"Hunter" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley....
No one said
We'd ever known each other
And new evidence is what we require
In this world

I stand on the edge of a broken sky
And I will come down, don't know why
And if I should fall, would you hold me?
Would you pass me by?
For you know I'd ask you for nothing
Just to wait for a while

So confused
My thoughts are takin' over
Unwanted, arising space me instead
Won't let go

I stand on the edge of a broken sky
And I will come down, don't know why
And if I should fall, would you hold me?
Would you pass me by?
For you know I'd ask you for nothing
Just to wait for a while


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"Hunter" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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    General CommentHunting has always been used as a metaphor for courtship.

    Perhaps there is something fundamentally flawed about the comparison. It assumes everyone is predator and/or prey, and turns love into a cyclical process (i.e. we consume, then move on to fresh meat, over and over again). Not many prospects for comfort and security in a world of one-night stands.

    "I'd ask you for nothing, just to wait for a while."
    Anarchitecton March 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat interpretation Anarchitect
    zitoon August 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn, this song is amazing. Surprised there's only 2 comments so far! I also like Anarchitect interpretation. I'm not so great at interpreting songs, but i guess however someone interprets the song for themselves, then thats good enough. With that said, I'm still unsure of the meaning, but the sound is awesome.

    I stand on the edge of a broken sky,
    And I'm looking down, don't know why.

    And if I should fall, would you hold me?
    Would you pass me by?
    Ooh, you know I'd ask you for nothing,
    Just to wait for a while.

    Love this part. I think its somewhat self explanatory. She wants to be saved by someone (the person shes singing about). Shes unsure if he/she will save her (hold me) or if they just don't five a shit about her
    mymaryjane87on December 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti would say anarchitect and mymaryjane87 have this song figured out...it really hauntingly fantastic. portishead is so amazing.
    lexuron October 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationDeep, beautiful, intimate song, reminding me of Lhasa de Sela and others.

    My interpretation:
    "In this world" where there's not enough love and intimacy, I/we feel the need for signs of love. I don't believe I'd get them by asking for them directly, "I'd ask you for nothing" except for waiting for awhile. So if you would hold me when I fall, wouldn't it be a sign of love? By making myself fall (in what way is not specified) I test you, I am starting to hurt myself so I can get the last possible sign of love.

    Sadly, this is what we do many times in our relationships. We stop being vulnerable and we don't show our emotions. We just go on hurting ourselves in a secluded own world.

    I prefer to listen to the song from a melancholy frame of view and that makes it feel beautiful and deep. It also can be sensed from a despair, abandonment and depression perspective.
    Ronaldvexaon February 19, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationHunter is about unrequited love.
    Beccxon January 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI can not make any conclusions as to the meanings of each of the words in Hunter. Beth's singing and the group's contribution drew me in. Now, after years of enjoying other bands I find myself returning to the works of Portishead and finding so much more each time. The comments I have found here have me considering the lyrics as a whole and a more profound form sets in. What a great combination of talent!
    ranolphon May 14, 2015   Link

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