"The Power" as written by Bernard Butler and Brett Anderson....
Through endless Asia through the fields of Cathay
Or enslaved in pebble dash grave with a kid on the way
If you're far over Africa on the wings of youth
Or if you're down in some satellite town and there's nothing you can do
Just give me give me give me the power
And I'll make them bleed
Give me give me the power
(Although I'm just the common breed)

You might live in a screen kiss it's a glamorous dream
Or belong to a world that's gone, it's the English disease

But give me, give me the power
And I'll make them bleed

Give, give me, give me the power
(Although I'm just the common breed)


Lyrics submitted by 3ssence

"The Power" as written by John Virgo Garrett Iii Benito Benites

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

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  • +5
    General CommentNo way, this song is not an arrogant statement at all. It's about how just because you're less privileged than others it doesn't mean you're set for life as a lamb. Realising your ability is a beautiful thing not arrogant!

    "Enslaved in a pebble-dash grave" refers to a mundane suburban existence many remain in for life.

    "You might live in a screen kiss" refers to the first seeds of escapism forming through romanticising about a more exotic life.

    "And I'll make them bleed" refers to the helplessness some people feel at the mercy of other, stronger individuals.

    "Belong to a world that's gone - it's the English disease" I believe refers to outgrowing a way of life that's been upheld within the family for generations.

    Love this track so much....



    lateleighon December 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about wanting to get away from your suburban life,
    "some satellite town and there's nothing you can do",
    some do it by dreaming about different life ,or by living in there mind in a "different world".

    You can go out and live the life you always dreamed about , or you can stay in the "old world" of english traditions...
    "You might live in a screen kiss, it's a glamorous dream
    Or belong to a world that's gone, it's the English disease"

    but that's just how I see it...
    nor1989on November 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"The Power" refers to the individual's power to escape the mundanity imposed by a safe but dull suburban existence.
    pcb1000on January 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure I really get the, uh, point of this song.
    Zealon December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo shit, it's about power. What's the point of the song?
    Zealon March 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUgh.. this song sounds like something you'd hear on a Bible-belt AM radio station.

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with religion, though.
    ManiacalLaughteron October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti reckon it's written for the listeners of the song.
    UNIGONNALIVEFOREVERon November 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a sense of powerlessness towards the discontents around the world.

    The song is pretty self-explanatory - Brett saw a lot of people suffering around the world. The verses describe tragedies like death, poverty, lack of freedom, no hope in ones' real lives. He wanted to help them get out of the situation, but he lacked the power to do so.
    iamasimplemanon June 14, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's about power.
    Wallamanageon February 22, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is such a Brett song. Not that I don't love him, because I do, and he's a genius, but he can be kind of arrogant. And this song is no exception. From what I can make out he is basically saying he can make the world feel what he wants them to feel if he is given the power to do so. It's a song about ambition. In my opinion. I may be way off.
    Strangleron April 20, 2009   Link

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