Into the West
Howard Shore Lyrics


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Lay down
Your sweet and weary head
The night is falling
You have come to journey's end
Sleep now
And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across the distant shore

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see
All of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms
You're only sleeping

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea
A pale moon rises
The ships have come to carry you home

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
All Souls pass

Hope fades
Into the world of night
Through shadows falling
Out of memory and time
Don't say
We have come now to the end
White shores are calling
You and I will meet again
And you'll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water




Grey ships pass
Into the West

Overall Meaning

The song "Into the West" by Howard Shore featuring Annie Lennox is a melancholic melody that conveys the idea of a final journey or a peaceful death. The opening lines are an invitation to rest and dream, as after all the journey, the night has finally fallen, and it's time to let go. The following lines suggest that there's nothing to fear since the loved ones who have passed are calling, and they are waiting on the other side.


The main message of the song is that death is not the end; it's a new beginning. The lyrics reassure that those who have gone before are safe and waiting, and there's no need to cry because all fears will be passed away. The song offers comfort to those who are still living by reminding them that they will meet again.


The chorus describes a beautiful and mystical place where "all will turn to silver glass," and a "light on the water" will guide the soul of the deceased to the other side. The song's main elements are hope, nostalgia, and a twinge of sadness, but it ultimately suggests that death is a natural part of life, and there's no need to fear it.


Line by Line Meaning

Lay down
Relax and get comfortable


Your sweet and weary head
Your tired and kind head


The night is falling
Darkness is creeping in


You have come to journey's end
Your journey has ended


Sleep now
Rest peacefully


And dream of the ones who came before
Dream of those who have passed on


They are calling
They're beckoning you home


From across the distant shore
From a far-off place


Why do you weep?
Why are you crying?


What are these tears upon your face?
Why are you shedding tears?


Soon you will see
Things will get better


All of your fears will pass away
All the things that scare you will disappear


Safe in my arms
You're protected with me


You're only sleeping
You're only resting


What can you see
What do you perceive?


On the horizon?
On the distant line?


Why do the white gulls call?
Why are the seagulls screaming?


Across the sea
Over the water


A pale moon rises
The moon is getting brighter


The ships have come to carry you home
Ships are here to take you back


And all will turn
Everything will be transformed


To silver glass
To shiny glass


A light on the water
A shining light on the water


All Souls pass
All spirits go by


Hope fades
Positive energy is disappearing


Into the world of night
Into darkness


Through shadows falling
Fading into the shadows


Out of memory and time
Disappearing from history and time


Don't say
Don't express


We have come now to the end
We have reached the conclusion


White shores are calling
The beautiful shoreline is calling


You and I will meet again
We will reunite


And you'll be here in my arms
I will hold you close


Just sleeping
You're resting peacefully


Grey ships pass
Ships silently move by


Into the West
Toward the setting sun




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Howard Shore, Philippa Boyens, Annie Lennox

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