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Song Released: 2002



Aerials Lyrics

Life is a waterfall,
We're one in the river,
And one again after the fall.

Swimming through the void
We hear the word,
We lose ourselves,
But we find it all?

Cause we are the ones that want to play,
Always want to go,
But you never...

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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2011 2:58pm report


    Think of what the Band wanted the song to mean , not what you WANTED it to mean !!

    Now let's think logically , why would they say it has no meaning ??
    because usually artists tend to hide their intentions when it's anti-mainstream.

    The song sang of the mouths of all people , showing the past , the present and future from the breaking point between them ( the waterFall ) , the moment when we ( lose ourselves and about to find it all ) .
    It speaks of freeing the mind and thought of the tyrants that rule them .
    when I said it is anti-mainstream I meant : anti religious ( we all know they're anti religious ) , against almost all political parties because they are " almost " communists .
    So , they want us all to think for ourselves and look to the big picture , to realize how they control our lives .
    And then ,, we lose ourselves , for we finally know that all we ever knew was all wrong , that life isn't what we thought it to be . And we ( find it All ) and we find the porpose , the way to freedom . But we are NEW men ( men and women ofcourse ).

    And they name it an eternal prize , this life when we know it all , when we know the truth , that FREE life.

    And by the way , the part about ( the ones that wanna play always wanna go but never wanna stay , the ones that wanna choose always wanna play but never wanna lose ) ,
    it's about the people before they know it , the people with the thoughts implanted in them , thoughts of greed , ungratefullness , and seeking power and destructions for all others ( we drink from the river than we turn around and put up our walls ) .

    So Free your eyes people , for there's an eternal prize , A free life , not an imaginary garden , but a true Eternal prize .



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    lala
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    Jan 2nd, 2011 1:29am report


    Long and short, this song is about tolerance. Don't judge those you know nothing about.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2010 12:00pm report


    Could it be about mass media control turning us into faceless gluttonous consumer guinea pigs? Take off the media-rented goggles and think and act towards peace and love not material and monetary.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 22nd, 2010 12:41pm report


    i dont know how to say this but the person at No1 is the greatest one ive read from on the internet. i agree with everything he said years ago and this song needs to be taken as a lesson for our lives more than anything else... thanks for posting that my friend



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    rainwolf1
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    Oct 9th, 2010 10:53pm report


    I heared Serj say in an interview once that most of their songs have double meanings. I think Aerials could be one of them. To me, I think Aerials could be about suicide.
    "Life is a waterfall,
    We're one in the river,
    And one again after the fall."
    That could say that life is like a waterfall, we're one when we're alive, and we're one again after we die.
    "Swimming through the void
    We hear the word,
    We lose ourselves,
    But we find it all."
    That could mean that in life, you could want to end it. You lose your mind, but you find it all when you die.
    "Cause we are the ones that want to play,
    Always want to go,
    But you never want to stay."
    That could mean that there are people who want to die, but when they do kill themselves, they want to be alive again.
    "And we are the ones that want to chose,
    Always want to play,
    But you never want to lose."
    That part could be saying that there are also people who want to live and never want to die.
    "Aerials, in the sky,
    When you lose small mind,
    You free your life."
    This part could say that when you lose your mind, you free your life (you kill yourself).
    And then,
    "Aerials, so up high,
    When you free your eyes,
    Eternal prize."
    This part I think means when you "free your eyes" (When you end your life) your "eternal prize" is seeing (I think) just one thing forever.

    I don't know if that's correct, but that's what I came up with.







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    anonymous
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    Aug 15th, 2010 8:47am report


    Some of it is up for interpretation but to me its about UFO's. IF your a believer listen to the lyrics like there telling us Aerials are the UFO's that are witnessed.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 2nd, 2010 8:50am report


    I think that this song is about people’s choices - about choosing the easiest way that leads to perdition or the hard one which in the end makes our life valuable, it is also a kind of appeal to look at our lives with our minds and hearts rather than eyes that very often are mislead by the tricks of the world like easy money, fame, life in the limelight, people that seem so cool to spend our time with, everything that pleases our eyes but in reality doesn't make us happy. And if we don’t know how to “utilize” our life in a good and worthwhile way we end up as worthless losers. We should always listen to our hearts and close our eyes to see the real beauty and values.
    Adding the interpretation of the video to the song:
    I think that the kid looks like an alien because he feels that way. He is torn apart and doesn't know what to choose: this pathetic shallow life of a star or leave it to humble innocent life. Maybe in his heart he knows he doesn't fit this celebrity world but pretends to be cool about it and he feels alienated not having real friends but the ones that love him because he's rich and famous. He feels that there's no one to help him, only he can choose the right way. And the kid doesn't necessarily have to be a child, it's every person that enters celebrity world and is treated like a kid with all those "advisers" that tell him what to do, how to look, how to act, what to say, etc.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 24th, 2010 7:38pm report


    like the anonymous said


    (Well I think that The song is about kids not being kids and spending so much time being important that they can't be kids. (The music video showing an unhappy kid being surrounded by paparatzi). The music video also shows the band playing in a circle which I think represents a target and in the end of the video the kid lies down in the target. I think this means that he is a target for society and publicity
    This is just my opoinion.)

    he really has a point because kid's are the target now cant you see subminal messages in childrens cartoons like sex,naked woman and representing the devil BE CAREFULL WHAT YOU'RE KIDS WATCH... and remember this great band because there gone now and there not going to sing again there songs are the biggest treasures in this life. I THINK ALL THE SUBMINAL MESSAGES IN CARTOONS AND BRAIN WASHES IN ADVERTS ARE THE FREE MASONS :(



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    anonymous
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    Apr 4th, 2010 4:12pm report


    I personally think that this song is about the restlessness that exists in people. "Always want to go but you never want to stay" is just one example of this. "Life is a waterfall" Life is adrenalin. Life is a log ride. We have our slow start, exciting middle, and steady end. We need to do everything. Because of life's transitions, we change who we are, and if we get to much, we will always look for more. Aerials in the sky are probably things that people want but can't have. It also says that the only escape from this is looking at the big picture.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2010 4:45am report


    Is it only me that recognizes the sound of sacred harp when I hear it? The sound of the song is identical to the deep meaningful and soulful sound of the minor hymns contained in the book Sacred Harp. Check it out sometime. I realize a lot of rock sounds a little like it but this song just blew my mind when I heard it b/c it so much sounds like the male vocals I've heard since childhood at singings and stuff.



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    some_random_kid
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    Mar 14th, 2010 3:55pm report


    From what i heard of this song it's a religion type destiny. most of u got the life is downward like a waterfall but where he says we're one in the river and one again after the fall talking of how we are all one person in god which is somewhat a transcendentalist thought. Swimming through the void we hear the word = going through life we always hear the word of god and jesus and we lose ourselves but we find it all is talking about when we die we lose ourselves on earth but find out if there is an afterlife. "We are the ones that want to choose, always wanna play but you never wanna lose" refers to people saying they are going to heaven or try to say they are and life has temptaitions that may make you stray from your religion or you are the person that wants to live well and try to go to heaven , but you don't want to go to lose or go to hell.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 2010 1:05am report


    I'm sorry to all of you but the first post has to be the best description of this song I've ever herd



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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th, 2009 11:38pm report


    This interpretation goes with the video.
    "Life is a waterfall we're one in the river and one again after the fall" No matter what it is every man for himself
    "swimming through the void we hear the word we lose ourselves but we find it all...." When going through normal life when we here about something new we do anything to get it and "we find it all"
    "cause we are the ones that want to play always want to go
    but you never want to stay and we are the ones that want to choose always want to play but you never want to lose" You always want to get or do some thing but never want to lose or commit to something.
    "life is a waterfall we drink from the river then we turn around and put up our walls" When we get a glimpse of something not normal, new or strange to us we want to get all that we can from it and won't give to anyone else, that explains the strange looking chlid and it being famous and people getting money off of him.
    "aerials, in the sky when you lose small mind you free your life aerials, so up high when you free your eyes eternal prize aerials, in the sky when you lose small mind you free your life aerials, so up high when you free your eyes eternal prize" This just says how greedy and selfish people are, " when you free your eyes eternal prize" all you have to do is use your mind to get what you want.
    Thanks for readin.







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    Dreamterpreter
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    Sep 16th, 2009 9:05pm report


    This song is simple and explicit in its meaning. It is about the simplicity of staying In Christ throughout the course of life. The meaning is simple, profound, clear, and reiterated throughout the song.

    Life is a waterfall
    Were one in the river
    And one again after the fall
    Swimming through the void
    We hear the word
    We lose ourselves
    But we find it all.

    All of us, together, are on a spiritual journey (the river), floating through life. As we drift through life, we hear the word of God. We lose ourselves, and find salvation, or at least what salvation is--we discover it.

    Cause we are the ones that want to play
    Always want to go
    But you never want to stay
    And we are the ones that want to choose
    Always want to play
    But you never want to lose

    However, we want to do our own thing and stray from the word. We want us to live our own lives, instead of living them the way that the Holy Spirit directs us. We want to choose our own path, our own river, yet we don't want to lose our salvation; not wanting to stay close to god, but to make our own choices without consequence.

    Aerials, in the sky
    When you lose small mind
    You free your life

    When you open up your mind, and yourself to god, you free your (true) life, which is your spirit.

    We drink from the river
    Then we turn around and put up our walls
    Swimming through the void
    We hear the word
    We lose ourselves
    But we find it all..

    A reiteration. We drink from the river-- we hear the word again of god. We feel the presence of the holy spirit. Then, we turn our back on him. We wall ourselves off from the holy spirit. Again, we hear the word. We lose ourselves, we die, and are born again in the spirit; in finding it all, we find the holy spirit and salvation.

    The song then reiterates, "when you lose small mind you free your life," again, your spirit.

    "When you free your eyes, eternal prize." Again, reiterating that if you open your mind, and open yourself to God (much harder than putting up walls), you will be filled with the holy spirit, and granted the eternal prize of salvation.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 21st, 2009 8:35am report


    Always thought it was about wanting to do something but knowing you can't, like a crippled man watching 'aerials'.






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