"Troy" as written by and Sinead O'connor....
I'll remember it
And Dublin in a rainstorm
And sitting in the long grass in summer
Keeping warm
I'll remember it
Every restless night
We were so young then
We thought that everything
We could possibly do were the right
Then we moved
Stolen from our very eyes
And I wondered where you went to
Tell me when did the light die
You will rise
You'll return
The phoenix from the flame
You will learn
You will rise
You'll return
Being what you are
There is no other Troy
For you to burn

And I never meant to hurt you
I swear I didn't mean
Those things I said
I never meant to do that to you
Next time I'll keep my hands to myself instead
Oh, does she love you
What do you want to do?
Does she need you like I do?
Do you love her?
Is she good for you?
Does she hold you like I do?

Do you want me?
Should I leave?
I know you're always telling me
That you love me
Just sometimes I wonder
If I should believe
Oh, I love you
God, I love you
I'd kill a dragon for you
I'll die
But I will rise
And I will return
The Phoenix from the flame
I have learned
I will rise
And you'll see me return
Being what I am
There is no other Troy
For me to burn

And you should've left the light on
You should've left the light on
Then I wouldn't have tried
And you'd never have known
And I wouldn't have pulled you tighter
No I wouldn't have pulled you close
I wouldn't have screamed
No I can't let you go
And the door wasn't closed
No I wouldn't have pulled you to me
No I wouldn't have kissed your face
You wouldn't have begged me to hold you
If we hadn't been there in the first place
Ah but I know you wanted me to be there oh oh
Every look that you threw told me so
But you should've left the light on
You should've left the light on
And the flames burned away
But you're still spitting fire
Make no difference what you say
You're still a liar
You're still a liar
You're still a lawyer


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"Troy" as written by Sinead O'connor

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  • +3
    General CommentI've always loved this song, but the meaning recently fell into place a little more for me when I read the poem "No Second Troy" by WB Yeats. Here it is:

    Why should I blame her that she filled my days
    With misery, or that she would of late
    Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
    Or hurled the little streets upon the great.
    Had they but courage equal to desire?
    What could have made her peaceful with a mind
    That nobleness made simple as a fire,
    With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
    That is not natural in an age like this,
    Being high and solitary and most stern?
    Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
    Was there another Troy for her to burn?
    mld1989on December 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is and probably will always be Sinead O'Connor's most enduring masterpiece, even if a certain Prince cover gets more attention. It's devastatingly beautiful and beautifully devastating. It's half tragic and half triumphant in a manner that seeks parallels but has a hard time finding them. If you haven't heard it, you haven't lived. Nothing compares to...er, this.
    raffishtenant2on October 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a masterpiece of a song from O’Connor’s first album probably written about a love affair, although I never knew the last line revealed the lover to be a lawyer, until now. O’Connor’s first album—although not a pop blockbuster—was her best. I recall reading she was largely influenced by a mentor who motivated her to wrench these songs from her heart and he was spell-bindingly successful.

    I ran into “Troy” under different circumstances when it was used by a marauding angel who must have shown up in my life because he was bored—I’m laughing—that is so tongue in cheek. The song became part of our performance art chapters—sung by Ariana about and to—her trinity partner, Pete. The phoenix fire is reincarnation. In their current exchange, life was bewildering and Ariana apologizes for stinging words and for even showing up. Pete has a lover already when Ariana shows up. And Ariana is not so much trying to beat the lady’s time as she is curious about the relationship Pete has with this lover. [Does she love you? Does she need you like I do?]

    Ariana asks if she is intruding, reminding Pete that she would kill a dragon for him—such are words of an impassioned love goddess, as Ariana was playing one in the story. She points out to Pete that she showed up to check on him because she was concerned—his light had gone out and his door was closed. Ariana suspects Pete did this on purpose—[ah, but I know you wanted me to be there—oh—oh. Every look that you threw told me so.] I’m laughing—this was enormously serious and heartily comical at the same time—he was shooting “goo-goo” eyed looks in photographs but I have to admit she claimed she wasn’t certain they were aimed at her. Pete, multi-tasking—was also working as a heart throb because the cash was good.

    Depending on how the ongoing story was shaping up, Ariana would shriek “you’re still a liar” to either Pete or her angel—but mostly to her angel—who lied like a rug. They didn’t mess with lawyers—Ariana said they frightened her because she was also playing Love and Love is blind so she couldn’t see herself clearly enough to tell if she was coming off looking like a stalker or not.
    sillybunnyon August 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a phenomenal song from Sinead O'Connor and besides it, on a purely objective level, probably being her greatest track, it's also my favorite.
    mcilrogaon September 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn absolute masterpiece.
    sokrateszon November 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very impassioned song, which elicits some strong emotion. Based on what I've read about Sinead O'Connor, I believe this song is about her father and how her life changed after her parents separated. I interpret the song as trying to convey the emotions she felt as a child when her parents divorced, and how her life was no longer as simple. She starts out by talking about her fond memories as a child when everything was effortless, but then the tone changes and the lyrics talk about how that all disappeared, this is probably referencing the time when her father left and the family probably had to move. The lyrics go on to indicate a child begging for her father to stay, to come back home and make things right again. Her father met another woman and I believe Sinead went to live with them; the later lyrics denote a questioning of her father's new wife and where she as his daughter stands. Some of the meaning behind the lyrics is still unclear, but I think you can get a pretty good idea of what the song is about. The last line "you're still a lawyer" makes it clear this is about her father, who was a barrister in Ireland.
    MichaelDRennieon May 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust to clarify, the song does not refer to a lawyer. At the end of the song, she is saying "you're still a liar", not lawyer. This song is amazing.
    jdmac28on September 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight here:
    No I wouldn't have pulled you to me
    No I wouldn't have kissed your face
    You wouldn't have begged me to hold you
    If we hadn't been there in the first place

    on the second line, her voice is beyond words.

    Throughout the whole song, actually, but especially there.
    iluomoon December 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHer most emotional work. Powerful
    twigletmaniaon October 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last line is not 'lawyer'. In fact there are several errors here, so I wonder where the lyrics come from on this site - presumably not from an official source, so you have to take them with a pinch of salt.

    Nevertheless, a great song, the reference to W.B.Yeats is there for sure (as for many Irish artists; Yeats' works have informed The Pogues, Waterboys, Andy White and others). Personally I think it's just a jilted lover song, albeit more intelligent than most.
    SomeOldGuyon March 22, 2012   Link

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