"Amie" as written by and Damien George Rice....
Nothing unusual, nothing strange
Close to nothing at all
The same old scenario, the same old rain
And there's no explosions here
Then something unusual, something strange
Comes from nothing at all
I saw a spaceship fly by your window
Did you see it disappear?

Amie come sit on my wall
And read me the story of O
And tell it like you still believe
That the end of the century
Brings a change for you and me
Nothing unusual, nothing's changed
Just a little older that's all
You know when you've found it,
There's something I've learned
'Cause you feel it when they take it away

Something unusual, something strange
Comes from nothing at all
But I'm not a miracle
And you're not a saint
Just another soldier
On the road to nowhere

Amie come sit on my wall
And read me the story of O
And tell it like you still believe
That the end of the century
Brings a change for you and me

And Amie come sit on my wall
And read me the story of O
And tell it like you still believe
That the end of the century
Brings a change for you and me


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"Amie" as written by Damien George Rice

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  • +2
    General Comment- I always thought he was singing this song to Amie, a friend of him who died suddenly: "then something unusual, something strange comes from nothing at all".
    - "I saw a spaceship fly by your window..." he could be talking about her soul going to heaven...
    - In the chorus, he is asking her to come back, and do what they used to do when they were friends...
    - "Nothing unusual, nothing's changed, just a little older, that's all..." he is letting her know that time has passed, and he is still the same, and that he realized that he was in love with her, but too late, she is gone...
    - "but I'm not a miracle, you're not a saint, just a little soldier on the road to nowhere...." he cannot change the past, he cannot revive her, and she cannot do it neither, she is "on the road to nowhere" (heaven).
    - I do not think that "The Story of O" has a secret message, just a book they used to talk about.
    jlfpgrilloon August 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought Amie was the story of a girl that was killed by a rock thrown in a rash of violence in Ireland between the Orange and the Green (stones taught me how to fly...), or maybe a rock thrown at the wall that divides Northern Ireland from the rest of the world. I can't say for sure because I didn't write the song, but I'm fairly certain. It seems full of regret, a conversation one would have in the here-after.

    I believe he says "amie come sit on my wall and read me a story of old." At least those are the lyrics on his website damienrice.com/…

    and tell it like you still believe...

    Sounds to me like Damien might think that the senseless violence that ended her life may have caused Amie to lose her faith.

    "...a change for you and me"

    If I do remember right, it was only after Amie was struck that the violence subsided. Guilt is a powerful thing.
    duckyXon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Amie" is not the french for "beloved". It is the french for "friend".
    forgettobreatheon December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell I have my own interpretation of this song. I think that all he is saying is that for the first time in his life something amasing is happening, he has fall in love for the first time or he is having a new kind of feeling for someone.And he founds it in a regular person.
    About the "story of O" I can´t really tell what that is...It`s the only thing that makes me doubt.

    This is my humble opinion.
    vickyaron May 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPretty much, whenever I hear this song, I connect it to Amy pond and Doctor Who. Dunno why. I just do.

    So that's that.
    kristenzillaon October 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw Damien Rice in Philly (one of the best shows I ever went to) and he said that this song is basically about being with someone who you can let your gaurd down with and completely opening yourself to the impossible. Once you do, anything impossible or magical can happen.
    BlackEyedAngelson May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKudos to BlackEyedAngles on the quality of Damien's live act, unforgettable. I heard that O was a french pornographic novel, going along with the french spelling of Amie, that makes sense.
    WarpWhistleeon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe 'Story of O' is a book about sexual awakening, seen by some as a kinky fetish novel
    tkdcadet04on October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'amie' is french for 'beloved'
    Tom_999on October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard that O was the name of a beach near where Damien lived at home, so possibly that beach had a story that this Amie told. I think I like that explanation better than the french pornographic sexual awakening book, but that's just me.
    aftonbelleon December 11, 2004   Link

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