"Open Arms" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
You're a law unto yourself
And we don't suffer dreamers
But neither should you walk the earth alone

So with finger rolls and folding chairs
And a volley of streamers
We can be there for tweaks and repairs
Should you come back home

We got open arms for broken hearts
Like yours my boy, come home again

Tables are for pounding here
And when we've got you surrounded
The man you are will know the boy you were

And you're not the man who fell to earth
You're the man of La Mancha
And we've love enough to light the street
'Cause everybody's here

We got open arms for broken hearts
Like yours my boy, come home again
We got open arms for broken hearts
Like yours my boy, come home again

Everyone's here
Everyone's here
The moon is out looking for trouble
And everyone's here

Everyone's here
Everyone's here
The moon wants a scrap or a cuddle
And everyone's here

We got open arms for broken hearts
Like yours my boy, come home again
We got open arms for broken hearts
Like yours my boy, come home again

Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Come home again

The moon is out looking for trouble
The moon wants a scrap or a cuddle
The moon is face down in a puddle
And everyone's here


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"Open Arms" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General CommentThe emotive song was triggered by Guy Garvey's move back to the area where he grew up and deals with a prodigal-son type return home.

    It's lyrics describe exactly St. Bernadette's Social Centre in Whitefield which is Garvey's local venue for all weddings, christenings and family get togethers.

    The song also features a line that manages to quote the title of two different productions: "And you're not The Man Who Fell to Earth/You're the Man of La Mancha."

    The Man Who Fell to Earth was a 1976 film starring David Bowie as an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to ship water to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought.

    Man of La Mancha was a 1965 Broadway musical inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the eponymous "mad" knight as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. The standard, "The Impossible Dream," originates from the musical.
    niteflite01on March 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerformed at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony. The general theme of 'you are welcome here' was quite apt even if the specific meaning of the returning prodigal and maybe slightly wayward son wasn't.
    proggieon November 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe personification of the moon is just bloody lovely!

    Super song.
    gtfycon April 26, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThe lyrics are beautiful and it would havesounded equally enchanting if it weren't performed in such a pommy accent. No prejudice intended.
    Expojaison July 11, 2011   Link

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