"Light as a Feather" as written by Norah Jones and Ryan Adams....
While love seasons will undo your soul
Time forgives us and it takes control
We separate our things to put us back together

We're light as a feather
Heavy as the weather
If it was rainstorms

Put our hands together to plough obey
It's like a show was over
But we're too scared to walk away
All for the better
Worst for the way

We're light as a feather
Got you and I together

Meanwhile inside of me it was rainin' storms, hm,
You didn't know, hm
God bless your soul

We're light as a feather
Heavy as the weather
We're light as a feather
Got you and I together


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"Light as a Feather" as written by Norah Jones Ryan Adams

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    General CommentI believe the line is:
    "Put our hands together to applaud or pray."
    Also, is it...
    "Got you and I together" or "God, you, and I together"...?

    This is quite possibly my most favorite song off her latest album. A little disappointed that no one has commented on this particular song yet.

    I see the ebb and flow of a relationship here. Or better yet, a marriage - as the line "All for the better, worse for the way" suggests. Things are better for this couple in the long run, but the means by which they got there, or to wherever point they are in now, was not easy.

    Would love to hear someone else's take on this song.
    MusicLover007on December 06, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMost of Norah Jones' song lyrics are easy to grasp but this one eluded me for a long time. It's probably the most obscure of her song texts. I always loved the melancholy in it. Like after waking up from a dream, and I know that there was a whole long story, romantic, tragic, whatever, and I just can't remember any details, just the feeling remains...

    Today I heard it again (the live version from a New York concert, you can find it on youtube) and I think I know now what it is about: she was in love with someone and they spent time together but he never knew she loved him and she did't tell hime either:

    Meanwhile inside of me it was rainin' storms, hm,
    You didn't know, hm
    God bless your soul

    Maybe he was married, maybe there was some other reason they couldn't be together. She blesses his soul because he is so innocent about what she feels, how much she wants him.

    It's like a show was over
    But we're too scared to walk away
    All for the better
    Worst for the way

    This is about how they part ways, I think, herself being totally clear about her feelings, the other one ignorant. She knows it's better this way, they can't really be together, but they way ahead is going to be sorrowful for her.

    What about "light as a feather", title and refrain line? I can only guess, but I think the whole song is about letting go. There is something/someone you just can't have and you must feel "light as a feather" to let it go... even if your heart feels "heave as the weahther".
    bgwfon October 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationMost of Norah Jones' song lyrics are easy to grasp but this one eluded me for a long time. It's probably the most obscure of her song texts. I always loved the melancholy in it. Like after waking up from a dream, and I know that there was a whole long story, romantic, tragic, whatever, and I just can't remember any details, just the feeling remains...

    Today I heard it again (the live version from a New York concert, you can find it on youtube) and I think I know now what it is about: she was in love with someone and they spent time together but he never knew she loved him and she did't tell hime either:

    Meanwhile inside of me it was rainin' storms, hm,
    You didn't know, hm
    God bless your soul

    Maybe he was married, maybe there was some other reason they couldn't be together. She blesses his soul because he is so innocent about what she feels, how much she wants him.

    It's like a show was over
    But we're too scared to walk away
    All for the better
    Worst for the way

    This is about how they part ways, I think, herself being totally clear about her feelings, the other one ignorant. She knows it's better this way, they can't really be together, but they way ahead is going to be sorrowful for her.

    What about "light as a feather", title and refrain line? I can only guess, but I think the whole song is about letting go. There is something/someone you just can't have and you must feel "light as a feather" to let it go... even if your heart feels "heave as the weahther".
    bgwfon October 12, 2012   Link
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    General Comment@MusicLover007: Yes, I think it is rather "God, you, and I together"...?
    bgwfon October 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the lyrics here are grossly incorrect.

    "While THE seasons..."
    an allusion to both spring and fall, the difficulty of starting a relationship, and having it end.

    The chorus:
    ends with
    "If it was rainstorms" -should be
    "If it was raining stones"
    an irony.
    Clearly she is having an hard time, they both have to separate in order to find themselves, individually, whole.

    "Put our hands together to plough obey" - should be
    "Put our hands together to applaud your play"
    a faux sort of action, like one might applaud an adult for tying their shoes,

    "Meanwhile inside of me it was rainin' storms, hm,"
    -"....rainin' stones"

    I think this song is a great song, and captures well the difficulty of risking so much (one's precious self) to be authentically in love. What often happens, one person in a relationship projects an aura of confidence, and security with a light hearted relationship ( ergo Light as a Feather) yet falls deeply and insecurely IN LOVE, while the other person in the relationship continues on (with either willful ignorance, or perhaps, generously, true ignorance) with the idea of a light hearted, "I can play the field" affair. The Milan Kundera novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, comes to mind.
    pornikeaon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThink she got out of a difficult relationship where one cared more for the other but stayed together but they had to part anyways.
    Light as a feather ( a feeling when you get out of a tough relationship)
    Heavy as a weather as if it were raining stones( still inside where tears feel heavy like stones . In a lot of pain)
    The show is over she says a long time back
    Whether we can applaud or pray.
    I think one partner had no inkling how much he/ she meant to them .
    Inside of her was a raging storm ( a lot of love and pain at breakup )
    Love the way she says so simply accepts by hmm he didn’t know .
    All for the better if he didn’t know he obviously didn’t care.
    Worse for the way — she’s not going to be happy without him . She left but it’s not going to be easy for her.
    Loving ain’t easy . True.
    Justasongon November 18, 2017   Link

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