Goodnight, travel well

Background Music: Goodnight, travel well by The Killers

The song is so beautiful and desparate, and I was speechless the first time I heard it. So far I have seen several  interpretations of the lyrics across the web.  And I could not agree more with the following three.

1. About losing someone significant to one’s life, such as one’s parents and lovers, and we can do nothing about it.

The saddest part of the song, besides the dramatic “Goodnight”, is the part where he says “everything I do…” etc. It’s what really hurts about losing someone that significant to your life: the memories they leave behind and how they stay in your head.

2.  About a person who is about to jump off a bridge, reflecting upon his life.

3. About a man lamenting on the limitations of the world, about how we must keeping going arduously through life even with these limitations (hense “travel well”). And he has been tired of the limitations pushing down on him yet eventually convinced himeself to move on.

And I do love its slowness in the begining, it shows as if he’s really trying to figure out things.

Lyrics

The unknown distance to the gray beyond
Stares back at my grieving frame
To cast my shadow by the holy sun
My spirit moans, with a sacred pain

It’s quiet now
The universe is standing still
And there’s nothing I can say
There’s nothing we can do now
And there’s nothing I can say
There’s nothing we can do now

And all that stands between the soul’s release
This temporary flesh and bone
And know that it’s over now
I feel my fading mind begin to roam
Every time you fall, and every time you try
Every foolish dream, and every compromise
Every word you spoke, and everything you said
Everything you left me, rambles in my head

And there’s nothing I can say
There’s nothing I can do now
And there’s nothing I can say
There’s nothing I can do now

Up above the world, so high

Everything you loved, and every time you try
Everybody’s boxed in, and everybody cry
Stay, don’t leave me, the stars can wait for your sign, don’t signal now

There’s nothing I can say
There’s nothing I can do now
And there’s nothing I can say
There’s nothing I can do now

Goodnight, travel well

There’s nothing I can say
Nothing I can do now

Goodnight, travel well

 

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