MUSIC TRACK REVIEW – Songs I love, and why. Into the Sea by As Cities Burn


Artist:  As Cities Burn

Song:  Into the Sea

I interpret this song a bit deeper than the usual copy/pasted Matthew 21:21 verse I see online on message boards….I see it rather as a total (sarcastic/poetic) rebuke of a person’s complete moral ambiguity or weakness, of “letting things be” and then of letting them stay that way.

A person without a sense virtue/principles, with no convictions to stand for this or that in particular is one to be tossed about with the winds of change as they come, like a rag doll, buffeted by the winds of nature and circumstance, all of which are given equal footing in the hearts of such a person, and so they are motivated by the singer to get it over with and to throw them self into the sea…

Such a person has the tendency to blame others for their faults or the things they witness that they choose to not address. “Somebody put a bad lens in your eye” it’s merely an excuse, a dismissal of choosing to avoid things which should not be seen in the first place, or to ignore virtuous actions that are needed when something morally degenerate is witnessed, but they are just ignored.

The line about shedding your skin is one of my favorites in the song, this whole section reminds me of trying to avoid what you are (or what you could become if you did stand up) and so you try to “change yourself” – conform, but what happens is you lose more than the surface “skin”, it’s your very blood being shed.  Your unwillingness to rise about the squalor of immorality and wicked precepts (or an out-right evil) is irreversible in the sense that a true loss of innocence occurs. “When you climb out, you can’t climb back in”

Now we don’t need faith, hope, etc to live without principles, virtues and standards…we live according to our own devices, so “we don’t need a mountain moved” -“we just want to move ourselves”

“it’s alright, it’s alright”, and it is, IF everything is the same, there is nothing holy, nothing evil, and so nothing good is really sensible in standing up for. If it’s all relative, it’s all ambiguous, and when it is revealed ultimately, it’s never good enough, so it’s always going to be  a “failure in this light”.

Such a person never really moves, because a person who is so dead in virtue/principles, so brainwashed that everything is equal, are rendered completely ineffectual, they are little more than a corpse animated to life.  You can’t really change the world like that, for the better, for the next generation, the young that waits on the shore looking into the great expanse before them for some sign, some instruction.  Instead of being an example, an inspiration towards them; the world and it’s pressures simply reduce you into sand, nothing more influential to the children waiting on the shore, than sands in their hands, falling through fingers.  Certainly not a boat to take them anywhere… “Though we don’t ever see you move, slowly the wind turns you to sand in the hands of children on the shore”.

GREAT SONG.

LYRICS:

And it’s alright, it’s alright
And it’s alright, it’s alright
Everybody is a failure in this light
And it’s okay, it’s okay
And it’s okay, it’s okay
Underneath it nobody’s back is straight

And I’ll try to stop it when
I saw your posture start to bend
But honey it was not mine to lift

Go throw yourself into the sea
Go throw yourself into
Throw yourself into the sea

And it’s alright, it’s alright
And it’s alright
I can’t make it right
Somebody put a bad lens in your eye
And you try to shed your skin when you saw yourself in it so thin
But you only shed your blood
When you climb out, you can’t climb back in

Go throw yourself into the sea
Go you throw yourself into the sea
Though we don’t need a mountain moved
We just want to move ourselves
Take us somewhere, take us somewhere
Anywhere else

Go throw yourself into the sea
Go throw yourself into the sea

It’s alright, it’s alright
It’s alright, it’s alright

Go throw yourself into the sea
Go throw yourself into the sea
Though we don’t ever see you move,
slowly the wind turns you to sand in the hands of children on the shore

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