"Falling Slowly" as written by Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Colm Macconiomaire, Joseph Doyle, and Robert Bochnik....
I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react
And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You'll make it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You'll make it now

Falling slowly sing your melody
I'll sing along


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"Falling Slowly" as written by Marketa Irglova Glen Hansard

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  • +6
    My InterpretationMy interepretation line by line (some of them):


    I don't know you ~ I just met you.
    But I want you ~ but I like you a lot
    All the more for that ~ because for some reason I want to know all about you.
    Words fall through me ~ I'm saying things I usually don't say to other people
    And always fool me
    And I can't react ~ I'm not sure what to do
    And games that never amount ~ I'm starting to play games to make you like me more
    To more than they're meant
    Will play themselves out ~ eventually I'll stop playing games when I know you want me.

    Take this sinking boat and point it home ~ say you like me too and want to take me home with you
    We've still got time ~ it's early!
    Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice ~ Say yes, but it's ok if you say no.
    You've made it now ~ You agreed!

    Falling slowly, eyes that know me ~ falling in love with the person, feeling that they know you the way no one else does.
    And I can't go back ~ life before was ok, now with love it is wonderful, if he/she were to lose that love, it would be really tough going back to being alone.
    Moods that take me and erase me ~ I forget how I usually act and I'm feeling like a new person.
    And I'm painted black - blank
    You have suffered enough - You've been through some tough relationships (talking to the person he/she loves)
    And warred with yourself ~ You've battled with letting yourself Love me.
    It's time that you won ~ You love me now and you have one because it is for real this time.

    Take this sinking boat and point it home ~ Let's make a home together.
    We've still got time ~ We have time to do all the things we want to do together.
    Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice - Say yes, but it is ok if you say no.
    You've made it now ~ You've made the decision to love me.
    Falling slowly sing your melody ~ You lead the way
    I'll sing along ~ I'll follow


    Source(s):
    My own interpretation line by line.
    musicnesson December 12, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think the beginning of the song reflects a period in the relationship when things are falling apart. The pair are going through the motions of being together but they are quite far from each other and are slowly falling apart. The vessel that is their love is now a sinking boat. The love is still afloat...but just bairly. Soon the inevitable will happen and the boat will sink unless a change is made and both parts work to repair that sinking vessel. By the time that person realizes they need to change it is too late. He's singing that hopeful song that could have repaired things
    norcalnineron February 26, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI don't think I know a more beautiful song.
    JoannaWynanton June 30, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just read the plot summary for the movie and that the song was written for the movie (?).

    If so....

    This is about a relationship that is not going anywhere, despite the feelings. They were both sinking (having a hard time in life), and will come together for a brief time to point each other back home. They enrich each other's lives but ultimately go separate ways. As he says, "You've made your choice."

    The part about the "games" possibly refers to something like flirting. They know it will never go beyond that. It will never amount to anything more.

    Falling slowly refers to just letting go and letting life take you where it may. They trust that this will end well and are letting it just happen. But they know they won't end up together.
    missjen5on March 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit sounds like, in the last 10 seconds or so of the song Glen sings, "I played my cards too late."

    That makes this song even more powerful for me.
    SageSoulon June 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me this song is like a sequence of events in a relationship that almost happened

    "I don't know you
    but I want you
    all the more for that"

    the beginning - he sees her and wants her, the mystery of not really knowing her adds to the desire

    "words fall through me
    and always fool me
    and I can't react"

    they don't speak. he can't talk to her because he's nervous and love-struck/lust-struck.

    "games that never amount
    to more than they're meant
    will play themselves out"

    this is where they start to communicate... they make eye contact and send each other signals that they might like each other, all without speaking. however, the games end and it's too late ("played themselves out") for whatever reason. maybe she got a boyfriend or she couldn't see him anymore.

    "take this sinking boat
    and point it home
    we've still got time"

    so their chance seems to be slipping away ("sinking boat") due to whatever happened. but he knows that life goes on and it might work out eventually ("we've still got time").

    "raise your hopeful voice
    you had the choice
    you've made it now"

    she had a choice to raise her voice and talk to him, but she didn't. she made the choice not to, so the chance slipped away. the boat is sinking if you will.

    passed that point is kind of going into more detail/summarizing what has happened:

    "falling slowly
    eyes that know me
    and I can't go back"

    the eye contact and games they played got him hooked.

    "wounds that take me
    and erase me
    and I'm painted black"

    once she was gone he got depressed.

    "well you have suffered enough
    and warred with yourself
    it's time that you've won"

    you have to understand that the games are kind of painful because your emotions go so high and so low depending on how the other reacts to what you do. it's really stressful.. "warred with yourself" represents it. "it's time that you won" is him saying that he's accepting her departure.
    mj93on May 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStunning song. It leaves me speechless and utterly heartbroken. It's beautiful just the way it is.
    ***
    BellaVidaMiaon October 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful
    i feel in love with it the first time i heard it
    alphabet123on March 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about love at first sight between two middle aged people. two people have had failing relationships or liked other people before, and it just never turned into anything. then they see each other for the first time, they're both an emotional mess, but they know that they're meant to be and that they can help each other overcome what the other has been through. that's how i translate the song anyway...
    jesstotallyrockson January 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpret this song as a kind of nonexistent relationship. Perhaps I am biased by personal experience, but I believe this song is about someone who is falling in love with someone they barely know, and at first, doing little to nothing about it. But when the other person starts possessing interest in another, in fear of loss, they do try, finally, to express their feelings, but it's too late.

    "Well you have suffered enough
    And warred with yourself
    It's time that you've won."

    To me, these lyrics are the "someone" admitting that perhaps they should give up all on the other "someone", for they seem pretty happy and it's time that "they've won".
    Ahnjion April 10, 2010   Link

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