Give me hope in silence
It's easier, it's kinder
Tell me not of heartbreak
It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul
We will meet back on this road
Nothing gained, truth be told
But I'm not the enemy
It isn't me, the enemy

But I came and I was nothing
Time will give us nothing
So why did you choose to lean on
A man you knew was falling?

Give me hope in silence
It's easier, it's kinder
Tell me not of heartbreak
It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul
And bury me beside you
I have no hope in solitude
And the world will follow
To the earth down below

But I came and I was nothing
Time will give us nothing
So why did you choose to lean on
A man you knew was falling?


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  • +3
    Song MeaningAlthough the song was written for Wuthering Heights(a phenomenal book!) it can relate to many subjects other then love. This is my interpretation of this song.

    "Give me hope in silence
    It's easier, it's kinder
    Tell me not of heartbreak
    It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul"
    I think this is saying don't tell me of the troubles in our world. It's better to have silence then to hear the pain and despair of desperate peoples. And on a more personal note...When you constantly hear adults fighting you stop hoping for a happy home-life. You don't even let your self wish that they would love one another. You hope only for silence. That the screaming would stop.

    "And bury me beside you
    I have no hope in solitude"
    When I see your pain and my lack of ability to relieve it it crushes me. When I see the deaths of millions I loose my desire to live with the pain in the world. I cannot survive when everyone around me is succumbing to the pain.

    "And the world will follow
    To the earth down below"
    Ultimately we will all end our days in the earth, down below.

    "But I came and I was nothing
    Time will give us nothing"
    Things are not getting better. We recuperate from one painful time in our lives just to find another trial awaiting us. On both a personal and global level.

    "So why did you choose to lean on
    A man you knew was falling? "
    But yet..even amidst the pain and suffering we find the strength to trust. To trust that this time it will be different. That the one in whom we place our hope will not let us down although deep down inside we know that they will eventually, like everyone else, fail us. And that is what makes us human. The ability to trust, to have that trust broken, and then trust again.
    mlynnmswimmeron February 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment(Just so you know, this song was written for Andrea Arnold's 2011 film adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.)

    "Give me hope in silence
    It's easier, it's kinder"

    He doesn't wish for his love to talk about the troubles they're facing; it's just easier to pretend that everything is fine.

    "Tell me not of heartbreak
    It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul"

    He just doesn't want to talk of heartbreak because if causes him pain facing the reality of the situation they're in.

    "And bury me beside you
    I have no hope in solitude"

    He just wants to be with her; he knows that without her he wouldn't be happy.

    "And the world will follow
    To the earth down below"

    I think that this part is basically saying that the world it's self will not matter anymore because it will "follow to the earth down below"; where he's "buried" beside her.

    "But I came and I was nothing
    Time will give us nothing"

    I think this part is explaining that he has a low ranking in society, and if she stays with him it won't change his status because he will still be considered "nothing".

    "So why did you choose to lean on
    A man you knew was falling?"

    He saying that she is just setting herself up for heartbreak because he isn't worthy of her, and that ultimately they can't be together.


    Well, I'm not sure if that's totally right but I feel like I'm on the right track, haha.
    But besides that, I just love this song - Mumford and Son's are amazing.
    imcassholeon December 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song. It's perfect for Wuthering Heights, especially since I'm a fan of both :)

    Here's my take on how it relates to the book:

    "Give me hope in silence
    It's easier, it's kinder"
    ~one of the last scenes with Cathy and Heathcliff, he's holding her on the rocks they used to play on as children, and shut out their problems and the rest of the world, just being children again.

    "Tell me not of heartbreak
    It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul"
    ~Heathcliff was angry at Cathy when she claimed to be heartbroken about the fact she married Edgar instead.

    "And bury me beside you
    I have no hope in solitude"
    ~When she dies, he dies inside with her


    "And the world will follow
    To the earth down below"
    ~He kind of goes insane with her death, even digging up her grave to sleep next to her.

    "But I came and I was nothing
    Time will give us nothing"
    ~He was an orphaned "moor" boy when he arrived, and as time goes on, the more distant and desperate they become

    "So why did you choose to lean on
    A man you knew was falling?"
    ~Edgar, the man she married for money and status, let Cathy bully him. Her only match was Heathcliff.

    Honestly, this is beautiful <3
    indiequeen17on January 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIn the full version, there is an extra part, which wasn't played in the film. You can find the word "enemy" in it, which is the title of the song:


    "Give me hope in silence
    It's easier, it's kinder
    Tell me not of heartbreak
    It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul
    We will meet back on this road
    Mothing gain, truth be told
    But I'm not the enemy
    It isn't me, it isn't me."
    dánielboon July 17, 2012   Link

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