"Reflections are Protection" as written by and Ben Langmaid Elly Jackson....
Please, please be my light filter
Shine, make me a shelter
To hide this love
Makes you lose your sign
Now the search rise is on its way
And the flood lights are on my face
All the shadows that I woke up in
Are just my volatile second skin

My reflections are protections
They will keep me from destruction
My directions are distractions
When you're ready come into the light

Lines, design a pathway
Shine, cut out the dark shapes
To find, although I really tried
Only time is a lover's guide
And now the ratings fall away
And the stencils draw a face
Our outlines in the sunset
Are just a fragile silhouette

My reflections are protections
They will keep me from destruction
My directions are distractions
When you're ready come into the light

My reflections are protections
They will keep me from destruction
My directions are distractions
If you leave me, I'll go back to hide

My reflections are protections
They will keep me from destruction
My directions are distractions
When you're ready come into the light

My reflections are protections
They will keep me from destruction
My directions are distractions
If you leave me, I'll go back to hide


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"Reflections Are Protection" as written by Elly Jackson Ben Langmaid

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  • +2
    General Commenti'm pretty sure she is not actually singing "my erections" in this song.
    tom_omgon February 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about being hurt but moving on and learning from the experience - reflections are protection, i.e. thinking over what she's done and what she's learnt from the experience, which will protect her in future, and directions as distractions - she's moving on doing stuff to keep her busy from thinking about it. Also 'love makes you lose your site' and 'only time is a lover's guide' means she's been hurt and is learning from her experience.
    missmeon January 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti clearly hear "erection" too. The song is about how she can reflect back to her past and learn from her mistakes. Hence, she will not be destructed. Her directions are distractions, meaning that her current focuses may not exactly be what she really wants. They are distractions to her true goal.
    musiclover1234on July 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song!
    I think is... is very clear what is about...

    liztixon July 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe is not singing "Erections"!!!

    hahaha @ you people :oP
    (it's ok, I got a dirty double-entendre mind too LOL)

    go on "Liztix", what's it about?

    I have only heard this song today for the first time (but played it 100 times already)... AND it calls me... it's like right now though it's too close to event in my own life so even tho I relate to it in a big way, I can't describe how

    maskiflynnon September 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI'll just try to guess this line: "reflections are protections"
    so what she sees in the mirror, her appearance and therefore what everyone else sees, is what protects her. Like if she's feeling down and out she keeps on smiling anyway..
    OR her reflections could be if someone is mean to her, it just bounces off and back to person who says it, it 'reflects'..
    OR her reflections are just her thinking about things, perhaps all the bad/stupid things she's done which will now keep her from destruction/doing those things again...
    moonbirdon September 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"search party's on it's way" I always think this is about her running away from home and conivincing herself not to kill herself "my reflections are protections"
    puddinglover999on December 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionAll the shadows that I walk in
    Are just my volatile second skin.
    A.Mon July 02, 2010   Link
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    General Commentaccording to the digital booklet that came with the digital version of la roux's cd from itunes, the first verse should be
    "leaves/please be a light filter/shine/make me a shelter..."
    and, as A.M pointed out before, the end of the first verse should be "all the shadows that i walk in/are just my volatile second skin"

    the first verse: she's vulnerable. she needs someone/something to be a filter, to make her a shelter. she feels exposed (search party, floodlight on my face), and her shadows - her past - are her "volatile second skin" - it was a changing time.

    chorus: her past shows her mistakes, maybe someone's messed with her, but she knows from her experiences now, and this can protect her in future relationships. not exactly sure what "my directions are distractions/when you're ready, come into the light" means.

    second verse: i get a very specific and interesting image from this. she needs help finding something and needs a pathway cut out for her - maybe she's confused about what's going on ("only time is a lover's guide"). the imagery in this section is great!
    ecl551on August 26, 2010   Link
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    Song ComparisonFirst heard this on Google Play "I'm feeling lucky" this evening.

    Until the bridge, I thought for sure this was a Citizen Cope cover. (Wrong... I was very very wrong). Still, I hear Citizen Cope.
    Anlifon November 16, 2013   Link

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