“Smoke” by Daughter [Music Blogging Challenge (#3)]

It is January the 15th. I excitedly kick off my blankets, fumble a cup of tea, and jab headphones to listen to Daughter’s new album, Not to Disappear. While the scripture of their lyrics have altered substantially –Elena’s metaphorical eloquence is instead traded for rawness and uncensorship– their trademark sound have remained same.

And they are still brilliant.

For more insight into this album, you can observe their emotional music videos 1. Doing the Right Thing 2. Numbers.

To celebrate this album release of my favourite band, the indie-folk Daughter (click here for an introductory post), I’ve decided to focus Day 3 of the Music Blogging Challenge on their haunting song, Smoke.

A free-form, poetic & minimalist interpretation of what I consider the “saddest” song, for it addresses the darkest –potentially universal– fears of humanity, and succumbs to an eventual defeat.


In a smoke filled room
With your father watching me
There’s three doors and no keys
It’s rising, it’s choking me

My father is watching you
in this smoke-filled room;
of the three doors —
body, soul, and spirit.[1]

Smoke engulfs
these stung eyes;
you search for the key
to unlock your
from numbness,
but you collapse
hand outstretched;

In a smoke filled room
In a smoke filled room

Where is my mind?
Welcome to my
smoky unconscious

There’s a man with no face
Just a blurred out portrait
In a photo frame
I’m losing again, I’m losing my friend
He’s face down on the pavement

The mask is..
…Confined, within four walls;
hear my screams
as he falls–
face buried in the pavement.

Then a woman, she screams
It’s a terrible night
As the mood changes to dark from light
Tell the doctor what’s become of me
So you can analyse, analyse my dreams
Of a smoke filled room
Of a smoke filled room

Conceal the moonlight
to rotate–
reveal the dark shade that
encapsulates my screams
drowning in faceless bodies,
to find they all belong
to me.

I am malleable,
unpredictable, unknown
I am the silence before the rainbow
or the storm.

I am simply

And then we kiss and his lips turn into sand
And the whole of him cascades through my hands
Making a castle on the floor
Then I’m alone again
No keys and three doors
And a smoke filled room

His lips are infinite possibilities [2]
infinite time
that slip through the gaps
of my fingers;
piling immaculately.

I have lost

Now we’re both in the room
And we’re breathing the fumes
No doors this time, just a gap in the roof
Life floods in, heaven, we’re blind
And slowly suffocating, we’re dying

My unconscious and I
are two separate entities;
yet together we breathe,

Release me
from this foreign crevice,
of light, life-forms, liberty–
have forgotten
how to live.

In a smoke filled room
We’re dying in a smoke filled room
We’re dying in a smoke filled room
(In a smoke filled room)

In a smoke filled room
In a smoke filled room
In a smoke filled room



[1] http://godtalk.ca/gateways-body-soul-spirit/

[2] http://dreamstop.com/sand-dream-symbol/



  1. Your favourite song.
  2. A song which triggers a very strong emotion.
  3. The song with the most beautiful lyrics.
  4. Your opinion on what is the most depressing song.




10 thoughts on ““Smoke” by Daughter [Music Blogging Challenge (#3)]

  1. Pingback: The lake a lady’s mirror | La Tour Abolie

  2. Oh my, I was very enlightened to see that someone mentioned this song in a blog to share to the world. This has to be my absolute favorite song by Daughter and it breaks my heart to not be able to buy it anywhere or even download the sheet music to perform for myself. Thank you for sharing this song, thank you so much.

    • You are so welcome, Ana! I’m very sorry you are unable to buy both the song and the sheet music 😦
      I highly recommend you have a look at iTunes’ store for the “If You Leave” album, as this song should come up 🙂

Leave a comment! They make my day. ♥

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s