"The Road to Mandalay" as written by and Robert Peter/chambers Williams....
Save me from drowning in the sea
Beat me up on the beach
What a lovely holiday, there's nothing funny left to say

This sombre song won't drain the sun
But it won't shine until it's sung
No water running in the stream, the saddest place we've everseen

Everything I touched was golden,
Everything I loved got broken
On the raod to mandalay

Every mistake I've ever made
Has been rehashed and then replayed
As I got lost along the way

Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom badom

There's nothing left for you to give,
The truth is all that you're left with
Twenty paces then at dawn, we will die and be reborn

I like to sleep beneath the trees,
Have the universe at one with me
Look down the barrel of a gun and feel the moon replace the sun

Everything we've ever stolen
Has been lost, returned or broken,
No more dragons left to slay

Every mistake I've ever made
Has been rehashed and then replayed
As I got lost along the way

Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom badom

Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom bom bom ba da dup bom bom
Bom badom

Save me from drowning in the sea
Beat me up on the beach
What a lovely holiday, there's nothing funny left to say


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"The Road to Mandalay" as written by Robert Peter Williams Guy Chambers

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  • +2
    General Commentthere is a poem by Rudyard Kipling that goes "On the Road to Mandalay, Where the flying fishes play, And the dawn comes up like thunder outta China 'cross the bay/Can't you 'ear them paddles chunkin' from Rangoon to Mandalay?
    Luchiaon October 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits such a powerfull song of his but not one many know why is that ?
    harrieparrieon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyway, as to meaning. Underneath the happy, cruising melody, it is very sad. Obviously the whole 'everything I touched was golden' is a reference to the story of the king who asked for everything he touched to be turned to gold and then he touched his daughter etc. Basically what I'm saying is I think Robbie here is saying that his fame has made him rich but in the end has caused him to lose everything he loves like the King who lost his daughter.
    shirvson October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan't believe there're no comments here. that's an amazing song especially the lines
    I like to sleep beneath the trees
    Have the universe at one with me
    wild floweron July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpom pom pom pom pooompedum...
    dumdumdum

    :)
    i really like this song


    Aerobabeon September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, I especially like the contrast between the upbeat, cheery music and the sadness of the words - this is someone who lives in the public eye and has every little mistake he makes scrutinised and 'rehashed and then replayed' by the press. There's a sense of desperation about it as he feels lost and almost as if he's come to the end of something. Truly beautiful.
    louloublueon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMandalay is a Casion that Robbie likes to visit. But there is a lot more to this song. It has some really beautiful imagery. "I like to sleep beneath the trees
    Have the universe at one with me " & "There's nothing left for you to give The truth is all that you're left with"
    Onlineon April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am IN LOVE with this song. The lyrics are beautiful and the music is amazing.
    Jogt23on June 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverything I touched was golden
    Everything I loved got broken
    On the road to Mandalay
    Every mistake I've ever made
    Has been rehashed and then replayed
    As I got lost along the way

    Says it all.....beautiful poetry
    Nashopianon February 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally, the "Everything I touched was golden, everything I loved got broken" part is so beautiful. Maybe it means that while he makes so much money and is so fameous, real love is somehow always lost. It's such a sad song with a lively melody, the contrast is perfect if you ask me.
    By the way, harrieparrie, I've noticed that - really the greatest songs of Robbie Williams have always not been his most famous ones. There are some genius pieces of music around his discs, but however, most people never get to hear them and can't understand his real talent :/
    rumion August 02, 2005   Link

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