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Owl City was again a big inspiration for this song. I was in love with On the Wing and Designer Skyline for their beautiful electronic textures, dreamy lyrics and fuzzy synth sounds. I wanted a song like this, but I wanted it to be on the more meaningful side as far as lyrics go; in my opinion, those two Owl City songs sit squarely at the poetic end of the scale. I generally prefer meaning over poetry in my lyrics, so that's what I aimed for. I originally wrote the opening synth melody (up to 0:19) and had it lying there for months, not knowing what else to do with it. The idea I finally stumbled upon was to write about Hayley's conversion (before we were dating) to Christianity, which did happen in July of 2009 (and yes, July in Australia is cold). I had been away in the UK at that time, hence the long-distance theme of the song. Other than that, the lyrics detail her step in faith into a new life, and the optimism that comes with life in Christ.

lyrics

Up high on a mountainside
She softly dreams
Breathing the sky
Wondering why
She feels alive

And every day she thinks of me
And how things are
Different now
Knowing somehow
That something's changed inside

So breaking free she says goodbye
Beneath a cold day in July
And leaves the life she knew behind
To be a witness to the world
To be a different kind of girl
And prove her clouds are only grey
Because they're silverlined

She blows a kiss into the breeze
And somehow all these
Miles away
Miles away
I can feel her right beside me

And when I hold her hand once more
I'll remind her to stay
Ever the same
Never afraid
To make Him proud

I know someday we'll meet again
When the skyline glows the way it used to glow
But until then let's change this world
And don't ever let Him go

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from With Love From Where You're Not, released December 2, 2010

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