"I Believe In You" as written by and Daniel Roland Lanois....
Now that you found yourself losing your mind
Are you here again?
Finding that what you once thought was real
Is gone, and changing?

Now that you made yourself love me
Do you think I can change it in a day?
How can I place you above me?
Am I lying to you when I say
That I believe in you
I believe in you.

Coming to you at night I see my questions
I feel my doubts
Wishing that maybe in a year or two
We could laugh and let it all out

Now that you made yourself love me
Do you think I can change it in a day?
How can I place you above me?
Am I lying to you when I say
That I believe in you
I believe in you.


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"I Believe in You" as written by Gary William / O'connor

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentIt's a love song, naturally. They're both very uncertain about it--he has doubts, and she had to "make" herself love him.

    The main question is, is their love real?
    AlphabetFishon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA lot of Neil's lyrics are vague! I like that. This one I read differently. I see it as Neil's response to someone who is idolising him when he feels he doesn't deserve it.

    Now that you found yourself losing your mind
    Are you here again?
    Finding that what you once thought was real
    Is gone, and changing?

    This suggests that she is the one with feelings rather than Neil. Gone and changing meaning that her view is not entirely accurate.

    Now that you made yourself love me
    Do you think I can change it in a day?
    How can I place you above me?
    Am I lying to you when I say
    That I believe in you
    I believe in you.

    She has made herself love him - not the otherway round.
    Neil can't change that quickly...
    and he can't put her on a pedestal either
    All he is able to do is believe in her - not love her.

    Coming to you at night I see my questions
    I feel my doubts
    Wishing that maybe in a year or two
    We could laugh and let it all out

    I'm not going to speculate on why he would go to her at night. Note though that Birds, also on ATGR is about the end of a relationship.. the last two lines mean, to me, that he hopes that with time, her feelings will fade and they can remain friends.

    I'm not sure if my take on this works for anyone else but I think it is at least credible!
    PBAon July 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOne night I was feeling really depressed. I had so many hopes and dreams growing up but I felt sad and lost. I looked at the cross on my wall, and I prayed to God to clear the way for me and give me strength.

    "Now that you found yourself losing your mind
    Are you here again?"
    "Coming to you at night I see my questions
    I feel my doubts"
    "I believe in You."
    gabe105564on May 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwatch out Neil, the love's not real.
    sofreshon September 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you above me are wrong. This song is for my old friend... I promised 54 songs.

    Hi to you, my ex. I will ALWAYS believe in you. Whether you are mean, whether you are a jackass, whether you need to feel in power, whether you feel hatred for me, whether you throw me to the dogs, whether you are insane, whether you are gay, whether you confuse me, etc. No matter f-ing what, I believe in you. I will always forgive you for anything you had to put me through. Are you happy? I hope so because that's all I want for you.

    Grab life by the balls! Find peace and happiness - or at least as much as you can of both. That's what I want for you.

    You are never far from my thoughts. I believe in you, old pal. And I love this sad song.
    CatHadMyTongueon April 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that if he doubts her in the first place, than the chances are that he doesn't believe in her, & more so that he wants to. Perhaps maybe even in denile about it.

    To me, it may possibly mean that although he doesn't have alot of confidence in her, he may still love & that she may wat more than that.

    The fact that he says "Do you think I can change it in a day?" may mean he is hiding something and that if he revealed all about his true self, she may not love him.

    This is somewhat similar to "The Final Cut" by Waters from Pink Floyd.
    Floyddeadon September 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNow that you've found yourself losing your mind
    Are you here again?
    Findin' that what you once thought was real
    is gone and changin'

    Perhaps he and the woman have reconciled after she left him for someone else (or just plain cheated on him) and that relationship went awry. They still love each other enough to forgive one another but their love just not the same the second time around.

    Now that you've made yourself love me
    Do you think I can change it in a day?
    How can I place you above me?
    Am I lying to you when I say
    That I believe in you
    I believe in you

    Perhaps she has come back to him suddenly and he can't resist because he hasn't found another woman and he really loves her regardless. Despite the newly repaired relationship, the sting from their breakup still lingers and he is unable to trust her completely after what she did to him.

    Coming to you at night I see my questions
    I feel my doubts
    Wishing that maybe in a year or two
    we could laugh and let it all out

    This is him basically repeating what he expressed in the last three lines of the chorus: can I really trust you? He is cautiously optimistic, however, and hopes that time will heal their wounds and make them forget about this dark patch.

    This is one of Neil's best gentle songs. Beautiful, heartfelt, and simple lyrically but the words say more than their volume. An underrated masterpiece, perhaps overshadowed only because it sits next to nine other masterpieces on ATGR.
    willsall88on February 22, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song always reopens my wounds from this past year. I was in a really rocky relationship and I'm not sure who is more to blame because we both had the worst flaws. One morning I played this song as I was getting ready and my partner, who was in the bathroom, came out and asked who played this. I told him who it was and the name of the song, not really thinking much about it. I want to say that a week or so later he then abandoned me... he didn't leave me, he literally abandoned me. He left a letter... few pages long... explaining he had to leave.... not sure if meant anything he had written in his letter to this day but I finally just ripped it up in little pieces this summer so that I could finalize moving on. I don't think he realizes how much grief his absence caused me but... it almost shames me to think he does but that it doesn't affect him.

    I really feel that he asked me who played this song because he knew what he was about to do and this song speaks about having that doubt. Whether or not he wants to be with that person....

    It still breaks my heart.. It'd be foolish and cowardly to say that it didn't still... I still cry about it...
    blueberryhearton September 16, 2012   Link

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