"Protection" as written by Robert Del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles and Tracey Anne Thorn....
This girl I know needs some shelter
She don't believe anyone can help her
She's doing so much harm, doing so much damage
But you don't want to get involved
You tell her she can manage
And you can't change the way she feels
But you could put your arms around her

I know you want to live yourself
But could you forgive yourself
If you left her just the way
You found her

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

You're a boy and I'm a girl
But you know you can lean on me
And I don't have no fear
I'll take on any man here
Who says that's not the way it should be

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

She's a girl and you're a boy
Sometimes you look so small, look so small
You've got a baby of your own
When your baby's grown, she'll be the one
To catch you when you fall

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

You're a girl and I'm a boy
You're a girl and I'm a boy, yeah
You're a girl and I'm a boy
You're a girl and I'm a boy

Sometimes you look so small, need some shelter
Just runnin' round and round, Helter Skelter
And I've leaned on you for years
Now you can lean on me
And that's more than love, that's the way
It should be
Now I can't change the way you think
But I could put my arms around you
That's just part of the deal
That's the way I feel
I put my arms around you

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

I stand in front of you
I'll take the force of the blow
Protection

You're a boy and I'm a girl
You're a boy and I'm a girl, hey
You're a boy and I'm a girl
You're a boy and I'm a girl, yeah


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"Protection" as written by Robert Del Naja Tracey Thorn

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  • +4
    General Comment"Now I can't change the way you think but I can put my arms around you"...now that is some f*cken truth
    gilbagon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentProbably one of the most beautiful love songs ever written.
    Alastison April 02, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYup, it's Tracey Thorn.

    At first I thought this song was about romantic love, but after reading some of the comments here, y'all are right, this song is about all sorts of love. Romantic, parent-child, friendship. About sticking up for someone, protecting them and making them stronger, but also accepting them for who they are, flaws and all.
    hallospacegirlon January 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMan, this song just owns.

    I agree, I really hear a girl singing to a boy about herself in the third person. Maybe she's in love with the guy, but maybe there's just a bond that supersedes mere friendship but doesn't quite fit as romantic love - maybe it's the kind of thing that COULD be romantic love in a different context, but isn't now and maybe doesn't ever need to be.

    By the way, it's:

    "You've got a baby of your own
    When your baby's GONE, she'll be the one
    To catch you when you fall"

    The implication being, it's not literally a BABY she's referring to, but a romantic attachment. It really doesn't make a lot of sense that she's referring to an actual baby, if you think about it in context with that whole verse. When your infant's grown, she'll catch you when you fall? What?? In other words, the guy has himself a girl (a colloquial "baby"), but the singer knows he's just going to end up getting hurt, and will therefore get his back when he needs it. It also is again implying what could be a romantic thing, or just a "mere" uber-friendship.
    FatherCallahanon March 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat's love in its most precious way
    watermark260783on March 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlovely
    donniedarko28on October 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song. Just about accepting when you someone may not want your help with something but you should always be there for them, for protection. You may not be able to change the way they think, cheer them up or whatever, but you can still be there for them when they want to talk, when they need your love and when they need protection.

    -Katie. xoxo.
    Disposition___on January 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about having a partner who protects you from all the bad things in life and is always there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on.beautiful song tracy thorn is a lyrical genius
    Riot Grrrlon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProtection that comes from being loved by someone- it could be between a boy and a girl, or a parent and child. Beautiful emotional lyrics- one of the most evocative electronic songs I've ever heard.
    drucifer23on September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs. I feel it is about someone who wants to help and protect her but they can't protect her from herself and her feelings so they do the only thing they can.

    But you don't want to get involved
    You tell her she can manage
    And you can't change the way she feels
    But you could put your arms around her
    dissolved_girlon October 02, 2004   Link

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