This Blue World
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This blue world and her countless sisters
And all that came before that day
Our atoms straining to align
Was the universe in rehearsal for us

When all the world is sucking on its sleeve
You'll hear an urgent morse in the gentle rain
And if you plot your course on the window pane
You'll see the coldest star in the arms of the oldest tree
And you'll know to come to me

In the back of a broken car
When the blizzard blossom flew
Reading aloud with our fingers
What we both already knew
And the blizzard blossom flew
And the blizzard blossom flew

When all the world is sucking on its sleeve
You'll hear an urgent morse in the gentle rain
And if you plot your course on the window pane
You'll see the coldest star in the arms of the oldest tree
And you'll know to come to me

A sober midnight wish
Flies over the roofs and down through the years
Would that you and yours are sleeping
Safe and warm in size formation
While three chambers of my heart beat true and strong with love for another
The fourth, the fourth is yours forever

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"The 'meant to be' feelings of new love. The promise to return to a past love and ultimately the admission that love isn't always enough to keep two people together. Big ideas bouncing around somewhere between a breathless hello and the fondest farewell. Always our first choice to open the album. The warm organ sound that appears in the second part of the song is a 1960's Philicorder. It appears on most of the songs on the record and is I think one of the album's signature sounds." - Guy Garvey

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