"Small" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley....
If I remember the night that we met
Tasted a wine that I'll never forget
Opened the doorway and saw through the light
Motions of movement and I felt delight

She spoke of freedom, "A way in," she said
"A wisdom that took me away from the bed"
Spoke of the glory that we had become
I felt forgiven in all I've become

Small, tasteless, and forgot
Hoping to see, blinded like me
You tried to understand, but you're just a man
Open to scorn just like me

Failure again
Tried to pretend
Who you were then
Who you are now

Hating the lord
Hating the lord
Hating the lord
Hating the lord

Small, tasteless, and forgot
Hoping to see, blinded like me
You tried to understand, but you're just a man
Open to scorn just like me

Failure again
Tried to pretend
Who you were then
Who you are now

Hating the lord
Hating the lord
Hating the lord
Hating the lord


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"Small" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +2
    General CommentI believe the correct line is: small, tasteless and flawed.

    Really a beautiful song, one of my favorites!
    naatjesson May 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPerhaps this is a song about beds: a relationship that starts in one, can only survive in one, and falls apart outside of one... is not much of a relationship at all.
    Anarchitecton March 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could have SWORN she was saying "but you're just a man - hoping to score - just like me"
    bbb19on September 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautful and impeccably made song.

    (by the way... it REALLY does sound like she says "hoping to score")
    zoolahon March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps it is a discussion of the difference between men and women in relationships. It presents women to be more gravitated to the emotion side of interaction, while males gravitate more to the physical
    belvedere918on March 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like best the bit at the end, where the guitar - to me - sounds like from a Quentin-Tarantino-Movie. It's quite surf-sound-like, isn't it? Certainly not the strongest song on this great album but still has it's merits.
    Bitterblue911on July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd the mid-section of the song really reminds me of Deep Purple. :D
    bbb19on September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best songs ever, in my opinion.

    Also, I think it's "Frail you are again" not "Failure again"
    towerofsongon December 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationthe song is about lesbianism i think. She (the other partner) spok of "freedom in a way" from the traditional male-female relationship
    and that sh is "hating the lord," and saying that he is "just a man, open to scorn (and judgement)," and wouldn't understand what it's like to be a gay woman?

    the line "A wisdom that took me away from the bed" perhaps indicates that she's bitten the "second apple" and again taken hr away from the traditional bed/relationship?


    but again i could be totally off base
    supperheyon June 09, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationHi everyone. For me, another song where God and Death are involved (and also accepting that God and Death are one figure in the end).

    It started the night a human being and Death met. This human being is telling the story. I guess this human being was trying to kill him/herself and then the Death appears speaking about 'Freedom', freedom you obtain after you die, and also wisdom. After all, human beings are having a kind of 'glory' in evolution.

    But then again, God's joke. Human beings thinks they are the pick of the piramid, even that they were created in his/her own image and likeness. So stupid, we are in fact small, tasteless and flawed.

    We try to understand, but we are only men, trying to be more than we are.

    And as we can't be like God, we hate him/her. We waste our lifes 'hating the Lord'. That's human being.
    Hatingthelordon February 03, 2015   Link

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