"Ambition" as written by Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, Tyler Williams, Robert Williams, William Roberts and Ernest Price....
So ambition cut you down
Ain't a love as perfect
Everybody knows it
Something drove you down

Something as good
Something new
Somebody good
Our ambition cuts you down

There's not a love that's perfect
But I, I live in hope

Somebody good
Somebody new
Something as good
Something that's mine

Ain't a love that's perfect
Everybody knows it
Ambition cuts us down


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"Ambition" as written by Ernest Price Olubowale Akintimehin

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    General Comment"Somebody new
    Something as good
    Something that's mine
    Ain't a love that's perfect
    Everybody knows it
    Ambition cuts us down"

    anybody else get chills when he sings that?

    i agree with InHerHand. everyone wants that perfect "someone", but everyone knows that there's never going to be a perfect someone.

    i love it.
    youcanbreathe_nowon December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNO COMMENTS?! What's up with that?!

    This song is so beyond good. Its amazing. Its sweeping ambiance, and the distorted vocals are great.
    xdarkentrieson September 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentxdarkentries is dead on. this song is brilliant
    strokesmanon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song, it makes me cry like a baby.

    I think this song is simply about compromise, how you can't have everything you want and must sacrifice certain things to obtain them. If you want 'Somebody Good', you have to settle for 'Something as good', and not what you initially strived to obtain, and vice versa.
    InHerHandon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentchilled as they come, can be put on repeat and will send you into a harmonious semi-concious sleep
    lloydy007on March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI get the chilled fuzzies whenever I hear it.

    Belongs in the top five greatest Dove offerings.
    BollyKnickerson October 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's stunning. It really is. It's the standout from Some Cities and for some bizarre reason it always has me thinking of Sam Tyler from Life on Mars :/
    BollyKnickerson December 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe this song is about trying to find somebody good to be in your life but then when you do ... your ambition just cuts you down and you can't help but let them go. i really i love this song it's beautiful and sad all at once.
    AcrossTheDarkenSkyon June 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe sound of this song is so interesting in comparison to the title. You'd expect a song called 'Ambition' to sound a bit more...ambitious! But what we hear is regret, melancholy, and defeat. This song is not about the 'thrill of the chase', so to speak, but the consequences of getting exactly what it is that we want.

    The 'you' in this song has discovered the down side to chasing after his or her worldly goals. While striving for the fleeting contentments that our societies provide us, we easily forget about the things that truly matter in this life.

    To the narrator of this song, what matters most is love. Due to his ambitions he has lost touch with the love in his own heart. He fears that he may never find it again, though he still searches and remains hopeful that he will find it again.

    This song is a beautiful, (but achingly sad,) warning to the listener to hold firmly to the meaningful things we always had, and not pursue the things that are easily lost.

    Ambition cuts you down.
    KeepOnLivingon May 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm thinking this song is about someone who is ambitious but in love, and has a difficult time choosing between the two, and what is more important to that someone.
    MarvanoFrancoon July 01, 2011   Link

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