"Babel" as written by Robert Del Naja, Martina Topley-bird, Neil Davidge and Grantley Evan Marshall....
Say it was your babel
Say it was my babel
It was my babel
Tell all people

Now you know it's over rolling off her shoulder
You can take a ladder to the shadows and forget
Was it how she kissed you and then dismissed you
Was it purposeful and was it just to hook you in

Hallucinating, chasing, changing, racing
Breaking, hating till you lost it all
Where was your girlfriend, he was not your ?
Where you were going, you're on your own

He was quick to burning
He was slow to learning
Though inside your misty
He still kissed her when she cried
And did your best to please her
And then get up and leave her
You befriended the harsh way it ended now sleep tight

Hallucinating, chasing, changing, racing, gracing
Breaking, hating till you lost it all


Lyrics submitted by likesgreeneyes, edited by mystyci

"Babel" as written by Martina Topley-bird Grantley Evan Marshall

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group

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  • +3
    Lyric Correctionthese lyrics are pretty close but there are some errors here, as i see (hear) it. it is definitely hard to get the correct lyrics just by listening to this track because martina's accent and vocal style. with that in mind, there's almost an entire verse - second to last one - that i cannot interpret. even watching so many live videos i have no idea what she is singing during that part. although if you listen closely you can tell that it's not really close to what is listed here..

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    say what's on paper
    said it was my babel
    it was my babel
    tell all people

    now you know it's over
    rolling off her shoulder
    you can take a ladder to the shadows and forget
    was it how she kissed you and then dismissed you
    was it purposeful and was it just to hook you in

    hallucinating, chasing, changing, racing, breaking
    hating till you lost it all
    well you lost your girlfriend
    she was not knowing
    where you were going
    you are on your own

    he was quick to burning
    he was slow to learning
    though his eyes are misted
    he still kissed her when she cried
    and you did your best to please her
    you didn't up and leave her
    you befriended the harsh way it ended now sleep tight

    hallucinating, chasing, changing, pacing, bracing
    breaking a few walls at all ??
    was that all you're doing ??
    ??
    ??
    ??

    you wanna be the one that shoots that truth i'm not dead
    i'm running so far out of my head
    the sprain of heart that ripples my day
    you can never sail by thinking away

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    this is just my interpretation.. and some of the words can be heard other waya, even i hear different words sometimes (like 'ripples' for instance). and yeah, that one verse is really hard to understand so if anyone else knows wtf she is saying i'd like to know for sure!
    Wimmachineon August 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionSay "it was her babel"
    Said it was my babel
    It was my babel
    Tell all people

    Now you know it's over
    Rolling off her shoulder
    You can take a ladder to the shadows and forget
    Was it how she kissed you and then dismissed you
    Was it purposeful and was it just to hook you in

    Hallucinating, chasing, changing, racing
    Breaking, hating till you lost it all
    Well you lost your girlfriend, she was not knowing
    Where you were going, you are on your own

    He was quick to burning
    He was slow to learning
    Though his eyes were misted
    He still kissed her when she cried
    You did your best to replace her
    You didn't up and leave her
    You befriended the harsh way it ended
    Now sleep tight

    Hallucinating, chasing, changing, pacing
    Bracing, breaking, if you lost it all
    Was it all your good
    Reachin into it
    That lead you to me
    I would have craved the love

    I wanna be the one that should've said "You do not dare"
    I'm running so far out of my head
    This rain of heart that ripples my day
    Can never said what was thinking, wait
    Mmm...

    I'm almost positive these are the correct lyrics.
    sixteenmistakeson February 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSay it was your babel
    Said it was my babel
    It was my babel
    Tell your people

    Now you know it's over
    Rollin off her shoulder
    You can take a lighter to the shadows and forget
    Was it how she kissed you and then dismissed you
    Was it purposeful and was it just to hook you in

    Hallucinating, chasing, changing, bracing
    Breaking, hating til you lost it all
    [Hallucinating, chasing, changing, pacing
    Bracing, breaking, til you lost it all]
    Well you lost your girlfriend, she was not knowing
    Where you were going, you are on your own

    He was quick to burnin
    He was slow to learnin
    Though his eyes were misted
    He still kissed her when she cried
    You did your best to please
    You didn't up and leave her
    You befriended the harsh way it ended
    Now sleep tight

    Hallucinating, chasing, changing, pacing
    Bracing, breaking, if you lost it all
    Was it all your good
    Reachin into it
    That lead you to me
    I would have craved the love

    [Hallucinating, chasing, changing, pacing
    Bracing, breaking, til you lost it all
    Well she did say to see
    She led you to me
    We'd better to be
    We crave love]

    I wanna be the one that shoots the truth of my death
    I'm running so far out of my head
    This strain of heart that ripples my day
    You can not ever say what thinking way


    I noticed some differences between the live version of the song and the recorded version. I put in brackets the changes to the song in the live version.
    mystycion December 08, 2015   Link

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