"More Than This", written and sung by Bryan Ferry....
I could feel at the time
There was no way of knowing
Fallen leaves in the night
Who can say where they're blowing
As free as the wind
And hopefully learning
Why the sea on the tide
Has no way of turning

More than this, there is nothing
More than this, tell me one thing
More than this, there is nothing

It was fun for a while
There was no way of knowing
Like dream in the night
Who can say where we're going
No care in the world
Maybe I'm learning
Why the sea on the tide
Has no way of turning

More than this, you know there is nothing
More than this, tell me one thing
More than this, you know there is nothing

More than this
nothing
More than this
More than this
nothing


Lyrics submitted by luckycharm, edited by normanh38

"More Than This" as written by Bryan Ferry

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  • +11
    Song Meaningto understand this song, one should read the 17th century Dutch philosopher -Baruch Spinoza. In essence, Spinoza, lthough being a religious Jew, was in effect one of the first heralds of secular (dis-)believes in modern times.
    Nature is god, said Spinoza, and there is no transcendental one. More then this - there is nothing.
    Determinism governs the world and free will is an illusion. But our limited mind, of course, it "feels" like we are free, but that's just out epidemiological limit. So, how can we know where leaves falling in the night are blowing? there is no way of knowing. Our lives appear to us an an unfolding, open ended movie. like a dream in the night, we can never know where we are going. Still, deep within us, we ask the question of the determinism we see around us - why the sea on the tide can has no way of turning (e.g, choose is way). We feel we are free, but we see determinism surrounding us. We want the comfort of certainty and absolute knowledge, but also fear it since its consequence will surly mean we are no more then sophisticated automatons.
    The solution for this dilemma is written in the second stanza: accept the uncertainty and re-joy in it (no care in the world).
    the official video of the song, appear to support this thesis. It has religious icons and setting (cross, and hell-like environment), Bryan is sitting in a cinema, watching himself play in a scene.
    ququricoon February 17, 2014   Link
  • +10
    My OpinionBryan Ferry does a masterful job with the lyrics of "More Than This". I think this is one of those rare songs that can be interpreted 2 ways.

    More than this could be thought of in the true sense of there is nothing more to the situation he is singing about (relationship, life, etc.), that this is the best it's going to be.He has come to the realization that this is the end of the road.

    On the other hand, Mr. Ferry could also be saying that in the moment he is in there is nothing more that could be added. he is in a perfect place, nothing could make it better.He has reached the pinnacle of satisfaction.

    The great thing about a song like this is that the interpretation is totally up to the listener.
    nearfutureon January 12, 2013   Link
  • +7
    General CommentDo you want to make people cry? Play this at your funeral.
    stoolhardyon August 18, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentRoxy Music are superb. The song "More Than This" is a marvellous song about the acceptance of circumstances and human limitations.

    There is nothing more than this situation, this life, this love, or this human condition. The song is open-ended in the way that the sentiment isn't urging the listener to take any particular path - it is simply telling you how things stand now, and how finite we are.

    "More Than This" is a bittersweet song. It's sadness is the message of our limitation and finiteness. But it's positive message is that it's really nothing much to worry about. So live for the moment! :)
    endofthelinejoelon May 29, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe song works on three levels as far as what the "this" means: love, life or a moment. I think the song is being sung to a new lover, and the "this" is the feeling of love that comes from being in the throes of pure passion and love. There is nothing better than that.

    But I think it could also be that this is a one time encounter - that there will literally be no more of "this" between them. Could be a married person, a one night stand, a drunken mistake.

    In general, it is romantic but tragic whilst maintaining this lighthearted joy to it. Acceptance of suffering is the first step to enlightment, and I feel like that is what Roxy Music does best.
    prettypennyon August 02, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti enjoyed your comments HAwkgold...this is one of those rare songs where the instrumentation works PERFECTLY with the lyricism to truly creat catharsis. the gauzy synths at the beginning, the reverb on each drum, the clean and compressed guitar tones...all these things are aesthetic benefits to the amazing lyrics...a gem.
    Dead$yon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song, as others have said, seems to be talking about how temporary life is.

    Enjoy and live for today.

    This song always reminded me of a girl I dated in college, we kind of went our own ways, and one night we were talking.. she mentioned the lyrics "It was fun for a while.. There was no way of knowing"

    Always stuck in my head. If she sees this.. hi Joanie :)
    Exedorneton September 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of those songs where it makes you feel like crying even when you're happy; and not in a dumb way, just a way where you can feel the emotion of the singer and understand the emotions he's conveying. Wouldn't we all like to feel like there's nothing "more than this"?
    overkill94on September 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of those songs you can have on repeat and it wouldnt annoy you.

    Bryan Ferry! I love him.
    mirandajuneon August 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about what separates real love from the earlier stages of excitement and sexuality. Things start out very new and fun, but what really lies behind that is not always certain. So, in this song, Ferry phrases the move from one state to the other as an important moment of learning about himself and the other person. By the end of the song, maybe he has learned something.

    I don't think the song is a sad one, though. I think that what the speaker is getting at is that, while we can lose track of it at times, love is the only thing there is. You can get in your own way with ego, self-defensiveness, judgement etc. but in the end, there is nothing more important than the love you share with someone. I think he is asking the implied audience to tell him one thing in the world that is really more important than the love they have; the answer is that there isn't anything.

    This is a very complex song but it is an absolutely beautiful one as well.
    HitTheHighon April 26, 2013   Link

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