"London" as written by and Patrick Wolf....
Sundark on darker streets. its violent times for weary feet.
Carjackers and bullet showers. a yellow sign. too many fools in power
But see. I will be gone by morning. my dear friend I lost pur fight
Forget me. I wash myself in your grey slowing night.

coming down from darkened heights. I taste the thames with my cycle lights
By saint paul's by big ben. by god's name, I repent.
But see. I will be gone by morning my dear london goodnight
Forget me, I wash my haself in your grey river light.


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"London" as written by Patrick Wolf

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    Song MeaningAt a show once Patrick told us that this song has nothing to do with suicide. He said it was the last thing he wanted it to be about. The song is about wanting to leave your city and travel somewhere new.
    intakeeyeson October 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti love the bells at the beginning!
    iwasonceaboyon August 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts "I lost a fight"
    and "I wash my hands in your grey slowing night"
    :P
    Squeegon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen i first heard this song I was living abroad. For months, each time I was homesick, I would listen to this beautiful song and it literally had an effect on me, not necessarily a positive effect though. It does mean London to me, and it smells like London, and it holds nostalgia and melancholy, yet need for something more, all of which I felt while away. Today, back in London, I cannot take a walk around the city or simply take a deep breath looking at the sky without having this song stuck in my head for hours and hours...and it won't let me go. This is when they say, the power of music.
    sphion March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentamazingly poetic. I never knew London could be loved. I promise to look harder next time I'm in the Big Smoke.
    _ellieon May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is supposed to be a man's last thoughts before he drowns himself.

    i will be gone by morning

    /\He'll be dead by morning/\

    \/Drowning himself?\/

    forget me. i wash myself in your grey slowing night.
    tothelighthouseon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo. Just...no. The song is about leaving London and starting a new life. Paris is its direct sequel.
    "It was seven in the morning when the spark
    began to give. the bath was spilling over, my
    self pity spilling with it, so i, i fled the country
    to start it all again and found myself in paris in
    the cemetery rain."

    It's that simple.
    Big Ideason October 30, 2007   Link

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