"I May Know The Word" as written by and David Anthony Viner....
How did I love you?
There was no measuring
Far above this dirty world
Far above everything
In your tower over it
You were clean

So warm and insightful
Were you in my eyes
I was sure the rightful
Guardian of my life
Damn you betrayer
How you lied

But for seven years
You were loved
I laid golden orchid crowns
Around your feet

And for seven years
I bowed down
To touch the ground
So wholly your devotee

You were you were
All I could see

I've got my sight now
I see everything you hid
So don't you try to right now
All the wrong you did
I might forget you
But never forgive

But for seven years
You were loved
I laid golden orchid crowns
Around your feet

And for seven years
I bowed down
To touch the ground
So wholly your devotee

And for seven years
You were so revered
I made offerings of
Anything and everything I had

You were, you were
All I could see

You were, you were
All I could see

You were, you were
All I could see

You were, you were
All I could see

You were, you were
All I could see


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"I May Know the Word" as written by David Anthony Viner

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about not being able to open up because of insecurities. She used a few metaphors to get the point across.
    Grey is used as a representative of the space between the night (black, darkness) and the day (white, light) Those two colors mixed or as it relates to the mood of the song are meshed together, which form gray.
    neversaycant1on September 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe lyrics speak of knowing the right thing to do but failing to do it - due to indifference, fear, and maybe depression as many have noted. She is able to cheer up someone, or say the much needed word - but doesn't do it. The gray is, I believe, that cloudy uncertainty which we all live in at time, which prevents us from acting, "facing the truth", listening to the soft voice of spirituality, or even making decisions, even though we know what should be done. That's my take on it. I think it's much bigger than just falling in love with someone.
    Atti11on July 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttruly beautiful song
    Cranberriedon July 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs. It's so hard to to do anything for others when you are deeply depressed.
    sem3000on August 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is textbook depression. I can't think of a better song that describes the symptoms.

    The lack of appetite. The wallowing in the "darkness." The feeling of indifference. The feeling of not being in touch with the world.

    I think psychologists should use this song as a diagnostic tool to determine if someone is suffering depression. If they can relate to this song too well, then they need some serious therapy.
    jrm4646on January 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm a convert to the catholic faith and have loved Natalie Merchant's music since well before that. Today this song is reminding me of the holy souls who are suffering in purgatory. The Word is Jesus Christ made flesh for us and from whom all our relief comes. The Holy Souls suffer because their prayers can no longer help to deliver them from their painful night into His glorious Day...however, our prayers CAN help them, if only we do not turn our heads, indifferent.
    +M
    Midnight Sunon November 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are so many things about this song that could be interpretted. I dont even know where to begin.
    mrsdarthvaderon July 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDepressed, guilty, hopeless, miserable and going out of one's mind song. "Tigerlilly" is a very depressing album in general.
    Reynard Muldrakeon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow are there only 3 comments? This is one of her best songs. For me, its all about falling in love but being afraid to tell the person you love.
    doondawgon October 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is about someone wanting to do something but being to afraid to do it because they're afraid afraid of letting their guard down for fear of being hurt, betrayed or let down.
    stagnateon July 18, 2009   Link

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