"The Tempest" as written by and Robert Swire Thompson....
Saw you the other day looking so undermined
Acting like it wouldn't happen
Making sense of anything that you could find

Because it's just about to happen and you'll be there
You must've known the storm was coming
When the clouds appeared

May as well let the rain come down
And join the circus of people
While you're there

Something is changing, bruising and taking
And I'm trying to find out what it is
When I fix her, she's breaking, reason keeps escaping me
We're protecting and burning like a cyst

I know that I can help you, I just don't fucking want to
And the feeling is stronger by the day
Say that I'm selfish but I know you need me
Said I'm just so sick of the chase

While you are letting your guard down
I will be letting myself go
While you keep running your ship aground
I will be setting myself alight

Too late you dropped the drawbridge, you let the vampires in
You caused the shit to happen and now you want out
Too late you dropped the drawbridge, you let the vampires in
I hope you know now that it's nobody's fault but yours

While you are letting your guard down
I will be letting myself go
While you keep running your ship aground
I will be setting myself alight


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"The Tempest" as written by Robert Swire Thompson

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  • +3
    General Commentcorrect lyrics:

    saw you the other day,
    looking so undermined.
    acting like it wouldn't happen,
    making sense of anything that you could find.
    ...because its just about to happen,
    and you'll be there.
    you must have known the storm was coming
    when the clouds appeared.
    may as well let the rain come down
    and join the circus of people,
    while you're there.
    something is changing, bruising and aching
    and i'm trying to find out what it is.
    when i fix her, she's breaking,
    reason keeps escaping me,
    protecting and burning like a cyst.
    i know that i can help you,
    i just don't fucking want to
    and the feeling gets stronger by the day.
    you say that i'm selfish,
    but i know you need this
    and i'm just so sick of the chase.
    while you are letting your guard down,
    i will be letting myself go.
    while you keep running your ship aground,
    i will be setting myself alight.
    its too late, you've dropped the drawbridge,
    you let the vampires in,
    you caused this shit to happen and now you want out.
    its too late, you've dropped the drawbridge,
    you let the vampires in,
    i hope you know now that its nobody's fault but yours.
    while you are letting your guard down,
    i will be letting myself go.
    while you keep running your ship aground,
    i will be setting myself alight.


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    Reanon March 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely about the impending doom of a loved one, and [The narrator] so sick of they're actions that they just don't care what happens to them.

    A very awesome song too. has a MUCH different feel then normal songs Pendulum has done. The beginning gives me a big "Tool" / "A Perfect Circle" vibe.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon June 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKitsune Tokkan i think nailed it. I reckon that he has spent a very long time with someone who has just been treating him like shit and he wants out. 'i'm just so sick of the chase, while you are letting your guard down, i will be letting myself go'. Proper big tune, a nice change for Pendulum.
    gillboton July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been looking for these lyrics for the past week! Awesome job on the lyrics~
    boojums_snarkon May 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrection on the lyrics:

    "Say that I'm selfish but I know you need this
    And I'm just so sick of the chase"

    Great song, Pendulum writes deep and awesome songs.
    MusicNeedsPoetryon December 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, i believe there is raw emotion here. Kind of makes me a little teary.
    Frys_Galon May 23, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThey're trying to tell you that when the storm came in and the clouds are showing meaning the militating is controlling the weather and you let them become stronger to control the population into an never ending business to help build their kingdoms and dream machines to be used against you. You let the vampires in to create culture from genocide
    Iknowdastruthon May 05, 2016   Link

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