"You Said Something" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
On a rooftop in Brooklyn
At one in the morning
Watching the lights flash
In Manhattan

I see five bridges
The Empire State Building
And you said something
That I've never forgotten

We lean against railings
Describing the colors
And the smells of our homelands
Acting like lovers

How did we get here?
To this point of living?
I held my breath
And you said something

And I'm doing nothing wrong
Riding in your car
The radio playing
We sing up to the eighth floor
A rooftop, Manhattan
At one in the morning
And you said something
That I've never forgotten

You said something
You said something
You said something
That was really important


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"You Said Something" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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    General CommentOh! Gosh! This song is brilliant. To me it is about two people who are so close and know everything about one another. It's a relationship where somehow something ie:a person, is keeping them apart because one of them is already taken and they can't deny the connection and the romance bustling beneath their skin, the tension is soooooo very strong and then one of them admits the truth. It is a moment that the one who heard the truth keeps relieving as if to fantasize as they don't know what's to happen next.
    moonseekaon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really think it's about someone telling her that they love her. And that she's never forgotten it.
    alovelyfadeouton February 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song with all my heart. This song-is just a feeling.. I feel a lot when I listen to it `cause it`s probably familiar to me.. It`s so unbelievably great to be "on the rooftop,to watch the lights flash, to lean against railings describing the colours,smells of our homlands and(the most interesting part) acting like a lovers.." I just so feel it)))
    YellowSkieson February 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like how she never lets us know what it was that the other person said that was so important.
    CB the PBon January 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's just the truth that is spoken. The way she writes it - it has to be more. "I've never forgotten": what did he say? Infuriating but brilliant that we never get to know what.
    caitsith01on March 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti also agree that the secret of ehr not letting the listner knwo what was said is really intresting and good
    dannypolicarpoon January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMoonseeka, I love your interpretation.
    jimnon December 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah Moonseeka I also agree with your interpretation. Beautiful song.
    missmeon February 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with alovelyfadeout. It is her remembering the first time her lover said "i love you".
    partenopeion December 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the first verse is about the first time a man told a women he loved her. the second verse is about the couple looking back on where they came from and he proposes to her .
    bar250on November 13, 2015   Link

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