The "Kingdom" in the song is one's own day to day existence - one's own entire life (the kingdom in your mind... your thoughts, your beliefs, your fears, loves, desires, hatred, etc). The "mountain" is the principle place in the "Kingdom" and is of the mind, soul, body, or the combination. The "river" is of thought, understanding, feeling, or the combination. The "oh, so bleak landscape" represents the outside world of people who maybe don't have so many "rivers". I used symbolism because it seemed boring at the time to write things down very straightforward and "straight to the point". I wanted to make the thoughts and emotions I was feeling sound not so obvious... sometimes I feel it is better to let people interpret things themselves in their own way... so that they relate to songs more individually and feel a personal relationship toward the song or the words. Some of the guys in the band slagged me off a lot later on, because they thought my symbolism was bullshit. It scarred me more than I should have allowed it to, and I reckon I haven't been able to write in that way since then. Now I have (after years) revealed the true meaning of some of the words, I have probably destroyed the romanticism of them! The meanings are probably a lot simpler than most people may have imagined.