Hollow Years

Once the stone you’re crawling under

Is lifted off your shoulders

Once the cloud that’s raining over your head disappears

The noise that you’ll hear is the crashing down of hollow years

Those lines were from the Dreamtheater song Hollow Years. I am sure there are many different interpretations (I learned in high school that to be able to transcend time and culture is a mark of a great poem or song), but I imagine that the “crashing down of hollow years” would sound something like several walls banging onto one another, collapsing and compressing like an accordion into the empty air spaces between. Bang bang bang bang bang. It must a great relief to get rid of all those years.

But what is a hollow year? For me it is simply an unfruitful year, when we were not able to solve any of our problems, or worse, when we were not able to take advantage of such a nice, relatively problem-free year to better our lives. In short, when we were stuck.

Now the song says that you’ll hear the crashing down of hollow years once the stone you’re crawling under is lifted off your shoulders and once the cloud that’s raining over your head disappears. Hmmm…maybe it’s because of that stone or that cloud that we got stuck in the first place.

It is tempting to interpret “stone” and “cloud” as our problems holding us down, but I think they are actually our own heavy hearts and foggy minds, rendering us incapable of overcoming the challenges and improving our lives.

But once that stone is lifted and that cloud disappears, the hollow years crash, freeing up empty spaces and making way for fruitful years.  And although time lost can never be regained, our memories have a very convenient way of  burying the bad days by covering them up with the glorious moments. Our very own glorious moments. innerminds inner minds

1 Response to “Hollow Years”

  1. July 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Yeah indeed! hollow years make all of us crazy something in between us and the other side of the wall where the noise is alive and kicking.

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