"Sometimes (Lester Piggot)" as written by James Brown and Buddy J. Hobgood....
There's a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on the concrete
On a flat roof, there's a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling "come on thunder, come on thunder"

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

It's a monsoon, and the rain lifts lids off cars
Spinning buses like toys, stripping them to chrome
Across the bay, the waves are turning into something else
Picking up fishing boats and spewing them on the shore

The boy is hit, lit up against the sky, like a sign, like a neon sign
And he crumples, drops into the gutter, legs twitching
The flood swells his clothes and delivers him on, delivers him on

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

There's four new colors in the rainbow
An old man's taking Polaroids
But all he captures is endless rain, endless rain
He says listen, takes my head and puts my ear to his
And I swear I can hear the sea

Sometimes, when I look in your eyes I can see your soul
(I can touch your soul )
(I can reach your soul)

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"Sometimes" as written by Lawrence Gott Timothy Booth

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    General CommentIt's about challenging God. He's looking into the eye of the storm, and daring God to strike him with lightning. Beautiful imagery...
    timsakyon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about being consumed by something: death or love. The two great mysteries in life. I just think it might be about a connection with something more; a connection between two people or nature. There is a feeling of wanting to be at one swept away by the water or emotion or both.
    Isy35on March 07, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely amazing. ionly heard it recently and i was in my car in the rain driving through glenn coe in scotland and it was like, wow, why don't i know this song? it was such a perfect dramatic song for such a dramatic situation in that place, if yuo've ever been you'dd know exactly what i mean.
    t1nkerb3llon March 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is the greatest james song, way better than that overplayed piece of shit "laid"
    rossxon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJames singer Tim Booth has mentioned that parts of the song are about his desire to be struck by lightning!!! Some beautiful imagery here in possibly my favourite James song, the Lester Piggot in brackets after Sometimes refers to the driving, racing sound of the music (Lester Piggot was a legendary UK Horse Racing Jockey) although there is also a possible connection to the "Lester Piggot" chant at the end of the original version of Sit Down (1989)
    bobby peruon April 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the irresistable and destructive allure of forbidden love. It's about a man who knows full well that this love will destroy him, but lets it into his life anyway. In fact he goes further, he invites it in, because he is powerless to resist the feeling, the thrill, of when he meets her eyes and their souls connect.

    I'd guess it's written from the perpective of a married man who has fallen hopelessly in love with a married woman. And it ultimately destroys him. But the world still turns, the rain still falls and fools are drawn to make silly decisions for love all over the world.
    Blunderer2on July 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song........not sure what it means.
    B18CXon February 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSometimes...I can see your soul too...
    Si, fue la vez en que me enamoré de tí...
    javierudon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is to me, is one of the greatest pop songs ever - a stonking great tune - who cares what it means - its' an amazingly powerfull energy song - I guess its' about love - but who gives a shit with a tune and atmosphere like that!
    Lemonheadon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgreat marriage of music and lyrics.

    beautiful way to express his depression that is growing......but Timmy knows her eyes (love) will save him.......i can't wait for the next thunder storm.......when we see the lightning we all know that is as powerful as love. and the only thing worth living for (rainbows= all the bs flash, aren't really there)
    pton July 20, 2005   Link

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