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Tough -- definitely need some help on this one . . .

Falling Dove

All his life
Owned by wildfire
Lack? a spark
Cause and effect

One loose word
A revolution
One kind act?
?

Falling dove
Borne of ocean
Found by man
Lived on his own

Lift a sail
Tighten the knots
Lift him up
Barely breathing

Falling dove

You believe in us
Like I believe in us
Is the outcome ever
Strange enough

You keep defending me
When I’m behaving badly
‘cause you love me
‘cause you love me too much

May the best of fortune bless you
Could any creature be unmoved
The humble nature of redemption
The simple act of finding a use

Hoping and almost praying
Believing for a moment it’s true

I make a rendezvous
In Moscow station
A midnight passenger
The café is closed

In St. Petersburg
The door slides open
And I’m a dead man
‘til I see her walk through

Falling dove

Any ideas on the meaning behind this one? It might shed some light on some of the unknown or seemingly cryptic lyrics.
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Originally posted by Romer:
Any ideas on the meaning behind this one? It might shed some light on some of the unknown or seemingly cryptic lyrics.

I haven't the foggiest about the missing line (in the first verse, it should be "like a spark" though).
The whole song has strong Christian undertones IMHO: The falling dove might represent the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus, also there's shades of Noah's Arc (more doves). The song might be comparing a lover's trust with God's trust in mankind, with the narrator waiting for his lover and only feeling saved (resurrected) once they arrive. How do the first two verses fit in there? No idea. But then Neil probably hasn't either..

And that's about as deep as I'll get. Razzer

Michael
With thanks to Romer now amended with the notes from the CD.


Falling Dove

All his life
Blown by wildfire
Like a spark
Cause and effect

One loose word
A revolution
One kind act
Whole armies give thanks

Falling dove
Born of ocean
Found by man
Lived on his own

Lift a sail
Tighten the knots
Lift him up
Barely breathing

Falling dove

Do you believe in us
Like I believe in us
Is the outcome ever
Strange enough

You keep defending me
When I’m behaving badly
Because you love me
Because you love me too much

May the best of fortune bless you
Could any creature be unmoved
The humble nature of redemption
The simple act of finding a use

Hoping and almost praying
Believing for a moment it’s true

I made a rendezvous
In Moscow station
A midnight passenger
The café is closed

In St. Petersburg
The door slides open
I’m a dead man
till I see her walk through

Falling dove
Differences possibly detected compared to the recorded version:

Falling Dove

All his life
Blown by wildfire
Like a spark
Cause and effect

One loose word
A revolution
One kind act
Whole armies give thanks

Falling dove
Born of ocean
Found by man
Lived on his own

Lift a sail
Tighten the knots
Lift him up
Barely breathing

Falling dove

Do you believe in us "You" vs. "Do you"?
Like I believe in us
Is the outcome ever
Strange enough

You keep defending me
When I’m behaving badly
Because you love me "'cause" vs. "Because"?
Because you love me too much "'cause" vs. "Because"?

May the best of fortune bless you
Could any creature be unmoved
The humble nature of redemption
The simple act of finding a use

Hoping and almost praying
Believing for a moment it’s true

I made a rendezvous "make" vs. "made"?
In Moscow station
A midnight passenger
The café is closed

In St. Petersburg
The door slides open
I’m a dead man
till I see her walk through

Falling dove
More on some insight into the lyrics. From part of a Spinner interview ( http://www.spinner.com/2010/06...-interview-intriguer ):

quote:
One of the songs on the record, 'Falling Dove,' relates to your visit to Russia in 2008. You took the train from Moscow to St Petersburg.

The midnight train was a big inspiration to one of the songs on the record. In terms of the lyrics anyway. I woke up from a dream on the train, having soaked myself in vodka. It was a fantastic train journey, we hit the vodka car and had an amazing time. And then I went to sleep and had quite hallucinogenic dreams. We had a very severe Russian train conductor -- we were told later we should probably have given her some money when we got on and she would have looked after us -- but she was really dark on us. We opened windows and she'd close them. And as we were pulling into St Petersburg, I was asleep, and I heard this huge crash, I work up with a real start right out of a dream, and I saw this woman in uniform, and I had a flash 'Oh no, I'm done for.'

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