"Before The Bullfight" as written by Robert Fripp and David Sylvian....
I hear your voice
Way down inside.
A whispering sea
Of towering trees;
But no reply.
A silence so rare,
And more than I can stand.
Sweeps like a flood,
Through life's flesh and blood,
And steals away with it's heart.
If I'm losing you,
Then there's nothing more that I can say.
The fighting is on,
And battles are won,
Or thrown away.
But if I could live,
Safe and sound,
In God given fields,
Or mountains of steel;
Then here I'd stay.
Till you'd gone.
Guilty of stealing
Every thought I own.
I will take my turn
To fight the bullfight.
Every word's sunk in deep,
Like the blades of a knife through my heart,
But my strength will return
To fight the bullfight.
As time's come to show,
I'm told nothing more than I should know.
A ship on the sea that threatens to leave,
But never goes.
This island of blue,
Where life clings to your hands
Like water and sand,
Will lose it's way
When you're gone.
When all's forgiven,
Still every fault's my own,
I will take my turn
To fight the bullfight.
Say a prayer for my release,
When every hope in the world is asleep,
And my strength will return
To fight the bullfight.

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"Before the Bullfight" as written by David Sylvian Robert Fripp

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is my favourite Sylvian song. I see the protagonist as being in a relationship that is breaking down, coming to an inevitable end. The bullfight is the posturing and manouvering of the couple, the arguments and fights. But running through the whole song is the sense that the singer still loves the partner, even though it is accepted that the relationship will end. He sings that ev en if he could live in a paradise (God-given fields) or a place of ultimate security and safety (mountains of steel) he will choose to stay with his partner until the very end, not through stubbornness or spite but in order to keep the relationship going for as long as possible. It's a beautiful, heartfelt song and the intricacies of the music in some way reflect the intricacies of any relationship. Its a wonderful song that I never get tired of listening to.

    Michael, of simplysylvian.wordpress.com/
    mcb1063207on November 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA superbly moody, atmospheric song, written and performed by a very underrated artist. Perfect to chill out to, just add alcohol and tobacco!
    albertius maximuson June 03, 2004   Link

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