"A Thousand Years" as written by Gordon Sumner and Mark(kipper) Eldridge....
A thousand years, a thousand more
A thousand times a million doors to eternity
I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times
An endless turning stairway climbs
To a tower of souls
If it takes another thousand years, a thousand wars,
The towers rise to numberless floors in space
I could shed another million tears, a million breaths,
A million names but only one truth to face
A million roads, a million fears
A million suns, ten million years of uncertainty
I could speak a million lies, a million songs,
A million rights, a million wrongs in this balance of time
But if there was a single truth, a single light
A single thought, a singular touch of grace
Then following this single point, this single flame,
This single haunted memory of your face
I still love you
I still want you
A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
Like galaxies in my head
I may be numberless, I may be innocent
I may know many things, I may be ignorant
Or I could ride with kings and conquer many lands
Or win this world at cards and let it slip my hands
I could be cannon food, destroyed a thousand times
Reborn as fortune's child to judge another's crimes
Or wear this pilgrim's cloak, or be a common thief
I've kept this single faith, I have but one belief
I still love you
I still want you
A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
Like galaxies in my head
On and on the mysteries unwind themselves
Eternities still unsaid
'Til you love me


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"A Thousand Years" as written by Morris Roycroft Gavin Friday

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is another amazing song by Sting....

    It's about love lost, the unanswered questions, the denial, still wanting and the uncertainty of being single again.
    sixgunzon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I've kept this single faith, I have but one belief

    I still love you
    I still want you"


    This song reminds me of how hard it is day by day trying to move on from a certain girl. It's like i'm stuck in limbo and i will remain there until another girl can move me the way she did ....and until that day comes, i'll still love her. Isn't true love the best!?

    Sting always had a way of accurately summing up just how hard it is...
    missin_lassieon May 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningSting is saying that he understands the infinite nature of the universe.
    He understands that we are all souls making their way to realisation.
    He understands that he may have lived a million different lives with a million different attachments to things and people. Yet out of everyone he still only thinks of her.

    By referring to all of this, he's showing that he full well understands the system of karma and rebirth AND is a wise man. By inference he also knows that the only escape from the infinite circle of life and death is through leaving behind all of his worldly attachments.

    This is the crucial point of the song. You see, a person can't express love in words. They talk about giving their up possessions, their homes and even their lives. Sting goes right to the depth of this sacrifice, in a beautifully poetic way.

    Even with this knowledge that the salvation of his very soul lies beyond his emotional attachments, he still loves her. He's willing to remain in the world and forgo enlightenment "'til you love me".
    tintaalon July 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningA thousand years, a thousand more
    A thousand times a million doors to eternity


    ( Right here is an occult refrence but also to many other things it is said that the soul consists of 100,000 pieces and if each is recognised within the consciousness of others that someone could become imortal and gain strength the number 100 is refrenced many times in numerology ridingthebeast.com/numbers/… this is just one example )


    I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times
    An endless turning stairway climbs
    To a tower of souls


    (he talks about the souls journey being as if he himself had done the ritual and speaks about past lives in remberance)


    If it takes another thousand years, a thousand wars,
    The towers rise to numberless floors in space

    (this talks about his spiritual tradition and being cosmicly aware,.... of the universe and its infinte possibilities and gaining of divine knowledge)


    I could shed another million tears, a million breaths,
    A million names, but only one truth to face

    (he is saying that despite all lifetimes one thing has been consistsnt)


    A million roads, a million fears
    A million suns, ten million years of uncertainty

    (speaking about time and space and how endless it really is
    but also how dark the world can be)


    I could speak a million lies, a million songs,
    A million rights, a million wrongs in this balance of time


    (his spirituality talks about balance and he is talking about achieving it or teaching it to others by taking on the role of a spiritual guide or helping others to make balanced decisions)

    But if there was a single truth, a single light
    A single thought, a singular touch of grace


    (speaking of divinity)

    Then following this single point, this single flame,
    This single haunted memory of your face

    now he references twins flames when he speaks of a single flame which is another spiritual concept meaning soul twins or twin souls the souls twin is another half of your own soul and is often met in a spiritual journey to find onesself and finding balance between male and female energies (another balance reference) fromthestars.com/…




    I still love you
    I still want you
    A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
    Like galaxies in my head

    (again he is talking about cosmic awareness)


    I may be numberless, I may be innocent
    I may know many things, I may be ignorant
    Or I could ride with kings and conquer many lands
    Or win this world at cards and let it slip my hands

    I could be cannon food, destroyed a thousand times
    Reborn as fortune's child to judge another's crimes
    Or wear this pilgrim's cloak, or be a common thief
    I've kept this single faith, I have but one belief


    He references many possibilities and being a spiritual guide in the first few lines
    And then when he says reborn as fortunes child to judge another's it refers to this point as well as karmic debt or retribution or understanding how karma is used very common when spiritually guiding others



    I still love you
    I still want you
    A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
    Like galaxies in my head
    On and on the mysteries unwind themselves
    Eternities still unsaid
    'Til you love me

    simply speaking of cosmic awareness again and altered form of Consciousness
    and the universe
    ending with the simple fact of how important this person was to him
    koshka19on August 17, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is frightening, yet promising.

    There is a theory you are reborn into your life with every death, you repeat everything but you can do things differently, like in a video game.

    I think he is trying to say that in this life he is over with that girl but he knows they will meet again and he will have another chance with her but of course he won't be aware they were together in previous life.

    They have so many issues that they will need another thousand of years and lives before they finally are fit to each other and succeed in loving each other.

    He will love her for all that time...

    And when it happens that they are together happy and don't split up there will be another death and another retry which will go good/bad.
    cleverzdon March 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*sighs* this is THE most beautiful song ever written. c'mon. just read the lyrics. beautiful, right? yous rock, sting.
    iNCUBUSGRRLiEon September 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about two lovers through the ages who live, die and then get reincarted but no matter how often it happens their newly reincarted form always ends up with the other.
    Stingfanon August 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone who has felt this would probably agree with me and I would love to hear some feedback, if possible.

    This song to me is about loving someone forever. Like that man I once knew with whom nothing worked out, after whom I went through grief and depression, after whom I still feel a scar somewhere deep inside.

    Despite all, I will always love him.
    I cannot explain it. He helped me grow. I will see him in the next life where we will try again.
    dinka17874on October 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA song about the endless possibilities of love and for love!
    I agree with you iNCUBUSGRRLIE, it is beautiful! Sting Rocks! Seeing him in concert, sitting in the floor section, 5th row, center was one of the best nights of my life!
    castlegirlon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a gorgeous song--lyrics, melody--beautifully creative. A little masterpiece. I liked it the first time I heard it.
    sillybunnyon July 15, 2006   Link

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