My friends and I are obsessed with this gem. I wanna it to explode.
What's the true meaning behind the song, though? A girl wanting to die?
After whoring it the majority of yesterday afternoon I looked up the meaning and this one, IMO, seems like the 'real' meaning/ a good interpretation.
Having read the band's intent with these lyrics I know that the song is about a wife who is communicating with her dead husband; not, as others have interpreted, about a failing marriage. However, I think there are two images in this song that evolve quite wonderfully and deserve comment: "sleep" and "the ship". At first I believe the wife (widow) is saying she literally can't fall asleep. But, eventually she is talked down by the ghost/spirit of her husband and accepts that she can sleep. I think that in the end, the idea of falling asleep means two things: that she is at ease with her present situation (as a widow) and that she is ready for death to reunite them. My interpretation of the word "ship" which is repeated in the chorus "And though the truth will vary, the ship will carry our bodies back to shore." ...is a bit more complex. I see the ship as a symbol of their love but also as a vessel. She is left with the house, and in that house she will safely be carried to the shores of the "other side". Her husband is waiting to embark into the afterlife in that house, and her husband is waiting because he loves her.
This, Everybody Talks and Eyes Wide Open needs to go into the top 10. But that will never happen.