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Artist: Miike Snow
Album: Miike Snow
Reached the city steps tonight
Following the power lines
Met a man bar side
With eclipses for eyes
And you tell yourself you won't let them touch
Did I say too much? Did I say enough?
I don't know Silvia
Circle round the room still
Have fun breaking my will
You know I can't have you here
With someone else on your skin
And it's all my fault for not getting off
So you made it start, can you make it stop?
You don't know Silvia
Reached the city steps tonight
Following the power lines
And your skin is so white
Underneath the black night
And your voice cries out for the coup de grace
When the lights go out will there be a trace?
That I loved Silvia, that I loved Silvia
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did you find it?? .. looking 4 it as well .. ;)
I think he got his love, Silvia hooked onto Coke, she dies from it and the song shows his guilt and sadness. Either way I love this song its so beautiful and real. I also like how open they leave the lyrics.
whether they meant it or not, its about someone who is insecure and trying to find themselves, and realize the answer was in them all along...
sebastian ingrosso & dirty south mix! check it out! INSANE!
I DOn't KNOW. SILVIA <33333333333
where can I find the acapella MP3?
Love could easily be compared to a dangerous drug. Although it makes one blissful, in return it can also create vulnerability, despondency, and not to mention it is hard to get over just like an addiction. The song Ã¢â‚¬Å“SilviaÃ¢â‚¬ by Miike Snow is a narrative song which depicts the struggles that the narrator and Silvia face in their relationship because of the influence of drugs. It is written as a flashback due to the fact that he Ã¢â‚¬Å“reached the city steps tonight, following the power linesÃ¢â‚¬ twice in the song as the opening verse and as a verse towards the ending. After he reaches the city, he and Silvia then go to a bar. The first evidence of substance abuse makes itself apparent as the narrator Ã¢â‚¬Å“[meets] a man bar-side, with eclipses for eyes.Ã¢â‚¬ It is a common side effect to have enlarged pupils after taking drugs. He uses this metaphor to add to the mood of the song which is overall dark and surreal as an eclipse would be. The couple does not have enough money to purchase the drugs from this unnamed man they met at the bar. It is suggested that they are forced to use her body to get what they want. The narrator then speaks for Silvia as he states Ã¢â‚¬Å“and you tell yourself you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let them touch.Ã¢â‚¬ This could possibly be contact between her and the man at the bar, whether it is her lips touching his for a kiss, or just body contact in general. Nonetheless, this line states that Silvia is hesitant to sell herself to the man because she has emotions for the narrator. The narrator then comes in with the lines, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Did I say too much, did I say enough? I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, Silvia.Ã¢â‚¬ This states the confusion and insecurity that the narrator is facing in this situation. He has emotions for her, but the will to get the drugs may be too much for him to handle and he does not know what to say to her. There is emphasis on the confusion because Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know SilviaÃ¢â‚¬ is repeated twice. He is split in his decisions; on one hand he does not want her to do this but on the other he has a strong desire to get the drugs from him. Silvia eventually sells herself to the man for drugs leaving the narrator in a nervous and anxious manner as seen in the lines Ã¢â‚¬Å“circle round the room still, have fun breaking my will.Ã¢â‚¬ He is pacing the room waiting for her. Silvia is breaking him down by being with another man and the narrator becomes sarcastic about it. He knows she will not have fun doing this but he says it out of spite anyways because he is jealous and angry with her. The jealousy and insecurity is even more emphasized with the following lines, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have you here, with someone else on your skin.Ã¢â‚¬ This is his breaking point; he realizes that his love for Silvia is greater than his need to get high. He begins to blame himself for not getting off drugs, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all my fault for not getting off.Ã¢â‚¬ He regrets being in this situation at the mercy of drugs which has made him give up Silvia in order to feed the addiction. Silvia, however, may have started the addiction and introduced him to the drugs, Ã¢â‚¬Å“so you made it start.Ã¢â‚¬ He wants them both to get clean so they do not have to be put in this situation again, Ã¢â‚¬Å“canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you make it stop?Ã¢â‚¬ He then speaks for her as seen in Ã¢â‚¬Å“you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, Silvia.Ã¢â‚¬ The addiction to the drugs may be too strong for them to just give up. In his realization of this, knowing that there is little hope because they are too far into the addiction he then repeats the line, Ã¢â‚¬Å“you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know Silvia.Ã¢â‚¬ He then curses himself for getting involved with drugs and not knowing how to get out of the situation. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Reached the city steps tonight, following the power linesÃ¢â‚¬ makes the second appearance in the song. This signifies the end of the flashback, and he is now in reality. The flashbacks purpose was to give the narrator a chance to figure out how he ended up in this situation. He is now with Silvia and he describes her in the lines, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and your skin is so white, underneath the black night.Ã¢â‚¬ This is a contrast to emphasize how pale and sick she is from the drugs that they took. She possibly had an overdose from the drugs and is now dying. The narrator also describes her in the line, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and your voice calls out for the coup de grace.Ã¢â‚¬ The artist uses Ã¢â‚¬Å“coup de graceÃ¢â‚¬ to flow with the song and even make the situation more beautiful. The artist could have easily replaced Ã¢â‚¬Å“for the coup de graceÃ¢â‚¬ with Ã¢â‚¬Å“to just end it all,Ã¢â‚¬ and the song would still have the same meaning, but the choice of words makes SilviaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suffering more gracious. Silvia has had enough and just wants her life to end by this point and the narrator is witnessing it all. It is suggested that her life ends when the next line appears, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and the lights go out.Ã¢â‚¬ This metaphor of death also ties into the power lines referenced twice in the lyrics. The power lines are what led him to Silvia and now there is no light to lead him back to where he came from. He becomes completely lost and the scene becomes dark and hopeless. After she is dead he asks himself, Ã¢â‚¬Å“will there be a trace, that I love Silvia?Ã¢â‚¬ He is most likely too far under the influence to completely express his emotions for her. The tense then quickly changes from Ã¢â‚¬Å“loveÃ¢â‚¬ to Ã¢â‚¬Å“loved.Ã¢â‚¬ The narrator states, Ã¢â‚¬Å“that [he] loved, SilviaÃ¢â‚¬ two times after he stated that he loves her. He may have realized that she is now dead and loved her when she was alive. The narrator then curses himself with Ã¢â‚¬Å“damn meÃ¢â‚¬ four times, and each time he curses himself it could be for something different. He damns himself the first time for meeting her, the second time for getting involved with her, and the third time for letting her get him involved in drugs. Lastly, and most importantly he states, Ã¢â‚¬Å“damn me, that I loved Silvia.Ã¢â‚¬ His relationship has grown so much with her that he began to love her and he regrets letting himself get this far with her because now she is gone due to the drugs. He may have known all along that drugs would ultimately do this to them which is why he is damning himself. He then exits the song with two chilling lines stating, Ã¢â‚¬Å“help me.Ã¢â‚¬ The narrator now has nothing. He has lost Silvia and she has left him with a drug addiction. The drugs ultimately tore their relationship apart, but in return also may have made him realize that he was in love with her due to the fact that he does not mention or admit that he loves her until she is dead. The drugs were the driving force though out the relationship causing him jealousy, insecurity, and realization that he loved her. Although it is unclear which drugs are actually being used, it is ironic that the name Silvia is close to the drug salvia by just one letter. Most likely salvia was not the drug being abused in the song because it cannot cause a fatal overdose. Salvia, however, is an extraordinary visionary drug which induces realization and self-reflection in the individual who uses it. This is ironically what Silvia has done to the narrator by the end of the song.
The person who posted about it being a drug addiction is correct."Following the power lines" is a metaphor for her veins, where she will inject.The man they meet barside is who they are trying to get drugs from, but they can't afford to buy them, so Silvia offers him her body.So the singer is telling himself that he won't really let him touch, or at least thats what he wants to believe.And now he blames himself - "and its all my fault for not getting off" - and so got her addicted too.Her skin is pale as she overdoses - "crying out for the coup de grace" - she wants to be put out of her misery."And the lights go out."
My name is Sylvia & an exboyfriend of mine posted this song on my fb...hmmm...now I'm curious of what he's trying to tell me??
My friend asked me to listen to this song because it explained how he felt about me,this is our story exactly. We dated years ago, now I have moved on to another guy who I love and have been with for 3 years. This song made me cry. I love my current boyfriend but I wonder often what would have happened if I had given my ex a second chance and my ex feels the same way. How big of a coincidence is it that my ex-boyfriend's name is Wyatt Andrew?
It's about Silvia's drug addiction. The city steps is a metaphor for the place she goes to get her fix. "Following the power lines"-- she'll go where she has to to get what she wants. The man in the bar with "eclipses for eyes" is a junkie; an eclipse looks like a dilated pupil. He's telling himself that she won't become involved with the junkie. He's also blaming himself for not trying harder to intervene. By the end of the song she is going thru withdrawal and she is "crying out for the coup de grace" or wanting to die to end her pain. She passes when he mentions how pale her skin is underneath the dark night.In my opinion.
the song is actually about this girl. she dated andrew wyatt for like two years.
After waching de video I think that Silvia means Serbia!!! Don't you think so!!!
i'm still trying to understand...i'm getting confuse in your comments guys. it seems like nobody really know who is silvia and what they talking about. but i can feel the power of the words, the poetry is so Deep, like it's taking you away...
He met a man by the bar, and he reminded him of Sylvia. Then he reminisces about Sylvia and how their relationship ended.
mike snow view the matrix, the whole trilogy, and after a few hits of a big bong he wrote the song. The city steps, power lines, black sky, are all things you see in the movie, and also the sobject that deals witj being trapped in someone else body. So he saw the movie and hes childhoodÂ´s love name was silvia. Mix them togheter, and trow marihuana an the matrix trilogy and the result is sylvia!
Personal interpretation..Silvia meets a man at the bar, they mess around and the narrator is trying to figure out why.. like something is wrong with him and that's why she's doing it. He loves her but she is breaking his heart. "And its all my fault for not getting off/ you made it start, can you make it stop/ you dont know, Silvia" I think this is like he knew about what she was doing but his love for her prevented him from leaving her. He needs her to tell him the truth so that he can move on. She doesn't know how she's hurting him?Then at the end she tells him and begs him to forgive her but now that she has confessed he is able to let go of her and doesn't love her anymore.
It is so beatiful. I dont mind what the lyrics means. It is poetry for my mind. SSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLVVVVVVVVVVVVIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...
The song is about a stripper. "And you tell yourself you won't let them touch..."
I love this song to death, saw it live in sasquatch and it blew me away. Andrew is amazing and the band puts on an amazing performance. I think the song is about him losing an amazing girl he once loved to drugs or something related to that..the loss of a loved one and the inability to be with that someone is the worst feeling of all
He cares too much for the girl and doesn't want to let any other Guy see her or check her out so he gets to clingy and now that shall broke up with him guys are all over her.. touching her skin and he can't to anything about it
i think its about him getting her into drugs and feeling bad about itsylvia is selling her body for drugs and its all his fault
for me, it all screems drugs and cocaine. 'power lines', 'man barside' all sounds abit dodgy and 'white skin'. maybe im reading into it too much. Also, 'will there be a trace' - drugs make you paranoid and question yourself and that could be what he's doing here, questioning whether the drugs left a trace after he took them.
For me, he's got himself into drugs and 'its all his fault for not getting off'. then, possibly a girlfriend asks him 'so you made it start can you make it stop?' to which he responds 'i dont know'. I feel he does want to stop but he cant. 'breaking my will' - he wills to be off the drugs' but he carries on = breaking his will to stop. Also, to back up the girlfriend idea, he says 'someone else on your skin' asif the drugs turn him into someone else that he doesn't want her to see or witness. This makes me think that he therefore must try to keep his drug addiction seperate from his life as he tells himself he 'wont let them touch'. Finally, in the last verse he says 'coup de grace'. i wasnt sure what this meant but read a previous post that said it means 'a death blow' and could refer to killing friends 'with or without the consent of the sufferer' which made me think that as her 'voice cried out for the coup de grace', could either mean that she wants it to end before he hurts her or himself or that she wills for the death of his drug addiction. It makes me think she leaves him 'as the lights go out'. she's fed up of him. He did really love her but he couldnt give up, and he wonderes 'will there be a trace' - will she know 'that i love silvia'.
thats my interpretation but it could be wrong
Miike Snow talk erotically about Sivia to Virgin Red Room's Eleanor Conway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
wow, these lyrics is so powerful!!! the whole song is really really emotional.. its hard to really understand what it is about, something took silvia away from andrew, and they can't be together..
Lol...The first time i heard it , it sounded pretty much like hes raping her... o.o Don't Kill Me.
Itmakes me cry! So relatable - that's when you can apreciate its beauty I think
This is so sad, yet beautiful too... Andrew Wyatt has a great talent is a wonderful lyricist,
apparently it's about drug addiction. i suppose that it could be when you read:
"with eclipses for eyes", "often breaking my will", "power lines", "you made it start can you make it stop?", "will there be a trace?"
Someone who i really liked told me to play this song!!!! and played it about 100 times and still don't know what he's tryin to say to me???? can anyone help please
This is a song about my sister...... Her name was Sylvie and died 3 years ago...... :(
"Coup de grÃ¢ce" means a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded creature. The phrase can refer to killing civilians or soldiers, friends or enemies and with or without the consent of the sufferer.
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