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Pale white
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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Mr Haley turned and said
You must not cry now
Crossed the ocean
For his love
To bring her falter

And his chest beat like a wolf
To bring her home
And his chest beat like a wolf
To bring her home

Nobody will come dance
Will come dance upon our grave
Nobody will come dance
Will come dance with us

Her face's so delicate and bright
In alabaster

And his chest beat like a wolf
To bring her home
And his chest beat like a wolf
To bring her home

And if ever you try to sever
All the things we've come to know
And if you ever try to sever
All the things we know

Nobody will come dance
Will come dance upon our grave
Nobody will come dance
Will come dance with us

Overall Meaning

The song "Pale white" by Yann Tiersen is a haunting and deeply emotional piece that reflects on the power and intensity of love. The lyrics seem to tell the story of a man named Mr. Haley, who has crossed the ocean to find his love, only to find that she is faltering. Despite this, Mr. Haley's chest beats like a wolf as he seeks to bring her home. The imagery of the wolf adds a sense of wildness and strength to the piece, suggesting that Mr. Haley will stop at nothing to protect and care for his love.


The chorus of the song is particularly powerful, as it reflects on the idea that nobody will come to dance upon the graves of Mr. Haley and his love. This suggests that their love is unique and special, and that it is not subject to the same rules and conventions as other relationships. There is a sense of isolation and loneliness in the lyrics, but also a deep sense of love and commitment that transcends the difficulties and challenges of their situation.


The final lines of the song suggest a warning or a challenge to the listener: if you ever try to sever all the things we've come to know, nobody will come dance with us. This seems to suggest that the bond between Mr. Haley and his love is unbreakable and that those who seek to interfere or undermine their relationship will ultimately fail, leaving them alone together.


Overall, "Pale white" is a deeply introspective and emotional song that explores the complexities of love, loss, and the power of human connection.


Line by Line Meaning

Mr Haley turned and said
The man named Mr. Haley turned and spoke.


You must not cry now
He advised against crying at this moment.


Crossed the ocean
The man traveled across the sea.


For his love
He did so for the woman he loves.


To bring her falter
He undertook this journey to bring her hesitation and uncertainty.


And his chest beat like a wolf
His heart pounded furiously like a wolf's.


To bring her home
His goal was to bring her back to their home.


Nobody will come dance
No one will arrive to dance.


Will come dance upon our grave
They will not come to dance on our graves.


Will come dance with us
No one will dance with us.


Her face's so delicate and bright
Her face is both fragile and radiant.


In alabaster
Her face could resemble white alabaster, a type of gypsum.


And if ever you try to sever
If you ever attempt to break apart and separate.


All the things we've come to know
All of the things that we have learned and come to understand.


And if you ever try to sever
If you ever attempt to break apart and separate.


All the things we know
All that we are aware of and comprehend.


Nobody will come dance
No one will arrive to dance.


Will come dance upon our grave
They will not come to dance on our graves.


Will come dance with us
No one will dance with us.




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