"Sonnet" as written by and Richard Ashcroft....
My friend and me
Looking through her red box of memories
Faded I'm sure
But love seems to stick in her veins you know

Yes, there's love if you want it
Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord
Yes, there's love if you want it
Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord
My lord

Why can't you see
That nature has its way of warning me
Eyes open wide
Looking at the heavens with a tear in my eye

Yes, there's love if you want it
Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord
Yes, there's love if you want it
Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord
My lord

Sinking faster than a boat without a hull
My lord
Dreaming about the day when I can see you there
My side
By my side

Here we go again and my head is gone, my lord
I stop to say hello
'Cause I think you should know, by now
By now
By now
By now
By now
By now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now
Oh, by now


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"Sonnet" as written by Richard Ashcroft

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  • +6
    General CommentTo me this is a love song... a guy been having a crush on a girl for so long and he just wants to tell her how much he loves her. If she wants his love she will take him for who he is.

    My friend and me
    Looking through her red box of memories
    Faded I'm sure
    But love seems to stick in her veins you know

    // Here it sounds like he found things that reminded him of her and those memories been fading over time but his love for her still strong.


    Why can't you see
    That nature has its way of warning me
    Eyes open wide
    Looking at the heavens with a tear in my eye

    // Here he may realize that this kind of love is some kinda of "Romeo & Juliet" and almost impossible and he beings to cry about the who situation. Love being part of nature can be something very painful when the other person does not feel the same.


    Sinking faster than a boat without a hull
    My lord
    Dreaming about the day when I can see you there
    My side
    By my side

    /// Here the feeling becomes so overwhelming that it feels like he is hitting the bottom of the sea where everything is dark and little life left...and he just dreams he could be with her but it's just an illusion and all in his head and he realizes that's the case and that's why the feeling is overwhelming.


    Here we go again and my head is gone, my lord
    I stop to say hello
    'Cause I think you should know, by now
    By now


    /// Here he is just acknowledging that he can't stop thinking about her and just wants to see his crush and tell her how he feels because the feeling been killing him and she should know by now.

    Yes, there's love if you want it
    Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord

    // This is his way of asking her out... if she wants love she can just say yes to him.
    slakwareon June 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit sounds like he's in love with his friend, but she's still hung up on someone else.
    stacibugon May 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought the sonnet thing was a reference to love not being perfect, the way it seems in poetry. There's love if you want it, but you have to accept its imperfections.
    Then the last(ish!) line "I think you should know by now" is kind of a reference to that, she should realise she can't have everything she wants.
    tumblebiscuiton August 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is about a relationship with an ex. He calls her a freind because they have decided to be Friends. Seeing each other just rubs salt in wounds that will not heal, but alas they have decided to be "freinds" even if it kills them both. In the end he hopes that they will one day get back together because they truly love each other.
    Eggos=yumon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about a relationship with an ex, or even a on-again/off-again relationship.

    "Yes, there's love if you want it
    Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord"

    A sonnet is a terribly ordered piece of poetry (remember back to english class: ababcdcdefefgg), so there is love for this couple, though it might not be a one step forward, two steps back type of process. When we were dating, my wife and I had such a relationship and that's how I thought of this song at the time.

    Like much of Urban Hymns there is also considerable drug imagery.
    tjbon April 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThought there would be more comments about this song?

    To me its a combination of his heroin addiction and how he uses it to escape pain and past loves...

    "my friend and me (him and the heroin)
    Looking through her red box of memories...

    Like Benjo says, love sticking iin her veins is the heroin he uses to replace what he has lost...

    He makes reference to 'my lord' a lot indicating he is lost and looks for help, not only with her, but with the struggle to control himself and his addiction..

    I love this song and whether or not the above is correct its a lovely song to relate to unrequited love, but when you never fully give up hope!
    Lovinglyricson June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really really really really really really really like this song. This whole album is good, actually. (:
    JulieMarleneon January 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother example of richard ashcroft - a genuis, and this is one of his more simple examples of lyric writing.

    i agree, it's pretty much about a relationship with an ex. not sure why you'd ever do that, but okay.
    cadillac4lifeon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPossibly about his heroin addiction?

    'love seems to stick in her veins you know'

    Addicted to the drug,

    'Here we go again and my head is gone, my lord
    I stop to say hello
    'Cause I think you should know, by now'

    Hes taken a hit again. Just a guess

    'Yes, there's love if you want it
    Don't sound like no sonnet, my lord'

    There's heroin if he wants it, the lord almighty is telling him in his head why he shouldn't have it,
    benjo21on December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow barely any comments on this song/ this artist..... this is like the verve's best, didnt like the album that much though. It's weird to see that the verve's fanbase is so small
    Morviton April 07, 2005   Link

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