"Rootless Tree" as written by and Damien George Rice....
What I want from you is empty your head
Well they say be true, don't stain your bed
Well we do what we need to be free
And it leans on me just like a rootless tree

What I want from us is empty our minds
Well we fake a fuss and fracture the times
We go blind when we've needed to see
And this leans on me just like a rootless

So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me, hate me
Then hate me so good that you can let me out, let me out, let me out
Of this hell when you're around

Let me out, let me out, let me out
Hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, let me out

What I want from this is learn to let go
No not of you, of all that's been told
But killers reinvent and believe
And this leans on me just like a rootless

So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me, hate me
Then hate me so good that you can let me out, let me out, let me out
Of this hell when you're around

Let me out, let me out, let me out
Of this hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, let me out
Hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, let me out
Hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, let me out, let me out

And fuck you, fuck you, I love you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me, hate me
Then hate me so good that you can let me out, let me out, let me out
Of this hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, let me out, let me out

Let me out
Hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, let me out
Hell when you're around

Let me out, let me out, let me out
It's hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out, just let me out
Hell when you're around


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"Rootless Tree" as written by Damien George Rice

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  • +2
    General CommentNot sure why you found it necessary to censor his lyrics...
    tjwellson November 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnyone who thinks this song is out of character for Damien (i.e. with the swearing) really needs to check out some of his B-sides. Especially the song Woman Like A Man. He does angsty very well.
    SparksOfGoldon November 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song... it's one of my favorite ones by Damien. The melody just gets stuck in my head. There are some mistakes in these lyrics though... here are the corrected ones, as best to my knowledge.

    What I want from you is empty your head
    But they say be true, don't stay in your bed
    We do what we need to be free
    And it leans on me like a rootless tree

    What I want from us is empty our minds
    But we fade the forests, fracture the times(this is the only line I'm not real sure about)
    We go blind when we needed to see
    And it leans on me, like a rootless...

    So fu*k you, fu*k you, fu*k you
    And all you didn't do
    I said leave it, leave it, leave it
    There's nothing anyway
    And do you hate me, hate me, hate me, hate me so much
    That you can't let me out, let me out, let me out
    it's hell when you're around
    Let me out, let me out, let me out
    Hell when you're around
    Let me out, let me out, let me out
    Hell when you're around

    What I want from this
    Is to learn to let go
    No not of you
    Of all that's been told
    Killers re-invent and believe
    And it leans on me, like a rootless...

    So fu*k you, fu*k you, fu*k you
    And all you didn't do
    I said leave it, leave it, leave it
    It's nothin anyway
    And did you hate me, hate me, hate me, hate me so much
    That you can't let me out, let me out, let me out...
    It's hell when you're around...

    So fu*k you, fu*k you, fu*k you
    And all we've been through
    I said leave it, leave it, leave it
    It's nothing anyway
    And do you hate me, hate me, hate me, hate me so much
    That you can't let me out, let me out, let me out...
    Hell when you're around...
    Let me out, let me out, let me out, let me out...
    seulette suison January 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, completely unexpected from him too... I love the moodiness.
    shrodeson November 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'Rootless tree' could be an image alluding to being 'shallow'.

    I think the song is about a relationship that the protagonist needs to get out of. He needs to let go of this person and the feelings he has for them because they aren't doing him any good. The other person in the relationship is the rootless tree, just using the protagonist.

    "What I want from this
    Is to learn to let go"

    I don't know, the song confuses me a bit. It's just an idea.
    AiR7oNon November 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really love this song. It is my favorite off of 9. I think that his use of "fuck" really expresses his raw anger and emotion. It's a bitter feeling because although he is screaming for the other person to "fuck" off, he really still wants her. And so the the cursing is not only directed at the other person but at himself and his lingering feelings.
    NoCoastSurferon December 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLet me start by saying I think Damien Rice and I must have dated the same girl...on first glance, this song is oviously about the struggle to get over a relationship in which the two people still love/hate each other, and probably always will.

    After reading through the lyrics a couple of times, though, it seems there could be some struggle to escape the religious dogma embedded as a child.

    "They say be true, don't stain your bed/We go blind when we needed to see"

    Think about all that can mean...and it's not limited to sexuality. Follow that up with "And it leans on me like a rootless tree," which can be interpreted as something powerful with no foundation. I don't think these quotes are taken out of context, either.

    Just food for thought.
    drewphoriaon January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis sounds beautiful. where can you find it?
    voddoon March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song's gonna be on the new album out in november. lookin forward to it. oh and those lyrics don't look 100% accurate but whatever.
    icebox712on September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's "fuck you / fuck you / fuck you / and all you've been through".

    can't be sure, though.
    sebharperon October 25, 2006   Link

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