"Threads" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley....
Better if I could find the words to say
Whenever I take a choice it turns away

I'm worn, tired of my mind
I'm worn out, thinking of why
I'm always so unsure

I battle my thoughts I find I can't explain
I've traveled so far but somehow feel the same

I'm worn, tired of my mind
I'm worn out, thinking of why
I'm always so unsure
I'm always so unsure

I'm worn, tired of my mind
I'm worn out, thinking of why
I'm always so unsure
I'm always so unsure

I'm always so unsure
I'm always so unsure
I'm always so unsure
I'm always so unsure

I am alive when I sleep
Why am I not in all that I got?
I can't find no one to blame

Stand, stand, damned one
Damned one
Damned one
Damned one

I am one
Damned
One

Where do I go?


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"Threads" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +2
    General CommentGuilt and self doubt seem to be the leit motif of this album. This is one epic closer.
    myzteronson March 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo kidding. This is a dark and lovely closer: the logical conclusion of the rest of the album's bleak lyrics.

    Her mind is unraveling into "threads". Apparently, little has changed since "Western Eyes", where she already told us that "Yes I'm breaking at the seams just like you."
    Anarchitecton March 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. I feel like I can identify with it. Stressed out over every decision, big or small. Pessimistic and lacking any confidence.
    mojaamon April 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthmmm....when i hear this it goes something more like this:


    Better if I could find the words to say
    Whenever I take a choice it turns away

    I'm worn, tired of my mind
    I'm worn out, thinking of why
    I'm always so unsure

    I battle my thoughts
    I find I can't explain
    I've travelled so far
    But somehow, I feel the same

    I'm worn, tired of my mind
    I'm worn out, thinking of why
    I'm always so unsure
    I'm always so unsure

    I'm worn, tired of my mind
    I'm worn out, thinking of why

    I'm always so unsure
    I'm always so unsure (I'm always so unsure)
    I'm always so unsure (I'm always so unsure)
    I'm always so unsure

    Riddle of life
    When will I sleep?
    When will I know?
    Where do I go?
    I can't find
    No one to blame

    Tears and tears
    Tired, I'm worn
    Tired, I'm worn
    Tired, I'm worn
    Tired, I'm worn
    Tired, I'm worn
    Worn
    Where do I go?



    still, this song is frightning and real. i've felt like this before.
    beautiful song.
    grrsawnon June 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLeitmotif is all one word.
    Wallamanageon April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile guilt may be the catalyst, I think it's much closer to the curse of most intellectuals: over-analyzation. Always thinking, always questioning, always mentally occupied to the point of emotional oblivion...hence this song.

    "tired of my mind"
    "I battle my thoughts"
    "i'm worn out, thinking of why"

    I identify with this beyond reasoning.
    CovinSon May 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Fates in Greek mythology govern the destinies of all living things, by a mystical thread. The first, Clotho, spins the thread; the second, Lachesis, measures its length and thus the length of a life; the third, Atropos, severs it when a life is to cease.
    Wallamanageon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCovinS, Anarchitect, and Wallamanage: I like all of your inputs on the interpretation--each unique.

    As for my own... the lines that resonate with me most are when she says "I'm always so unsure" I feel her saying it with such despair as though she wishes she could be more decisive instead of always being unable to commit to one thing.
    I relate to this as I am myself a very indecisive person and avoid making any permanent decisions wherever possible. I'm going to go ahead and say she's afraid of being sure and having what she's sure about "turn away" and therefore reject her decision, but on the other hand she's also afraid of never making a decision and constantly being in the grey area.
    alovelyfadeouton July 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've struggled with severe treatment resistant depression most of my adult life and this song pretty much describes it to a T, especially the ending. The frustration in her voice is right there, at the very surface.
    mbs3580on August 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe version published here (with the "Damned one" lines) seriously scared me... I even started hearing it on the album! And didn't know what to think of the whole album anymore... seemed to be going a bit too far into insanity for me...

    But after listening to this live performance
    youtube.com/…
    I'm much relieved: there isn't a 'damned one'....
    Just 'tired and worn'! - Yippee!!!
    Thanks God! (or thanks, Beth?)

    (I support the version of the lyrics suggested above by grrsawn, seems very close)


    Miyukion December 08, 2010   Link

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