Songs I can’t get enough of #9: “Wait” – M83
I’m in love with M83’s new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, absolute love. Heh. I’m faintly smiling while thinking about it. I feel like an idiot when I talk like this, but I don’t really mind. I swore to myself that I would be more personal with my blog this year. I absolutely adore an album that can fill me with such emotion that my heart pounds out of my chest while my head swirls like the Milky Way.
The dazzling revelation of “Wait”…well, it almost brings me to tears when listening to it right now. Initially, I thought it was so empty, but in reality it’s so full of life…
Send your dreams
Where nobody hides
Give your tears
To the tide
There’s no end
There is no goodbye
With the night
There were a number of ways I thought this song could have been interpreted. At first glance, I thought it was about not having enough time in one’s life. The song sucker-punched me in the stomach. Personally, it made me think of my son. You see, I’m a father in his mid-thirties, and I have a young son who is growing up too fast. It’s a blast being a dad, I cherish every moment we share…I never knew how much I would love it…how much I would love him. I’ve never known such love, and it fills my life with so much meaning, responsibility, and joy. (heh, tears)
…And the echos of “No Time” in this song. Oh, it just rips my heart out thinking about how little time I get to share with him before he grows up and starts to hate his old man. I guess it’s normal. I guess most people have these feelings. I’ve always heard people say, “They grow up too fast.” I’d always chuckle and nod my head, but it’s true. They do. I find myself thinking “wait, things are moving too fast”…”wait!”
So this was the first interpretation I had of “Wait”…and I was almost there…but not quite, in my opinion.
When I started to dig into the lyrics, I found a different meaning: death. “Send your dreams where nobody hides, Give your tears to the tide.” I pondered if someone’s life had ended and there was “No time” left for their dreams, so they should pass those dreams off to someone who can finish them. “There is no end, there is no goodbye. Disappear with the night.” My thought was that someone had slipped away quietly in the night without saying goodbye…didn’t have the time to say goodbye. Even the title “Wait” plays into this meaning: “Wait,” don’t leave yet…”Wait” until I say goodbye.
While contemplating the aspect of death with “Wait”, something just clicked…
It was deeper than than having no time, it was more beautiful than death…it was peaceful…it dawned on me that there is only one way to interpret “Wait”…the realization of one’s own life, and life in general.
There comes a point in everyone’s life where we realize that we can’t accomplish everything we want to accomplish. We can’t learn everything we want to learn. We can’t experience everything we want to experience.
At first, this realization may bring sadness because we realize that there isn’t enough time to accomplish all that we desire…but we should give our “tears to the tide”. We should not be sad because the song isn’t about not having enough time. This song is about time not existing at all. There is “No Time”…and realizing that our dreams are bigger than our own life can be revealing because our dreams live on through others. Our dreams are infinite.
“There is no end, there is no goodbye…no time, no time” once again displays the infinite vastness of our being. Our dreams, our being, our legacy is infinite. We live on, our dreams live on, through others. There are constant themes in the history of life, and they do not change. So in a sense…time doesn’t exist. Think about it. How much of “us” is based on everyone before us? How much of an impact did the people who came before you have? Constant themes of love, hate, peace, war, birth, death…the similar questions we all have: why are we here? Is there something else?
We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. We are the living dreams of those before us, with our own personal twist, and just because you personally don’t finish what you started doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. Dreams are infinite and by realizing that they may never be accomplished is both vulnerable, scary, and yet peaceful.
Maybe I’ve strayed too far.
Maybe it’s similar to the first or second interpretation.
Maybe it’s a little of all three interpretations.
Maybe it’s just my own personal philosophies developing before my eyes due to an incredible song.
Honestly, I don’t know anymore.
UPDATED 1/11/13: Updated YouTube video