In honor of the WS sheet music being released, I figured I might as well try my hand at interpreting the album's songs into a coherent storyline.
FEATHER MOON is someone's meditation to calm and compose themselves before they see a loved one off in HARBOR. Said loved one is the narrator of HOPE ON FIRE, having left home inspired to actively make a difference in the world and hoping she can get others in on it. SHINE is like if the narrator's aspirations towards revolutionizing the world had matured a bit from her firebrand days, perhaps refined by revelations gained as a result of living in a place like MISSION STREET. Then the narrator hits a super dark time in her life in MY MEDEA, to the point where she decides she needs to kill her unborn child. Then here we get into some familiar territory: SHASTA is the narrator traveling to get an abortion but deciding not to after talking to the nice Christian lady outside of the clinic, HOMECOMING is the from the narrator's boyfriend's POV, and ANNA ROSE is the child that the narrator (Carrie) has. PASSAGE is sung from the POV of an older (deceased) Anna Rose (I know, depressing, right?), and THE ATHEIST CHRISTMAS CAROL is sort of a multi-generational song, encompassing the narrator of FEATHER MOON/HARBOR, Carrie, and Anna Rose, along with all of their loved ones. GREEN ISLAND SERENADE, however, kind of casts a shadow on the feel-good holiday atmosphere, because it's about Carrie suddenly finding herself still grieving the loss of Anna Rose, even after all this time. Perhaps it even happens during THE ATHEIST CHRISTMAS CAROL, but Carrie just didn't want to let her feelings overshadow the joyous celebration, so instead the song is a hidden track on the album, kind of a postscript.