"Burgh Island" as written by and Benjamin John Howard....
With brown eyes shining, shore light on the way to go,
And the sun tries you're feeling home, I guess you're broke
And we lost sight of it, and breath tide up in someone's hold,
And I screamed at Burgh Island in sepia tones.

And if I was ever to leave, I'd say before I go
That you're the best moment I have ever known.

With brown eyes shining, shore light on the way to go,
And the sun tries you so long,
And we lost sight of it, and breath tide up in someone's hold,
And we'll break for it on Burgh Island in sepia tones.

And if I was ever to leave, I'll say before I go
That you're the best moment I have ever known.

Oh, I bite my tongue, that you maybe the first to the wind
'Cause I heard each song, the man is a fickle child,

The one blowing.

Oh, I bite my tongue, that you maybe the first to the wind
'Cause I heard each song, the man is a fickle child,

The one blowing.


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"Burgh Island" as written by Benjamin John Howard

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    My OpinionNow remember just my opinion(s);

    First of all, where did this kind of music go? We get little bits and pieces of our forefathers from the likes of these, David Gray, and a select few.

    It does, after i've had my fill, make me hungrier.

    Here's what i've been able to deduce from the lyrics i've listened to carefully, and Britebluedress's comment from 9.21.13 == side note - how must have that been, to be there and ask the artist personally what the heart motives where?! #jealous :) == So here i'll have a stab at the lyrics and i'll try to punctuate them in a way that narrates what they say to me:

    On your brown eyes shine a shore light on the way to go,
    And the sun chides you, reeling all against your glow (the sun is scolding or rebuking her glow and majesty in his jealousy)
    And we lost sight of it: a breath tied up in Summer's hold
    And your eyes screamed it: "BURRRGH ISLAND!" in Sepia tones (because here eyes are brown, the light shining off of them appears in tones of Sepia. Sepia is a reddish-brown color)

    (he saw Burgh Island through her eyes... if you've ever seen anything through a woman's eyes, this might make sense to you)

    And if I's ever to leave, I'd say before I go
    That you're the best woman I ever known.

    (especially if she were the best woman you'd ever known)

    On your brown eyes shine a shore light on the way to go, (headed back now)
    And the sun chides you: "So Long!" (still jealous and glad to see her leave his sight)
    And we lost sight of it, breath tied up in Summer's hold,
    And the one right (as in the rights to the short breath they lost sight of) for it, on Burgh Island in sepia tones.

    And if I's ever to leave, I'll say before I go
    That you're the best woman I've ever known.

    Oh, I bite my tongue, that you may BE the first to ruin
    'Cause I heard it sung that: "man is a fickle child the wind blew in".

    Oh, I bite my tongue, that you may BE the first to ruin
    'Cause I heard it sung that: "man is a fickle child the wind blew in".


    (always just my opinion should i ever say anything.)
    mjasonon September 11, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe parts sung at the end (on the original recording by Monica Heldal and at live performances by India Bourne) are:
    "Oh, I bite my tongue, that you maybe the first to ruin
    'Cause I heard it sung, that man is a fickle child, the wind blew in"
    These lyrics were confirmed to me as correct, by India Bourne herself.
    britebluedresson September 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would say the lyrics are as follows:

    With brown eyes shining, shore light on the way to go,
    And the sun tries you, reeling home against your glow
    And we lost sight of it, and breath tied up in Summer's hold,
    And yeah I screamed it "Burgh Island", in sepia tones.

    And if I was ever to leave, I'd say before I go
    That you're the best woman I've ever known.

    With brown eyes shining, shore light on the way to go,
    And the sun tries you so long,
    And we lost sight of it, breath tied up in Summer's hold,
    And we weren't right for it, Burgh Island in sepia tones.

    And if I was ever to leave, I'll say before I go
    That you're the best woman I've ever known.

    Oh, I bite my tongue, that you maybe the first to ruin
    'Cause I heard it sung; "The mind is a fickle child,
    The wind blew in".

    Oh, I bite my tongue, that you maybe the first to ruin
    'Cause I heard it sung; "The mind is a fickle child,
    The wind blew in".
    Phlip125on July 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song, beautiful words
    jane115047on August 20, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me it's about not wanting to or being honest about being scared to show your true thoughts and a lot to do with that awkward and frustrating realism of always walking away from a moment or memory where you (insert afterthought) wished you'd just been honest and gone all in!

    A lot of ego involved too, but as always his words leave you wondering if he knew what he was doing and he'd hoped you would think that. Very few song/lyrics have ever made me replay over and over so I could work them out. The very fact this was one of a very limited few over the last few years proves this guy's telnet!

    Well done that man, plus her voice is mesmerising! :)
    Scott1976on May 24, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't it "the mind is a fickle child"? at least I always thought so.
    salamandion June 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI feel this song has to do with a special place, where you feel like home, that one used to know for a long time, and had great times in. And they realize it when they have to leave, that this place is special, even if "man is a fickle child". Might be wrong, but that's how I understand it.
    Lyrical93on September 04, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI am only going based off of a circle back moment - from 5 years ago where this song hit me to right now given my current situation.

    He is speaking about how her brown eyes are steadied on the journey ahead to where she is leading him. He follows her, her eyes set a sure light on the way to go. (Not sure if she is a person- or this could also be a boat? Maybe whatever vessel is taking them across the water)

    He watches the sun upon her face & as it casts back it reflects in her brown eyes (I picture my own when sun hits them just right - they turn almost an amber color) reeling all against your glow (i will speak as if she is a person from here forward) the glow of the sun from the water envelops her - almost jealous of her 'glow'. He says the sun chides her - rebuking her (critizing her for being as beautiful as she is - if anyone wants to debate me - I am also a Leo- the sun - the lioness - the only - the sun always is spoken of in the most beautiful regard) so he watches the sun become jealous of her.

    They lost sight of it within that moment upon coming to the shore of burgh island- I think this is just plainly referring to the moment taking them both in being lost there together like they may have been previously (or still are) (romantically) & they couldn't or weren't looking along the shore for the Island any longer. Breath tied up in summers hold - I think this is referring to the etherealness of this moment where they are just lost within one another - I also feel like if (romantically) they had something - & when they lost sight maybe from the time they started what ever it is between them (maybe she has to leave? Or burgh island is her home) both of them encapsulated by what the summer had brought to them (maybe a chance meeting while visiting where he lived over her summer break- & now they have to part as the summer ends?)

    Then as he peers back at her in this moment they are lost in & her eyes reflecting Burgh Island (her eyes screamed it) her eyes reflected the amber color (sepia tones) & he saw it there through her eyes - this is SUCH a fucking deep thing to imagine if you think of how he saw beauty through her eyes. In reference to the summer romance (parting ways) on burgh island - her eyes screaming - maybe in total disappointment or disdain for the island because she has to return (I say she is going because he speaks so surely that she knows where she is going & he speaks of leaving - but she doesn't seem to be going if that happens) & he seems to be going back & when he leaves (if) to reassure or let her know she is everything to him, such wonder, all of what makes her what she is to him, how he sees her - he wants her to know, as a parting.

    Maybe this takes so long because they both want to stay in the moments that don't take them from one another - but the sun the sun continues to scold her upon this return to the island - yet there they are lost in the hold of summer where they were - & this is their goodbye.

    Just my take - also if we're looking into her words ... maybe she finds his love for her foolish & she thinks he is fickle for admiring her as he does - & maybe he just being 'fickle' like the wind blowing in - he is fickle in part that he is far from sempiternal - but he changes & very fast - uncertain but carried in moments easily ... idk that's where my head goes today.

    Chips
    MoldotDolon September 29, 2017   Link

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