"Us Against the World" as written by Christopher Anthony John Martin, Guy Rupert Berryman, Jonathan Mark Buckland, William Champion and Brian Eno....
Oh morning come bursting, the clouds amen
Lift off this blindfold, let me see again
Bring back the water, let your ships roll in
In my heart she left a hole

The tightrope that I'm walking just sways and ties
The devil as he's talking with those angel's eyes
And I just want to be there when the lightning strikes
And the saints go marching in

And sing slow it down
Through chaos as it swirls
It's us against the world

Like a river to a raindrop, I lost a friend
My drunken as a Daniel in a lion's den
And tonight I know it all has to begin again
So whatever you do, don't let go

And if we could float away
Fly up to the surface and just start again
And lift off before trouble
Just erodes us in the rain

Just erodes us in the rain
Just erodes us and see roses
In the rain

Sing slow it down
Slow it down

Through chaos as it swirls
It's us against the world
Through chaos as it swirls
It's us against the world


Lyrics submitted by AshleyRose, edited by JessicaMollie

"Us Against the World" as written by Guy Berryman Brian Peter George Eno

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, THE ROYALTY NETWORK INC.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Us Against the World song meanings
Add your thoughts

15 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +3
    General CommentMy favorite part of the song is, "If we could float away, fly up to the surface and just start again, and lift off before trouble just erodes us in the rain..." This is the desire I have to I can relate to this line on many different levels.
    theseamonkeyon November 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh morning come bursting the clouds amen
    Lift off this blindfold let me see again
    Bring back the water let your ships roll in
    In my heart she left a hole

    The tightrope that I'm walking just sways and ties
    The devil as he's talking with those angel's eyes
    And I just want to be there when the lightening strikes
    And the saints go marching in

    And sing
    Slow it down
    Through chaos as it swirls
    It's us against the world

    Like a river to a raindrop I lost a friend
    My drunken hazard daniel in a lion's den
    And tonight I know it all has to begin again
    So whatever you do, don't let go

    And if we could float away
    Fly up to the surface and just start again
    Lift off before trouble just erodes us in the rain
    Just erodes us in the rain
    Just erodes us and see roses in the rain saying

    Slow it down
    Through chaos as it swirls
    It's us against the world

    Through chaos as it swirls
    It's us against the world

    OFFICIAL LYRICS
    sriv760on November 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song, is about someone who is broken by his love and wants to go back in time. He wants that it is like it used to be.
    "And if we could float away
    Fly up to the surface and just start again"

    Than, he says :
    "And lift off before trouble
    Just erodes us in the rain
    Just erodes us in the rain
    Just erodes us and see roses in the rain"

    Which means, he wants to go back in time and do it all over, start again, and do it different where it went wrong in the first place.

    He also says :
    "Like a river to a raindrop i lost a friend"
    It's a beautiful sentence to me, he lost his friend/lover really quickly and unexpected.

    "The tightrope that I'm walking just sways and ties"
    It's difficult for him right now in his situation, he's struggeling with himself because he's so upset about her, he doesn't know what to do. "In my haert she left a whole".

    "Lift off this blindfold, let me see again"
    He wants to be realesed by his pain, so he can "see" again. He is blinded by pain of this woman.

    "The devil as he's talking with those angel's eyes"
    She manipulates him, it's so easy to give in, she deceives him and he knows that. But he is still to in love to let it go...

    This is one of my favourite songs, and this was my interpretation :)
    henkie98on September 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationContext: I lost my wife to cancer Three years ago today. This is where my mind goes when I hear this song. From the day of the diagnosis, to the days after her death. Thanks for letting me share.


    "Oh morning come bursting, the clouds, Amen
    Lift off this blindfold, let me see again
    And bring back the water, that your ships rode in
    In my heart you left a hole"

    Another Day starts. Another blood test, another P.E.T. scan, another C.A.T. scan, another MRI, another doctor's appointment, another negative result, another day of disappointments. Can we go back to the two of us thinking our life life was too good to be true?

    "The tightrope that I'm walking just sways and ties
    The devil as he's talking with those angel's eyes
    And I just want to be there when the lightning strikes
    And the saints go marching in"


    I've pleaded with God to let me keep her, to let us be, however she is after it's all over, we will still be together. That's all I need. That's all we need.
    She's been such a model. She's done what she said she'd do. What she said was always what she thought. I haven't met a better person. "Can you please let the "Good Guy" win this time?" everyday day that goes by, I start thinking about what kinda deal I'd formulate with the Devil if he'd only agree to take me instead of her. Do it for her, for the kids.



    "And sing slow-ow-ow-ow it down"

    I've always loved her, all those years. We've always been in love. All those years. Still, didn't it feel like when we had just met, when i was hoping that you were finding me as interesting as I was finding you interesting? We were barely adults. Was I even an adult? How could it have gone so fast? We're in love they said. Would it have seemed longer if I'd a loved you less? Is it ok to want you for a bit longer? Would it be ok to love you a bit less? Would it make time pass by slower?

    "Through chaos as it swirls
    It's just us against the world"

    I've never seen you like this. You've always been the optimist. I'm taking over, Baby. I know we'll be ok. I know you'll make it. I know We'll make it. It's us against cancer, and we're going to smack it back to where it came from. I see it in your eyes, Love, you're not as convinced as I am. I'm scared. But don't worry we'll be ok. Won't we?


    "Like a river to a raindrop, I lost a friend"

    How many people have gone through what we're going through? That loved each other as much as we do? Tons, I know. Doesn't make it hurt less, though. Oh God, I miss you.


    "My drunken as a Daniel in a lion's den
    And tonight I know it all has to begin again
    So whatever you do, don't let go"


    Don't worry, I think I got this. I'm worried silly, but don't you worry Ali, I think I've got this. If I don't, I'll try real hard baby, you'll be proud of me. But maybe I won't have to. Maybe we'll get you through this? You have to get through this...

    "And if we could float away
    Fly up to the surface and just start again
    And lift off before trouble
    Just erodes us in the rain"


    Can that be our deal, Mr Devil? Can I go back to before it all started? Can I book her that doctor's appointment that will catch it prior to me having to deal with you? And then, if you spared her all this shit, you could have my soul when I go?


    "Sing slow-ow-ow-ow it down
    Oh slow-ow-ow-ow it down"


    I don't want to imagine my life without you? 6 to 12 months. Years are no longer our barometer. We've been reduced to months. How can it be that those weeks are becoming months so quickly?

    "Through chaos as it swirls
    It's just us against the world
    Through chaos as it swirls
    It's us against the world"

    Now that you're gone, it's our two girls and I against the world. I feel strong baby, I can take it. All three of us, we'll take'em on. Don't worry Baby. Don't worry My Sweet Girls, we'll be ok. Won't we?
    eight1Nineon April 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like a lullaby :)
    octoberrains091on October 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this, it sounds like their old stuff. I havent heard anything like this since X & Y
    alicelopez130on June 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"Oh morning come bursting, the clouds amen
    Lift off this blindfold, let me see again
    Bring back the water, let your ships roll in
    In my heart she left a hole"

    i feel memory brought tears to his eyes
    Justhoughton May 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard "my drum could answer Daniel in a lion's den"
    JessicaMollieon July 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it's about wanting to start afresh in a relationship. To forget whatever has troubled them in the past and start from the beginning.
    Salt23on December 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me there several references to the Bible:

    The "Noah's Ark" story:
    It seems like he's hoping for a storm, which would wash every bad things away in order to start again.
    And also: "Amen", "Daniel in a lion's den"
    I think there is others but I don't have much knowledge of the Bible.

    I don't think it's a religious song but just references to describe a feeling.

    I really like the way he sing: "Slow it down!"
    Reminds me scenes in movies when things slow down during a battle to show that a character is overwhelm by what is going on...
    smallerwon March 03, 2014   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain