"Invidia" as written by and David M Martijn/wessels Westerholt....
My achievements seem so humble
While you're making wine from water
While my hand work the cold soil
All you toch turns into gold
And I don't wanna be like you

I don't wanna be like you
It seems like you outrun me every time
I want to be you
Why can't I erase you from my mind

I don't wanna be like you
It seems like you outrun me every time
I want to be you
Why can't I erase you from my mind

All the heroes in the gutter
Finally get their ever after
As they lay their final glance
Upon your ever shining armor
And I don't want to be like you

I don't wanna be like you
It seems like you outrun me every time
I want to be you
Why can't I erase you from my mind

Looking from a distance,
The difference seems so small
Has the grass been greener
On the other side at all?

I don't wanna be like you
It seems like you outrun me every time
I want to be you
Why can't I erase you from my mind

I don't wanna be like you
It seems like you outrun me every time
I want to be you
Why can't I erase you from my mind


Lyrics submitted by HystericRomance

"Invidia" as written by Johanna Charlotte Wessels David M Martijn Westerholt

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    General CommentJust based on the title, you can guess that this song is about envy.
    However, there's a flip-side and Ronald's lines really sum it up:
    "Has the grass been greener on the other side at all?"

    You can be jealous of someone and acknowledge that, but in the end is what they have all that much better than what you have? And then you realize that you don't really want to be them.

    Well, that's my take on this great song. :)
    HystericRomanceon March 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that she is looking at sombody who is really popular and talented at everything and inwardly wishing she could be like that but doesn't want to envy that person and wants to be happy with who she is
    Executioneron May 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo, what I know is the Christian symbolism. Perhaps someone can help with the parts I don't get?

    It seems from some of these lines that the speaker is addressing Jesus:

    "While you're making wine from water"
    Jesus first reveals himself as the Son of God by turning water into wine at a wedding


    "All the heroes in the gutter
    Finally get their ever after
    As they lay their final glance
    Upon your ever shining armor"

    This is a little more nebulous, the first one was very specific, but it does fit well with what the Bible says is going to happen after death. (The lowly will be exalted, the poor will inherit the Earth, etc.)

    For the last two lines, I am not quite sure - either the armor is Jesus' which would make sense because we are supposed to meet Jesus after death - or a person in armor is killing the person? I do think the first interpretation makes more sense.

    What I don't understand is the "outrun me" part and the "grass is greener" part.
    starwandereron March 05, 2012   Link

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