these tears i've cried
i've cried 1000 oceans
and if it seems i'm floating
in the darkness
well i can't believe that i would kep
keep you from flying
and i would cry 1000 more if that's
what it takes to sail you home
sail you home sail you home

i'm aware what the rules are
but you know that i will run
you know that i will follow you
over silbury hill through the solar field
you know that i wil follow you

and if i find you will you still remember
playing at trains
or does this little blue ball
just fade away
over silbury hill through the solar field
you know that i will follow you
i'm aware what the rules are
but you know that i will run
you know that i will follow you

these tears i've cried
i've cried 1000 oceans
and if i'm floating
in the darkness
well i can't believe that i would kep
keep you from flying
and i will cry 1000 more if that's
what it takes to sail you home
sail you home sail you home


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1,000 Oceans song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment.. probably one of the more unappreciated of Tori's songs. This one, it's one of my favourites. It details a kind of love that you can feel for someone..

    Basically, the unrequited love. You feel it so much, and they feel nothing at all--"and I would cry 1000 more if that's what it takes to sail you home.."

    Self sacrifice.
    pragmaticpoetryon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis and professional widow. Tops!
    yolandion April 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTori wrote this song because her husband's father had died and it was difficult for her to help Mark in his grief... So one day she sat on the piano and played this song and Mark came by and sat by her side. He felt understood, it brought them both closer together again - it's hard for people to share grief, but Tori found a way for them... =)
    Teleluteon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a heartbreakingly beautiful song, it actually made me cry the first time i heard it. To me, it is about unrequited love, and the music as well as the lyrics capture the pain and sacrifice that go into loving someone you know you'll never have.
    TusseyTheTerribleon July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDue to you I see the song now different two: I guess you came to the meaning of unrequited love by the lines "these tears i've cried i've cried 1000 oceans...i'm aware what the rules are.but you know that i will run, you know that i will follow you...", right ? - but then what does she mean with "well i can't believe that i would keep, keep you from flying"...she will refuse him if he would get to feel attracted to her some day ?...but she would cry "1000 more if that's
    what it takes to sail you home,sail you home sail you home"...yes she wants him after all
    AgathaKavkaon July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has always been my favorite song of Tori's! I'm surprised more people haven't commented. I always feel like crying when I hear this. The words are so emotional!
    KendraEon August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif you listen carefully, you can hear the rhythm of the clock (symbolizing the wait, the time that passes by so slowly when you are removed from someone you love) and also the coming in of the waves. like an ocean.. well thas just what i got from listening to the song and yes its a sweet song and brings tears to the eyes. great song, love it. jp
    emojpon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCheck out ToriAmos.com It's getting a new look and there are some pictures from what is believed to be from the "A Sorta Fairytale" video. Can't wait till October 29th!!!!!
    dazedkidon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmy Brenneman used this song at the end of Judging Amy to capture the emotion and loss she felt because her brother was moving across the country. For me, the song has always adressed that aching emptiness of being apart from someone you love.
    Autumn515on September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard this song on the soundtrack for Ten Things I Hate About You and I totally fell in love with it. I listen to it for hours on repeat and it's one of the best songs ever. It's so full of emotion and love. It shows that if you really care for someone, you need to let them be free and just let them go.
    goodriddanceon September 14, 2002   Link

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