A Comet Appears Lyrics - The Shins

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One hand on this wily comet,
Take a drink just to give me some weight,
Some uber-man I'd make,
I'm barely a vapor

They shone a chlorine light on,
A host of individual sins,
Let's carve my aging face off,
Fetch us a knife,
Start with my eyes,
Down so the lines,
Form a grimacing smile,

Close your eyes to corral a virtue,
Is this fooling anyone else?
Never worked so long and hard,
To cement a failure,

We can blow on our thumbs and posture,
But the lonely is such delicate things,
The wind from a wasp could blow them,
Into the sea,
With stones on their feet,
Lost to the light and the loving we need,

Still to come,
The worst part and you know it,
There is a numbness,
In your heart and it's growing,

With burnt sage and a forest of bygones,
I click my heels,
Get the devils in line,
A list of things I could lay the blame on,
Might give me a way out,

But with each turn,
It's this front and center,
Like a dart stuck square in your eye,
Every post you can hitch your faith on,
Is a pie in the sky,
Chock full of lies,
A tool we devise,
To make sinking stones fly,

And still to come,
The worst part and you know it,
There is a numbness,
In your heart and it's growing.

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Haunting | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/14/13

I, too, first heard this song on the DVD of "Chuck". I don't know if it was the depression I have been fighting for years (currently a losing battle) or the fact that I am currently unemployed, but the song really touched a chord within me. I had never heard of the band "The Shins", but this song prompted me to not only search for a listing of songs used in the "Chuck" series, but also download a copy from iTunes. While the song lyrics present a situation of hopelessness, the melody seemed to give me the opposite impression. An impression that life is not predetermined. That there is hope, even for those of us lost in a sea of hopelessness.

After reading these reviews, I will have to go back an sample more songs from this artist. I have found many songs with a similar theme of hopelessness and death throughout the TV series. I think that the intent of the background music in the series (Chuck) was to portray a degree of hopelessness, of being caught in a web that, even in the happiest of times, was still inescapable (as was portrayed at the ending of the series).

I have to say bravo to the artists who, like The Shins, are able to lay their hearts open and allow their music to touch another's soul in a profound way. A way that I suspect is different for every person who listens. Bravo, also, to the person or team who was able to find songs like this and include the songs in another format (such as background in a TV series) allowing a chance for a wider audience to experience music they might otherwise have never come across.

Thanks to all the artists who manage to touch a life. What would the world be like without you?

these guys rock | Reviewer: kudzi Zimbabwe | 12/2/10

First heard this song on the Chuck series and fell in love with it. Something abt the sadness and hopelessness of the lyrics and melody just calls me... Kinda reminds of the situation in my country but at the end everything works out for good....

to Matt M | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/10

Thoroughly enjoyed reading your interpretation. I haven't formed such an in-depth interpretation myself, but it was wonderful reading yours. I just thought I'd say that. :-)

Apart from that, this is an incredible song. James Mercer is a master of lyrics.

.. its brilliant .. | Reviewer: citrus | 11/28/09

heard it today, have been listening to it on repeat mode since the last half an hour now...

its a brilliant song....
with every new song, i admire the shins even more !
such layered subtleties the shins have !
cant say this enough, i really like this song, maybe 'coz of the phase im in, but anyway, its a great song.. :)

Shin-tastic | Reviewer: Matt | 8/23/09

Every time I listen to this song I pick up new things relating to the theme/lyrics. Easily the best song on "Wincing the Night Away", although It is very similar to the other songs on the album. The guitar goes perfectly with the lyrics and I absolutely love the song. :)

A long interpretation... | Reviewer: Matt M | 4/16/09

Here is what I drew from the song:

The comet features as the course of life in the song appearing from the void to a particular though, uncertain destination. Yet a comet is celestial and its path was put in motion long ago so one is merely along for the ride conveying a sense of hopelessness with this idea. A man, the protagonist, is pulled along and his burgeoning unhappiness is revealed. The source seems to be a fleeting sense of worth as he can only attain transient moments of it.

There is a reluctant moment of realization in the third verse when the man recognizes his current life as only a façade. Despite all the effort and time spent until this point it amounts to nothing as it losses its meaning. There is again this fleeting sense of worth but now it applies to everything we built to support ourselves, our activities, belongings, responsibilities things that allowed us to invent our own worth but never delivered anything that brought happiness.

The chorus tells the darkest aspect of the protagonist’s despair. There is a sense of inevitable hopelessness that gains on him everyday and he is keenly aware that he is losing all chance of ever find whatever his heart is telling him he needs so badly.

The burning of sage refers to an old practice to keep away malevolent forces and in this way the man separates himself from what was his life and looks back to find where his errors lie. There emerge so many excuses to lay failure upon but none bring him closer to finding something to believe in. Even turning to what may seem important to others casts a feeling that it is equally artificial. The comet sheathed in beauty is only a frozen transience and inevitability it reveals itself as little more than a falling stone. This may indicate the death of the protagonist for when the comet has become a stone it is assumed to have come to an end of its journey. The chorus repeats as if only to remind that to the very end happiness was still just a distant thought.

Help me Shins | Reviewer: Xav | 10/28/07

I have to see these guys live in concert!!!Can anyone help. I have no money no means of getting to whereever they are playing. The Universe will help me get to whereever they are. I gotta hear them play. The guy at the internet cafe let me post this message for free. What a guy

no title | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/07

The song is a work of art. Even though the lyrics are hard to understand, I can still relate to them. The music is simple and peaceful; It goes perfectly along with the vocals. Over all its a great song.

Beautiful | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/30/07

Amazing. The first time i heard it i was in awe, and i've loved the song since. The music is eerie, but somehow familiar, i can't describe it. It's just good.

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