"This Land Is Mine" as written by and Dido/nowels Armstrong....
From behind these walls I hear your song, oh sweet words
The music that you play lights up my world
The sweetest that I've heard
Could it be that I've been touched and turned, oh lord please
Finally, finally things are changing

This land is mine but I'll let you rule
I'll let you navigate and demand
Just as long as you know, this land is mine
So find your home and settle in
Oh I'm ready to let you in
Just as long as we know, this land is mine

After all the battles and wars, the scars and loss
Well I am still the queen of my domain
And feeling stronger now
The walls are down a little more each day, since you came
Finally, finally things are changing

This land is mine but I'll let you rule
I'll let you navigate and demand
Just as long as you know, this land is mine
So find your home and settle in
Oh I'm ready to let you in
Just as long as we know, this land is mine

For all the days I've traveled alone
In this cold and colorless place till now
It's what I had to pay

This land is mine but I'll let you rule
I'll let you navigate and demand
Just as long as you know, this land is mine
So find your home and settle in
Oh I'm ready to let you in
Just as long as we know, this land is mine

This land is mine but I'll let you rule
I'll let you navigate and demand
Just as long as you know, this land is mine


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"This Land is Mine" as written by Dido Armstrong Richard W Nowels

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    General Commenti love this song so much.

    it's about how she has been alone for so long, and has built up walls, but finally she met someone and slowly her walls are coming down, and she trusts this person. finally things feel right. it's about how she is falling in love and sharing her life with someone, instead of keeping her distance. but she still says "this land is mine."
    jamieanastaciaon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've never heard this song. The lyrics are really good. I can really relate to this song. It's about letting your guard down for someone and letting them in your heart. But she won't let herself be completely lost by love.
    sfgirl82on November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's beautiful. I agree with jamieanastacia - "From behind these walls I hear your song...the sweetest I have heard." She can't believe how sweet everything is, and how she's able to feel again - "could it be that I've been touched and turned? Oh Lord, please, finally"
    But she isn't going to throw herself into it, she'll let him in but still maintain that "this land is mine", even though she'll let him in
    cheetah9714on May 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's also a wonderful contrast to the first song on the album, White Flag, where she's proclaiming that "There will be no white flag above my door"... she seems to have softened now by the end of the album.
    eri-chanon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is her telling her love interest when making love to her, give her respect. Respect her body.

    'Land' being her body. 'This land is mine, but I'll let you rule, I'll let you navigate and demand'. - This is my body but I'm opening it up for you to give me some lovin'..

    But one exception.. 'Just as long as you know, this land is mine', just as long as they respect her body and don't take advantage of her.

    'Ohh I'm ready to let you IN' how more blatant could this be?... I'm ready to let you come into me...
    andante_66on May 04, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song, to me, seems to be based on the ancient story of Dido and Aeneas (from the Aeneid) where Dido is a widow queen over her people, and Aeneas comes over the sea, and, with the help of the gods, wins over her heart, although she has sworn it to her dead husband. The falling of the walls would be the flagging construction teams of Carthage, as their queen becomes idle, so the construction stops.

    Perhaps this interpretation is a little too obvious, but the story seems to fit very well with other interpretations for this song, so it could be a double meaning.
    Roberto222on April 17, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"For all the days I've traveled alone
    In this cold and colorless place till now
    It's what I had to pay "

    I can relate so much to the above. I have always been single (not voluntarily) and travelling in different countries. I met so many people on the road and explored many exciting places, yet I still felt and feel so lonely.

    I think that to some extent travelling is my coping mechanism for being single. It is like escaping myself, my own thoughts, my loneliness...


    "After all the battles and wars, the scars and loss
    I am still the queen of my domain"

    For some reason I have had only very short episodes with emotionally unavailable men who were just after one thing. I am so scared of being hurt and disappointed again.
    Unlike the song, things are not finally changing for me. Seems like I am not meant to be in a relationship...Going travelling to South America in few weeks.
    martina102on June 14, 2015   Link

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