"The Bones Of You" as written by George Gershwin, Du Bose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin, Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner and Richard Barry Jupp....
So I'm there charging around with a juggernaut brow
Overdraft, speeches and deadlines to make
Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
Telephone burn and a purposeful gait

When out of a doorway
The tentacles stretch of a song that I know
And the world moves in slow-mo
Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Do I have time? A man of my caliber stood in the street
Like a sleepwalking teenager I know
And I dealt with this years ago
I took a hammer to every memento

But image on image like beads on a rosary
Pulled through my head as the music takes hold
And the sickener hits, I can work till I break
But I love the bones of you that I will never escape

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I can't move my arm
For the fear that you will wake
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away


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"The Bones of You" as written by Dorothy Heyward Craig Lee Potter

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  • +5
    General CommentThis is another one of those songs that sums up life in such a precise and perfect manner, Garvey is nothing short of phenomenal. He manages to take the feelings which you can't desrcibe in a thousand words, and put them into four minutes and forty nine seconds of music.
    It's obviously about love nowadays. A businessman who is pushed for time all of the time, rushing around, almost on 'autopilot'. Then Garvey makes him human again when the 'tentacles' of a song bring him back to a former lover. I'm sure everyone has a song that reminds them of one particular moment with someone, whenever they hear it. Garvey sums it up so perfectly with the lines 'and the world moves in slow-mo, straight to my head, like the first cigarrette of the day'.
    He's tried all he can to remove her from his mind, as is said in the fourth verse. It's like he's kidding himself, but he want's her and all of those times back. The last verse 'and i can't move my arm through the fear that you will wake' is so true. When you're daydreaming of that person who is so precious to you, that you just cant blink or it will stop. At which point it's gone hence the three thousand miles away.
    Tragic and beautiful and one of the highlights of this album.
    x
    TwistedAgainon February 06, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentGuy Garvey is a lyrical genius. The images he creates through his use of language are nothing short of magical!

    'But image on image like beads on a rosary
    pulled through my head as the music takes hold
    and the sickener hits'

    'When out of a doorway the tentacles stretch
    Of a song that I know'

    Only a few but i could go through every Elbow song and pick out stuff like this. Amazing. It's a shame Elbow don't have the status that they deserve.
    RJ10on April 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI have recently discovered this band, and I am disappointed that I had not sooner. Their music is great, but the lyrics are amazing. Guy Garvey is one of the best lyricists I can think of. He creates incredible imagery and mood.

    The bones represent the foundation of the former love: the music that reminds him of her. Even though he destroyed all physical evidence of their relationship, the little things remind him of her and he cannot get over this feeling.
    wilsoncseanon April 25, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentNo other song wrenches at my guts like this one does. I can have it on repeat for hours.
    I know exactly what it's like to hear a song and be catapulted into the past.
    For some reason, the line "And I can't move my arm
    Through the fear that you will wake" is my absolute favourite here - beautiful.
    He doesn't want to disturb that moment in time.
    Velvetdresson December 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think the faint fragment of Gershwin's Summertime we hear at the end means a retreat to alcohol. It might just be said song that stretches its tentacles out of the doorway. It fits, "summertime, and the living is easy"...
    Middlemanon August 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can't believe no one's commented on this yet!
    this is probably my all-time favorite heartbreaking song. it's probably not easy to relate to specifically for many people, but the message is still there. when someone you love walks out of your life, the distance can feel like three thousand miles and the time can feel like five years. loving the memory of a person can make them seem even farther away.
    echoromeoindiaon April 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is genius. The lyrics are so florid, the tune is haunting and the distorted basement-low bass is just perfect.
    rocknrollgirl47on February 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely the tale of a businessman who's tried to pretty much pry himself from the memory of a lost love. I love this song, and I love this album.

    "but I love bones of you that I will never escape."
    PassiveTheoryon February 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I guess little things (like certain music or a song) keep reminding him of his lost love, no matter how hard he tries to forget.
    GaiusBertuson March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd the world moves in slow-mo
    Straight to my head
    like the first cigarette of the day

    i love that.
    JackSmirkingRevengeon March 19, 2008   Link

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