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Young the Giant: Island Meaning

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Island Lyrics

Five days
Underwater
Near your island
Off the coast
I know
Five ways
You were my lover
Incantations
Of the tide
In rhyme

Oh, out in the glow I'll find you waiting
Oh, has it been so long now, I
Oh, I thought you knew that I'd be...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 2nd 2017 report

    I believe this song is about a girl, and she is into witchcraft more than she is into the society around her.
    She, perhaps unknowingly put a spell (incantation) for a man to love her, with the "tides of her island" to pull him in closer. However she is so oblivious that he is the man, she is so active and focused on what she does that he can never hold her down.
    Pearls and (gem)stones are constantly worn, found/tossed into the ocean, and used by Witches for certain spells. The song talks about her throwing the stones she wears into the low tide. The man is then asking if the stones feel cold on her bones when she is alone because if she took the time to snap out of her lifestyle to see what's really in front of her physically she would gain the warmth of his love. In the end he gives up on her and leaves her presence ("have you missed my warmth on your island?").

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2012 report

    I think the meaning of this song is that there is a girl that doesn't know that a secret admirer is, well admiring her. She is an outcast "Near your island, off the coast" she is different then everybody else. It could also mean that she is different then the other girls because she's the only one that he will love.
    Also the part that was saying "I could never, I could never hold you" meaning that she would never know the love that he has for her.
    The last section of the song, I think, is saying that she outcasts herself from everybody else. That she acts a certain way when people are around and a different way when no one's there. And saying that if she missed his warmth of love in her isolated world.

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2012 report

    Just a general thing I LOVE this song, it is very peaceful and calming. I agree with the comments above. It's just an amazing song from an amazing band.
    The person narrating the song is basically saying that he has so much love for a certain girl that just blows him off and he still loves her. I absolutely adore this song!

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2012 report

    I think Islands is about a man's love for a woman who simply will not let him love her and essentially won't let him get close enough to. He basically gives up because he's done all he can to no avail. She continues to shut him out and therefore misses out on a chance to share something beautiful with one another.

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 4th 2011 report

    Depiction of a fickle, vivacious woman, who is unaware that someone cares for her. The 'island' mentioned signifies how the lady lives in her own world; one who isolates herself from the rest of the world, boldly living, which would lead to her end. The admirer sees this and is heartbroken at seeing such a beautiful life (the pearl= the girl) perish/ return to where it came (like the pearl in the ocean).


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