"Falling Down" as written by and Roland Orzabal....
Is this world spinning round
Has this ship run aground
What's that shape
What's that sound
That's just me falling down

Some of us are free
Some are bound
Some will swim
Some will drown
Some of us are saints
Some are clowns
Just like me they're falling down

Well I lied to the nation
While my reputation ran dry
From my lungs to my liver
I clung to the river bank's side
Yeah well I'm back in the water
Doing what I ought to
Trying to lead an ordinary life

Is this world spinning round
Has this ship run aground
What's that shape
What's that sound
That's just me falling down

Some of us are green
Some are brown
Some are lost
Some are found
Sight unseen baby
Sound on sound
Pray for me I'm falling down

I was lost in the jungle
Crossed over enemy lines
Well I got me a red nose
By sleeping under hedgerows at night
Yeah well I tried levitation
Flying in formation
Heaven knows the weight of this crime

Is this
Is this world spinning round
Has this ship run aground
What's that shape
What's that sound
That's just me falling down

Falling down
Falling down


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"Falling Down" as written by Roland Orzabal

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    General CommentImagodoc, Roland's not catholic at all, he said in an interview that he does not subscribe to any organized religion, and that he believes we gain conciousness after death.

    It's true that this album is about a hard time he experienced with his wife, but he also said in an interview that it's about his father's illusions on their family tree and about the reality of their poverty. In "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" and "Los Reyes Catolicos" he clearly makes fun of what his father told him about their family's descent.
    He also stated that this album's about the relationship between rationality and spirituality, explaining that "God's Mistake" pokes fun at Albert Einstein's statement "God does not play dice".
    "Yet if he's everywhere, he's in casinos with aces to spare", says Roland, along with "God, you look mighty fine, dressed as the devil in a cosmic pantomime".

    What's more, in a song from Elemental called "Mr.Pessimist" he says "mr.pessimist with you catholic taste, we do not relate", so he doesn't seem to look at catholicism in such a favourable way, just saying.
    Undefined90on January 30, 2012   Link
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    General Comment(For a longer discussion of my view of the album "Raoul and the Kings of Spain - RATKOS - please see my comment on the song "Me and My Big Ideas.")

    Simply: I believe this album was written during or right after Roland Orzibal was involved in an extramarital affair. Many lyrics seem to allude to this. "Falling Down" is about the affair. Orzibal is actually a fairly devout Catholic (not a nut like Mel Gibson, more along the likes of U2's Bono, another liberal but devout Catholic). He felt very guilty about the affair. Hence this song, with it's allusions to having "lied to the nation" and his move back toward "trying to lead an ordinary life" despite the "weight of this crime."
    imagodocon October 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment(For a longer discussion of my view of the album "Raoul and the Kings of Spain - RATKOS - please see my comment on the song "Me and My Big Ideas.")

    Simply: I believe this album was written during or right after Roland Orzibal was involved in an extramarital affair. Many lyrics seem to allude to this. "Falling Down" is about the affair. Orzibal is actually a fairly devout Catholic (not a nut like Mel Gibson, more along the likes of U2's Bono, another liberal but devout Catholic). He felt very guilty about the affair. Hence this song, with it's allusions to having "lied to the nation" and his move back toward "trying to lead an ordinary life" despite the "weight of this crime."
    imagodocon October 29, 2006   Link

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