Hold Fast Hope Lyrics - Thrice

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how can you be sleeping, waves like weapons crash
o'er us, cry for mercy and hold fast hope

who of us is cursed, or do we have to ask
search your souls and hold fast
if no one speaks a word, then let the lots be cast
truth be told and hold fast

white death wakes in black skies, mark your maker's wrath
fear and flames of azure climb the crooked mast
you will yet be baptized, steeped in shattered glass
sink and sing your answer and hold fast hope

as strong arms grip your shoulders like dead hands of the past
pray as you're tossed over, this breath could be your last

quiet and cold, silent and slow
night black as coal, miles here below

find your faith and dive deep, through living gateways pass
lined with death and ivory, and hold fast, hold fast

deep beneath the black dawn, leagues from lightning's flash
ribs will raise cathedrals for the morning mass
steel yourself in sackcloth, roll your heart in ash
scrape your skin with steel wool and hold fast hope
cross your heart and hold fast hope

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The reference | Reviewer: Adam | 11/12/12

This song is actually a telling of the biblical story of Jonah and the whale.
When the ship Jonah was aboard was hit by a violent storm, the deckhands ran to him and asked "How can you be sleeping?" They felt that this storm was the result of a curse that Jonah had brought aboard and a quick decision was made to throw him overboard... Later Jonah was swallowed by a whale and he lived inside the belly of the whale for some time whilst praying and trying to keep his faith... Holding to hope.

Some of the references are.
How can you be sleeping.
Who of us is cursed ( the sailors lash out)
If no one speaks a word then let the lots be cast ( like pulling straws )
White death wakes in black skies ( lightning at night )
You Will yet be baptized, steeped in shattered glass ( once thrown over, the cold water would feel like thousands of shards of glass)
As strong arms grip your shoulders (when the deckhands grab Jonah to toss him overboard)
The slow part is when Jonah is waiting in the water to be swallowed by the whale.
Find your faith and dive deep through living gateways pass ( holding onto his faith while passing through the throat of the whale - living gateway )
Lined with death and ivory ( dead fish other animals and whale bones - ivory)
It can't be more obvious. Love this song... One of my favorites.

. | Reviewer: derp | 2/11/10

In terms of pure poetry, Dustin Kensrue is one of the most brilliant lyricists on the planet. His use of colors in this song to get his point across was very skillfully done, and the whole atmosphere of the song has very powerful imagery.

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