"The Cage" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
You broke the bread
We drank the wine
Your lip was bleedin' but it was fine
Come on inside, babe, across the line
I love you more than i

But then this bird just flew away
She was never meant to stay
Oh to keep her caged would just delay the spring

You broke your word
Now that's a lie
We had a deal that you would try
Come on inside, girl, I think it's time
High time we drew the line

But then this bird just flew away
While I looked the other way
Oh to keep her caged would just delay the spring

Oh you broke my soul
Dear you stole the plot
You left an empty shot
There's nothing left here 'cos you took the lot

An empty cage is all I've got
'cos when your bird has flown away
She was never meant to stay
Oh to keep her caged would just delay the spring
To keep her caged would just delay the spring


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"The Cage" as written by Francis Healy

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentThis song can be interpreted in two ways:

    First could be about a relationship between two people where one wishes to leave and the other holds tight.

    Second, and the one that I feel is the most accurate is that this song is this song represents the story of Persephone and Hades, sung from his perspective. This is evident when you take into account the lyrics "To keep her caged would just delay the spring" since as long as Persephone was in the Underworld "caged" and bound to Hades, Spring time would never come.
    vlad3060on March 21, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a relationship, your partner is the bird. you should never keep them caged, but if you let them free and they choose to come back to you then it is meant to be.
    setting_sun_69on July 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about letting a girl go. Keep her "caged" was stopping the happiness from or coming, or the "spring." It's time to let go. It's time to let go.
    SMUSER17019091on December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSometimes we need to know how to let go and i think this song is about it. There is things that are useless for us to do cause it will make the situation get worse and in this case is "to keep her caged".
    Fraggyon November 20, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about a relationship where one person has fallen out of love and wants to move on, while the other remains heavily attached to the partner: "I love you more than I".

    This relationship was founded on unrequited love, where the lover has strong feelings for the loved, but the loved does not reciprocate these feelings back. Possibly they agreed to try to sort the relationship out ("we had a deal that you would try... now that's a lie"), but after realizing that a relationship cannot live when only one half is in love, the lover decides to "draw the line", meaning, despite it being painful and not what they want, to break up with the loved one, as if they kept the relationship going (keeping her 'caged') it would "just delay the spring"; i.e. when the metaphorical 'bird' would fly away towards a new home.

    In the end, the loved is left with an 'empty cage', but can find some comfort in the idea that when someone leaves you, they were 'never meant to stay' - meaning that, despite the pain, perhaps many relationships were never meant to work out (for whatever reasons) in the long run.

    A beautiful song rich with metaphoric imagery.
    marcbackmanon September 29, 2013   Link

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