"White Ladder" as written by and Craig Mcclune David Gray....
White ladder
Water and wine
Forever
Crying oh time
Don't wanna
Feel tonight

There's no rhyme or reason to love
This sweet love

White river
Thunder and war
How many
Time, oh no
Don't wanna
Feel no more

There's no rhyme or reason to love
This sweet, sweet love

To the night another body
To the night another name
To the night another Valentine
Burning flame

To the night another body
To the night another name
To the night another Valentine
A burning flame

Total order
Tell 'em boy inside
Forever
Crying oh man, yeah, yeah, yeah
Don't wanna
Feel tonight

There's no rhyme or reason to love
This sweet, sweet love

To the night another body
To the night another name
To the night another Valentine
Burning flame

To the night another body
To the night another name
To the night another Valentine
A burning flame

To the night another body
To the night another name
To the night another Valentine
Burning flame

White ladder
Water and wine
Don't wanna feel tonight


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"White Ladder" as written by David Gray Craig Mcclune

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  • +1
    General CommentWhite Ladder comes from Dylan's A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall- I saw a white ladder all covered with water.. the rest of the song doesn't mean too much. You figure it out.
    a320on February 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, so what exactly did Dylan mean? I think this song represents someone who is pretty f**ked up on substances. David Gray has made no big secret of his involvement with such ("Betty Ford, won't you be my valentine?"). "Don't wanna feel tonight?" Most of us are familiar with the perfect solution to that problem. White ladder could be cocaine. I am not condemning Gray here. He simply has a great way of putting feelings into songs. This one is about forgetting.
    oceankisson September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBored of life as it seems (to the night...to the night...to the night...) also the "I,m bored"-way of singing....the best is "There's no rhyme or reason to life...
    This sweet life" both sarcastic and ironic. nice song
    AgathaKavkaon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll possibilities I'm sure. However, David said himself that the lyrics to this song are merely random ramblings that rhymed and fit the pre-written song. As for the term "White Ladder".... I highly doubt it refers to cocaine. True, it was a Dylan lyric, but in the Album "Sell, Sell, Sell", Gray used it as merely a reference to a person's spine. As far as for it's deeper meanings, Gray has said that, to him, it was, like the lyrics to the song, a pretty little phrase that is far too often over-analyzed and honestly has little meaning.
    dsprinkleon April 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat seems to me to be fairly insulting to his listeners, but then maybe songwriters write about nothing all the time. Nonsense worth listening to. I am disappointed.
    Unpredictableon April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics drummed up to fit with a pre written song? The music is too simplistic for this to be true. This song is about a string of one nighters.

    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    .....
    White ladder
    Water and wine
    Don't wanna feel tonight
    Schofeon August 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs that a Rolling Stones sample at the beginning?
    bkat004on December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheres a lot of biblical symbolism in this song..first the white ladder is the tree of life..found in the bible or jacobs ladder..its spiritual..and the ladder is found on the mountaintop of God..the ladder has twelve rungs. each denoting a different aspect of self. each teaches contrast of truth found in life....water (jesus) and wine(Holy Spirit). mankind lives in darkness..ie the night. another body, another name, another valentine and last the burning flame...thats the body dening the loves the world has formerly to offer the new spirit while traveling up the ladder..really its the spirit passing through the flaming sword found when going back into "paradise"...most of davids songs are littered with these symbols.. another thought on the white ladder..try thinking of the "shaft of light" that traveled out of the jewish tabernacle into heaven..
    when you think of the burning flame..well your spirit is inside of it. wether your in pain or your a part of the flame. (climbing "up" the flame). all christians fight this battle of spirit versus flesh..this is daves statement..kinda like "babylon"
    Me2on August 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheres a lot of biblical symbolism in this song..first the white ladder is the tree of life..found in the bible or jacobs ladder..its spiritual..and the ladder is found on the mountaintop of God..the ladder has twelve rungs. each denoting a different aspect of self. each teaches contrast of truth found in life....water (jesus) and wine(Holy Spirit). mankind lives in darkness..ie the night. another body, another name, another valentine and last the burning flame...thats the body dening the loves the world has formerly to offer the new spirit while traveling up the ladder..really its the spirit passing through the flaming sword found when going back into "paradise"...most of davids songs are littered with these symbols.. another thought on the white ladder..try thinking of the "shaft of light" that traveled out of the jewish tabernacle into heaven..
    when you think of the burning flame..well your spirit is inside of it. wether your in pain or your a part of the flame. (climbing "up" the flame). all christians fight this battle of spirit versus flesh..this is daves statement..kinda like "babylon"
    Me2on August 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are wrong. The correct lyrics are as follows:

    White ladder
    Water and wine
    Forever crying
    Oh time
    Don't wanna fail tonight
    There's no rhyme or reason to love
    This sweet love

    White river
    Thunder and war
    How many time
    Oh no
    Don't wanna fail no more
    Ther's no rhyme or reason to love
    This sweet, sweet love

    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame
    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame

    Tall order
    Tremble inside
    Forever crying
    Oh my
    Yeah Yeah Yeah
    Dont wanna fail tonight
    There's no rhyme or reason to love
    This sweet, sweet love

    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame
    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame
    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame

    White ladder
    Water and wine
    Don't wanna fail tonight
    Numb420on May 31, 2009   Link

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