"The Messenger" as written by and Daniel Roland Lanois....
Got a letter from a messenger
I read it when it came
It said that you were wounded
You were bound and chained
You had love and you were handled
You were poisoned you were pained
Oh no you were naked
You were shamed

You could almost touch heaven
Right there in front of you
Liberty just slipped away on us
Now there's so much work to do
Oh the door that closes tightly
Is the door than can swing wide
Oh no not expecting to collide

For a minute I let my guard down
Not afraid to be found out
I completely forgot dear
What our fears were all about
Oh no there's no need to be without

If there's a chance I would take it
This desire I can't kill
Take my heart please don't break it
I will crawl to your foothill

I'm frightened but I'm coming
Please baby please lay still
Oh no I'm not coming for the kill


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"The Messenger" as written by Daniel Lanois

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    My Interpretationi think this song is about two people who have been wronged, had many failed relationships that were probably horrible the whole way through, or ended badly. I feel I can realy relate to this song and it gives me hope that I might one day find my match too. I think these two people found each other and realized that they had the same fears of commitment and love because of how they had been hurt in the past, but they are working through it together. They feel complete with each other and are each other's "heaven on earth". Thus you could almost touch heaven right there in front of you. This is an amazing song and I think this version is way better than the orinigal. It has so much more feeling to it.
    first_of_meon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm missing some lyrics. Here's the complete ones.

    "The Messenger"

    Got a letter from a messenger
    I read it when it came
    It said that you were wounded
    You were bound and chained
    You had loved and you were handled
    You were poisoned, you were pained
    Oh no
    Oh no
    You were naked, you were shamed

    You could almost touch heaven
    Right there in front of you
    Liberty just slipped away on us
    Now there's so much work to do
    Oh the door that closes tightly
    Is the door than can swing wide
    Oh no
    Oh no
    Not expecting to collide

    For a minute I let my guard down
    Not afraid to be found out
    I completely forgot dear
    What our fears were all about
    Oh no there's no need to be without

    If there's a chance I would take it
    This desire I can't kill
    Take my heart please don't break it
    I will crawl to your foothill

    I'm frightened but I'm coming
    Please baby please lay still
    Oh no
    Oh no
    I'm not coming for the kill

    Oh no
    I'm not coming for the kill

    Oh no
    I'm not coming for the kill
    sedated_emotionson August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI simply adore this song...
    UrSoFnSpecialon January 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a cover of the original version by Daniel Lanois from his album "For the Beauty of Wynona".
    They're paced quite differently, and both versions are excellent. If you like some of the softer stuff The Tea Party does, Daniel Lanois is worth checking out, specifically the aforementioned album.

    I don't really know what this song means, though I've thought it over for some time. If anyone could enlighten me, I'd be grateful, it's a long time favourite of mine.
    Taffinon May 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe something to do with a girl being mistreated and suffering badly from her former lover, hurt so bad she's on the edge of comitting suicide and she sent a "messenger" to gather some help from someone who cares.
    sedated_emotionson June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I'm back again. Every time I listen to this song I fall deep into thought. It just does something for me, it makes me feel strange, almost like the twilight after reading an excellent book that has you trapped in it still. My mind creates images with this song every time I hear it, and I think it's because it's so...heartfelt and classic and true, and almost a a feel of romantiscism. Yeah...
    UrSoFnSpecialon February 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is absolutely beautiful! i could listen to it forever. jeff martin's voice is spectacular!
    Jenlieon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one that touched me and never stopped. It seems to be the story of my wife.

    Hurt, betrayed, out of hope almost. defensive and hidden away. Then, she met me. And opened her heart and we embraced.

    To put it one way also...she said 'please be real. if you're not real, then please kill me painlessly.'

    But, that one more chance, that hope that maybe this time, the person they found just might be as they showed themselves to be.

    it is...haunting.
    eishethon June 16, 2013   Link

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