"Gift" as written by Annie Lennox, Robert A. Bell, Paul Gerard Buchanan and Paul Joseph Moore....
Darling don't you understand
I feel so ill at ease
The room is full of silence and it's getting hard to breathe
Take this guilted cage of pain and set me free
Take this overcoat of shame
It never did belong to me
It never did belong to me

I need to go outside
I need to leave the smoke
'Cause I can't go on living in this same sick joke
It seems our lives have taken on a different kind of twist
Now that you have given me the perfect gift
You have given me the gift

For we have fallen from our shelves
To face the truth about ourselves
And we have tumbled from our trees
Tumbled from our trees

And I can almost
I can almost hear the rain falling
Don't you know it feels so good
So let's go out into the rain again
Just like we said we always would


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"The Gift" as written by Robert Bell Paul Gerard Buchanan

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    General CommentI have looked around the net and I am not completely satisfied with the answers. Some say that this song has to do with Annie's involvement with Dave Stewart from the band Eurythmics. But I don't think this is the case. As I recall they were on good terms when she went her solo. The verse that makes me doubt the song's possible relation to her connect with David is "Take this guilted cage of pain, and set me free. Take this overcoat of shame, it never did belong to me" has no relation to her connection with Dave Stewart. I don't see any shame or guilt between the two of them.

    I'm going to guess that this song is about being in an relationship that was basically like living a lie and was perpetuated up until a point. Annie sings, "we have tumbled from our shelves, to face the truth about ourselves" which,in my opinion, means through the process of no longer living in a lie, turmoil ensues along with resistance until she finally lets all of that go to be able to accept the truth about herself. Possibly she now realizes that what worked for her in the past can no longer allow her to function. She's tired of "living in this same sick joke", now she is letting that facade go and faces/accepts her truth.

    I personally think "the gift" was the process of being forced into recognizing the lies that some of us indulge in and that steer us away from our truth/true identity. But through the turmoil and devastation of "tumbling from our trees" and "falling from our shelves" (basically being forced out of our comfort zone) we now have faced the truth about ourselves and who we really are.

    And when you let go of the lies that cloud your judgment you gain a sense of crystal clarity that you never knew could possibly exist. Because if you did then you'd never choose to live in a lie in the first place. Hence, "I can almost hear the rain falling" which metaphorically serves as a purging or a cleansing to wash away what she once deluded herself with and "it feels so good."

    So for me The Gift is reaching a profound level of inner personal growth that relationships can provide for us. Even if they end on bad terms (e.g. "take this overcoat of shame, it never did belong to me") we learn so much about ourselves through the process.

    I have been a fan of Annie since the early 1980's. Her lyrics are sheer poetry. She's amazing!
    AdrienDeLaChicagoon June 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhat is the gift. ?
    sdndarbon August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about two lovers who had some problems..
    'Darling don't you understand
    I feel so ill at ease
    The room is full of silence and it's getting hard to breathe'

    Then they had a child which is 'the gift'..'It seems our lives have taken on a different kind of twist
    Now that you have given me the perfect gift'

    And towards the end of the song they are trying to make it work together for the child.
    'I can almost feel the rain falling
    Don't you know it feels so good
    So let's go out into the rain again
    Just like we said we always would'

    I can't believe Annie Lennox hasn't got more comments.. she has written alot of amazing lyrics!
    louisruben88on August 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think The "gift " is Freedom !!!
    Anjodalyon June 10, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think "The Gift" is Freedom !!!!
    Anjodalyon June 10, 2015   Link

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