"Sao Paulo" as written by Aristazabal Emi Chen Hawkes, Fyfe Dangerfield Hutchins, Ricardo Bombine Pimentel and Greg Stewart....
Sit down, my love of open spaces
And breathe, my love, it's all been spent
I'm going to tell you both a story
About some memories that I dreamt

See, I've lost love in many places
Not least the streets of Sao Paulo
And friends especially, I didn't make them
A ten floor window to her home

Sometimes I could cry for miles
Sometimes I could cry for miles
Sometimes I could cry for miles
But I don't

So hush the shadows in the oak tree
Be still, curl you on the moor
My heart has fallen by the wayside
I cannot claim her anymore

So don your duffel coats quite slowly
And this start to reset, adjourn
While on the streets of old Sao Paulo
I watch my baby being burned

Sometimes I could cry for miles
Sometimes I could cry for miles
Sometimes I could cry for miles
But I don't

Sometimes I could cry, die inside
Drop my bags and run for miles
And sometimes I could live my life
But I wont, but I won't

Have you ever been thrown across the water?
Have you ever been thrown across the water?
Have you ever been thrown across the water
Till there's no skin left on your bones?

Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone
Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone

Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone
Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone

Get me a doctor, get me a doctor
Who will get rid of my bones
Or get me a lover, get me a lover
Who will leave my head alone

Get me a soldier, get me a soldier
Who will fight me pointless war
Get me an exit, I need an exit
I need a window or a door

Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone

Ay, get me a lawyer, get me a lawyer
Who will sue the world for me
Get me a person, get me a person
Get me a person who isn't me

'Cause I'm getting tired, I'm getting tired
Of my stupid little face
I don't belong here, don't belong here
Don't belong in this horse race

Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone
Thrown across water, thrown across water
Thrown across water like a stone




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"Sao Paulo" as written by Fyfe Dangerfield Hutchins Aristazabal Emi Chen Hawkes

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    General CommentI don't know what it means, but it's still absolute genious.
    Girdagon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, filled with such emotion.

    A couple of corrections, the song is called 'Sao Paolo' after the city in Brazil, not 'San Paolo', which I'm not sure exists.

    And part 2 of the second chorus is:

    Sometimes I could cry nine times
    Drop my bags and run for miles
    Sometimes I could live nine lives
    But I won't, but I won't
    Donkey81on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first part has beautiful imagery of loves lost and burnt in Brazilian city streets, whereas the second half is fraught with emotion, kind of a plea. I don't know what the song is about as a whole, but it's genius none the less!
    donnarellaon October 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song!!! when i went to see them at the carling in glasgow i got to go on stage and hit this metal pot thing at the end of this song!!! i also met fyfe that day, so this song reminds me of tht day, which was an amazing day:D:D:D!!!
    w.a.s_rockon February 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThey have this brazilian touch because of the guitar MC Lord Magrao who is from Sao Paulo..cool samba in the end of the song.
    annazoffon September 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's Sao Paolo not San Paolo. São Paolo if you're being picky.
    deltasunlighton November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentactually it's são paulo. not são paolo.
    sinkstoneon December 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYayayayayayayayaya yaaaaa
    yayayayayayayaya ya yaaaaa
    yayayayayayaya ya yaaaaa
    yayayayayaya a aaaaaaa
    I think I counted right :)
    I adore this song.. it has so much longing in it.. like an appeal,.. though it can be interpreted lots of ways.. genius.
    Likediamondson December 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard some bits completely differently:

    Sit down my love of open spaces
    In grief my love has all been spent...

    ...And friends especially I did make there
    A tenth floor window took her home.

    These lyrics, right or wrong, sound like he has lost someone he really loved in some kind of tragedy, possibly even through suicide; home being heaven, or hell.

    I also agree with Donkey81 on the 2nd chorus lyrics, defintely 'nine'.

    And, the geek I am, it's sao paolo on itunes/Gracenote listings and são paulo on the album cover.

    Can't wait for album 2. And 'From the Cliffs' is also well worth the buy, another smidge of genius from the jaws of perfection

    xxx
    iloveyouyesyouon January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOk, I'm taking a big shot at the dark so don't jump on me if I'm wrong.

    The Narrator is telling someone a story about a sad memory.

    Sit down my love of all good spaces
    and breathe my love let's all be spent
    i'm going to tell you both a story
    about some memories that i dreamt


    He starts to tell the story about how he's lost the person he loved most, he doesn't quite tell the listener how he's lost her but he expresses how devastating it was and still is to him.

    see i've lost love in many places
    not least the streets of sao paolo
    and friends especially, i didn't make them
    a ten floor window to her home
    sometimes i could cry for miles
    sometimes i could cry for miles
    sometimes i could cry for miles
    but i don't


    I'm assuming this is the woman he loved, and he tells the listener how she is being burned in front of a large crowd in the streets of Sao Paolo, and he has no choice but to watch.

    so hush the shadows in the oak tree
    be still you curl upon the moor
    my heart has fallen upon the wayside
    i cannot claim her anymore
    so don your duffel coats quite slowly
    and this sad jury has ajurned
    while on the streets of old sao paolo
    i watch my baby being burned

    sometimes i could cry for miles
    sometimes i could cry for miles
    sometimes i could cry for miles
    but i don't

    Still he expresses tragic this loss is to him. He wants to cry and leave the town but he just can't. He could go on with his life if he wanted to but he doesn't want too.

    sometimes i could cry nine times
    drop my bags and run for miles
    and sometimes i could live my life
    but i wont, but i won't

    I'm not quite sure what being thrown across water means but I believe it's his way of saying this painful memory is like going through constant pain that bounces over in his mind every second of the day like a stone bounces off the layer of water when you throw it. I think for him, the stone keeps going for eternity instead of just stopping and sinking into the water.

    have you ever been thrown across the water
    have you ever been thrown across the water
    have you ever been thrown across the water
    till there's no skin left on your bones

    thrown across water
    thrown across water
    thrown across water
    like a stone

    And here, apparantly he blames himself and wishes trade this pain of losing the one he loves for any amount of physical pain. he's really gotten into telling the story.

    get me a doctor
    get me a doctor
    who will get rid of my bones

    get me a lover
    get me a lover
    who will leave my head alone

    get me a soldier
    get me a soldier
    who will fight me in this war

    get me an exit
    i need an exit
    i need a window or door

    thrown across water
    thrown across water
    thrown across water
    like a stone

    get me a lawyer
    get me a lawyer
    who will sue the world for me

    get me a person
    get me a person
    get me a person
    who isn't me

    cuz i'm getting tired
    i'm getting tired
    of my stupid little face

    cuz i don't belong here
    i don't belong here
    don't belong in this horse race

    thrown across water
    thrown across water
    thrown across water
    like a stone

    That's just what I think. This song is so sad but beautiful at the same time.

    maddywooon December 16, 2008   Link

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