In Another Life

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In Another Life

Postby roofboy179 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:47 am

Yaaaay new song. The new album is growing ever closer, my dear fellow fans =]

In Another Life Lyrics (transcribed by myself, ot entirely sure about them)

In another life
You and I
Worked west Virginia coal mines
Side by side
Collecting the black dust like sin
The day the main shaft caved in
I caught your eye
As the lantern light
Guttered out
And the after damp swallowed us slowly
I gripped your hand
And caught a glance of the next time 'round

In another life
Well, you and I
Were Red Guards in training
Side by side
We marched on Tiananmen
Turned our own parents in
For hoarding rice
And in the Great Leap forward
Ae crawled on our bellies and died
Oh, and a blood orange sky
Gave a cry of the next time 'round

And in another life
I was married at thirteen
You're killed at twenty-one
On a minor battlefield
I was buried by
My second still-born child
My last thought it seemed
A fever dream

And now we sink
Into a summer afternoon
Central Park in June
Marveling at the bounty
Our days contained
And we feel it like the shiver
Of a passing train

That other life
Deep underground
Oh, oh, oh
You and I
We are side by side
We are the next time 'round



Feel free to alter!!!
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Re: In Another Life

Postby tanthalas » Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:23 am

roofboy179 wrote:We marched until the men (?)

we marched on Tiananmen

Gave a crawl(?) of the next time 'round

gave a cry of the next time 'round

A fevered dream (?)

a fever dream

but your recording might be different

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Re: In Another Life

Postby roofboy179 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:31 am

tanthalas wrote:
roofboy179 wrote:We marched until the men (?)

we marched on Tiananmen

Gave a crawl(?) of the next time 'round

gave a cry of the next time 'round

A fevered dream (?)

a fever dream

but your recording might be different


Im going by the NPR thing. XD THanks, it makes sense now XD

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Postby Elmira » Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:48 am

I love this song already. Something to do with my namesake and stone pyramids. Ahhh, April isn't that far, is it? I'm sure the time will pass by in no time.
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Re: In Another Life

Postby Alya » Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:04 pm

From the album's liner notes:

In Another Life

in another life
you and I worked West Virginia coal mines
side by side
collecting the black dust like sin
the day the main shaft caved in
I caught your eye
as the lantern light guttered out
and the afterdamp swallowed us slowly
I gripped your hand
and caught a glance
of the next time 'round

in another life
you and I were Red Guards in training
side by side
we marched on Tiananmen
turned our own parents in
for hoarding rice
and in the Great Leap forward
we crawled on our bellies and died
a blood orange sky
gave a cry
of next time 'round

in another life
I was married at thirteen
you were killed at twenty-one
on a minor battlefield
I was buried beside my second stillborn child
my last thought it seemed
a fever dream

now we sink into a summer afternoon
Central Park in June
marveling at the bounty our days contain
and we feel it like the shiver
of a passing train
that other life
deep underground
you and I
side by side
we are the next time 'round
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Postby Elmira » Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:02 am

I was expecting this song to be a lot more melancholy, given the lyrical content. It sounds like a honky tonk tune (!!!). I wonder what this would sound like with a different rhythm and instrument choice.
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Postby Samantha » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:46 am

Elmira wrote:I was expecting this song to be a lot more melancholy, given the lyrical content. It sounds like a honky tonk tune (!!!). I wonder what this would sound like with a different rhythm and instrument choice.


But I think the seemingly cheery music only makes it more spooky, especially since I think this was recorded in a very old, possibly haunted house... XD I kind of like the playfulness that's been coupled with such a theme.

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Postby Lirulin » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:09 am

Not to be a stickler, I love the song, but I recently realized that the second verse kind of doesn't make sense. The Great Leap Forward happened about 17 years before the Cultural Revolution began in China. Kids who were in the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, therefore, could not have died in the Great Leap Forward!

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Postby roofboy179 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:12 am

Lirulin wrote:Not to be a stickler, I love the song, but I recently realized that the second verse kind of doesn't make sense. The Great Leap Forward happened about 17 years before the Cultural Revolution began in China. Kids who were in the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, therefore, could not have died in the Great Leap Forward!


My history teacher noticed that. I passed it off as "... she's... talking about two different lives in that verse?". Maybe she is :O

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Postby aaparallel » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:45 am

Lirulin wrote:Not to be a stickler, I love the song, but I recently realized that the second verse kind of doesn't make sense. The Great Leap Forward happened about 17 years before the Cultural Revolution began in China. Kids who were in the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, therefore, could not have died in the Great Leap Forward!


I don't think the song or that verse is supposed to be chronological. There are vignettes from different times, except the last verse which represents the present. She doesn't sing "and then in the Great Leap Forward" so even though it comes after the Red Guards line, it might just be juxtaposition, just like "I was married at 13" and "you were killed at 21" probably didn't happen at the same time, even though they are sung in the same sentence.
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Postby tanthalas » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:45 am

I actually think it might be an honest mistake, but it doesn't really detract much from the song for me.

As for the "married at 13, killed at 21" part - I think it is the same timeline there. Or rather, the "I" character must have lived long enough to see/hear about the "you" character being killed at 21.


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