our blessed mother she is a perfect creature natural in every feature, he is the geek with the alchemist stone he has the power to change himself into a better person leaving the path of others, not being like the crowd who think it's alright to commit sin.
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    To me it's about the suicide of his beloved (and she like a ghost beside me, goes down with the ease of a dolphin, and emerges unlearned, unashamed, unharmed... purified and released?), whilst he is left dying the slow death of loss of self after experiencing the enormity of his possible guilt for her pain and suffering. In desperation, he discovers another path (one of understanding), finally finding his way back to healing through holiness and acceptance. Not only very catholic, but very human indeed! Beautiful message, beautiful air / lament.
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    bluerose
    I think of the black waters as the difficult times in life and the depression that goes with them. But that each time we come through it and sometimes we wonder how. Each time we come through it is a new morning, fresh with what spiritual lesson we have learned from the experience, each of them shaping us into God's perfect version of ourselves. Life is full of loves and losses, all teaching us lessons, when we lose someone then someone new might arrive on our path or simply when we turn to God for comfort. I think 'She like a ghost beside me, goes down with the ease of a dolphin' is someone hitting a rock bottom or a dark night of the soul then emerging from it refreshed spiritually. 'She is the perfect creature, natural in every feature', We are all perfect in god's eyes, seen as our natural authentic selves. I believe the song is about the strength of the soul on the beautiful crazy painful rollercoaster that we call life. 'Forget me nots among the snow', could mean that deep down we always remember our Creator even when we think we don't but especially the cold hard times (snow), but this has it's own meaning for me because a lot of my most treasured memories of loved ones are in snow, so that's personal and I'm a hopeless romantic, absolutely beautiful, touching song that moves you to the core. Thanks for reading.
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    Bob Logue
    This is a thoroughly Christian experience. Black water is depression or some other tough life experience. The urban morning is an awakening and hunger for the light of Christ. 'She' is the Holy Spirit walking (or swimming) beside me. And only the holy way, the special time, can save me. Two thousand years and so it goes, we are still trying to figure it out.
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