All those places
Where I recall
The memories that grip me
And pin me down

I go to these places
Intending to think
And think of nothing
But anticipate

Somehow expect you'll
Find me there
That by some miracle
You'd be aware

I'd risen this morning
Intending to break
The spell, my longing
Not to think

I freed myself from my family
I freed myself from work
I freed myself, I freed myself
And remained alone

And in my thinking
Steal you away
Though you never wanted me
Anyway

Silence, silence
Silence, silence
Silence, silence
Silence, silence


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"Silence" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentOMG!!!
    It's perfect!
    Such a wonderfull picture of loneliness and unmutual love.
    aleksey2001on September 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about someone who is trying to deal with the death of a close friend or loved one. I get the picture the speaker is seeking out old places, old haunts, maybe even the graveside, trying to accept the fact of death. But secretly they expect the dead person to come back or still be there somehow. However, the speaker is only greeted with silence and the finality of the person's absence.
    Mendalusa77on June 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on white chalk
    JasonBourneon September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgosh sounds like me hahaha
    adeleineeon February 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgosh sounds like me hahaha
    adeleineeon February 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song ..............................................
    And somehow,
    expect you’ll find me there,
    That, by some miracle,
    You’d be aware.
    adeleineeon March 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIntending to break the spell

    should be

    determined to break the spell

    I think
    jojoramonaon March 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the pause before the last part, namely when she starts singing "Silence..." is pure perfection. This is without any doubt my fav on this album. The way she sings it makes the pain of her words almost tangible... Heard this one live 3 years ago and it remains still one of the most emotional experiences of my life...
    thirdeye87on September 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really special song to me.

    I remember becoming almost competely obsessed with White Chalk when it came out (ten year ago, Gosh!) as I had never heard anything like it before. It was very dark, very minimalistic but also very sensual and seductive in a morbid way. And of course hauntingly beautiful and personal. 'Silence' has always been my favorite as I was (and to a certain extent I still am) a person who often thinks like the narrator of the song. I like visiting places where something amazing (or terrible) had happened to me - and be sad about it. I also miss people with the paralyzing fear that they don't miss me back and left my life for good. My head is also very often buzzing with a myriad of doubts, fears, ambitions, thoughts and memories... At a certain point I can only do what PJ does in this song: shout 'SILENCE' at the top of my lungs (inside my head or otherwise) to finally find some rest. From myself.

    A brilliant record and a deeply beautiful song.
    HintaloHaduron July 17, 2017   Link

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