"London" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
Waste away the days
Waiting on a new age
But time betrays me
And I get older one more year

Walk London's windy streets
Go anywhere but home home
'Cause I'm looking for the secrets
That only cobble stones hold
Only the cobble stones know

And I've never been so sure
That after all these years
I'll never learn
That heavenly creatures never come
They never come

You've got a knife-throwing kind of love
But your silence cuts the deepest
And I know I've made a mess of things
And I'm sorry for all that
Wish we could get the time back

'Cause I've never been so sure
That after all these years
I'll never learn
That heavenly creatures never come
Wait for it
Wait for it

Now I'm staring at the sun
As if there's a riddle I'm not in on
'Cause the wolves howl to the moon
And she never answers back
No, she never answers back

And after all these years, I've never learned
That heavenly creatures never, never been so sure
That after all these years I'll never learn
That heavenly creatures never come
Waste away the days, waiting on a new age

Lyrics submitted by Zac76

"London" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentI cannot help but think this is an ode to her clandestine relationship with Third Eye Blind frontman, Stephan Jenkins. They are both lyrical geniuses that I, as a fan, have always considered to be cut from the same artistic cloth. When Vanessa sings "You've got a knife-throwing kind of love, but your silence cuts the deepest" it conjures images of a long term relationship coming to a head. And I can't shake the connection that 3EB also recorded a song called "London" about two people who weren't seeing eye to eye on the status of their lives together.
    AmoebaCheebaon May 11, 2012   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful
    Ukraineon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust beautiful! Her new material can never come fast enough. Its a song about time, how time will pass us by when were here on earth and when were gone, and whatever we do we'll never get it back.
    youaintright20on June 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentVery pretty song :) Are you sure it's not "But I wanna know the secrets that only cobblestones hold"? I wouldn't be surprised if the lyrics on here are correct because she often uses odd phrasings, but it sounds like "wanna know" on the recording I have and you can't really wonder secrets, you wonder 'about' them, you know? :)
    letterstonoelleon January 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the new lyrics are:

    "Now I'm staring at the sun
    As if, there's a riddle I'm not in on
    Cause the wolves howl to the moon
    But she never answers nack
    No, she never answers back"
    ArwenEvenstaron August 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if this has to do with questioning religion? "so we pray heaven waits for us, but the wolves howl to the moon and she never answers back?"
    larokon September 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about trying to maintain your innocence through your life. I also think it is specifically about re-finding your innocence after a break-up. That though this man or woman has broken her and proven that life isn't always good, and that heavenly creatures aren't there for her, she'll never learn that and she's always going to believe in purity and magic.
    Such an amazing song, it always makes ME feel good!
    lizphairphreakon October 30, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningIts about getting older, when your birthday has come and passed, and you are one year older and you find yourself thinking about everything you have learn in your life and try to use it to you current situation.
    SamCTAon May 04, 2014   Link

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