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where are we? what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just began to fall
crop circles in the carpet, sinking, feeling
spin me around again and rub my eyes
this can't be happening
when busy streets a mess with people would stop to...

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    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd, 2011 4:54pm report


    In my opinion, since I am a very hardcore gamer I can relate it to a video game, Half-Life 2. I believe its about the combine taking over humanity in such a short span and leaving humanity to slowly die. Dr. Breen made the decision to hand over earth to the combine (he decided this) and his lies about how the combine will help us advance further even though they killed over 5 billion people and are slowly leading us to extinction. Its how we were on the earth first and how every body (crowds in streets) was sad the day of the takeover which was so swift (seven hours. Oily marks appear on walls of rooms with death and sadness when over 5 million people once had wonderful and pleasant moments in rooms like those. Dr. Breen is like the kidnapper of humanity and earths resources, making false promises with mid sweet talk. Trains and sewing machines are just some of the technology we have left in this world where we are enslaved.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 2011 3:39pm report


    This song could mean a number of things. Only the artist knows for sure what this song really means. I think the meaning is extremly broad and people can make their own interpretations.

    I think that it is possibly about a fight, a big one that just brutally murdered the relationship. As they come to realization as to what happens they are in awe that this could actually happen to them. One of them is actually moving out (crop circles on the carpet), and the other is just incredibly depressed about the situation and is thinking that she never wants to go through this again because it's so painful.

    But the interpretation depends on the person this was just what I'm getting from the song. It's a beautiful song that may not have wanted interpretation.

    Love, Sandrine Owens.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 2011 3:47am report


    I first heard this song a few weeks ago and while I thought it was beautiful and compelling, the lyrics seemed pretty random and inconsequential to me. It always made me cry though. Last week I lost a friend to suicide and suddenly the meaning of the song is completley obvious. The lyrics takes you through the process of shock, disbelief and anger. I don't wish to insult anyones intelligence by elaborating as to me it is obvious. I am stunned and very moved at how a relatively short song can encapsulate a complete range of emotional reactions to something so inexplicably tragic.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 2011 3:07am report


    or maybe let us just ask Imogen....when and if we get the chance to...



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 2011 3:06am report


    I love listening to this song when im depressed and feeling very emotional. my friend is a poet and she always listens to this song for inspiration to write her poems.

    anyway my interpretation is qt random but im convinced.lol.
    i feel like it's a abstract song about politics and war etc. It's really hard for me to expand but everytime i listen to this song i see a deserted town after paused at war, with still soldier. a grayscale sort of picture, gloomy. yet I still relate it to a love story.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 9th, 2011 3:11am report


    I love listening to this song when im depressed and feeling very emotional. my friend is a poet and she always listens to this song for inspiration to write her poems.

    anyway my interpretation is qt random but im convinced.lol.
    i feel like it's a abstract song about politics and war etc. It's really hard for me to expand but everytime i listen to this song i see a deserted town after paused at war, with still soldier. a grayscale sort of picture, gloomy. yet I still relate it to a love story.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 1st, 2011 3:03am report


    humanity self destructing rather than evolving thru truth and love....just to name a few things that come to my mind while listening to this song:

    native american holocaust
    jewish holocaust
    slavery
    Nagasaki and Hiroshima



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    anonymous
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    Feb 9th, 2011 2:18pm report


    It's about when she and her sister were younger and they were raped by someone, and the "crop circles in the carpet" are the semen traces that were found by the police and the "Oily marks appear on walls
    where pleasure moments hung before
    the take over
    the sweeping insensitivity" is where the police found finger prints and marks of the rape on the walls.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2011 2:32am report


    It is about human trafficking and modern slavery. How people are lied and transported as if they were commodities. Hidden from the world and yet people don't care to really see it in today's day.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 30th, 2011 1:16pm report


    YOU FUCKING IDIOT. the song is about the HOLOCAUST! go listen to the song again, trains and sewing machines? LOL, about relationship. Imogen has more meaning to her songs than you know, her form of writing in lyrics is amazing and unique so she isn't gonna write about a 'breakup' just like everyone else. think outside the box.



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    John Gibby
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    Jan 17th, 2011 1:45pm report


    As has already been suggested I also think this song is about the holocaust.

    where are we?
    what the hell is going on?

    (prisoners confused about where they are)

    the dust has only just begun to form
    crop circles in the carpet
    sinking feeling

    (they were taken from their homes and their things taken and burnt. their lives have turned to dust.)

    spin me round again
    and rub my eyes,
    this can't be happening
    when busy streets a mess with people
    would stop to hold their heads heavy

    (again, they don't understand what's happening and when they being to realise they can't believe it)

    hide and seek
    trains and sewing machines

    (they were brought on trains and forced to sew)

    all those years
    they were here first

    (the Nazis built the camps before moving in the prisoners)

    oily marks appear on walls
    where pleasure moments hung before the takeover,
    the sweeping insensitivity of this still life

    (upset about what has happened)

    hide and seek
    trains and sewing machines (oh, you won't catch me around here)
    blood and tears (hearts)
    they were here first

    (see above)

    Mmmm whatcha say,
    Mmm that you only meant well?
    well of course you did
    Mmmm whatcha say,
    Mmmm that it's all for the best?
    of course it is
    Mmmm whatcha say?
    Mmmm that it's just what we need
    you decided this
    whatcha say?
    Mmmm what did she say?

    (the prisoners talking to the nazis. they convinced them what they were doing was for their own good)

    ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
    mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs
    speak no feeling no I don't believe you
    you don't care a bit,
    you don't care a bit

    (this is pretty cryptic but maybe it's about the lies the prisoners were told)

    (hide and seek)
    ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
    mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs

    (hide and seek)
    speak no feeling no i don't believe you
    you don't care a bit,
    you don't care a (you don't care a) bit

    (hide and seek)
    oh no, you don't care a bit
    oh no, you don't care a bit

    (hide and seek)
    oh no, you don't care a bit
    you don't care a bit
    you don't care a bit

    (the Nazis obviously didn't care about the prisoners)

    Anyway, that's how I interpreted it.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 11th, 2011 1:04am report


    Maybe about the holocaust? :)

    where are we?
    what the hell is going on?
    the dust has only just begun to form
    crop circles in the carpet (To many Jewish people, it happened so suddenly.)
    sinking feeling

    spin me round again
    and rub my eyes,
    this can't be happening (With something as awful as the holocaust,it was unbelievable, and still is.)
    when busy streets a mess with people
    would stop to hold their heads heavy
    (Such awful things, that most could do nothing about but cry)
    hide and seek (Many Jewish people hid)
    trains and sewing machines
    all those years
    they were here first (Many people believe that the Jewish people were here first)

    oily marks appear on walls
    where pleasure moments hung before the takeover, (When Hitler/Nazis tookover)
    the sweeping insensitivity of this still life

    hide and seek
    trains and sewing machines (oh, you won't catch me around here)(They carried people away in trains)
    blood and tears (hearts)
    they were here first

    Mmmm whatcha say,
    Mmm that you only meant well? (Nazis say that they only ment well.)
    well of course you did
    Mmmm whatcha say,
    Mmmm that it's all for the best? (They told the Jewish people that it was for the best)
    of course it is
    Mmmm whatcha say?
    Mmmm that it's just what we need(Nazis also said that it was just what the "Jews" needed)
    you decided this (The Jewish people had no say)
    whatcha say?
    Mmmm what did she say?

    ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
    mid-sweet talk,(They acted like they were doing good.) newspaper word cut outs
    speak no feeling no I don't believe you
    you don't care a bit,
    you don't care a bit (They obvisouly didnt care a bit)

    (hide and seek)
    ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
    mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs

    (hide and seek)
    speak no feeling no i don't believe you
    you don't care a bit,
    you don't care a (you don't care a) bit

    (hide and seek)
    oh no, you don't care a bit
    oh no, you don't care a bit

    (hide and seek)
    oh no, you don't care a bit
    you don't care a bit
    you don't care a bit





    In Memory of Anne Frank
    wether or not this song speaks about what happened to her, RIP



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    anonymous
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    Jan 6th, 2011 1:53pm report


    So I am not posting my interpretation but I was reading comments on this song on youtube and this idiot on there said this song is about neofascist or nazi takeover...how dumb can people get I mean wow.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 25th, 2010 11:02pm report


    I think that she got dumped and she wants him to still love her.In the end,it doesn`t work.She stops believing him.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 13th, 2010 10:10pm report


    "Hide And Seek"
    Is ultimately about a woman who fell for a married man, and realizes too late that he has used her, her feelings for him were painfully real, his feelings for her were convenient.

    Where are we? What the hell is going on?
    The dust has only just begun to fall,
    (after the first break up he seeks her out for sex but she was just getting settled into being without him and accepting she needed to move on)

    Crop circles in the carpet, sinking, feeling.
    Spin me round again and rub my eyes.
    This can't be happening.
    (crop circles in the carpet is code for sex on the floor, regrets the physical weakness, spin me around again, this can't be happening, she knows it's wrong and that she is being taken advantage of but because she loves him far more than he ever loved her, she can't resist)

    When busy streets a mess with people
    would stop to hold their heads heavy.
    (can't be seen in public, relationship is wrong so has to be hidden, stop to hold their heads, stop and look, heavy is result of fallout of illicit relationship coming to light)

    Hide and seek (secret affair)

    Trains and sewing machines.
    All those years they were here first.
    (reference to his home with his wife and children)

    Oily marks appear on walls
    Where pleasure moments hung before.
    (the marks on the walls where photos used to hang)

    The takeover, the sweeping insensitivity of this
    still life.
    (he dumps her, uncaring, she has to take down the photos and puts in their place a still life... Ie... Her life without him)

    Hide and seek.
    Trains and sewing machines. (Oh, you won't catch me around here)
    (reference to his home with his wife and children, and he won't catch her around him anymore, she realizes he's a selfish womanizer, and she is truly done with him)

    Blood and tears,
    (her pain)

    They were here first.
    (his family)

    Mmm, what you say?
    Mm, that you only meant well? Well, of course you did.
    (his explanation when he is dumping her)

    Mmm, what you say?
    Mm, that it's all for the best? Because it is.
    (her response, she is agreeing with him but not for the same reasons... She knows who he is now and she realizes truly she is better off without this man in her life)

    Mmm, what you say?
    Mm, that it's just what we need? And you decided this.
    (He is in control of the relationship, he made the decision, he took advantage that she loved him far more than he loved her)

    Mmm what you say?
    What did she say?
    (he came back looking for her... SEEKING... like in the game hide and seek... and she is asking "what did she say?" .....as in.......what is she herself, the girlfriend going to say to his new line of empty charm?

    Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
    (ransom note is in its nature if you give me this then I’ll return your loved one safely, basically he is saying if you comply I‘ll return your love)

    Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
    (mid-sweet, not fully or truly sweet, newspaper word cut-outs are reference to cut and paste, he’s using a line on her)

    Speak no feeling, no I don't believe you.
    You don't care a bit. You don't care a bit.
    (she is telling him, don’t talk about feelings, I don’t believe what you say about your feelings, she has discerned he doesn’t really care )

    Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
    Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
    Speak no feeling, no I don't believe you.
    You don't care a bit. You don't care a bit.

    You don't care a bit.
    You don't care a bit.
    You don't care a bit.
    You don't care a bit.
    You don't care a bit.

    Wikipedia
    In a 2005 interview, Heap stated that the song's lyrics, ultimately about having painfully lost a loved one and met with a selfish and uncaring response to her loss,
    ……I think it is obvious ….. She is explaining to the man about the painful loss of him, he is not concerned with her pain………






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