"It Could Be Sweet" as written by and Geoff Barrow Beth Gibbons....
I don't want to hurt you
No reason have I but fear
And I ain't guilty
Of the crimes you accuse me of
But I'm guilty of fear
I'm sorry to remind
You but I'm scared of what we're creating
This life ain't fair
You don't get something for nothing, turn now
Mmmm gotta try a little harder

It could be sweet
Like a long forgotten dream
And we don't need them
To cast the fate we have
Love don't always shine through
'Cause I don't want to lose
What we had last time your leaving
This life ain't fair
You don't get something for nothing, turn now
Mmmm gotta try a little harder

It could be sweet

But the thoughts we try to deny
Take a toll upon our lives
We struggle on in depths of pride
Tangled up in single minds
'Cause I don't want to lose
What we had last time your leaving
This life ain't fair
You don't get something for nothing, turn back
Mmmm gotta try a little harder
'Cause I don't want to lose
What we had last time your leaving
This life ain't fair
You don't get something for nothing, turn back
Mmmm gotta try a little harder
It could be sweet


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"It Could Be Sweet" as written by Geoff Barrow Beth Gibbons

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is probably their best song, in my opinion.

    From the beginning to the end, where she sighs. It's perfect.

    Obviously this song is about her figuring out if she wants to continue a relationship with someone. She's scared but she also know that it could be sweet if they were together. The love is there, but others can't see it.

    This song is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait for their new cd to be done already. At least they're in the studio.
    ParadoxPoxon July 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEasily my favorite Portishead song. I'm surprised this is so little known.
    Technicolor_Dreamson April 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my favourite Portishead song :)
    Her voice is so beautiful
    adeleineeon September 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSexiest song ever? Quite possibly.
    ReActoron January 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgentle and fragile, this song is. beth's voice is like a dream, a sweet dream.
    rainingforyearson November 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to agree there I have never met anybody who knows of this song
    lindzson July 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really think this song is beautiful, and completely the best portishead song...

    I think this song is about two friends, who once tried to make something work, like more than a friendship, but it didnt work...so time passed, and now they think it may work now that maybe they a re stronger, or older.., "gotta try a little harder, it could be sweet"
    Susseon June 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeth is amazing.
    and that's that.
    Ailujon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song was the one that made me a Portishead fan! It's one of those songs i can put on repeat and listen to for hours!!!
    rms386on January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song.

    yeah i get the impression of friends trying to make something work, it's failed in the past, but she's saying, why not trying again? "it could be sweet"
    missmeon March 28, 2007   Link

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