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The flag is usually a symbol of unity and togetherness, but not in this tale. Does the inexorable tide of time wash the beach clean to try again, or do we move on to fresh shores?
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Al Stravinsky

Tue Jan 10, 2006
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About the song
The first two lines sat in a drawer for a while, took my eye one December morning in 2005, and became a finished song within a few days. Apart from the guitar solo at the end and the vocals, it is all sequenced using: Fender Rhodes; several drum loops; various strings; windchimes; muted trumpet; sampled voices; sound effects; and filtered harpsicord.
Verse 1
I built a castle in the sand
Then sat and waited for the sea;
The beach was empty save for me
And my castle in the sand.

Verse 2
The sky grew dark to frame the stars
As the moon rose over my shoulder;
The breeze, once welcome, grew colder,
And stirred her words in my hand.

Middle 8
We tried hard to make things better;
But nothing lasts forever.
Time and tide take everything we've got -
Still I think we gave it our best shot.

Verse 3
I dashed for pebbles, stuck on shells,
Raised a flag! Worked till the first waves swelled the moat,
Then washed away the note she wrote
And my castle in the sand.