"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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    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
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    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
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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
  • 0
    General Commentisn't it "the mind is a fickle child"? at least I always thought so.
    salamandion June 29, 2013   Link
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    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 CommentBeautiful song, beautiful words
    jane115047on August 20, 2014   Link
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    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

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