Trouble is her only friend and he's back again
Makes her body older than it really is
And she says it's high time she went away
No ones got much to say in this time
Trouble is the only way is down, down, down

As strong as you were
Tender you got
I'm watching you breathing
For the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
And I'll carry you home
I'll carry you home

If she had wings she would fly away
And another day god will give her some
Trouble is the only way is down,down,down

As strong as you were
Tender you got
I'm watching you breathing for the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means

I'll carry you home
I'll carry you home

And they all want pretty
New York City lights
And summers little girl has been taken from the world tonight
But the stars and stripes

As strong as you were
Tender you got
I'm watching you breathing for the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
And i'll carry you home

As strong as you were
Tender you got
I'm watching you breathing for the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
And I'll carry you home

I'll carry you home



Lyrics submitted by gporter419, edited by arol64

"Carry You Home" as written by James Hillier Blount, Max Martin

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  • +3
    My Interpretation:At first I was definitely leaning towards the death of someones wife/mother/girlfriend, but the music video paints a clearer picture of the interpretation.

    Firstly, it's useful to know that James Blunt served with the British Army in Kosovo, he was an officer in a light armoured unit used for Reconnaissance and his unit was the tip of the spear during the UN advance. His was the first unit into Pristina - it's certain that he personally experienced many of the emotions his music evokes.

    When one watches the video, it is underlaid with a short sequence showing some sort of nighttime operation. The uniforms and weapons, and the dogtags around the casualties neck mark the soldiers as British Infantry. In the video a Sergeant leads his unit into some sort of structure and triggers what we now call an IED or Improvised Explosive Device. The character that James is singing from the perspective of is the first responder and he reaches the casualty quickly enough to witness his death. This is the origin of the chorus. Breaking the song down into each verse and the chorus, I'll give you my interpretation:

    "Trouble is her only friend and he's back again
    Makes her body older than it really is
    And she says it's high time she went away
    No one's got much to say in this town
    Trouble is the only way is down.
    Down, down"

    Being from a family with a long history in the armed forces the meaning of this section is all to clear to me. British Army soldiers are often deployed away from their families for long stretches of time - and there is never enough support for the wives that try and keep their families running smoothly. The accumulation of this stress can, indeed, makes someone feel older than they really are. Many service wives dream of a time they can leave the garrison towns and settle down away from Army life.

    When a soldier dies, the rest of the community can often avoid the surviving family, as being part of the process of grieving underlines their own loved ones vulnerability. The Army usually pressures the wife to remove herself and any children from the community as quickly as possible for this reason.

    Unfortunately for surviving family, once they are away from the military community it removes much of the pressure on the Army to help provide support to them. Coping under these circumstances is incredibly difficult, and so any change in circumstances is usually down, down, down.


    "If she had wings she would fly away
    And another day God will give her some
    Trouble is the only way is down.
    Down, down."

    Here the writers are communicating the woman's desire to be out of the situation she is in - to fly away on wings. The suffering she endures arouses the sympathy of a compassionate deity. The writers liken her to an angel, but remind us that her life and her suffering are far from over.


    "And they were all born pretty in New York City tonight
    And someone's little girl was taken from the world tonight.
    Under the Stars and Stripes"

    This section is less clear to me - given the rooting of the song firmly in James Blunt's own career in the British military. Perhaps he refers here to the glamorous celebration of war in places far removed from the actual fighting - New York. The second line is more easy to interpret - the experience of losing a loved one has suppressed the little girl within the woman - in other words her joy at life and her innocence as to the evils of the world are removed. Again, the American reference may refer to the flag folding ceremony at an American military funeral - which doesn't have an analog within the British community, and ties to the New York line. Perhaps the essence of this section is to divorce the real emotional feelings and experiences of survivors from the Hollywood depictions of it.

    Finally the chorus, which ought to be the emotional centerpiece of any song and certainly is in this case.

    "As strong as you were, tender you go
    I'm watching you breathing, for the last time
    A song for your heart, but when it is quiet.
    I know what it means and I'll carry you home.
    I'll carry you home."

    This is quite clearly the emotional reaction of a soldier to the death of a close comrade, a death that he's personally witnessed. The casualty, a strong man and a warrior - perhaps even a leader, is dying and the emotions evoked by this are the softer emotions of sadness, regret and compassion. In the video, the singer is the first responder to the casualty after the incident and he has time to see the life literally leave the casualty. 'A song for your heart' could simply mean the casualties heartbeat, but to me it refers to the singer's own immediate grieving and emotions - these fade after the death leaving the singer with a full appreciation of the context of the casualties death and, therefore, his life. This places the obligation upon the singer to carry his memory home with him - not to leave it there in that far away corner of a foreign battlefield.

    He fulfills his commitment to his comrade by retrieving his personal effects and personally bringing them to the grieving woman.

    Interestingly, in the video, once the singer has done so he moves away from the grieving woman himself - leaving her there on the cliff path with all the emotions these items bring to the surface again. It is clear that he has not been motivated by compassion for the survivor either - once he has fulfilled his commitment to the memory of the casualty and their shared experience he moves on with his own life, leaving her to process her grief alone.

    This, again, is quite realistic.
    Apolloinon January 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:It's about a girl who has been battling with depression, loneliness and sorrow for many years and has decided that now, it's finally time to go. She would fly away if she could, but she can't so the only option is down--down in the ground.The chorus is basically saying that she was strong in life for holding on so long, but tonight she's going to slip away in to a place where she can find peace.
    "They're all born pretty in New York City tonight
    And someone's little girl was taken from the world tonight
    Under the stars and stripes" is the most powerful passage in these lyrics to me and they mean that while all those cold beautiful people who never cared about her are going on with their fabulous lives, someone's daughter lost her own.

    This song is extremely powerful to me. I used to dream of flying away and being free of this life so I can easily relate to this song. Fortunately, I found a way that didn't lead all the way down and was able to get up and walk among the pretty people.
    devilslittlesisteron October 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think he is talking about a girl who went to war and was killed. She was very strong to fight for her country but now as she dies she goes tenderly and James is going to carry her home. She dies "Under the Stars and Stripes" in other words she was an american. THe song is also saying that she is going to heaven and she will be an angel.
    donm2303on November 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion:this song is so beautiful, but sad. my grandma said it makes her think of when her mom died, and that makes a lot of sense when you look at the lyrics.
    ocie14on July 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is becoming my fav song on All The Lost Souls. Another song about a girl and her troubles but thankfully I don't think it's too similar to his other tracks. I think the best written part is the bit about New York.

    I think some of the lyrics are a little off, but I'm not sure. i.e. I think it's "And they're all so pretty in NYC tonight...taken from the world tonight"...although actually I like "to light" better.
    napasahon September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:napasah is correct - lyrics have been corrected
    gporter419on September 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Absolutely brilliant track, definitely one of the best. Slight error in the lyrics, to me it sounds like..."Trouble is the only way, it's down, down, down". Also, "And they're all those pretty New York City lights.
    khabraon September 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:nevermind
    khabraon September 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think its about a girl whos in an abusive relationship and whenever she tries to get out he comes back and she would rather die than be with this man so she flies away and her riend carries hr home or she was beaten to death ...
    white_stone_3on October 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:simply beautiful...
    andleiaon October 06, 2007   Link

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