"Dagger" as written by and Neil / Halstead....
The sunshine girl is sleeping
She falls and dreams alone
And me I am her dagger
Too numb to feel her pain

The world is full of noise yeah
I hear it all the time
And me I am your dagger
You know I am your wound

I thought I heard you whisper
It happens all the time
I thought I heard you whisper
It happens all the time

She whispers while I'm sleeping:
"I love you when you smile"
I didn't really lose you
I just lost it for a while

The world is full of noise yeah
I hear it all the time
You know I am your dagger
You know I am your wound

I thought I heard you whisper
It happens all the time
I thought I heard you whisper
It happens all the time


Lyrics submitted by typo, edited by rev0lting, lolka, michaeldentico

"Dagger" as written by Neil Halstead

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  • +6
    General CommentHe isn't able to feel, he is numb and is only now realizing how much he hurt someone. she loves him but left him and being alone is the loudest silence ever. he sees himself as nothing but a cause for her pain.
    Crystaldayson April 09, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General Comment"I didn't really lose you
    I just lost it for a while"

    gives me the chills. maybe about 2 people who cant be together due to being bad for each other. the wound is the perfect partner for a dagger. but however perfect they fit, they're slowly killing each other.
    caramelprisoneron July 28, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy friend sadly took his own life recently, and requested that 3 songs be played at his funeral, and this was one of them... It was his and his ex-girlfriend's song. :(
    morningspideron February 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt happens all the time
    Motorama19on September 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod how I love this song....I listen to it on repeat every day.
    kaputlaon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsupposedly, if you go by the liner notes to the reissue, neil wrote this about him and rachel (both singers and songwriters in slowdive) breaking up.

    beautiful.
    proximaon December 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo gentle and sexy. One of the best album closers ever.
    lacuna112on April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful harmonies.
    zodinon December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta perfect song. beautiful forever.
    JohnnyNny94on September 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAh, this song.
    I always listen to it after a break-up or when I'm missing a usually abusive ex.

    It's clear this song is about a break-up, or loss of a connection with someone.
    As a previous commentor mentioned, it involves two people, who are wrong for each other, but somehow they are involved with one another. However, their time together hurts one another. They inflict pain into each other, particularly the songwriter. He knows he is the source of her pain.

    "I didn't really lose you...I just lost it for a while"

    Denial that it is over. Likely, it was a tumultuous relationship, causing the person who inflicted the pain or both parties perhaps to be unable to see the truth...that the relationship is over because they were so invested in it.

    I must say, as a victim of abusive relationships...it's often difficult to let go of abusive partners despite the pain and daggers that they inflict over and over again in me. This song always rings a bell to me in terms of relationships like that.

    Also, I highly recommend the electric version over the acoustic...it's way more haunting, and emotional.
    bjorton August 13, 2015   Link

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