Airships
VNV Nation Lyrics


I pressed my face against the glass
Smiled as my breath made some pattern or other
The world beneath unfurled before me like a sail
Glinted in gold from this rich dawn sky
Awaiting the ship they had told me would come
Quietly anticipating that which was to come

I couldn't yet see you, still obscured by the city
The towers of glass reflected your coming
Silhouetted on the sunrise
Did I blink as I watched? Did I close my eyes?

I was not alone, I think it was the first time
Watching you rise splendid and graceful
I cheered as you sailed, a greatness unknown
I laughed as I waved and imagined you saw me
In the streets of the city, the windows of buildings
A million faces gazing upwards in wonder
A million faces together and cheering and smiling
You were the warmth of their hearts, you were the sum of their dreams
In the coldness of morning you brought warmth to their lives
Giving this feeling of wonder I could not imagine
You unlocking these thoughts no book and no picture could ever convey
This feeling and morning had opened a door
I stepped into a new world, I watched you fly
Saw you as a friend, the spirit of dreams
I imagined a new world, lands far away,
And imagined those faces as you hung in their sky

I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
I'm leaving ground, a new world and watching you fly
I stepped into, I stepped into a new world
I was not alone, I think it was the first time

I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
Now I'm leaving home, leaving everything, leaving everything
I step into this new world leaving everything

I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
Now I'm leaving home, leaving everything that I have ever known
I step into this new world leaving everything

Leaving everything, leaving everything

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Panda Gemini

Does anybody else think "Futureperfect" is quite a bit like a story with every next song being a chapter following the another? In this setting, I can see the story going somewhere like this:
1. Foreword -- self-explainatory. Could be a prologue to the whole, an introduction to the tale.
2. Epicentre -- message of warning, explaination of what threats lie ahead of the world.
3. Electronaut -- let's say this is more of a background chapter. Could be an illustration to whatever could be characters in this story feel.
4. Liebestod -- like above, but in a more dramatic, sorrowful tone.
5. Holding On -- main character lamenting upon whatever mistakes he had done and the future he had tried to attain, but simultaneously perceives the inevitable end the mankind is heading towards.
6. Carbon -- the music of the planet Earth herself; here I could picture a girl kneeing on a remote and desolate plain on the city outskirts, watching as the industrial demon parasitizes off the soil. The character contemplates upon whatever disasters are consuming the world.
7. Genesis -- I feel like this chapter could be an anticipation of whatever will happen after the story is finished.
8. Structure -- as the years pass by, the threat of a nuclear war grows larger; however, the prideful humanity still fails to perceive the tragedy that lies ahead; hence the powerful and indifferent tone of the song.
9. Fearless -- the final hour of the human race. Despite the inevitable apocalypse lurking behind the corner, the nations of the world are about to encase themselves in a malestorm of cybernetic war.
10. 4. am. -- the end of the world. Human civilization has wiped itself off the face of the earth. The main hero of the story heads outside their shelter, only to watch a landscape of pure desolation. Due to how far the technology had been pushed by the humans during their prideful years, there is little to no resemblance to whatever had existed on Earth in the first place. There is nothing but vague, shapeless ruins and cracked concrete juggernauts are scattered all over the view.
11. Beloved -- contrary to whatever anyone might believe this song is about, in the context of my story, I think "Beloved" actually refers to a lost, shattered dream of happiness in general, rather than to a long lost love. I believe the object of this song would be an individual who is meant to represent the whole spiritual nature of humanity, contemplating on how badly they wish they could restore Earth to its former glory.
12. Airships -- a thousand years after the catastrophical war, the humanity rebuilds itself from the ashes. Having learned a harsh lesson, there's a major change the mindset of now one, large nation. Everyone is working very hard, and eventually the survivors of the cataclysm build a fleet of spacecraft called Airships, which they are leaving Earth with.



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I pressed my face against the glass
Smiled as my breath made some pattern or other
The world beneath unfurled before me like a sail
Glinted in gold from this rich dawn sky
Awaiting the ship they had told me would come
Quietly anticipating that which was to come

I couldn't yet see you, still obscured by the city
The towers of glass reflected your coming
Silhouetted on the sunrise
Did I blink as I watched? Did I close my eyes?

I was not alone, I think it was the first time
Watching you rise splendid and graceful
I cheered as you sailed, a greatness unknown
I laughed as I waved and imagined you saw me
In the streets of the city, the windows of buildings
A million faces gazing upwards in wonder
A million faces together and cheering and smiling
You were the warmth of their hearts, you were the sum of their dreams
In the coldness of morning you brought warmth to their lives
Giving this feeling of wonder I could not imagine
You unlocking these thoughts no book and no picture could ever convey
This feeling and morning had opened a door
I stepped into a new world, I watched you fly
Saw you as a friend, the spirit of dreams
I imagined a new world, lands far away,
And imagined those faces as you hung in their sky

I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
I'm leaving ground, a new world and watching you fly
I stepped into, I stepped into a new world
I was not alone, I think it was the first time

I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
Now I'm leaving home, leaving everything, leaving everything
I step into this new world leaving everything

I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
I'm leaving ground, stepping into a new world
Now I'm leaving home, leaving everything that I have ever known
I step into this new world leaving everything

Leaving everything, leaving everything



All comments from YouTube:

Yokai Yoshiya

As much as "Beloved" reminds me of what was lost but remembered, "Airships" gives me view of new life. This band is not just music. It is spiritual.

Khrys Tobel

Totally. Kx

Hazel Cornell

Always liked it. :)

mark goodyer

VNV Nation are sunshine and beauty in a world that so often feels dark.

Panda Gemini

Does anybody else think "Futureperfect" is quite a bit like a story with every next song being a chapter following the another? In this setting, I can see the story going somewhere like this:
1. Foreword -- self-explainatory. Could be a prologue to the whole, an introduction to the tale.
2. Epicentre -- message of warning, explaination of what threats lie ahead of the world.
3. Electronaut -- let's say this is more of a background chapter. Could be an illustration to whatever could be characters in this story feel.
4. Liebestod -- like above, but in a more dramatic, sorrowful tone.
5. Holding On -- main character lamenting upon whatever mistakes he had done and the future he had tried to attain, but simultaneously perceives the inevitable end the mankind is heading towards.
6. Carbon -- the music of the planet Earth herself; here I could picture a girl kneeing on a remote and desolate plain on the city outskirts, watching as the industrial demon parasitizes off the soil. The character contemplates upon whatever disasters are consuming the world.
7. Genesis -- I feel like this chapter could be an anticipation of whatever will happen after the story is finished.
8. Structure -- as the years pass by, the threat of a nuclear war grows larger; however, the prideful humanity still fails to perceive the tragedy that lies ahead; hence the powerful and indifferent tone of the song.
9. Fearless -- the final hour of the human race. Despite the inevitable apocalypse lurking behind the corner, the nations of the world are about to encase themselves in a malestorm of cybernetic war.
10. 4. am. -- the end of the world. Human civilization has wiped itself off the face of the earth. The main hero of the story heads outside their shelter, only to watch a landscape of pure desolation. Due to how far the technology had been pushed by the humans during their prideful years, there is little to no resemblance to whatever had existed on Earth in the first place. There is nothing but vague, shapeless ruins and cracked concrete juggernauts are scattered all over the view.
11. Beloved -- contrary to whatever anyone might believe this song is about, in the context of my story, I think "Beloved" actually refers to a lost, shattered dream of happiness in general, rather than to a long lost love. I believe the object of this song would be an individual who is meant to represent the whole spiritual nature of humanity, contemplating on how badly they wish they could restore Earth to its former glory.
12. Airships -- a thousand years after the catastrophical war, the humanity rebuilds itself from the ashes. Having learned a harsh lesson, there's a major change the mindset of now one, large nation. Everyone is working very hard, and eventually the survivors of the cataclysm build a fleet of spacecraft called Airships, which they are leaving Earth with.

Captain Tripps

@Ann Night your album plotline is likely spot on. The collapse and rebirth theme is consistent with vnv nation, along with a beautifully militant humanism.

Welsh Paul

I've heard it mentioned in interviews that Future Perfect took a lot of its inspiration from the 1920's silent film "Metropolis". Songs like this one and the album artwork would seem to support this.

Ramon Veenhuizen

And that new nation, is VNV Nation. I think you might be onto something when it comes to Airships, because they've got other songs where they seem to ponder, what if something catastrophic were to happen to earth, something not man induced, that we could only overcome if we stuck our heads together, forgot about our differences, our troubles? That's when mankind would show it's real strength, which is our capability of cooperation. We would be able to achieve anything if we would all just work together. That idea is something that VNV Nation plays with on several occasions. Sentinel is an example as well.

Gorion79

This album definitely has some of their best tracks though, from Airships to Beloved, and Epicentre, among my favorites. I can't find any album similar to this. Ronan's voice is so beautiful.

Gorion79

I've thought this about their other albums, but never was able to write it out this well.

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