"Broken Arrow" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around

Do you feel what I feel
Can we make it so that's part of the deal
I gotta hold you in these arms of steel
Lay your heart on the line this time

I want to breathe when you breathe
When you whisper like that hot summer breeze
Count the beads of sweat that cover me
Didn't you show me a sign this time

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around, around

Do you feel what I feel
Do you feel what I feel
Ah can you see what I see
Can you cut behind the mystery
I will meet you by the witness tree
Leave the whole world behind

I want to come when you call
I'll get to you if I have to crawl
They can't hold me with these iron walls
We got mountains to climb, to climb

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around


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"Broken Arrow" as written by Mark Anthony Sheehan Daniel John O'donoghue

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentAccording to another site, "the phrases 'Broken Arrow' and 'Bottle of Rain' are Native American expressions, meaning (respectively) 'Peaceful End of Conflict' and 'Good Prospects/Good Fortune.' For one to actually give another a 'broken arrow' in consort with an entire 'bottle of rain' (more than one drop of rain), would actually signal the intention to have or develop a lasting strong relationship with the other party, a wish for both peace and happiness."
    lucy75on November 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt strikes me kind of religiously.

    I am not a "Bible Thumper" by any means but this song could be referencing Christ.

    I say this because the song is written in first person. In order for it to be about "a girl" it would be switching perspectives when the lyrics comes, "there he goes, turning MY whole world around" and of course, following the line, "There he goes moving across the water" sounds a little bit like Jesus walking across the water.

    And lastly, despite what the ignorant religious zealots have done to turn the name and idea of Christ into nearly a taboo topic...

    As it concerns the real Christ, there aren't too many more people or ideals that you could ever count on bringing you broken arrows, bottles of rain or peace... than him
    dustin2112on March 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song observing a guy who would do anything for the girl, even simple but beautiful things. They are both risking their hearts as they have many obstacles, but the two of them being together is enough. They like to run away and share the time they steal with each other.
    AThousandMoonson July 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a moving and emotional song. I think it's romantic. i love it
    submarineron July 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWritten by Robbie Robertson if I'm not mistaken
    powers94on January 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou are not Mistaken. It was written by Robertson and has been covered by several people including Stewart and the Grateful Dead (that i know of).
    Hedgeson February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song.....
    absent124on September 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat are the meanings of broken arrow and bottle of rain in relationship to these lyrics?
    JBJBonBonon September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHOUGH, I DO NOT, NECESSARILY, SEE THE SPIRITUAL MEANING TO THIS SONG, I HAVE GIVEN DUSTIN A PLUS RATING, BECUZ, IT IS A WELL-THOUGHT-OUT EXPLANATION AND I HAVE THE SAME RELIGIOUS BELIEF SYSTEM HE APPEARS TO HAVE.
    HOWEVER, I THINK THIS COULD DEFINITELY BE CONSIDERED A ROMANTIC PIECE...DUE TO THE REFERENCES TO 'LAYING YOUR HEART ON THE LINE' THIS TIME...REFERS TO A WOMAN THAT HE IS IN LOVE WITH...AND THEY HAVE BEEN APART FOR SOME TIME DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL...

    HE WANTS HER BADLY, AND SPEAKS OF HOLDING HER IN HIS STRONG ARMS...TO PROTECT HER...HE, OBVIOUSLY, IS AWARE OF HER FRAGILITY, AND IS REACHING OUT 'WHEN YOU WHISPER LIKE THAT HOT SUMMER BREEZE'...SPEAKS OF DESIRE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN...HE MAY NOT BE WITH HER, BUT, HE FEELS HER THERE WITH HIM...HE IS BEING HELD BACK BY OTHER THINGS IN HIS LIFE, BUT HIS INTENTION IS TO GET FREE AND BE WITH HER, IN THE END.

    'COUNT THE BEADS OF SWEAT THAT COVER ME, DIDN'T YOU SHOW ME A SIGN, THIS TIME?' - HIS ANTICIPATION FOR HER, HAS BEEN RE-INVIGORATED, DUE TO SOME TYPE OF SIGN SHE HAS GIVEN...WHETHER BY WORD OR DEED. (HE MAY HAVE FELT THAT, BECUZ OF HIS SITUATION, THAT SHE HAD FORGOTTEN HIM, OR BECOME DIS-ENCHANTED OR INVOLVED IN ANOTHER RELATIONSHIP, DUE TO THE FACT HE HAS BEEN GONE SO LONG.)


    'CAN YOU CUT BEHIND THE MYSTERY? I WILL MEET YOU BY THE WITNESS TREE'...HE WANTS TO KNOW HER, LETTING EVERYTHING BE REVEALED...REVELATION.

    BROKEN ARROW IS A WAR TERM, TOO...BOTTLE OF RAIN...DENOTES QUENCHING THIRST, SPIRITUALLY OR PHYSICALLY, INCLUDING THE DESIRE THAT COMES FROM A ROMANTIC ENTANGLEMENT.

    THE LAST PHRASES...REFER TO GOD, BRINGING A CHANGE IN THE SITUATION...SO THAT HE CAN BE WITH HER...IT DENOTES HAVING FAITH, IN THAT CHANGE, THAT WILL BRING THE DESIRED OUTCOME.

    BLESSINGS ONE AND ALL,
    LAYNA.
    MODERATOR OF LAYNALAND.
    LaynaLandon April 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn regard to Broken Arrow (Rod Stewart) version - I agree with the comments that it is somewhat religious in that along with what has already been said, if you notice the clock is stopped at the time 3:33 - which is the TRINITY (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and a number that has always been prevalent to me.
    karenxfxon February 02, 2014   Link

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