"Polar Bear" as written by Andy Bell, Lawrence Colbert, Mark Gardener and Steve Queralt....
She knew she was able to fly,
Because when she came down,
She had dust on her hands from the sky,
She felt so high, the dust made her cry.

She knew she could fly like a bird,
But when she said, "please raise the roof higher" nobody heard,
They never noticed a word,
The light bulbs burn, her fingers will learn.

Why should it feel like a crime?
If I want to be with you all the time.
Why is it measured in hours?
You should make your own time, you're welcome in mine


Lyrics submitted by Vurogj, edited by JohnDiFool2

"Polar Bear" as written by Laurence John Colbert Andrew Bell

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    General CommentI love/hate this song, I have a strage relationship with it... It reminds me of this girl I used to date who was always talking 'bout being free and never letting yourself get attached to anything, and how our relationship never really worked 'cause I'm somewhat the opposite, I'm very down-to-earth and I wanted to marry her (I was 21 and she was 22, and I loved her so much...) and be with her all the time and I found this song shortly after it was over and immediatly thought of her. I imagined myself as the polar bear of the title, this very heavy animal, bound to the ground, looking up to a seagull (another song in the 'Nowhere' album is called that, as you must know) flying freely in the sky and not being able to reach to her because he can't fly like she does no matter how hard he tries... This song means a lot to me, it breakes my heart every time and maybe it has nothing to do with anything really, but that's how I see it. And that's how music works, right?

    maracuyitoon April 12, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOf lot of these lyrics are adapted from the excellent J.D. Salinger novella "Raise High the Roof-Beam, Carpenters". I'm not sure if the line "Raise the roof higher" was intended as a reference or not, but there is a line in that story that refers to a little girl who says she can fly around her apartment, that goes: "she knew she was able to fly because when she came down she always had dust on her hands from the lightbulbs". There's the first verse and the lines about fingers learning that lightbulbs burn.
    yston September 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThank you alot for clearing that up ! I really wondered what the song would mean. Anyway, I wonder why it's called "Polar Bear".
    Catroaron June 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't guess what's about but the last block is simply the best of Ride.
    Ardalaon July 09, 2017   Link

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