Coming home again
to see a girl that's prettier than a diamond in the sun
oh what fun!
I wonder if she's been naked in her room since I've been gone
I wonder if she said to them as she said to me before

However much you use me baby, come on use me more
However much you use me baby, come on use me more

Getting off the train
to see a girl that's sweeter than an apple picked from Adam's tree
oh glory be!
and I wonder if she's been pressed against an unfamiliar wall
and said to all those men as she has said to me before

However much you want me, I swear I'll make you want me more
However much you want me, I swear I'll make you want me more
and more and more and more

la-la-la, la la la la

Arriving at the door
just to be told that the girl I'm missing has been in London for a while
no more northern skies for her
they say she's left a letter up the stairs for everyone
it's pinned against her bedroom door for all the world to see and she says

However much I love you, you will always love me more
However much I love you, you will always love me more
and i guess i's true
however much she loves me i will always love her more

la-la-la, la la la la

I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
I'll love you more and more, and more and more...

I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
I'll love you more and more, and more and more...

(strange distant music)

I have returned to the northern skies
Where the summer had not touched
The clouds that pass above

Oh and I have returned to the somber gates
Of the days too early to come and too early to stay.

And I have left a million stars
In an ocean so lively, so clearly blue
And i have left the warmth of the sun
And a million adventures not yet begun

The great sense of passing through
The great sense of passing through
The great sense of passing through

Oh for once there was beauty here for me
Under these white northern skies
And I felt the green was blacker and the blue was darker still
My roots are lying deeper then I ever think they will again

Heartache and Poetry...
Under these northern skies

The great sense of passing through
The great sense of passing through
The great sense of passing ....through


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Alloway Grove/Northern Skies song meanings
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    General CommentI hope you don't mind my correcting you, but the name of the song is "Northern Skies".

    Also, "gates" is supposed to be "grace".
    And "poetry" is supposed to be "poverty".
    Mrs. Nutinion November 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, on my c.d. it's called alloway grove too and it's like 15 minutes long. so maybe people got different versions. on my song "alloway grove" there is a great sense of passing through, PLUS an acoustic version of last request.
    idk.
    love THIS so much!
    theethicalkirstenon February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song! He has an unbelivably soulful voice. On my mp3 track the title is "Alloway Grove" but right after ,under the same title, northern skies plays and then last request (acoustic) after about 2 min of silence.
    GrlzNVme05on February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenttheethicalkirsten:
    no, this is the right version. i got it on my cd too.
    the song after alloway grove is called northern skies (i have the playlist from his concert in copenhagen and it says northern skies), and this and the acoustic version of last request are both hidden tracks.
    birganon February 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust curious if any of you know if northern skies, is Paolo's little tribute to Nick Drake. The sense of loss is palpable and just the description of "summer has not touched, and passing through, gives a sense of losing something far to early. In addition the title northern skies, is similar to Drake's northern sky, which is arguably his best song.
    osiruson April 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNick Drake's best song is "Pink Moon" non-arguably
    Fivestarmotelon April 01, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionWhoah, woah a na da da

    Coming home again to see a girl that's prettier than a diamond shining in the sun.
    Oh what fun! I wonder if she's been naked in her room since I've been gone.
    I wonder if she said to them as she said to me before,

    however much you use me baby, come on use me more.
    However much you use me baby, come on use me more.

    Hey, hey, hey, hey

    Oh, getting off the train to see a girl t
    hat's sweeter than an apple picked from Adam's tree,

    oh glory be! And I wonder if she's been pressed against an unfamiliar wall
    And said to all those men as she has said to me before.

    However much you want me, I swear I'll make you want me more,
    however much you want me, I swear I'll make you want me more,
    and more and more and more.

    Whoa, Lord. La-la-la, la la la la...

    Arriving at the door just to be told that the girl I'm missing's been in London for a while, no more northern skies for her.
    they say she's left a letter up the stairs for ev'ry one, it's pinned against her bedroom door for all the world to see and she says, however much I love you, you will always love me more.

    However much I love you, you will always love me more. And i guess i's true.
    However much she loves me i will always love her more

    la-la-la, la la la la...

    And I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more.
    I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more.
    I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more.
    I'll love you more and more and more and more.

    I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
    I'll love you more and more, I'll love you more
    I'll love you more and more, and more and more...

    (strange distant music)

    I have returned to the northern skies.
    where the summer had not touched the clouds that pass above.

    Oh, and I have returned to the songbird graves.
    Of the days too early to come to hurry to stay.

    And I have left a million stars in an ocean so lightly, so clearly blue.
    And i have left the warmth of the sun and a million adventures not yet begun

    The great sense of passing through.
    The great sense of passing through,
    The great sense of passing through.

    Oh for once there was beauty yeah, for me
    under these white northern skies.
    And I felt the green was blacker and the blue was darker still.
    My roots are lying deeper then I ever think they will again.

    Heartache and poetry, under these northern skies.

    The great sense of passing through.
    The great sense of passing through.
    The great sense of passing ....through.
    Oo, oo oo.
    brmoon May 30, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe track Alloway Grove is a brilliant composition on every level I can think of.
    It starts with a novel and exemplary drum sequence which I think would make Cosy Powell envious. This is followed by a fun tune (4:4 timing in major key) invoking and optimism and happy, bouncy return to home after a great adventure. There is then a blatently naive implication that the prodigal return will find a girl waiting expectantly.
    However what is waiting is a note to say something quite different and apparently unexpected. This leads to a realisation that the world is bigger and more complex in a way, perhaps suspected, but not consciously realised.
    The next part, which is sometimes regarded as separate and called "Northern Skies", but to my interpretation is an integral part of this track and is a lament (changes to 6:8 timing and minor key), but a release at the same time. The popular interpretation as: "sombre grace" is actually what I hear as, "songbird graves" - what this really means I think only Paolo will ever know unless he shares or has shared his meaning with someone. Something quite personal I suspect, but may be to do with Nick Drake (who I have not heard of) as some contributors have suggested.
    The reference to green being blacker and blue darker still is clearly (in my opinion) a reference to the sectarian divide in the North. And possibly an allusion to the fact wider opportunities and cultures exist but have previously not been embraced. The line about, "...roots lying deeper..." is a fantastic example of ontological realisation.
    The third part is an uncomfortably long period of silence, which used to irritate me intensely until I realised why is is there. It is an important part of this magnificent and amazing piece of artistry.
    Finally, there is a repeat of another track on the same album, last request. In a musical representation of recursion, it speaks for itself. A work of genius.
    Someone said to me recently, "...he (Paolo) sounds like he should be fifty" - because his music is so fresh, innovative and novel I hadn't considered that before, but it fits the facts. Let's hope his music gives us as much to think about as it has so far and I for one hope I will be privileged to grow up beside him.
    brmoon May 30, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthaha i always though it said "the greatest sin of passing through", really changes my interpreatation now i know the actual words. such an amazing, beautiful song (im suprised most of his work is still pretty much unknown) <3
    lottieroseon May 20, 2011   Link

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