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Keane – Perfect Symmetry lyrics

I shake through the wreckage for signs of life
Scrolling through the paragraphs
Clicking through the photographs

I wish I could make sense of what we do
Burning down the capitals
The wisest of the animals

Who are you? What are you living for?
Tooth for tooth, maybe we'll go one more

This life, is lived in perfect symmetry
What I do, that will be done to me

Read page after page of analysis
Looking for the final score
We're no closer than we were before

Who are you? What are you fighting for?
Holy truth? Brother I choose this mortal life

Lived in perfect symmetry
What I do, that will be done to me
As the needle slips into the run-out groove
Love - maybe you'll feel it too

And maybe you'll find life is unkind
And over so soon
There is no golden gate
There's no heaven waiting for you

Oh boy you ought to leave this town
Get out while you can the meter's running down
The voices in the streets you love
Everything is better when you hear that sound

Spineless dreamers hide in churches
Pieces of pieces of rush hour buses
I dream in emails, worn-out phrases
Mile after mile of just empty pages

Wrap yourself around me
Wrap yourself around me
As the needle slips into the run-out groove
Maybe I'll feel it too
Maybe you'll feel it too
Maybe you'll feel it too
Maybe you'll feel it too

I dream in emails, worn out phrases
Mile after mile of just empty pages

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  • u
    I agree that this song may be anti-religious, but not terrorism; I think he's saying how painful it is to see humanity/people destroy itself, and questioning why we destroy ourselves (hence, the references to 'wreckage' and him going through our human history via looking at pictures and writings of our history in 'photographs' & 'scrolling through paragraphs'. Destroying ourselves through war, hate, religious 'truths' but that ultimately makes people fight against other people. The "needle slips into the run-out groove" refers to the needle of a phonograph playing music/a record (back then when 'cds' were the size of serving platters) moves to the outer end of the record/at the end of a song; so I think the singer is saying "as the needle slips into the run-out groove/love - maybe you'll feel it too" that, before your death, he hopes you will feel love too instead of hate/war/destruction, etc.
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  • u
    I am sorry to disappoint you, I think this song speaks about how the war destroys cities and civilization, how a man who have loved people feel the frustration and how he is scarred regarding the dead. When he says "who are you? What are you fighting for?" He is asking if the war is necessary, why the people hate to humanity and destroys it? Why the humans are so stupid and forgot that all that you get is what you give, that is the perfect symmetry meaning, they talking about Karma. It is'n a religion song, it is regarding Love, compassion and reflection.
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  • u
    This song is a sort of anti-religious terrorism song. Its lyrics also seem to have an atheist slant, as it says that 'there's no heaven waiting for you'. Apparantly the main composer, tim rice-oxley and the lead singer, tom chaplin, are both atheists, so it's certainly possible. I also think the line about the needle and the run-out groove could be about s**, although that's only a possibility. I'd be worried if my, err, manhood looked like a needle! All in all, a great song, even though I'm a christian I still very much enjoyed listening to this song.
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