"Northern Lights" as written by and Pete Moore....
I don't need from you a waterfall of careless praise
And I don't need a trophy for all the games I've played

But all I want is your eyes
In the morning as we wake
For a short while

And I don't need you to catch my wanderin mind
And I don't expect a southern girl to know the northern lights

And all I want is your eyes
In the morning as we wake
For a short while

And I do need the wind across my pale face
And I do need the fern to unfurl in the spring
And I do need the grass to sway
Yes I do need to know my place

But all I want is your eyes
In the morning as we wake
For a short while

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"Northern Lights" as written by Pete Moore

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  • +3
    General Commenti love this tune. to me it's about a person not needing his lover to be perfect, or expecting her to be insanely intelligent or false, or to change in any way. he is just happy with her for who she is. and in the chorus i can just imagine them lying in a bed as the sun rises and he just wants to look into her eyes and share the moment with her. it's absolutely beautiful.
    jiggadywigon August 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningActually... I don't think anyone has hit on what this really is saying. I think HE is saying, he doesn't need to be changed, helped, or given anything. Other than that moment in the morning when two people are never more themselves, and he needs the seasons to move, and he needs to know he's alive, but not from another human being.
    katieseitteron July 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti concur with jiggadywig.

    side note, its abnoxious to be showered with careless praise.
    chuckles1992on September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteverything about this song is perfect.

    and i don't think i've ever (fully) understood what a song like this (really) means, at least in my life, until now.

    therefore, very few songs are as close to my heart as this one is.

    clarityofsuchgraceon August 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment9 comments? Just 9? This track is beautiful. I especially like the line about not wanting "careless praise." There's little worse than that.
    losethetudedudeon January 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Best by Bowerbirds, in my opinion.
    JimmyKaneon July 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. i don't think anything stands up to My Oldest Memory, however.
    YouKnowStuffon July 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't need you to catch, my wandering mind.
    And I don't expect a southern girl to know the northern lights.

    Beautiful line.

    The last verse is also something that really catches me every time.

    VelvetSwanon January 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe just wants her...period. It's a gorgeous track that is the band's best. This song is soooooo beautiful.
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon August 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't it simply "i do need the fur, to unfur in the spring"?
    eyesbrighton December 05, 2011   Link

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