"The Cost" as written by and Glen James/macconiomaire Hansard....
Love has been the cause
Of all this suffering
And what has been our loss
Has been it's gaining
So lay your burdens down
And stop your crying

We'll let it burn
Burn us down, burn us

And low have been the odds
Of our reuniting
And where now can we turn
When we've got nothing

We'll let it burn
Burn us down, burn us

We'll let it burn
Burn us down, burn us

And maybe it'll turn
Us around




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"The Cost" as written by Glen Hansard Colm Macconiomaire

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    General CommentThe actual lyrics are :

    Love has been the cause
    Of all this suffering
    And what has been our loss
    Has been it's gaining
    So lay your burdens down
    And stop your crying

    Will we let it burn
    Burn us down, burn us

    Low have been the odds
    Of our reuniting
    And where now can we turn
    When we've got nothing

    Will we let it burn
    Burn us down, burn us

    We'll let it burn
    Burn us down, burn us
    And maybe it'll turn
    Us around

    The Cost has been around for an awfully long time as a Glen Hansard song. It was originally called "Let It Burn" and was destined for the Burn The Maps album.

    It's about how everything good in life, and love and even music, has a negative, and a cost.

    It's Glen taking stock and realising that in being such a hardworking artist, and dedicating his whole life to music, he's paid a high cost. A high cost in terms of not having started his own family, not having a regular home, few regular friends - basically having a life that's far from "normal". And how overwhelming the realisation of all of that is when it hits you, late at night, in a hotel room.

    Put in other words, in Glen's words in fact, "it's about meeting the Devil. Don't ever fuck with the devil. If you ever meet him, run". Meaning of course, that that realisation of the cost you've paid for the things you've done in your own life, can be as destructive and "evil" as the romanticised idea of the traditional Devil.
    niteflite01on November 07, 2007   Link

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