"the sun is often out" as written by and Patrick Wolf....
Tower Bridge is closing and all of Bermondsey's asleep
Street light walks are watered, rising fast and dark and deep
Well, is your work of art so heavy that it will not let you live?

You'll be missed
Soon there'll be flowers in the river, tears been shed
You'll be missed, you'll be missed

See life has blessed you with a gift, boy
That you've gone and thrown away
And with it your whole future and left behind your family

They're throwing flowers in the river, prayers are being said
You are missed
They're throwing flowers in the river where your body cold was found
You are missed, missed

Now I sit down here at low tide and I wait for the peregrines
Stephen this is where I live now and I have overcome my demons
And I have grown out of that thinking that would not let me live or give

I throw my flowers in the river, the tears being shed
You are missed
And the poem reads and I remember the day
You told me that the sun, the sun, the sun, the sun is often out

Why didn't we know that the sun, the sun, the sun, the sun is often out
Wish I had known you better
The sun, the sun, the sun, the sun is often out

Was your work of art so heavy that it would not let you live?




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"The Sun Is Often Out" as written by Patrick Wolf

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    General CommentHi - Stephen was my twin brother and I have just found out about the song that Patrick had released.
    He was a wonderful artist and poet and suffered greatly through a huge bout of depression since his teenage
    years. He had a very close friendship with Patrick and alot of his poetry was influenced by his love for Patrick.
    His last poetry book was entitled "The Sun is Often Out" hence the song title.
    Stephen was deeply troubled and found solace in artists and poets like William Blake who depicted the
    gold water in the Thames and the moving river. He also idled Virginia Wolf who as we know took her own life in the river. Stephen committed suicide in the Thames last April, his body was found near Tower bridge. I think Patrick and Stephen have battled with many demons, Patrick has found solace in his music. Unfortunately Stephen couldnt find that peace but it is incredibly moving that he has dedicated a song in his memory.
    lisav22on June 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. It makes me cry a lottt.
    P.S. I think it's 'Tower Bridge', not 'Parliament'.
    youarehungryforyouon April 26, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationOh, and (???) is 'And I wait for the peregrines' :) x
    youarehungryforyouon April 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is so sad and deep. It makes me wanna start crying.

    I believe youarehungryforyou is right on the Tower Bridge and peregrines parts.
    ContraryMissMaryon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit seems like stephen killed himself.
    drmnon May 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI also think he was some kind of artist ― maybe a writer or a visual artist, it really isn't relevant ―, in part because patrick mentions a "gift", but mainly for the line:

    "was your work of art so heavy that it will not let you live?"

    which to me means that his art will most likely be considered so obscure or gruesome or difficult that he won't ever be acknowledged as the great artist the singer believes he was. therefore, he will not live on through the art he's left to the world.
    still, he'll be remembered by his dear ones.

    I have other interpretations, but I think this one is perfectly plausible.
    stephen was brilliant and tormented, and that happens and has happened so many times in our History.

    this song just hit me today. I love the bachelor.
    drmnon May 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsorry, i transcribed these from a live version. when the album's released i'll post up the real lyrics.
    playedinstereoon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOn his Myspace it says it's in memory of Stephen Vickery. I think it sounds like he killed himself as well. Great song even though it's sad.
    mondeoon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn his Bandstocks private gig, Patrick explained that Stephen was a poet he knew and that 'The Sun is Often Out' was the name of one of his poems.

    For me this is the most moving songs on the album, the lyrics suggest disappointment and frustration aimed at stephen for giving up so easily and committing suicide, but also, in the repeated lines 'the sun is often out', the need to undrstand and forgive him. It's so full of battling emotions...perhaps one of the battles Patrick was originally going to name the album for?
    helena3119on May 28, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis is such a sad song.

    But you missed the line at the end:

    And the poem reads
    And I remember the day you told me that
    The sun, the sun, the sun, the sun is often out
    Why didn't you KNOW that?

    That last line, "why didn't you KNOW that", is the most powerful in the song I think. It's like Stephen gave advice about going through hard times, but didn't really take to heart what he was saying.
    cookiejaron June 08, 2009   Link

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