"Break It Down Again" as written by and Roland/griffiths Orzabal....
Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh

Break it down again

So those are my dreams
And these are my eyes
Stand tall like a man
Headstrong like a horse

When it's all mixed up
Better break it down
Oo, oo. Oo, oo
In the world of secrets
In the world of sound
Oo, oo

It's in the way you're always hiding from the light
See for yourself, you have been sitting on a time bomb
No revolution maybe someone somewhere else
Could show you something new about you and your inner song

And all the love, and all the love in the world
Won't stop the rain from falling
Waste sleeping underground (break it down again)
I want to break it down (break it down again)

Break it down again

So those are my schemes
And these are my plans
Hot tips for the boys
Fresh news from the force
When it's all mixed up
Better break it down
Oo, oo. Oo, oo
In the world of silence
In the world of sound
Oo, oo

"No sleep for the dreaming" say the architects of life
Big bouncing babies, bread and butter can I have a slice?
They make no mention of the beauty of decay
Blue, yellow, pink umbrella, save it for a rainy day

And all the love, and all the love in the world
Won't stop the rain from falling
Waste sleeping underground (break it down again)
I want to break it down (break it down again)

Horsing around
Pray to the power
Play to the crowd with your big hit sound
And they won't simmer Won't simmer
Won't simmer down
Play to the crowd
Play to the crowd

It's in the way you're always hiding from the light
Last off to heaven just like moses on a motorbike
No revolution maybe someone else somewhere else
Could show you something new to help with the ups and downs

Break it down again
I want to break it down Break it down again
Break it down again (break it down again)
Break it down again (break it down again)

Break it down again
No more sleepy dreaming
No more building up
It is time to dissolve
Break it down again
No more sleepy dreaming


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"Break It Down Again" as written by Roland Orzabal Alan Griffiths

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    General Comment(Please see my comments on "Mr. Pessimist.")

    The bulk of the "Elemental" album is Roland's answer to his deep disappointment over Curt exiting TFF. Roland felt betrayed. After Curt left, Roland retained the TFF name, essentially "became" TFF, and felt he was beginning anew. The songs "Break It Down Again" and "Elemental" are both about starting over, without Curt.
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. sometimes you gotta get to the start to start over
    poohbear1on June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Roland Orzibal's frustration with steps backward in the fight for recoqnition and rights of gays - "hot tips for the boys, fresh news from the force" is about the "don't ask, don't tell" legislation in the US Army, in which gays could join, but would be forbidden to be open about it. Orzibal sees this as regressive.
    "it's in the way you're always hiding from the light" - is his frustration with gays like Elton John and George Michael, whom Orzibal often confronted about not admitting to their homosexuality - he adds "play to the crowd with your big hit sound", an ironic exhortation about them bowing to commercial sensibilities, including singing boy-girl type love songs.
    "no revolution maybe someone somewhere else" - is about their lack of interest in fighting for gay rights
    "big bouncing babies bread and butter can I have a slice" - is a stab at the conventional "straight life".
    zebra65on January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf that's true, then why would Orzibal write a song about gay rights? Does he have a special interest in the cause, i.e., is he gay?
    stoolhardyon August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo he is'nt gay and the song is not about gay rights whatsoever.

    He is married to his childhood sweetheart and ahs been for about 24 years.

    But interesting analysis anyway - I think its about just taking time out from complicated ways of thinking or situations, and just breaking the situtaion or problem down into simple steps in order to deal with it and get the right result -I'm probably wrong though!! :)
    Mrs_Orzabalon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment(Please see my comments on "Mr. Pessimist.")

    The bulk of the "Elemental" album is Roland's answer to his deep disappointment over Curt exiting TFF. Roland felt betrayed. After Curt left, Roland retained the TFF name, essentially "became" TFF, and felt he was beginning anew. The songs "Break It Down Again" and "Elemental" are both about starting over, without Curt.
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...so you have to be gay to write a song about gay rights?
    powertrashon November 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlike imagodoc said, this song is likely to be about roland starting over after TFF's break up, i dont think this is about gay rights, although you certainly dont have to be gay to sing about it...
    adonisiegfriedon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know where the army samples at the end come from? I've heard the same sample in another song.
    samwaltonon September 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"...so you have to be gay to write a song about gay rights?"

    Technically, no, but how many songs about women's rights do you know that are penned by men? Exactly. Songs about women's rights, a woman defending herself from a man, etc. are nearly always penned by women. (Mainly, Tori Amos :-P)

    Think about it. But no I don't really see the gay rights interpretation, that was my point. It does make sense that he is writing about Curt, but I guess the gay rights interpretation could spring up by writing a song about another man.
    stoolhardyon November 28, 2007   Link

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