"Numb" as written by August Anthony Alsina, Bobby Ray Jr. Simmons, Dijon Isaiah Mcfarlane, Mario Sentell Giden, Ralph Jeanty and Sean Mcmillion....
Unable so lost
I can't find my way
Been searching, but I have never seen
A turning, a turning from deceit
'Cause the child roses like
Try to reveal what I could feel
I can't understand myself anymore
'Cause I m still feeling lonely
Feeling so unholy
'Cause the child roses like
Try to reveal what I could feel
But this loneliness
It just won't leave me alone, oh no

I'm fooling somebody
A faithless path I roam
Deceiving to breath this secretly
A silence, this silence I can't bear
'Cause the child roses like
Tries to reveal what I could feel
And this loneliness
It just won't leave me alone, oh no
And this loneliness,
Just won't leave me alone

A lady of war
A lady of war


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by kikofcabral

"Numb" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +4
    General Comment"And this loneliness
    It just won't leave me alone"

    This is for sure one of the greatest verses ever written. I personally don´t see it only as a person who is single wanting somebody to love, I think it´s about someone who, even surrounded by crowds everyday, feels completely alone.

    By the way, Beth Gibbons rules.
    neuromanceron May 12, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentYup, it's about emotional isolation. About the perils of self discovery.
    kimruffelleon June 18, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think I agree with what skystar said, the song is about loneliness perhaps even in spite of having "somebody" if who you are with is not who you are meant to be with, or if you simply have not worked through personal problems which hold you back from emotional health.
    "The child roses like, try to reveal what I could feel" is her speaking of the little girl inside her that hopes and longs for real love, trying to show her to get past her hurt and look for something real, where should could feel true love and happiness.

    But she chooses to ignore it, in a way not wanting to believe in all those wonderful things, for fear of being hurt again,...thus she struggles and fights on through life,..thus becoming "a lady of war".
    Gunslinger357on September 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love portishead i have been a fan since 96 and still am i hope they comeout with new stuff! ok this song is very difficult to interpret but here it goes...............
    this is about the war that we face each day, mostly in our relationships with our significant others, i for example was with a man for many years that i did not love, i was fooling him and i was very lonely even though i was with him, i felt very alone and i just could not get rid of that feeling, i kept quite and just listen to alot of portishead and enjoyed spending his money. but that is over now and i have learned a very valuable lesson.
    skystaron December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoooh portishead was my password to just about every porgram, chatroom, email address for SO long...

    This album (which includes "Numb") is brilliant.

    Wonderful !! Its a Sunday moment for sure.
    shockdelicaon March 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentportishead lyrics are incredible this song sound like a vampire song alot of their music sounds quite gothic
    Niamon June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhhhhh this song is sweet. I love how the drummer has the snares turned off. I think it's about a girlwho wants to be loved and can't find it.
    The Hollow Soulon March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPortishead is one of the most unique bands I have ever heard, and this song calms me down.
    Quickstepon October 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song.

    acid jazz is great.
    doublebasson February 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can guess where my nickname came from. I could never find out why it says "a lady of war" at the end, so I loved it.
    A Lady of Waron September 16, 2007   Link

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