"Cold" as written by and Roland Orzabal....
The coldest shoulder cast in metal
Frozen to the bone
To rely on hook, line and sinker
What a sinker
Sinking like a stone
You'd be better off alone
She saw me on the television underneath the sun
Thought that I was warm like mother, lover, brother
Brother, she was wrong
Me, I don't long to belong
Cold, been excommunicated ?cause I'm cold
My temperature's been rated and I'm cold
Bring to me my big old sweater
Nothing more will make me better
I met her on Monday and my heart did nothing new
Seems she thought of me as some mystic, fatalistic, mystical guru
Me, I haven't got a clue
But floating on a magic carpet high above the earth
You can see the world like a Buddha, bread and Buddha
Bigger than you hurt
Don't you know that love is work
Cold, no heat on the horizon guess I'm cold
And Capricorn is rising yes I'm cold
Listened to my old Nockles
Hoped that it would warm the cockles
You can't fight the fear you can't, this is the road you're on
You don't belong to me you don't belong to any one
Your reputation lies not in your eyes, but those who dare
Will bite the hand that feeds when it don't meet your needs
When you got blood to bleed, you got a life to lead
In the flood with my blood I can hold you
Cold, been excommunicated ?cause I'm cold
My temperature's been rated and I'm cold
Bring to me my big old sweater
Nothing more will make me better
Cold, no heat on the horizon guess I'm cold
There'll be no compromising, cold, cool, cold
Stone cold
Stone cold
Cold
Cold
Cold



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"Cold" as written by R. Orzabal

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    General CommentA very bitter song, I think... A woman thought she found the man of her life, but, as time goes by, she gets absolutely tired of standing his apparent coldness. She put so much expectancies upon his shoulder... At a first sight, she thought his coldness was just a spiritual thing, but it was actually an incredible difficulty for being loved.

    By his turn, he thought she could teach him how to be warmer on feeling her affection ("Don't you know that love is work"), but she was so disappointed about him that she betrayed him ("Your reputation lies not in your eyes, but those who dare / Will bite the hand that feeds when it don't meet your needs). And this total lack of communication&understanding between them has turned this relationship impossible ("no heat on the horizon guess I'm cold / There'll be no comprimising").

    "The coldest shoulder cast in metal
    Frozen to the bone
    To rely on hook, line and sinker
    What a sinker
    Sinking like a stone
    You'd be better off alone"

    Thus, she simply gets rid of him on 'killing' him (in a metaphorical way, I suppose) and he's convinced now his fate is to be eternally cold...


    Note 1: According to a fan site, "Nockles is Nicky Holland, Roland's former songwriting partner.".

    Note 2: Capricorn sign: "Individuals born under this sign are thought to have an ambitious, patient, responsible, stable, trustworthy, shrewd and persistent character but one which is also prone to COLDNESS, conservatism, materialism and dullness.".
    circusjuggleron October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI meant: "She put so MANY expectancies upon his shoulder...".
    circusjuggleron October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI meant: "And this total lack of communication&understanding between them has MADE this relationship impossible".
    circusjuggleron October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom the memoriesfade site: According to Roland in the Elemental EPK, this song is the account of an encounter with a photographer in Germany that was trying to take pictures of him while he was on-stage. She was trying to get Roland's attention, but he wasn't in the mood for photos and kept turning his face away and giving her the "cold shoulder", so to speak. He eventually received a note from her later on that said 'how can someone who makes such warm music be so cold?' Hence the title of the song.
    Jackiepon September 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy temperatures been rated and I'm cold. I think he is doing a sarcastic take on how others have this preconceived idea of you and expect you to actually fit in that. He is being sarcastic but he is also giving a true statement--it's so easy to judge others and expect them to act in a way you want them to---most especially celebrities or high profile personalities.
    iMeanon May 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI saw in an interview around the time Elemental came out in which Roland explained that he had a fight with his wife and she said, for someone who writes such beautiful music, you are cold. Uoy can find the interview on You Tube, I found it while searching "Roland Orzabal interviews".
    mad4it2011on January 13, 2011   Link

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