Cincinnati
Holy Holy Lyrics


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If you stand on the edge of the cage
Watchin' the lights passin' --
When she broke from her pale blue shell
Did you dream you would live to tell
That you'd see her fade like this
You feel cold and you feel sick
As a child you cannot believe
They would block out the sun with their wings
Like a river of blood and bone
In their millions they moved as one
But not one would survive
To cover up the sky
If you stand on the edge of the creek
Watchin' water wash over me
I don't wanna - that stone
I leave guitars, I leave some songs




I leave photographs and signs
In quiet corners of your life

Overall Meaning

In the song "Cincinnati" by Holy Holy, the lyrics depict a powerful and ominous scene of destruction and devastation. The opening lines, "If you stand on the edge of the cage/watching the lights passing," immediately set the tone for a sense of confinement and oppression. As the song progresses, the lyrics describe the loss of something beautiful and natural, symbolized by a bird breaking free from its shell and then inexplicably fading away. The imagery of a river of blood and bone conveys a disturbing sense of violence and loss, while the repetitive line "not one would survive/to cover up the sky" adds to the overall feeling of bleakness and despair.


The chorus of the song repeats the phrase "I leave," suggesting a sense of departure, loss, and finality. The lyrics are vague enough to be interpreted in a few different ways, but they could be interpreted as a message from someone who is leaving behind memories and possessions for someone else to find, possibly after their death. The final line, "in quiet corners of your life," adds to the sense of this being a personal and intimate exchange.


Overall, the lyrics of "Cincinnati" are evocative and powerful, conveying a sense of longing, loss, and destruction. The imagery and metaphors used throughout the song paint a vivid picture of a world that has been shattered and left in ruins.


Line by Line Meaning

If you stand on the edge of the cage
If you find yourself at the limits of your confinement


Watchin' the lights passin' --
Observing the fleeting moments of life


When she broke from her pale blue shell
When she emerged from her safe space


Did you dream you would live to tell
Did you ever think you would experience something worth sharing


That you'd see her fade like this
That you would witness her fall from grace


You feel cold and you feel sick
You feel uncomfortable and unwell


As a child you cannot believe
When you are younger, certain experiences seem impossible


They would block out the sun with their wings
They would obstruct the natural light with their own power


Like a river of blood and bone
An unstoppable force that leaves a trail of carnage


In their millions they moved as one
They acted as a collective with immense power


But not one would survive
Despite their strength and unity, they would meet their downfall


To cover up the sky
To challenge the very essence of nature


If you stand on the edge of the creek
If you find yourself at the edge of a small stream


Watchin' water wash over me
Observing the cleansing power of the water


I don't wanna - that stone
I do not want to remain stagnant in my journey


I leave guitars, I leave some songs
I leave my artistic creations as a legacy


I leave photographs and signs
I leave memories and evidence of my existence


In quiet corners of your life
In the moments of reflection and solitude




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