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Helpless..
she lies across the stairs,
Haunting your days, consuming your prayers.
There will be healing
but don't force this girl to stand
As she's counting the ceilings
with pale voice and trembling hands

You told me life was...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2018 report

    She is consumed by her sadness (lying across stairs, consuming your prayers).

    He is dead and seeing her from heaven (life was long, but now that it's gone).

    Time, patience and love will kindle healing (don't force the girls to stand, loving her as she lies).

    Music, and sound are the metaphors for communicating from heaven to "those below" (whispered notes from the piano, hold your throat, healing that you're hearing in her tune).

    There is a responsibility of spirit when one has reached Heaven or enlightenment (burden of a man who built his life on love, called to be a "rock").

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2014 report

    January's interpretation is probably most accurate. The man realizes the frailty of those who must now depend on him, The former leader of the family, maybe the patriarch, is gone and it is up to him to now step up and fill that role. The female in the song is either the mother or wife.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2013 report

    I think its about a girl who has been abused and now shes lying on the staircase.And he says my mind is just as hers,He doesnt realise that hes life is the same as hers when he realised how shes been hurt.You find yourself ontop as the leader of a flock,On top is heaven,Flock is a flock of sheep,So youre in heaven as a different person.

  4. Joanquiry
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    Jan 7th 2013 report

    It could be the story of a middle age man with wife, children, old parents, etc., everyone put their hopes on him, he just turned from boy to a man, or at least he just realized that, now he has to support them all, emotionally, economically, etc., he was the golden boy so now he has to be the golden man. Perhaps I a just projecting myself... But I think it goes on the same line of Little Lion Man.


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