Seahorse
Devendra Banhart Lyrics


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I'm high and I'm happy and I'm free
I got my whole heart
Laid out right in front of me
And I finally can see
The way it's always been
The need for peace
Starts from within
So I leave my possessions to the wind
And I'm done with ever wanting anything
Well I can die satisfied
No desires do I hide
Not today, not today
Nor for the next one thousand lives

I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse
A little seahorse

I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse

Well I'm scared of ever being born again
If it's in this form again
Well I wanna know how why where and when and then
I wanna see you be the bright night sky
I wanna see you come back as the light




I wanna see you be the bright night sky
I wanna see you come back as the light

Overall Meaning

In Devendra Banhart's song Seahorse, the lyrics speak of an individual who has found peace within themselves through letting go of material possessions and desires. The singer is high, happy, and free, with their entire heart and being laid out in front of them. Through this vulnerability, they can see that peace starts from within and the need for it is essential. The singer relinquishes all their possessions to the wind and declares that they no longer want anything, as they have reached a level of contentment where they could die without any unfulfilled desires.


The song takes a spiritual turn when the singer expresses fear about being reborn again in the same form, but also expresses a desire for knowledge about the workings of the universe. They long to see the person they are speaking to as the bright night sky, and they want them to come back as the light. These lyrics suggest a belief in reincarnation and enlightenment, with the singer seeking wisdom and understanding.


Overall, Seahorse is a song about finding peace, contentment, and spiritual fulfillment. It emphasizes the importance of letting go of material possessions and desires, and looking within oneself for true happiness. The lyrics suggest a belief in the infinite growth of the soul and the search for enlightenment and understanding.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm high and I'm happy and I'm free
Feeling elated and liberated, unencumbered by any burdens or worries.


I got my whole heart Laid out right in front of me
Being completely open and honest, revealing everything one has to offer.


And I finally can see The way it's always been The need for peace Starts from within
Recognizing the importance of inner peace and contentment, which can only come from within oneself.


So I leave my possessions to the wind And I'm done with ever wanting anything
Abandoning material possessions and the desire for more, recognizing that true satisfaction comes from within.


Well I can die satisfied No desires do I hide Not today, not today Nor for the next one thousand lives
Feeling content and fulfilled in the present moment, with no hidden desires or regrets, even for the foreseeable future.


I want to be a little seahorse
Expressing a desire for simplicity and a carefree existence, much like a seahorse.


Well I'm scared of ever being born again If it's in this form again
Afraid of reincarnation in the same form, suggesting a desire for change and growth.


Well I wanna know how why where and when and then
Curiosity and a desire for understanding, to gain insight into the mysteries of existence.


I wanna see you be the bright night sky I wanna see you come back as the light
Expressing a desire to see a loved one shine luminously and radiantly, to bring light and positivity to the world.




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Written by: DEVENDRA BANHART

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@lotusnin3000

SEAHORSE Lyrics
I'm high and I'm happy and I'm free
I got my whole heart
Laid out right in front of me
And I finally can see
The way it's always been
The need for peace
Starts from within


So I leave my possessions to the wind
And I'm done with ever wanting anything
Well, I can die satisfied
No desires do I hide
Not today, not today
Nor for the next one thousand lives


I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse
A little seahorse


I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse


I, I wanna see
I wanna see the little green men
A little green man
Oh, sleep with me now and then
Oh, sleep with me
I, I wanna see a little green man, now and then
Oh, sleep with me now and then
I wanna see a little green man
Oh, sleep with me now and then
Oh, oh, oh


Well, I'm scared of ever being born again
If it's in this form again
Well, I wanna know how, why, where, and when
And then, and then...


I wanna see you be the bright night sky
I wanna see you come back as the light
I wanna see you be the bright night sky
I wanna see you come back as the light



All comments from YouTube:

@BroadcastsFromPoorFarm

Man, I haven’t listened to this in probably a decade. Great album, I remember pre-ordering it at B&N.

@stephanvillavicencio5679

It sounded like folk at the beginning, good, soft, soothing and easy listening. Then i heard a hard rock jam session begin at minute 6. Wow, just what i needed to hear, for the right amount of time. Song finally ended two minutes later, on a soft delicate note. I just heard this band today, but i'm impressed. This song sounded like two different songs combined into one; both of which i liked. I didn't read the lyrics, but that doesn't matter. I'll definitely listen to this again. This song was kreative, enthusiastic, and kick a$% !#@@

@picksflowers

i am ageless, from the distant future, and still rocking out to Devendra Banhart!! who's here with me?

@lotusnin3000

SEAHORSE Lyrics
I'm high and I'm happy and I'm free
I got my whole heart
Laid out right in front of me
And I finally can see
The way it's always been
The need for peace
Starts from within


So I leave my possessions to the wind
And I'm done with ever wanting anything
Well, I can die satisfied
No desires do I hide
Not today, not today
Nor for the next one thousand lives


I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse
A little seahorse


I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse
I want to be a little seahorse


I, I wanna see
I wanna see the little green men
A little green man
Oh, sleep with me now and then
Oh, sleep with me
I, I wanna see a little green man, now and then
Oh, sleep with me now and then
I wanna see a little green man
Oh, sleep with me now and then
Oh, oh, oh


Well, I'm scared of ever being born again
If it's in this form again
Well, I wanna know how, why, where, and when
And then, and then...


I wanna see you be the bright night sky
I wanna see you come back as the light
I wanna see you be the bright night sky
I wanna see you come back as the light

@kass4121

It's the record that made me discover Devendra and it remains my favorite .

@professionalamateur2803

Love this - haven't listened to Devendra in awhile - he makes me feel so much better. He's like a living saint! I met him an art show once and he was very nice!

@federicoleal8937

The moment I heard this song for the first time I fell in love with your music. Outstanding musician!

@TheOKAY

Every once and a while I take some time and listen to this again.

@ar8338

Randomly searched seahorse and found this

@theooz

This is my favorite part 5:50 ... ''Well I'm scared of ever being born again; if it's in this form again. I want to know how, where, what, and when and even then I'm scared.''

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