Shadows on the water,
From a memory that turns inside;
From the last time I saw you happier,
Than I’ve seen you
Than I’ve seen you in a long while

And all these faces, oh how they adore you
With every blessing; every strength of a storm.
And it seems to me it all worked out so different
Funny how distance and time they don't change at all

So may your worries,
May your worries
Never fall to loud
Oh may you stay here,
May you stay here
Happy in your own skin,
On the ninth cloud

Cold to every warning,
Oh these ships that passed through, oh years before
And bolder now than a brand new morning
Oh the sun on your face, the bruise and the breaks of these careless arms

So hold your body,
Hold your body
Strong in these winds that blind
And may I find you,
May we sit together when we're grey and old,
On cloud nine
On cloud nine
Cloud nine

This life will move you with every step outside,
It's alright, it's alright;
My arms are open wide for you
This life will move you as graceful as the tide
Oh it's alright, it's alright;
Loosen the fears that fears that bind you,
Loosen the fears that fears that bind you,
I loosen the fears that fears that bind you,
Loosen the fears that fears that bind you



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    General CommentWell in a live performance, Ben Howard said that he had written this song about his sister moving to Mexico for a year.
    Nirrimixon April 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSo Ben wrote this song for his sister.. I thought of thinking in more depth into the lyrics with literacy, so correct me if I'm wrong. Could nine as a word means 'perfect state of happiness'. In the song he says ''Happy in your own skin,
    On the ninth cloud'' indicating he's telling her to be happy because the last time he saw her, he says ''I saw you happier''. he still wants to be in contact and maybe even wishing to be a longer life along with his sister because he says ''May we sit together when Grey and old''.
    ''My arms are open wide for you '' suggest he would welcome her back with a open wide arm and give her a hug.
    His family may be missing her because she's away ''And all these faces, oh how they adore you''. He uses a lot of metaphors in his songs, particularly this one and I like the one in his first sentence ''Shadows on the water,
    From a memory that turns inside''. Ben is reminiscing and the shadows on the water is a metaphor for blurry. faint image of their past.
    sandytoffeeon November 05, 2014   Link

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