Cataracts
Thrice Lyrics


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Cut these thorns and kick these stones and keep those birds at bay
Plant deep and dark and help my heart receive the words you say
The words you say, the words you say
The words you say are somehow lost on me they die on deafened ears

When you open up your mount to speak I hear but I can't hear
The words you say, hear the words you say, hear the words you say
I can't hear the words you say, hear the words you say
Pin me down, and take away this heart of stone

Wind and sound, awake my old dry bones
Cut these thorns and kick these stones and keep those birds at bay
Plant deep and dark, and help my heart perceive the light of day
I stumble through a darkened vale, with a veil cast over me

And cataracts, all is black, oh, I see but I can't see
The light of day, see the light of day, see the light of day
I can't see the light of day, see the light of day
I'll fight or run to keep from going under the knife

Don't let me slip away
'Cause though the blade is sharp, I know you're saving my life
Don't let me slip away

[Repeat: x3]




Pin me down, and take away this heart of stone
Wind and sounds, awake my old dry bones

Overall Meaning

Thrice's "Cataracts" is a song that speaks about struggling to understand someone's words because of the distractions and obstacles around you. The first stanza of the song describes cutting off the thorns (barriers) and kicking away the stones (obstacles) and keeping the birds at bay (distractions) to plant deep and dark (to prepare for wisdom and understanding) and to help the heart receive the words being said. However, the words being said are somehow lost and dying on deaf ears. The next stanza mentions the singer hearing the words being spoken but not being able to comprehend them, urging the singer to pin them down and take away their heart of stone, so they can perceive the light of day in their darkened vale. The bridge of the song is about the singer going through difficulties and being blinded by cataracts, where they can see but not see, urging someone not to let them slip away when they are fighting to keep themselves from going under the knife but still saving their life.


"Cataracts" takes a theme that is not uncommon in Thrice's music which is religion and the struggle of faith. In this song, the composer uses nature imagery to help explain bringing wisdom, which ultimately leads to understanding. The song's language is also quite descriptive with its use of obstacles and distractions, which seem to represent the problems in the singer's life. "Cataracts" less of a call to arms and more of a plea for help- the singer is lost and needs guidance to find their way again.


Some interesting facts about the song "Cataracts" include:


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

Cut these thorns and kick these stones and keep those birds at bay
Remove barriers and distractions that prevent me from hearing you clearly


Plant deep and dark and help my heart receive the words you say
Allow me to fully absorb and understand the messages you convey


The words you say, the words you say
Repeated reminder of the message being conveyed


The words you say are somehow lost on me they die on deafened ears
Despite hearing the words, they don't register with me and don't have an impact


When you open up your mount to speak I hear but I can't hear
I hear the sound of your voice, but the message doesn't reach me


Hear the words you say, hear the words you say, hear the words you say
Repeating the plea to be able to hear and understand the message


I can't hear the words you say, hear the words you say
Despite the desire to hear, the message still doesn't register with me


Pin me down, and take away this heart of stone
Overcome my emotional barriers that are preventing me from being receptive to the message


Wind and sound, awake my old dry bones
Bring me back to life and invigorate me with inspiration


Plant deep and dark, and help my heart perceive the light of day
Deepen my understanding and enlighten me with clarity


I stumble through a darkened vale, with a veil cast over me
I'm lost and struggling to see clearly


And cataracts, all is black, oh, I see but I can't see
Obstructed vision and lack of clarity despite physically seeing things


See the light of day, see the light of day, see the light of day
Repeating the desire to gain clarity and understanding


I can't see the light of day, see the light of day
Despite wanting to see clearly, my vision is still obstructed


I'll fight or run to keep from going under the knife
I'll do whatever it takes to avoid facing struggle and difficulty


Don't let me slip away
Please keep me focused and motivated


'Cause though the blade is sharp, I know you're saving my life
Despite the pain and discomfort, I trust that it's for my own good


Pin me down, and take away this heart of stone
Reiteration of the plea to overcome emotional barriers


Wind and sounds, awake my old dry bones
Repeat of previous line, emphasizing the desire for inspiration and motivation




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: DUSTIN MICHAEL KENSRUE, EDWARD CARRINGTON BRECKENRIDGE, JAMES RILEY BRECKENRIDGE, TERANISHI TEPPEI

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