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Take what you need while there's time.
The city will be earth in a short while-
If I'm not mistaken it's been in flames.
You and I will escape to the seaside.

There is a storm in the distance,
The wind breathing warning of it's imminence.
There is a lighthouse five hundred yards down;
You and I will be safe there.

There is a girl who haunts that lighthouse.
She saved me, I was swimming,
So young I almost drowned.
Under the water she sang a story
Of losing her lover-
She calls a warning...

Love, you are foolish, you're tired;
Your sleeplessness makes you a liar.
The city is burning,
The ocean is turning,
Our only chance is the lighthouse.

Her lover was a sailor-
She went and she waited there,
The door locked from the outside.
Lover never arrived so she sings there,
Soft as a siren luring the ships off their course, how alarming...

We went in, we climbed up, and looked out.
The door locked from the outside,
Three ghosts in a lighthouse...

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  • EmziieBooshiie
    EmziieBooshiieJul 28, 2008 at 9:29 pm
    Many songs by The Hush Sound include mentions of the sea, the ocean or a lighthouse, and this is one of the most powerful songs. When the girl was young, she almost drowned whilst swimming and was saved by the ghost of a girl who saves the lost because she was lost and forgotten herself when her love never came back and she was enveloped by the sea. The ghost girl knew she wasn't lost but in the future she would be, that's why she saved her. The girl has forgotten of her savior, because it is many years on and a dangerous time for the Earth as havoc is everywhere; water crashing and villages burning from man-made disasters. She remembers a lighthouse far away from all of this where her and her loved one can escape. She remembers the girl who saved her, but not as a memory, as a figment of her imagination, because she can't be sure if it was real or not although it seems so real. They are tired and stressed and escape to the lighthouse, the girl and her lover. The ghost girl still sang there, luring ships to her because she was so lonely and obselete. She remembered the girl would come back and the reason she knows is because, while saving the lost, she inflicts her own feelings on them too, so somebody can understand her, and it's to try and make someone come to keep her company. Of course, the girl and her lover do and can't get through any other way than becoming just like the girl herself, ghostly and forgotten. Or that's what it means to me, anyway. I love this song!
  • EscapingStasis
    EscapingStasisMay 31, 2008 at 3:55 am
    This song is incredible. Figuratively, it can mean a thousand things, but as a literal image, we get a turbid picture of the end of the world.

    All of civilization is being swept away by storms, and the only place to go with the song writer's beloved is to a lighthouse, down by the sea. At the same time, there's a story about another girl's ghost who saves the lost, and who's herself been lost and forgotten by the man she loved. Because of the tragedies, the three characters end up alone in the lighthouse in the end.

    However, there are plenty of symbolic meanings within the song. As with all music, it's entirely subject to interpretation, but my favorite is this:

    There's so much stress and panic in the world around us now that it's just overwhelming, and the song writer wishes more than anything for a haven to escape to, with a dearly loved one, in the face of the storm when it's impossible to handle anymore. The whole mess of worry is exhausting, and it's someday going to fall in on them unless the two manage to lock themselves away someplace in peace.

    Throughout this entire song, the sea is representative of love and the many ways it can become confusing or consuming or hopelessly vast. The girl's ghost really reflects the sad emptiness of a girl who's been through love before and had her heart broken, so she went back inside herself and waited for someone to come along and 'unlock' her; yet, nobody has, so the only thing she can do is comfort herself quietly as other boys pass by or else occasionally turn to her and are lost or ruined on the way.

    Eventually, the song writer says they end up together locked in the lighthouse (in the imaginary safe-haven from the turmoil of life and love), but no matter what they do or where they go, it's never perfect for long, because in the rest of the world they would be destroyed, but in the lighthouse they're as good as ghosts- locked away and only ever able to observe instead of participating, while nobody's coming to save them.

    It's a complex musing on the merits and dangers of solitude, when it all gets down and done, and it's an absolutely gorgeous piece of music to hear, as well.

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