Valentine
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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As we spin in circles
Walking a straight line
As we spin in circles
Walking a straight line

As we spin in circles
Walking a straight line
As we spin in circles
Walking a straight line

Silence, dark and long
And the thunder clap splits the night
And I'm standing in this field
Storms are all around me

All through the sky
I see strings of electricity
And I feel the power
Like it could burn my hands

Up above
The clouds are moving
And suddenly
The rain is all around me

Like sheets of glass
Coming down from the sky
Every drop is there to guide
Every drop is there to guide
Release, release
The ropes around your neck

We spin in circles
Walking a straight line
Spin in circles
Walking a straight line
We spin in circles
Walking a straight line

Jagged beams of light
Explode and dance in the darkness around me
And I can reach out and touch the beams
And the light turns solid and wraps around my wrist

One makes a loop
A thousand more follow
A thousand more follow till my arms are surrounded
By a comical web of light

My arms in the eyes of a web of light
A tornado of light beams
And I feel the pulling and start to rise
And every beam is there to guide

Release the ropes around your neck
The ropes around your neck
It is time to put the weight down
And the bricks and the blocks

Every drop is there to guide
Every beam is there to guide
Release, release, release
The ropes around your neck

Walking a straight line
As we spin in circles
Walking a straight line




We spin in circles
Walking a straight line

Overall Meaning

The song "Valentine" by Trey Anastasio is a dreamy, atmospheric song that explores the power of release and freedom. The repeated line "as we spin in circles, walking a straight line" seems to express the idea that even when we feel confined or stuck in life, we are still moving forward, still making progress, albeit in a circular way. The second half of the song takes on a more intense and surreal tone, as the singer describes a thunderstorm and the sensation of being pulled up into the air by "jagged beams of light." This section culminates in the repeated call to "release the ropes around your neck," a powerful metaphor for letting go of whatever is holding us back and embracing the unknown.


Throughout the song, there is a sense of being surrounded by natural forces that are both beautiful and intimidating. The rain and lightning serve as a reminder of the power and unpredictability of the natural world, while the beams of light are otherworldly and almost magical. The singer seems to be searching for a way to connect with these forces and break free of whatever is weighing them down. The image of being surrounded by light is particularly striking, as it suggests a kind of transcendence or enlightenment that can only be found in letting go of our fears and doubts.


Line by Line Meaning

As we spin in circles
Despite walking in a straight line, we feel directionless and disoriented.


Walking a straight line
We are following the expected path, but it feels monotonous and unfulfilling.


Silence, dark and long
The environment is quiet but foreboding, offering no comfort or relief.


And the thunder clap splits the night
A sudden, jarring event interrupts the stillness and shakes us out of our complacency.


And I'm standing in this field
I am alone in an open, exposed place and feel vulnerable and exposed.


Storms are all around me
I am surrounded by chaos and danger that I cannot control.


All through the sky
The entire atmosphere is charged with electricity and potential energy.


I see strings of electricity
I can visualize the invisible forces around me that are unpredictable and powerful.


And I feel the power
I am acutely aware of the forces beyond my control and the potential danger they pose.


Like it could burn my hands
The energy is so intense that I fear I may be harmed by it if I come too close.


Up above
In the sky, above me where I cannot reach or influence.


The clouds are moving
The weather patterns are shifting and thus the immediate future is uncertain and potentially dangerous.


And suddenly
Without warning or preparation, the situation intensifies.


The rain is all around me
The precipitation is overwhelming and surrounds me from all directions.


Like sheets of glass
The rain is dense and sharp, with the potential to harm or damage.


Coming down from the sky
The water is descending rapidly and relentlessly, adding to my sense of vulnerability and helplessness.


Every drop is there to guide
The water, while dangerous, is also have a protective and nourishing potential when approached mindfully.


Release, release
Let go of the harmful and suffocating patterns that are keeping you stagnant.


The ropes around your neck
The metaphorical chains that are keeping you tethered and constrained.


Jagged beams of light
The electric vibration has a visual component that is total and mesmerizing.


Explode and dance in the darkness around me
The sudden and intense light illuminates the darkness in a way that is both exhilarating and unnerving.


And I can reach out and touch the beams
The surreal energy is palpable, but there is still a sense of awe and wonder at the unknown nature of it.


And the light turns solid and wraps around my wrist
The energy becomes tangible and almost protective, a kind of guiding force that is attempting to pull me upward.


One makes a loop
The guiding force begins with a single light or pull.


A thousand more follow
But soon, the initial pull becomes greater and attracts more, creating a kind of unified and overwhelming energy or force.


Till my arms are surrounded
The energy is all-consuming, literally surrounding me with its guiding and pulling power.


By a comical web of light
The light has taken on a seemingly playful or teasing aspect, but it is still intense and overwhelming in its power.


My arms in the eyes of a web of light
I am still a part of this guiding force or energy, and it is enveloping me completely.


A tornado of light beams
The energy has become so strong and unified that it has taken on a destructive or chaotic aspect, a literal tornado of light and energy.


And I feel the pulling and start to rise
The force is now not only guiding me, but literally lifting me up and out of my previous patterns and limitations.


Release the ropes around your neck
Let go of the suffocating and constraining patterns that are no longer serving you.


It is time to put the weight down
It is time to relieve yourself of the burdens that you have been carrying, and open yourself up to the unknown and potentially transformative force around you.


And the bricks and the blocks
The obstacles and limitations that you have been imposing on yourself, consciously or unconsciously.


Every beam is there to guide
The energy is not simply destructive or chaotic, but has a guiding force that is leading you towards greater liberation and openness.




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Comments from YouTube:

Polemic

1. Why do I love this video so much? 2. That melody that starts at 4:37 is brilliant... Was phenomenal live.

Michael Tapp

Great stuff! I dig the latest Trey album. Great song-writing and production. The man keeps raising the bar!

Andrew Whitacre

Good work Trey, Glad to see you are truely enjoying your art

Christopher Simmons

Great Song! I love to see this live!

mgouker

And I think the song is unbelievably gorgeous. This and "Architect" are my two favorites from the album, but it's really not easy - best TAB album (for songs) ever in my NSMFH opinion.

Deadhead Dev

LOVE THIS!!

mgouker

I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for posting.

Dylan Oak Hill

Beautiful Song, happy valentines day. This song always made me think of my special lady before I even knew the name, and I love this animation! So cool.

Benjamin Sweet

Awesome stuff!

Jessica23K Arvin

this I feel everyday!!! :) ;) Absolutely astounding! Great work when I saw this there where no words!! In other words my words are silent but they are there blowing in the whispering winds with a silent whisp of shallow wind gently screaming ( This is FUCKING WONDERFUL! TREY Hey, Hey,!

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