"Are You Here" as written by and Corinne Bailey Rae....
He's a real live wire
He's the best of his kind
Wait till you see those eyes
He dresses like this different scene
He'll kiss you make you feel sixteen
What's it even mean?

Are you here
Are you here
Are you here, cause my heart recalls that
It all seems the same
It all feels the same

Pick me up

It's hard to recall the taste of summer
When everywhere around, the chill of winter
It gets so far away

Are you here

And he comes to lay me down in a garden of tuberose's
When he comes around there's nothing more to imagine
Just tuberose's

Are you here
Are you here
Are you here, cause my heart recalls that it
All seems like
All looks like
It all feels like
It tasted like
Tasted like

When he comes to lay me down in a garden of tuberose's
When he comes around there's nothing more to imagine
Just tuberose's

Wait till you see those eyes

Lyrics submitted by jayhere09, edited by Caribafricopean

"Are You Here" as written by Corinne Bailey Rae

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  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song almost makse me teary eyed.
    I'm quite sure that it is about her late husband.
    alexieeeon March 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song touched me in a place i didnt even recognize.
    in the first couple of lines its
    "hes the best of his kind"
    salaamon March 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoah. this track stopped me dead in my tracks. too powerful. you can feel the loss in her frail voice. life gave her too much all at once.
    koodzion April 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song just might be one of the most amazing things i've ever heard.

    its crazy to see what grief produces.
    salaamon June 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom what I can tell the repetition of "are you here" is her heart thinking out loud, in a sense.

    A conflict exists between what her brain knows and her heart feels so she asks "Are you here?" because her heart is still filled with the same love she had for him before his departure.

    For the heart, it's as if he never left. The brain, on the other hand, knows he's gone.
    SilverStarAlchemiston February 03, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"The tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is a perennial plant related to the agaves, extracts of which are used as a middle note in perfumery.

    The tuberose is a night-blooming plant.... It grows in elongated spikes up to 45 cm (18 in) long that produce clusters of fragrant waxy white flowers that bloom from the bottom towards the top of the spike."


    From this I gather that the singer-songwriter senses the ethereal presence of what I presume to be her departed lover and companion - recalling him through a vivid and almost visual sense of a fragrance she uniquely associates with him. Perhaps it is the predominant aroma in a fragrance he always wore or a gift of perfume he gave her. That scent, his scent, is still in her bed when she lays down. This nostalgia is so strong it blocks out everything else in the physical world - the pain and perhaps even, temporarily, the feelings of loss. In the end, it is the 'essence' of the person that remains... and lives on, almost in defiance of 'reality'.

    I feel the specific reference to a "night-blooming plant" is not merely coincidental. At what other time than nighttime is a soulmate or lover you want to be with more missed than at night when you are alone without out them?

    Of course, Corinne Bailey Rae's words might have nothing at all to do with tuberoses in the literal sense. Perhaps it is just a very clever and evocative metaphor. Or perhaps it is that and all of the the above. I hope that this is what it is because, for me, it is far and away the most arresting and outstanding song on this album and thus far in her body of work.
    Caribafricopeanon June 25, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General Commentso far my favorite off of "the sea" not completely sure of the meaning of the repetitive "are you here"
    charbar1075on February 10, 2010   Link

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