The fires are burning in another land
Don't start counting, don't start counting
Colder and colder the ice is moving closer
And gets me down
Going round and round and down the same old track

Pack on my back, going swiftly nowhere
Heart in my ear beating like a drum
Where will you go?

All by yourself
And now I'm standing on a corner
Waiting in the rain
But then in sunlight without warning
I invent a name
Me and Sarah Jane
We had a special thing going
Me and Sarah Jane

It was a time of love and laughter
It wouldn't come again
We had our round of joy but after
Then began the pain

Me and Sarah Jane
We had a special thing going
Me and Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

Searching for a clue
Traces on the sand
First I'm flying, going round round round
Then I'm sliding going down down down
Doesn't matter where I start I always end up
Crawling through those same old crowded rooms

Me and Sarah Jane
We had it coming
All the pain
Walking down the streets
And finding nothing is the same
And now the city lights are dimming, one by one
It costs too much money to keep them on

Me and Sarah Jane
In silence walk along the shore
Tears of joy and mocking laughter
Words lost in the wind
The tide was rising
But there we stayed
We had no fear of dying
We weren't afraid



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"Me and Sarah Jane" as written by Tony / Banks

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  • +1
    General Comment:I'm going to say this at the risk of much flaming.
    Doctor Who.

    Sarah Jane Smith was the companion of the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker). Since both Genesis and Doctor Who are British, it all falls into place.

    "The fires are burning in another land,
    And it gets me down.
    Going round and round and down the same old track."
    Ok, so he's in a different world. He is getting depressed and lonely.

    "I invent a name, Me and Sarah Jane,"
    The Doctor's not his real name. He can't pronounce his real name, as it's a mathematical equation. Thus, he introduces himself as The Doctor.

    "First I'm flying, going round round round,
    Then I'm sliding going down down down,
    Doesn't matter where I start I always end up
    Falling through those same old crowded rooms."
    The first 2 lines refer to the TARDIS (Time and relative dimensions in space). It would fly and spin (round and round) through the Time Vortex and land (down) onto a new world in a different time.
    The BBC gave the show a tiny budget, so they shot a lot of the interior scenes inside the corridors of the BBC building itself, putting up some aluminium foil on the walls and glitter on the floor.

    "Me and Sarah Jane, In silence walk along the shore,"
    This obviously refers to the endless gravel quarries and beaches that they would land in, pretending it's a whole different world because of the small budget of the BBC.


    I dunno, maybe it's the beer talking, but this all makes sense to me...
    veovison March 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:You would have thought that after all that expensive Charterhouse education Tony would have known it was 'Sarah Jane and I', not 'Me and Sarah Jane'.

    :-)
    proggieon March 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this is a song about finding that certain someone who can make your life meaningful. I really like it.
    EnspyreMeon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"Me and Sarah Jane" is about a man who's so lonely that he fabricates a relationship with an imaginary woman. This woman is Sarah Jane. The narrator becomes obsessed with his fantasy until it ultimately leads to his suicide by drowning.
    Trbnadoon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I agree with Screegee and Ivmuzic.

    I have things to add.
    I do believe this was about a homeless mans soulmate or imaginary soulmate due to being lonely.
    I think this a direct connection from "Lonely Man on the Corner". These songs are connected.
    Even down to the simailar musical motif at the beginning of the song, Lonely Man and Sarah Jane are
    almost identical.

    Anyway, i beieve the man was the lonely homeless person, and lived his life in his own reality and invented
    an imaginary soulmate "Sarah Jane" .
    I also thing they were trying to say that he was manic depressive possible in this lyric

    "Searching for a clue.
    Traces on the sand.
    First I'm flying, going round round round,
    Then I'm sliding going down down down,
    Doesn't matter where I start I always end up
    Falling through those same old crowded rooms"

    Many schizophrenics and manics look for things that aren't really there
    until they find something that was created in there own head.
    Almost like, thinking too much.

    It does make sense,
    that he invented his soulmate so he could die happy.


    Gmaddox322on July 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I agree with Trbnado. Though I've never heard anyone from the band say anything about it. Think it is a Banks lyric, think he wrote the music too!
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I agree with veovis. This song is littered with direct and symbolic references to The Doctor and his companion.

    There's one symbol you might have overlooked.
    "The fires are burning in another land"

    Surely that must refer to Skaro, where the Daleks first arose on the battlefield, the creations of the Kaled scientist Davros...
    MythosSpecialiston June 02, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I absolutely think Doctor Who too.

    "Me and Sarah Jane, We had a special thing going"
    She was the Doctor's best friend after all.

    It's such a great song
    atforeversendon July 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Second favorite Banks/Genesis song (first is One for the Vine). LOL at the Dr. Who explanations!! Was Banks a big Dr. Who fan? He's British, so I guess has to be? LOL! Well, maybe he was or wasn't, but I would highly doubt he wrote this happy/sad song as a vague connection to Dr. Who. (Also, is there some British show with a character named Virgil? heh) First of all, Sarah Jane is a very common name British name. This song is simply what it is, a relationship made up by a lonely traveler/wanderer/homeless guy ("Pack on my back, going swiftly nowhere"). Basically, it sounds like he was getting up the courage to kill himself, and invents a partner to share this with in the end.
    ScreeGeeon June 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Song about unrequited love. A lonely, homeless man fabricates soul mate Sarah Jane. This reality exists somewhere else, "the fires are burning in another land". Works at first, then he starts "searching for a clue..." to make his fantasy real. He commits suicide with "Sarah Jane".
    lvmuzicon January 15, 2009   Link

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