"Crumb by Crumb" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
Maybe in you I'll believe
Maybe I'll believe in you
The future of my understanding of love
Many a time I've before
Before I've many a time
Knocked a stranger's door
Discretion hardly I'm known for
Probably has nothing to, nothing at all in the world to do with you
Just your lower lip on the floor

But baby I gotta get through
Crumb by crumb in this big black forest
Maybe in you I'll believe
Maybe I'll believe in you

Suddenly I'm not myself
Behind the facade is a lonely fountain, here
Suddenly you are the one
Who opens the gates to this unruly garden
Come and let this man go, you

'Cause baby I got to get through
Crumb by crumb in this big black forest
Maybe in you I'll believe
Maybe I'll believe in you

Suddenly you're not yourself
Behind the facade is a lonely angel, still
Suddenly I am the one who opens the gates to this now gloomy garden
Come and let this man go crumb by crumb in this big black forest
You I'll believe, crumb by crumb in this big black forest
You I'll believe, crumb by crumb in this big black forest


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"Crumb by Crumb" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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    General CommentOne of the greatest things about the song is the obvious allusion to the tale of Hansel and Gretel. The speaker's love is the person he will follow through life perhaps. The lyrics are absolutely amazing, but it's Rufus, so that goes without saying.
    wingofasongbirdon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the female backing part in the chorus, it's so lovely and smokey.
    YourPerfectVerseon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what this song means aside from the Hansel and Gretel reference?
    (I love this song's lyrics,well thought out and clever)
    octogirlprettyon September 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOha and I think the lyric is "Come and let this man adore you".
    octogirlprettyon September 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I think the lyric is "Come let this man adore you." Anywho, I really like the reference to Hansel and Gretel and the overall feel of the song. I think he's saying, maybe I'll learn to believe in you and trust you, but I have to do it crumb by crumb, or bit by bit, little by little. And suddenly, they are the keys to each others' gardens, but both are gloomy and unruly. So maybe he realizes that even though he is the key to a happiness of some sort, unless he can learn to love and trust that person, his "garden" so to speak will remain unruly until that person can come and spruce it up a bit. :] I don't know, just my thought.
    StarkRavenMadon September 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful...as with everything it's what the song says to you that makes it poignant...I think Rufus is saying that he has loved many times, too freely his heart on his sleeve, but now I have met you I realise I haven't loved at all. But I'm scared to open up and show you the sadness inside myself which I can see you are taking as rejection...but I've got to protect myself. But you have me, I am compelled to open up to you and, with you opening up in return I find that you are just as dark and sad as myself....maybe we can make this work...I believe I have something real.
    tiamariaon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti believe the lyric is "Suddenly I am the one who opens the gates to this now blooming garden"
    invaderDeviLinon May 15, 2014   Link

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