"Broken (Album Version)" as written by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett....
Distant stars
Come in black or red
I've seen their worlds
Inside my head

They connect
With the fall of man
They breathe you in
And dive as deep as they can

There's nothing you can do for them
They are the force between
When the sunlight is arising

There's nothing you can say to him
He is an outer heart
And the space has been broken

It's broken
Our love
Broken
It's broken
Our love

Is it far away in the
Glitter freeze
Or in our eyes
Every time they meet

It's by the light
Of the plasma screens
We keep switched on
All through the night while we sleep

There's nothing you can do for them
They are the force between
When the sunlight is arising

There's nothing you can say to her
I am without a heart
And the space has been broken

It's broken
Our love
Broken

It's broken
Our love
Broken

It's broken
Our love
Broken

It's broken
Our love
Broken


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"Broken" as written by Jamie Hewlett Damon Albarn

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  • +6
    General CommentI stared at this song for like, ten minutes trying to connect it to the "Save the Environment" theme of this album, and I think I may have caught onto something. Maybe it's referring to the ozone problem and pollution. For example:

    Distant stars
    Come in black or red
    I've seen their worlds
    Inside my head

    (We can no longer see the stars at night because of all the city lights and pollution blotting them out and making it impossible to see them)


    They connect with the fall of man
    they breathe you in
    & dive as deep as they can

    (We destroy the environment and this will be our demise, with the help of carcinogens we use in everyday activities. When you breathe them in, it screws up your heath and when it says "dive as deep as they can" i think carcinogens actually affect the DNA in ur cells, so i guess they dive pretty deep...)

    There's nothing you can do for them
    They are the force between
    When the sunlight is arising
    There's nothing you can say to him
    He isn't out of heart
    & the space has been broken

    (There's really nothing we can do for the ozone layer, and it's the force between the sun and earth. Like, the sun doesn't mean to hurt us - so he's not "out of heart" - it's just the ozone layer's been broken)

    Is it far away
    In the glitter freeze?
    Or in our eyes
    Every time they meet?

    (Is the hole in the ozone in the North Pole — because the song “Glitter Freeze” states it’s “Where’s north from here?” [because he *IS* north and the north pole is freezin’ cold] or is the hole closer hitting closer to home — like every time we look skyward, it damages our eyes and bodies.)

    It's by the light of the plasma screens
    We keep switched on
    All through the night
    While we sleep

    (I think when we waste electricity by keeping the plasma tellies on while, we’re also releasing a bit of carcinogens, that adds to the hole.)

    And finally, when he says “her” I think he means “mother nature”
    Idk if this makes sense to anyone, yes, no, mehbeh so.
    ReShepon August 01, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's about someone trying to deal with the modernizing world while experiencing an existential crisis. Wanting to be able to connect with humanity, but truthfully understanding that isn't going to be possible, because you are alone in your experiences of the world.
    DrDavidLopanon March 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionOUR LOVE, Broken
    njikolaion March 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis track really reminds me of FFVII.
    Evereston April 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe Space Between has been blocked.

    Distant stars
    Come in black or red
    I've seen their worlds
    Inside my head

    To me this is a reference to the other planets around distant stars that we view through telescopes. They are so small(not unlike our own sun) that they are barely visible//noticeable in the vastness of space. I think it is either that he has seen their worlds in his imagination, or that you are able to travel through space in your head. Maybe both.

    They connect with the fall of man
    They breathe you in
    & dive as deep as they can

    There is an unnamed party that is the focus of this song. THEY or THEM. I would assume that this is reference to the beings on these other worlds. "They connect will the fall of man" Maybe "they" are another sentient species that have been through similar experiences in their civilization's past. I imagine that they feel some sort of pity for us because they know what we're going through as a race. They breathe us in.. and dive as deep as they can. They are experiencing it with us, and pushing us towards its resolution.

    There's nothing you can do for them
    They are the force between
    When the sunlight is arising
    There's nothing you can say to him
    He isn't out of heart
    & the space has been broken

    It is what it is, their presence presents a conflict, brings about enlightenment.
    Now THEM has become HIM, maybe a reference to our concept to GOD or a divinity.
    He isn't out of heart// we are
    And the space between us has broken down. We can no longer even communicate with HIM
    We no longer allow the "divine life" to exist between I and You. It has become I and IT(Objectification)

    Our love, our connection, has been blocked by our ignorance


    Is it far away
    In the glitter freeze?
    Or in our eyes
    Every time they meet?

    Where has the Love gone? Is it up in space (glitter freeze)(external) or Is it that moment, between I and you?

    It's by the light of the plasma screens
    We keep switched on
    All through the night
    While we sleep

    These days we are connected through our technology. We keep trying to manufacture the connectivity through objectivity, yet it cannot replace the connectivity with reality.






    jfranchise7on May 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song seems to be about lazy asses
    well the second verse seems like it if u replace spring w/ screens
    BienPeempininNICEon April 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI did not know what this was about at first but now listening to it and looking at the lyrics (if these are in fact accurate) I think this song might be about a long distance relationship where both people only communicate through some form of telecommunications possibly skype or something. I mean I think this part of the song says it all "Is it far away In the glitter freeze? Or in our eyes, every time they meet? It's by the light of the plasma screens We keep switched on All through the night
    While we sleep." The only point of connection may be this means of communication and as such their relationship is sort of broken hence the name.
    PCS153on March 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm I thought I just posted these and I put Our Love....

    Distant stars
    Come in black or red
    I've seen their worlds
    Inside my head

    They connect
    With the fall of man
    They breathe you in
    And dive as deep as they can

    There's nothing you can do for them
    They are the force between
    When the sunlight is arising

    There's nothing you can say to him
    He is an outer heart
    And the space has been broken

    Broken
    Our love
    Broken

    Is it far away in the
    Glitter Freeze
    Or in our eyes
    Every time they leave

    It's by the light
    Of the plasma springs
    We keep switched on
    All through the night while we sleep

    There's nothing you can do for them
    They are the force between
    When the sunlight is arising

    There's nothing you can say to her
    I am without a heart
    And the space has been broken

    Broken
    Our love
    Broken
    Samooraion March 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry guys, it's been changed to "our love"
    didn't mean to piss anyone off.
    waltzaon March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry guys, it's been changed to "our love"
    didn't mean to piss anyone off.
    waltzaon March 04, 2010   Link

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