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Just A Lifetime
The Legendary Pink Dots Lyrics


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Weeping like the ghost of winter, we watch our tears
kiss ash and turn to steam. We walk on hot coals
where a stream meandered. Tarred and tanned. We
flex and count the tumours on our hands--spreading
swiftly now. For this, we waited just a lifetime.
Sun blessed mirror shaded mad dogs. Blow a kiss we'll
all fall over. Hunting the oasis but there's only cola-
sensurround. A technicolour thrill . . . it costs a fortune,
so it must be real. For just a little sip, we'll
keep waiting (just a lifetime.)
And some of us work underground. We dug a hole and
settled down. We waited for the gentle sound of steady
rain to soak the ground and raattle on our ventilator.
Guess the time we sat there waiting. Yes, you
guessed! We waited just a lifetime.
And dragons walked the earth again; parrafin was free.
A fire-eater went insane and torched the final tree.
And one fine say the planet crumbled, just cos
someone sneezed. For this, we waited just a lifetime.

Overall Meaning

The Legendary Pink Dots's song "Just A Lifetime" is a haunting and introspective reflection on the human experience and the inevitability of waiting for something to come. The song begins with a description of tears turning to steam and the feeling of walking on hot coals, representing the pain and hardship that we face in life. The line "For this, we waited just a lifetime" suggests that these struggles are an integral part of the experience of being human and that we must accept and endure them as they come.


The song then transitions to a more surreal and dreamlike section, with references to "mad dogs" and the hunt for an oasis that turns out to be nothing more than a technicolour mirage. The idea of a mirage or illusion costing a fortune and being perceived as real speaks to the human tendency to be deceived by appearances and fall victim to greed and materialism. The line "For just a little sip, we'll keep waiting (just a lifetime)" could be interpreted as a criticism of the pursuit of consumerism and how it can lead to a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction and longing.


Line by Line Meaning

Weeping like the ghost of winter, we watch our tears kiss ash and turn to steam.
We cry so much that our tears evaporate immediately, leaving only ash behind.


We walk on hot coals where a stream meandered. Tarred and tanned.
We walk on scorched earth, where once there was a peaceful stream. We are weathered and worn out by our struggles.


We flex and count the tumours on our hands--spreading swiftly now. For this, we waited just a lifetime.
We notice the growth of cancerous tumors on our bodies, and it seems to be spreading fast. We have been waiting all our lives for this inevitable decay.


Sun blessed mirror shaded mad dogs. Blow a kiss we'll all fall over.
Wild and unpredictable people bask in the sun, and even a seemingly innocent gesture like a kiss could cause chaos and destruction.


Hunting the oasis but there's only cola- sensurround. A technicolour thrill . . . it costs a fortune, so it must be real.
We search for something refreshing and life-giving, like an oasis in the desert, but all we can find is an artificial and expensive substitute. We mistake these flashy things for true value, simply because they are priced high.


For just a little sip, we'll keep waiting (just a lifetime.)
Despite the bleakness of our existence, we still hold onto the hope of experiencing something beautiful and meaningful. We will keep longing for it, even if it takes our whole lifetime.


And some of us work underground. We dug a hole and settled down.
Some of us choose to hide from the chaos and live a simple, secluded life. We have made peace with our circumstances and try to find happiness in the small things.


We waited for the gentle sound of steady rain to soak the ground and raattle on our ventilator.
In our underground existence, we hope for the comforting sound of rain, which we can only hear through the ventilation system. It gives us a connection to the outside world.


Guess the time we sat there waiting. Yes, you guessed! We waited just a lifetime.
We spend an eternity waiting for something to happen or someone to save us, but it never comes. We realize that our whole life has been a waiting game.


And dragons walked the earth again; parrafin was free. A fire-eater went insane and torched the final tree.
In this fantasy world, mythical creatures can exist and things that seem impossible can happen. However, even in such a world, there are those among us who cause destruction and damage that cannot be undone.


And one fine day the planet crumbled, just cos someone sneezed. For this, we waited just a lifetime.
In this imagined world, even the slightest thing can cause a catastrophic event. We wait for something terrible to happen, as if our lives are only meaningful if they are marked by an extreme event.




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Vivien

Weeping like the ghost of winter, we watch our tears
Kiss ash and turn to steam, we walk on hot coals
Where a stream meandered through, tarred and tanned
We flex and count the tumors on our hands, spreading
Swiftly now, for this, we waited just a lifetime
Sun blessed mirror shaded mad dogs blow a kiss
We'll all fall over, hunting the oasis, but there's only cola
Sensurround, a technicolor thrill, it costs a fortune
So it must be real for just a little sip
We'll keep waiting just a lifetime
Some of us work underground
We dug a hole and settled down
We waited for the gentle sound of steady
Rain to soak the ground and rattles on our ventilator
Guess the time we sat there waiting
Yes, you guessed it, we waited just a lifetime
Dragons walked the earth again and paraffin was free
A fire-eater went insane and torched the final tree
And one fine day the planet crumbled, just 'cause
Someone sneezed, for this, for this we waited just a lifetime
For this, for this we've waited just a lifetime
A lifetime



NUeB – velomobiles

Weeping like the ghost of winter, we watch our tears kiss ash and turn to steam. We walk on hot coals where a stream meandered. Tarred and tanned. We flex and count the tumors on our hands – spreading swiftly now.

For this, we waited just a lifetime.

Sun blessed mirror shaded mad dogs. Blow a kiss we’ll all fall over. Hunting the oasis but there’s only cola- sensurround. A technicolor thrill … it costs a fortune, so it must be real.

For just a little sip, we’ll keep waiting (just a lifetime.)

And some of us went underground. We dug a hole and settled down. We waited for the gentle sound of steady rain to soak the ground and rattle on our ventilator.

Guess the time we sat there waiting. Yes, you guessed! We waited just a lifetime.

Dragons walked the earth again and paraffin was free. A fire–eater went insane and torched the final tree. And one fine day the planet crumbled, just cos someone sneezed.

For this, we waited just a lifetime.



All comments from YouTube:

Corvidox

I fell in love with this song upon the first listen. It's one of the very few that I know will stick with me through the rest of my life.

Lovorka

Same!!

kxesne

what are the other ones?

Radusul Esterna

same!

Clockworkmarye

That's the most beautiful song I've ever heard, everyone should knows it, it changed my life

ismail sahin

its such a magical song the harmony between the instruments is perfect

Vivien

Weeping like the ghost of winter, we watch our tears
Kiss ash and turn to steam, we walk on hot coals
Where a stream meandered through, tarred and tanned
We flex and count the tumors on our hands, spreading
Swiftly now, for this, we waited just a lifetime
Sun blessed mirror shaded mad dogs blow a kiss
We'll all fall over, hunting the oasis, but there's only cola
Sensurround, a technicolor thrill, it costs a fortune
So it must be real for just a little sip
We'll keep waiting just a lifetime
Some of us work underground
We dug a hole and settled down
We waited for the gentle sound of steady
Rain to soak the ground and rattles on our ventilator
Guess the time we sat there waiting
Yes, you guessed it, we waited just a lifetime
Dragons walked the earth again and paraffin was free
A fire-eater went insane and torched the final tree
And one fine day the planet crumbled, just 'cause
Someone sneezed, for this, for this we waited just a lifetime
For this, for this we've waited just a lifetime
A lifetime

Lay

Essa música já se tornou uma das minhas músicas preferidas! 🖤

François Chicoine

done your/touse.
(vq)tu parle pas beinh to!

Lay

@François Chicoine Quer um conselho? Não aceite conselhos! Haha

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