"Promise" as written by and Benjamin John Howard....
And meet me there, bundles of flowers
We wait through the hours of cold
Winter shall howl at the walls
Tearing down doors of time
Shelter as we go

And promise me this
You'll wait for me only
Scared of the lonely arms
Surface, far below these burn
And maybe, just maybe I'll come home

Who am I, darling to you?
Who am I?
Going to tell you stories of mine
Who am I?

Who am I, darling for you?
Who am I?
Could be a burden in time, lonely
Who am I, to you?

Who am I, darling for you?
Who am I?
Going to be a burden
Who am I, darling to you?
Who am I?

I come alone here
I come alone here


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"Promise" as written by Benjamin John Howard

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  • +11
    General CommentIs it just me or his voice really makes everything just freeze in time?
    enigmaticsoulon March 25, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think instead of

    "Surface, far below these words"

    it is actually
    "Surface, far below these burns"

    great song though, exactly how I'm feeling now.
    rjo309on February 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOne of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard - his voice sends shivers down my spine.
    bellabambion December 01, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFirstly, I really like your view of this song.
    Because of your opinion this song has now a double meaning for me.

    Secondly, my thoughts about this song has also a different meaning.
    For me this is about a man who is transforming into the person he is supposed to be.


    “And meet me there, bundles of flowers
    We wait through the hours of cold
    Winter shall howl at the walls
    Tearing down doors of time
    Shelter as we go”

    In time he will tear down his walls he build (winter shall howl at the walls), it is a long and lonely road to achieve that goal. (the hours of cold) During this progress he has to be careful and patient (shelter as we go)

    The we-form is the person he is at the moment and the person he will/wants to become.

    The new man is saying to the old man: and meet me there, bundles of flowers.
    So when he is finally blossomed, he knows he is transformed.

    "And promise me this
    You'll wait for me only
    Scared of the lonely arms
    Surface, far below these burn
    And maybe, just maybe I'll come home">>

    During the progress there will be people who wants something from you.
    Don't give in, just because you are lonely.
    You only will lose yourself more and more.
    Rise above it and maybe you will find yourself.


    The sentence, who am I, darling to you?
    Is for me: the way you are now is not enough, that is why you are feeling alone.
    Respect yourself and do something about it.
    richardHon October 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song describes a situation within the context of a couple facing a definitive separation. The structure of the song makes one think that she had an affair and now she regrets and wants to have another opportunity with his boyfriend/husband. So, he sings the song explaining how he feels.

    The couple is living difficult times, they spend time together but he doesn’t see things to get better. There is certain hopelessness in the first verse:

    “And meet me there, bundles of flowers
    We wait through the hours of cold
    Winter shall howl at the walls
    Tearing down doors of time
    Shelter as we go”

    Then, he asks her to commit, telling her that it is the only way for him to consider coming back:

    “And promise me this
    You'll wait for me only
    Scared of the lonely arms
    Surface, far below these burn
    And maybe, just maybe I'll come home”

    At the end of the song, he is so insecure that asks what he means to her. He’d like to hear that she loves him but he is not sure anymore. Is she with him out of pity?
    HartoPicanteon October 02, 2014   Link

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