"Check The Meaning" as written by and Richard Ashcroft....
When I'm low, and I'm weak, and I'm lost
I don't know who I can trust
Paranoia, the destroyer, comes knocking on my door
You know the pain drifts to days, turns to nights
But it slowly will subside
And when it does, I take a step, I take a breath
And wonder what I'll find

Can you hear what I'm saying?
Got my mind meditating on love, love
Feel what I'm saying
Got my mind meditating on love, love

(Check the meaning)

Too much blood, too much hate, turn off the set
There's got to be something more
When Mohammed, Allah, Buddah, Jesus Christ
Are knocking down my door
I'm agnostic getting God, but man
She takes a female form
There's no time, no space, no law
We're out here on our own

Can you hear what I'm saying?
Got my mind meditating on love, love
Feel what I'm saying
Got my mind meditating on love, love

Check the meaning
(The human condition)
Check the feeling
(The human condition)

Guess it's life, doing it's thing
Making you cry, making you think
Yeah life, dealing it's hand
Making you cry and you don't understand
Life, doing it's thing
Making you cry now, making you think of
Pain, doing it's thing
Making you cry yeah, making you sing

Don't say it, don't say it's too late
Don't, don't say it's too late (It's never too late, it's never too late)
Don't, don't say it's too late (It's never too late)
Don't, don't say it's too late

The human condition, the big decisions
The human condition, the big decisions

I'm like a fish with legs, I fell from the tree
I made a rocket (check the meaning), I made a wheel
I made a rocket (check the feeling), I swam the ocean (check the meaning)
I saw the moon (say a prayer), I seen the universe (and beyond)
I see you (check the feeling), I see me (check the meaning)
That's my reality
And while the city sleeps we go walking

It's a beautiful world
And when the city sleeps we go walking
We find a hole in the sky and then we start talking
And then we say "Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
Buy us some time, buy us some time"
Hear what I'm saying
Can you hear what I'm saying?
Can you hear what I'm saying?
Can you hear what I'm saying?

It's gonna be alright


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"Check the Meaning" as written by Richard Ashcroft

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    General CommentIt is about looking for meaning in life by turning to things that don’t seem to help (me) like religion and things of the like.
    Davin Baconon April 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the guitar part... the music he's been involved with always has the coolest background melodies and effects...
    driedpeason December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so amazingly powerful! it's socially relevant especially during these times when the war is breaking out and differences in religion are tearing people apart... i see this song as a message of peace and hope but i'm not sure if it might mean something else
    bucky_wallbangeron April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so inspiring; has anyone seen the video clip? So sad and sweet. This is song about finding TRUTH in this meaninless world, and a calling for human compassion; for it is based on "the human condition- a big decision".
    Litz_Awakeon December 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould be about many things. never knowing who you can trust properly
    kempeon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it just me, or does this song not feel like it goes on for eight minutes while you're listening to it? It doesn't feel like it drags or anything.
    drjayphdon December 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, it feels just right at the album-version length, or even like it could go on longer without wearing thin. As for the lyric, some of his most powerful words. When he says things, they resonate.
    Most versions I've seen say "I'm Agnostic/Getting God/But man, she takes a female form". To me that's the only confusing part of the lyric. How is he agnostic or Getting God, and then able to declare that there's nothing at all; that we're out here on our own (in the next line)?
    So apart from the muddled religious references, a classic humanist lyric.
    terribleyouthon April 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, but his live version is amazing just him and guitar. He sounds really good.....look for it on you tube. Its all about beliefs.....and questions about our beliefs and not ever really knowing.. He actually wears a cross around his neck frequently. So I think what hes saying is that none of us know what were talking about and that it doesnt really matter if we are religious or not... We are all human and this focus is on that.....
    studiolemontreeon January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRichard Ashcroft is simply amazing. His lyrics are so meaningful. Songs like Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Dont Work and Luckyman are brilliantly written songs. The verve have always been one of my favourite bands.
    Jcm-93on February 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA song with a great message. "You know the pain, drifts to days, turns to nights, but it slowly will subside, And when it does, I'll take a step, I'll take a breath, and wonder what I'll find." is on my fridge and I read it when I need to.
    brokentelephone78on March 12, 2010   Link

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