Sparks
Beach House Lyrics


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We drive around this town
Houses melting down
A vision turning green
Is all we've ever seen
And then it's dark again

A new development
Wishing that it meant
Something natural
Don't we know it's cruel
And it goes dark again
Just like a spark

Hallucination comes
Think of everyone
The never shared before
From my mouth to yours
And then it's dark again
Just like a spark
And then it vanishes
No one around
And then it comes again
Just like a spark
And then we're vanishing
No one around
And then it comes again
Just like a spark

You go to school
You follow all the rules
You live inside
Realize there's something in your eyes
You're back again
From the spine rising through the mind
You give it up (just like a spark)
It's a gift taken from the lips
You live again





Make it, wave it alive
Make it, wave it alive

Overall Meaning

The song "Sparks" by Beach House is a complex, atmospheric piece that explores themes of transformation, disillusionment, and renewal. The lyrics create a vivid, dreamlike world where "houses are melting down" and "visions turning green." It's a place where nothing is quite what it seems, and the passage of time is marked by the cycle of light and darkness.


The first verse describes a drive through a town that seems to be decomposing. The use of the metaphor of "sparks" for the fleeting moments of hope and inspiration that come and go in life, is emphasized in both the verse and the chorus. The second verse explores the idea of hallucination, perhaps brought on by drugs, as a way to escape the mundane reality of everyday life. The chorus emphasizes how these moments of hope and illumination are fleeting, like a spark that flares up suddenly and then vanishes quickly.


Overall, the song seems to be about the search for meaning and transcendence in a world that is often confusing and chaotic. It suggests that these moments of clarity and insight can be found in unexpected places, but that they are also fragile, like sparks that flare up and then vanish just as quickly.


Line by Line Meaning

We drive around this town
We roam around aimlessly in this place


Houses melting down
The buildings here are seized and demolished


A vision turning green
The surroundings are getting covered in greenery


Is all we've ever seen
Our experience is limited to this only


And then it's dark again
Night falls and everything is hidden from view


A new development
A recent change or progress


Wishing that it meant
Hoping that it has some significance


Something natural
Organic or original


Don't we know it's cruel
Aren't we aware of how harsh it is


And it goes dark again
The cycle repeats


Just like a spark
Brief and temporary


Hallucination comes
Illusion or fantasy arises


Think of everyone
Consideration for all beings


The never shared before
Something that was never revealed


From my mouth to yours
Transferring thoughts or emotions


And then it's dark again
The transitory nature ends and everything fades away


And then it vanishes
Disappears without a trace


No one around
Loneliness and isolation


And then it comes again
The cycle starts anew


And then we're vanishing
We're fading away


You go to school
You attend an educational institution


You follow all the rules
You obey all the regulations


You live inside
You're restricted from experiencing the outside world


Realize there's something in your eyes
Recognize that there's a spark of originality in you


You're back again
You return to your former self


From the spine rising through the mind
A sudden awakening of the senses


You give it up (just like a spark)
You relinquish the spark you just found


It's a gift taken from the lips
It's a precious treasure taken away shortly after discovering it


You live again
You exist once more


Make it, wave it alive
Rekindle the flame and keep it burning


Make it, wave it alive
Rekindle the flame and keep it burning




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Alex Kristian Scally, Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@dishabarman4449

We drive around this town
Houses melting down
A vision turning green
Is all we've ever seen
And then it's dark again
A new development
Wishing that it meant
Something natural
Don't we know it's cruel
And it goes dark again
Just like a spark
Hallucination comes
Think of everyone
The never shared before
From my mouth to yours
And then it's dark again
Just like a spark
And then it vanishes
No one around
And then it comes again
Just like a spark
And then we're vanishing
No one around
And then it comes again
Just like a spark
You go to school
You follow all the rules
You live inside
Realize there's something in your eyes
You're back again
From the spine rising through the mind
You give it up (just like a spark)
It's a gift taken from the lips
You live again
Make it, wave it alive
Make it, wave it alive



@ryhae7139

This song helped me come down from a manic episode in summer 2017.
"You go to school
You follow all the rules
You live inside
Realize there's something in your eyes
You're back again
From the spine rising through the mind
You give it up (just like a spark)
It's a gift taken from the lips
You live again
Make it, wave it alive
Make it, wave it alive"



All comments from YouTube:

@mariamoreno3785

Okay, is it just me or do you ever get this feeling of such melancholy while listening to this? Like you're happy but it makes you sad at the same time? Because it has for me ever since I first listened to them. *cries

@alejandrolopez6626

It´s true, i thought was the only one with this feeling, this song and space song, are really sad, specially this one..!

@jasonwalker7729

I feel the same way. You feel fine, but you feel down. Radiohead does the same thing for me.

@alejandrolopez6626

which rh song?

@jasonwalker7729

@Alejandro López Peñarán How To Disappear Completely, Exit Music (From A Film), Sail to The Moon, to name a few.

@dromendus

that's exactly how I feel, it's why Depression Cherry is my all time favorite album but also why I don't listen to it too often

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@onilkdeleon5164

Currently spinning this on record, just thought I should check the YouTube comments because this song is so awesome, beach house never fails to amaze me In such beautiful music

@Son_of_Bayonetta

I love the musical discussions that happen under beach house songs on YouTube haha, glad to see I'm not the only one

@swejmar

My absolute favorite Beach House song. So melancholy and so uplifting at the same time.

@dishabarman4449

We drive around this town
Houses melting down
A vision turning green
Is all we've ever seen
And then it's dark again
A new development
Wishing that it meant
Something natural
Don't we know it's cruel
And it goes dark again
Just like a spark
Hallucination comes
Think of everyone
The never shared before
From my mouth to yours
And then it's dark again
Just like a spark
And then it vanishes
No one around
And then it comes again
Just like a spark
And then we're vanishing
No one around
And then it comes again
Just like a spark
You go to school
You follow all the rules
You live inside
Realize there's something in your eyes
You're back again
From the spine rising through the mind
You give it up (just like a spark)
It's a gift taken from the lips
You live again
Make it, wave it alive
Make it, wave it alive

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