"Psyche" as written by Grantley Evan Marshall, Robert Del Naja, Neil Davidge and Martina Topley-bird....
I'm looking for you in the woods tonight, I'm looking
Looking for you in my flashlight, I'm searching
From in the high or down the ocean
And I face myself in reason
Gain the wolf
Gain the wolf

Conjure me as a child
Slipping down a web side
Stretch up I cannot reach him
Jumping up they drag him from the water

I watch them march him into life
I watch them take him from the pale
Into the sky for your eagle eye
The sun seeds a sickle and a scythe

Ridicule they won't allow
Quench abuse and let love flower
Rip the cage out of your chest
Let the chaos rule the rest

Show without showing
What you know without knowing
Twigs snap eye/I catch no canoe only you and me
Alone on the old tea hope sea

Dissolving who we are
Call out for yesterdays destiny come
We're on a foreign shore

It was your mark of falling
I was the car still running
And will you call and be assured for life
And if you feel it you will fly
The sun should have been with me

And I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in
As I was set to fall in


Lyrics submitted by Cyberbully, edited by nashoba

"Psyche" as written by Martina Topley-bird Robert Del Naja

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis may be just me, but from what I take from this song, I feel like shes singing about a love that's engrossed in being someone else (either to keep others happy or whatnot) and it seems to be tearing him apart. "Quench abuse and let love flower, Rip the cage out of your chest, Let the chaos fool the rest" She knows the real him is buried somewhere deep inside of him. She helps search for that part of him "I'm looking for you in the woods tonight, I'm looking, Looking for you with my flashlight, I'm searching
    From in the high or down the ocean And I pace myself in racing" and shes telling him that she's always there to be his protective shield "And when you call I'll be a shield for life, And if you feel it you will fly" while he does. All she wants is for him to let it all go and find himself so they can be together, just the two of them.


    Either way, I really love this song a lot. :)
    kalika_999on April 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAnybody else get like the feeling of awakening the inner voice. Like, when you're searching inside for your higher self and you eventually find it and discover it was always hidden there. Then, when you realise this you can't escape the joy and love that it is both fuelled by an d which it produces ('when you feel it you will fly').
    If you listen to the song with this in mind, it's kind of hard to interpret it as anything else... but that's just me. I like reading other interpretations too.

    Peace xxx
    ScotchMist89on January 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm probably biased because I've been reading a lot about mythology lately, but this brings to mind for me different parts of Egyptian mythology. Either the journey of the sun across the sky, or the story of Isis and Osiris, when Isis had to search, for the parts of his dismembered body and bring him back to life to conceive Horus. I doubt it was written about either one, but that's what I think of.

    Regardless, this is a beautiful song. Can't wait to hear the album version.
    bl00dmuffinon December 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionWhere are these lyrics from?

    Just wonderin', beacuse I can't help but hear "Let the chaos fully reign" instead of "Let the chaos rule the rest".

    Either way, Martina's voice is beautiful, the lyrics are fantastic and this is, so far, my favorite song off of Heligoland
    valebravo57on February 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPsyche = Soul (spirit,breath,ghost etc) in ancient Greece

    Like Freud (and Erikson) Jung regarded the psyche as made up of a number of separate but interacting systems. The three main ones were the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.

    Now starting from this I would say that She is searching for her unconscious self, in the beginning of the song. But it's a ridiculous effort.(looking in the hay kind of search) The wolf represents her fears, her life script that tells her that this is meaningless. And the wolf gets closer (Gain the wolf)

    "Conjure me as a child" This is the Child Archetype within her, who is asleep, even dead but resurrected by other entities. The Child is the prime source of energy in every human being. Play>redbull
    "Into the sky for your eagle eye" Now this is where she sees the world in a wonderful perspective. The Child is in charge now, but the Sun (Ego IMO) produces weapons.

    I feel like the whole song is a conversation with deeper parts of herself.
    "Rip the cage out of your chest" The thoracic cage reps the individual censorship. Most of the feelings we feel in that area so without a cage all the emotions will blossom. Without censorship life is more intense.
    It is also a metaphor for releasing one's creativity and intuition.
    "Show without showing
    What you know without knowing" (art, intuitive expression)

    "Twigs snap I catch no canoe only you and me" A Father archetype that protects her when she falls. I feel like this is a Paternal encouragement to help his daughter learn from mistakes in a protective way. There is no stability(canoe) but I catch if something goes wrong. (swimming type encouragement)

    It was your mark of falling (depression)
    I was the car still running (even in depression she has a powerful car but she distance herself from it)

    "The sun set a bigger me "This is were the Ego lets room for the deeper parts, and when she becomes conscious of all that wealth that lies in her subconscious and unconscious (energy,strength,creativity,spontaneity,power,protection and the Archetypes : Child,Father etc) she becomes a bigger SELF a more developed human.

    But I feel like the song doesn't end like that. Listening to the song again and again (live versions, cds, remixes etc) I think there are multiple versions.

    It was your markER of falling
    I was the car still running
    And when you'RE GONE I'll be a shield for life
    And if you feel it you will fly (FIGHT?)
    The sun SHOOT a bigger me

    I think She sings it based on her feelings.

    Beautiful beautiful song!!
    Aduon July 14, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason I hear "cane the wolf" in the beginning of the song instead of "gain the wolf". I like it my way better, because I interpret it as having a double meaning of "Cain, the wolf". Perhaps it's me just looking too deep into the song. :)

    Either way, I absolutely love "Psyche". It's one of my all-time favorites from Massive Attack.
    rocktronicalon December 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo idea what this song is about. Im starting to think it means nothing and it is just a collection of words that sounds great.

    Still this is a fantastic song. My favorite by Massive Attack
    Cyberbullyon January 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the last verse: "And will you call and be assured for life" should be "And if you call I'll be your shield for life"*. I've confirmed this with a number of other online readings of the lyrics and it makes more sense. Plus, to be honest, it sounds a lot more like Martina's saying "shield" than "assured," especially in the original version on Heligoland (the version on the Splitting the Atom EP is a mix).
    Robert the Devilon January 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm looking for you in the woods tonight, I'm looking
    Looking for you in my flashlight, I'm searching

    Woudln't it be "looking for you WITH my flashlight"? XD
    Dpak_13on February 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm looking for you in the woods tonight, I'm looking
    Looking for you with my flashlight, I'm searching
    From in the high or down the ocean
    And I pace myself in racing
    Gain the wolf
    Gain the wolf

    Conjure me as a child
    Slipping down the wet side
    Stretch up I cannot reach him
    Jumping up they drag him from the water

    I watch them march him into life
    I watch them take him from the pale
    Into the scar for your eagle eye
    The sun seeds a sickle and a scythe

    Ridicule they won't allow
    Quench abuse and let love flower
    Rip the cage out of your chest
    Let the chaos fool the rest

    Show without showing
    What you know without knowing
    Twigs snap, I catch no canoe, only you and me
    Alone on the old teal sea

    Dissolving who we are
    Call out for yesterday's destiny gone
    We're on a foreign shore

    It was your mark of falling
    I was the car still running
    And when you call I'll be a shield for life
    And if you feel it you will fly
    The sun set a bigger me

    And I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in
    As I was set to fall in, in
    bl00dmuffinon March 02, 2010   Link

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