We built a tall, tall tower
Towards the sun, towards the sun
Took some words and built a wall
And called it love, called it love
Somewhere in all the talking, the meaning faded out

Oh, I wonder when did it all stop making sense?
I don't understand
I remember, we were so sure, so innocent
Oh, but that was then
Can we ever go back again?
Can we ever go back?

You're speaking a dead, dead language
You don't sound like yourself
I hope it's just lost in translation
So why don't you show, don't try to tell
Brick by brick, we started crumbling
Will I find you when it falls?

Oh, I wonder when did it all stop making sense?
I don't understand
I remember, we were so sure, so innocent
Oh, but that was then
Can we ever go back?

Don't hold your breath
Look around
Try to add it up, pin it down
But you can't

Oh, I wonder when did it all stop making sense?
I don't understand
I remember, we were so sure, so innocent
Oh, but that was then
Can we ever go back again?
Can we ever go back?


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    General Commentthis song..wow..makes me all emotional..one of the best songs ever written..
    gunner-chicaon June 14, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti cant believe that no has commented on this song. but anyways this song is so beautiful. this is probably on of the best songs that i have heard. she has such a beautiful voice, im so jealous!!! espeacially when she does the high not near the end. amazing vocals, awsome song.
    TwilightAngel84on May 24, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning"We built a tall, tall tower
    Towards the sun, towards the sun
    Took some words and built a wall
    And called it love, called it love"

    ~The first verse is a reference to the tower of Babel, to which is cited as a part in the bible (Book of Genesis) where language had been diversified and no universal language was spoken, after the tower fell; to which God had spread the people in other parts of the world to speak their own spoken language.

    ~The tower of Babel can also be referenced as "Love", as the creation of love amongst people irregardless of race and diversity. Therefore, the creation of two people's love as the foundation of every relationship, as to being in love - is what is then referenced in this verse.

    "Somewhere in all the talking, the meaning faded out"

    ~And as every relationship reaches it's peak (same as the people trying to reach heavens with the creation of the tower per se and after it's fall), confusion sets in and communication becomes a problem for any lovers experiencing problems within their relationship.

    "You're speaking a dead, dead language
    You don't sound like yourself
    I hope it's just lost in translation
    So why don't you show, don't try to tell

    ~In this part of the verse, when two lovers are in an argument it is hard to understand what the other person seeks to define through ones words. And more often than not, sometimes words seem insufficient to prove or disprove a point given that ones emotions hamper ones way of thinking. Thus, making an effort to communicate properly not only makes it a barrier, but the confusion that the person feels disjoints oneself in the relationship, especially if uncertainties arise in the future of the relationship.
    Jakeyliciouson April 02, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning"Brick by brick, we started crumbling"
    Will I find you when it falls?""

    ~These two lines states that the relationship is ended or has ended, and the other person wishes for it to survive after problems have arisen."

    "Don't hold your breath
    Look around
    Try to add it up, pin it down
    But you can't"

    ~This part in the song states a desire of the other person to really ask what his or her lover feels. A last cry to ask his/her lover to give him/her an answer; to end, move on, or start again.

    "Oh, I wonder when did it all stop making sense?
    I don't understand
    I remember, we were so sure, so innocent
    Oh, but that was then
    Can we ever go back again?
    Can we ever go back?"

    ~The chorus verse is the person's questions to himself/herself, who'se wanting or wishing for the relationship to continue. As he/she looks back to their begginings of how their love began, much like the purpose of the tower of babel and it's creation...to reach the heavens. Or figuratively speaking, love's highs and its lows.

    My personal assessment of this song, it's simply the start and the fall of a relationship. And sometimes the lingering question that sets in after it ended is the question itself that we ourselves - such as the question like "What happened?" or "Why did it happen?". And as some relationships never get the closure needed, the words to speak out or the process of letting the other person know of what you really want to say, explain, debate, or simply inform; it simply becomes the greatest obstacle itself. Because in reality, some relationships doesn't make sense as to how or how it started in the first place. But one thing is for sure though, there's a start and an end.

    Jakeyliciouson April 02, 2011   Link

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