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March to the Sea Lyrics

There's miles of land in front of us
And we're dying with every step we take
We're dying with every breath we make
And I'll fall in line

A stranger's back is all I see
He's only a few feet in front of me
And I'll look left and right...


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    Dec 18th, 2017 12:39am report

    "There's miles of land in front of us. And we're dying with every step we take."

    (I believe this song is about depression, and the miles of land could be the never-ending feeling of it. Also, "dying with every step we take" could be every day you're staying in that state, the more you want to end it all.)

    "We're dying with every breath we make. And I'll fall in line."

    (Every time you breath in this state, it just brings you closer to "suffocating", I guess you could say. But, the person will still continue.)

    "A stranger's back is all I see. He's only a few feet in front of me."

    (All you see is this line, that there's no other option. It also points out that there are other people struggling, and maybe even closer to suffocating than you.)

    "And I'll look left and right sometimes. But I'll fall in line."

    (You might have question it sometimes, that there just might be another way, but you see nothing. So, you stay with the only option you can perceive.)

    "No one looks up anymore. 'Cause you might get a raindrop in your eye, and Heaven forbid they see you cry, as we fall in line."

    (No one thinks about there maybe being a better way, because they fear their hope will be crushed, and they don't want to feel that pain.)

    "And about this time of every year. The line will go to the ocean pier, and walk right off into the sea. And then we fall asleep."

    (In this line, there will always be people who "fall into the sea", or kill themselves, which this song is also trying to prevent. These people will "fall asleep", or, die, in the more harsh way of putting it.)

    "And as we near the end of land, and our ocean graves are just beyond the sand. I ask myself the question, why, I fall in line."

    (When the person's getting nearer to death, he's beginning to ask himself why he's going down the path in the first place, why it's worth it.)

    "Then out of the corner of my eye, I see a spaceship in the sky. And hear a voice inside my head: follow me instead. Follow me instead. Follow me."

    (When he's questioning why, he finally sees a hope.)

    "Then the wages of war will start, inside my head with my counterpart. And the emotionless marchers will chant the phrase: this line's the only way."

    (The sufferer will start to war with themselves, deciding which path to take. The line, or the spaceship? With both trying to draw them in, they will be forced to choose.)

    "And then I start down the sand. My eyes are focused on the end of land. But again the voice inside my head says, follow me instead."

    (He'll pick the line for a time, but again his attention is brought back to the spaceship.)

    "Take me up, seal the door. I don't want to march here anymore."

    (They're saying that they're done marching in the line,and that they want to be sealed up in their hope, in the spaceship.)

    "I realize that this line is dead. So I'll follow you instead."

    (They realize that the line was not the place to be in the first place, and they choose to follow the spaceship.)

    "So then you put me back in my place. So I might start another day. And once again I will be, in a march to the sea."

    (The spaceship puts him back where he was supposed to be, so he can choose where to go next, instead of letting depression decide his fate.)

    --Thanks for reading that. I tried. These are all my beliefs.--


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    Apr 10th, 2017 4:26pm report

    I believe the song is about how hard we try to break free from society's expectations of life, but we will always "be put in our place" meaning society doesn't want us to change the rules of life... How we should follow the people in front of us without asking to change. How we should never share our thoughts into the open and keep pondering them inside. Because we know society will not accept it. That all is the meaning of the "line" also known at the march to the sea. What i understood is that society wants us tp get through life without purpose, without changing the way of life. So we move on and die without care. I believe the spaceship telling him to follow him is his brilliant inner thoughts of changing life forever to make things easier or different for people. But because of society, people didn't accept his thoughts; so then he was put back in line to continue the life cycle of nothingness. If you made it this far... Thanks for reading.


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    Nov 27th, 2016 11:35am report

    I think this whole song is about breaking from society and being yourself and falling out of line that doesn't fit with the culture. I believe that this song is about being different from everyone and everything else.


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    Sep 25th, 2019 9:51pm report

    I believe that this song refers to Tyler's faith (as most people here do), but I think that it goes deeper than just himself, whether to follow God or not. I think that it refers to society, where some people are ridiculed for their religion. Think about it: how many mainstream artists confidently state their religion unless they are an activist of some sort as well? Tyler struggles with being confident as a Christian. I also believe this because of the lyrics of Clear (RAB), where he says: "I wish that I had two faces to prove which theory works. Yelling on the street corner, or cleverly masking your words. I take my face off at the door 'cause I don't know who they will take me for.", "Then my new father drained my dirty blood. I'm the son of all I've done" and "I will tell you what I can. But your mind will take a stand. I sing of a greater love. Let me know when you've had enough."


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    May 10th, 2018 5:09am report

    What Tyler means is that even though he might technically be following the same path as everyone else, they have no purpose, while he is following the voice (which may refer to either God or his convictions) and has a reason to march to the sea.


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    Feb 22nd, 2018 2:16pm report

    Everyone has conformed and become carbon copies of everyone else. Because of this they all follow the same paths until death (the sea). I think that when he's told, "follow me instead", thats one part of his mind that doesnt want bim to conform and become a mindless drone too. And after a little bit of a struggle, with the fear of not conforming, he gives in and decides to follow a different path. But, this new path turns out to be just another form of conformity because he isn't the first person to want to be different. And so by not conforming to one path he is inevitably conforming to another. This is why at the end of the song he is still marching, in line, to the sea.


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    Feb 11th, 2018 2:04pm report

    The line is mankind all walking to the end of their life, a life devoid of hope. The rest in the line only see the line. That is our life in sin, no hope, only death.
    The man in the spaceship is Christ, offering a different path, a path of hope. This goes to war in his mind. The complacency of knowing the path ahead is definite and visible, but this promise of hope, of this salvation has to be taken on faith (at least as long as he in line). Christ wants him to follow Him, not the people who only see death as the singular path. This song is a telling of the gospel, very well written.


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    Nov 20th, 2017 11:47am report

    "Race to the sea" Battles of Ypres, WWI


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    Nov 16th, 2017 11:57pm report

    I think it's about William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea from the Civil War. The lyrics, "as we fall in line" helps prove the case.


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    Jun 17th, 2017 6:19pm report

    I think it means that the person is going to commit suicide because of a mental illness. The UFO is either God or his thoughts telling him not to do it, so he goes to the end if the line which means that instead of commiting suicide, he decides to join anither line which is life and the end of the life line is a natural death, like dying by age instead of suicide.


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    Jun 15th, 2017 6:50am report

    I believe that the line to the sea is our journey to death and the voice in his head is his mental illness telling him to go down the other path (suicide). He struggles with people telling him "this ways the only way" a and that suicide is not the way and how he "doesnt want to march here anymore",but in the end he ends up getting back in line ultimately deciding thats not what god wants.


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    Jun 10th, 2017 6:25am report

    I think it's some sort of dystopia scenario where nobody is brave enough to try something new. When Tyler Joseph realizes "that this line is dead", he sets out to change things.


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    May 12th, 2017 5:43am report

    I think it is a lot to do with his battle with mental illness. March to sea is suicide but follow me instead is his inner thoughts telling him not to do it..


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    May 8th, 2017 5:27am report

    The UFO is God and it symbolises how disconnected from God we have become. Faith has become "not dying"
    Tyler then get back on the real path even though he is still marching towards the sea (death) he is on the right path


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    Apr 6th, 2017 4:27am report

    I think the ending means

    he will be feeling the same way he did before
    so he will back in a march to the sea


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    Mar 25th, 2017 3:44pm report

    Idk really I think it's about life and mental illness but the ending confuses me. So the line is people with mental illness and the ocean is death. Or another way to see it is that the line is society and the ocean is death.. again. Towards the end tho, it talks about the voice saying to follow it, so he does but then it saying the voice "puts me back in my place so I might start another day. And once again I will be in a march to the sea." So does that mean he is still in the line or that he left it because I'm confused.


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    Feb 20th, 2017 2:29pm report

    Does it have anything to do with the historical ''Sherman's March to the Sea??''

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