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    Mar 6th, 2015 3:32pm report

    It is obviously a song about a person who has just made an important decision in his/her life: "I took the road..." etc, and also this kind of insecurity which last throughout the song. This person fluctuates between sadness and despair ("fucked it all away"), and "I made my decision, there's no turning back" mindset.
    So, for me, this song is about the uncertainty ("The mirror shows not" - you can see your past life and changes your past have made in your face, but you cannot see the future in the mirror), and fear of future. The person wants to make a decision and not to be afraid, but at the same time he/she is afraid he/she is going to make a big mistake again.

    And of course this theme - destructive effect of time - is packed into the theme of love. This person has just finished a relationship. This must've happened because something stupid this person has said, because he/she constantly says "I took the road and I fucked it all away". Now someone tries to comfort him, but this person accuses only him-/herself. And that's why this reassurance is making everything worse ("Now in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace"). He/she recalls every aspect of his/her happiness. He/She knows that he/she will never be so happy.

    These are my thoughts, one of the best (and saddest) songs.


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    Mar 6th, 2013 3:04am report

    Can it not maybe be a abusive relationship between a father and son as he the line says when i open my body i breathe a lie could that not mean as a child you pretend you happy but if he takes hes clothes off the marks and bruises show his happiness is a lie? just asking as i know depending on your life a lyric can have a differant meaning to me then to you.


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    Feb 26th, 2013 2:48pm report

    Sounds like the mistress at the end of an affair. The broken crown being the lesser position in her lover's life.


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    Feb 23rd, 2013 2:24pm report

    I think that in this song he's seeing all these people who think they're so great and have "crowned" themselves above even God. And so he refuses to wear their broken crown because it's a lie. The last line hints at a religious meaning to me: we are free and can choose to believe in God or not but "in this twilight our choices seal our fate" meaning that God's going to judge us based on what we've done.


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    Feb 13th, 2013 2:00pm report

    P.S. adding to the previous blog I thought more about the lyrics. The phrase "crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down" could indicate an act of penitence until his death, "I'll never wear your broken crown" could also indicate never reaching the state of grace of Christ. The line: "in this twilight how can you speak of grace", to me talks about the constant habit of award winners thanking God, when many of them probably are being hypocritical, twilight being the world of celebrity which is not quite living in the real world. I don't presume to know the mind of the lyricist but this is what I hear when I listen to the song, which to me is the best one on the album.


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    Feb 13th, 2013 2:41pm report

    After listening to the entire album I get the impression it's about some kind of religious redemption. Possibly with the success of "Sigh No More" the usual temptations and traps of fame affected the writer and after stepping away to write "Babel" he had a chance to evaluate his life and where he was in it. I'm not a religious person but I definately think this song and the album as a whole is about finding your spiritual footing again.


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    Sep 26th, 2012 9:14pm report

    Could it be that this song is about Judas Iscariot?

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