"This song would seem to express the desire to escape the status quo, not with an alternative in mind, but simply in a rush of emotion. The possibility that this act may even be self-destructive is acknowledged, ('ecstatic immolation') but the desire is still there. Note the use of future tense, suggesting that the speaker is contemplating this 'act', which lends an air of longing to the song. A state of content and happiness, the lyrics also suggest, can only be experienced for a short time and may involve sacrificing something of significance. ('When it flickered out, we laid him down to die.') Among my favorite songs."