Song Explanation: “Against A Sea Of Troubles”

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This is the seventh of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The seventh song on the list is “Against A Sea Of Troubles.” You can find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation. 

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against a sea of troubles

To only end the heartache,
to shed this mortal coil.
Face pressed to the earth,
I’m frozen to the soil.

My only thought,
with my last breath-
Pray for me now,
the hour of death.

To suffer slings and arrows,
adrift and lost it seems
or take flight with the sparrows
the ghost that haunts our dreams?
Drained of all resolve,
my spirit pours from me.
The fire’s growing cold,
please do not forget me.

One lost night against a sea of troubles
I could not hear You through the thunder’s peal.
My only hope is that You cannot, not- be real.

My only thought,
pray for me now.
My only thought,
with my last breath.

Explanation from Reese Roper:

Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1. It is probably the best-known of all of Shakespeare’s soliloquies, and I wanted to use it to illustrate what I believe we all feel at times- feeling that all is lost. I thought it would be really cool to paint a picture of desperation by using the metaphor of a Hail Mary as a last-ditch effort, and actually used parts of the real Hail Mary.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_be,_or_not_to_be
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_mary

10 Comments

  1. This is really interesting. The album starts with a Hail Mary, and ends in further desperation with what I can only interpret as a twinge of hope amidst a bleak backdrop. Any chance we can get Scott’s thoughts on Blizzards and Bygones? I’d also be curious why the decision was made to make that song the last lingering thought for the entire album.

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  2. Sheesh, I just love your music.

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  3. This song made me weep within the first ten seconds the first time I heard it just because I was so happy to be listening to a new FIF record.

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  4. Are you going to continue doing this with other songs? I would love to see Dennis’s “Second Season” or Leanor’s “All That Is Good” or my favorite song, “Juggernaut”.

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    • Leanor probably won’t be writing an explanation of All that is Good, but you might ask Scott about it….

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      • Hey,I stumbled over this tuhorgh my friend Markus Rill You do some incredible versions of your mans songs, the one I liked best so far was One step up .What I really would love to hear from you is one of your own songs. Buce himself once said: I’m out here to sing a new song . Martin

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  5. I originally heard the bridge as “My only hope is that you can not not believe” You say that the meaning of the song is what it means to us. Well I’ll have to use that rule with lyrics, because I am at a point in my life where things aren’t terrible, but I see friends struggling. My only hope for them is that they can not not believe.

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  6. this song was amazing live – the band and the crowd had a great electricity when the chorus began with a thunder!

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