"Roads" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Utley....
Oh, can't anybody see
We've got a war to fight
Never found our way
Regardless of what they say
How can it feel, this wrong
From this moment
How can it feel, this wrong
Storm, in the morning light
I feel
No more can I say
Frozen to myself
I got nobody on my side
And surely that ain't right
And surely that ain't right
Oh, can't anybody see
We've got a war to fight
Never found our way
Regardless of what they say
How can it feel, this wrong
From this moment
How can it feel, this wrong

How can it feel, this wrong
This moment
How can it feel, this wrong
Oh, can't anybody see
We've got a war to fight
Never found our way
Regardless of what they say
How can it feel, this wrong
From this moment
How can it feel, this wrong


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"Roads" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Utley

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  • +6
    General CommentActually (and I'm pretty sure that this is the accurate meaning) I think the song is about that moment in your life when you suddenly realize life isn't peaches and cream like you were told all your life. Usually around 18-22 years old, your quarter-life crisis. You struggle to adpat to the adult world and find yourself and find your way in life, this can include spirituality. Sturggle to be a good person and struggle to cope with the world's woes.......etc.
    drietovenareson June 11, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me this song is about loosing a sense of purpose, things feeling wrong and not understanding why, You turn to
    a freind for help help but people won't listen they're too selfish to even try and understand. They can't see
    whats going on and further more don't care.
    happiharri96on January 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    MemoryThis song has to do with trying to be and do what the "norm" is. It reminds me of when I came to the conclusion I am gay.
    sunmoon1on March 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti really think is about how difficult is find one person to share the life with. How alone we are. Everybody. Alone because we are always fighting in our relationships, always protecting ourselves against nothing. Everyday, many times a day, wiht our partner. She's alone because of this, and she's really tired and missing a different and unachievable
    way of live. (I'm spanish, sorry for my english)
    josecotroon January 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn my opinion, it's you being different from everyone else, being looked down upon, and having no one who agrees with what you are doing. You look for help, theres no one there. Thinking of alternatives, all you can come up with is to continue to try. After a while, and much consideration, you start to doubt what you are, and what makes you individual. So all in all, it's about rejection of who you are and no one wanting anything to do with who you are, and what you do.
    Sablepawson June 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact..."
    seekthewayupon March 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn the Live version of this on the Roseland CD (which isn't actually recorded at Roseland btw), the quiver in Beth Gibbon's voice during the second "Ohh, can't anybody see" may be the single most beautiful word I have ever heard sung, without exaggeration. seriously.

    It just sends chills up my arm every damn time, nearly 10 years on.
    shnugen17on May 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song is about apathy and how people today are losing touch with their spirituality. This loss of spirit conicides with the increasing amount of commercialism in the western world and the growing gap between first world and third world countires.
    wizard69on March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit sounds like beth is singing about waking up and realizing that she has always done--and this same something is something that her society practices--is wrong.
    it seems to her like she is the only person that realizes it. (can't anybody see)
    for example: this is how a nazi would feel upon realizing that the nazis are committing a horrible evil. this is how a white southerner in the mid 1900's would feel upon realizing that that racial injustice is wrong.
    etc. etc.
    she's trying to wake society up to fight this wrong (we've got a war to fight)
    but at the same time it feels strange to her that something she has always practiced and never questioned--is now wrong in her own eyes. (from this moment, how can it feel this wrong)
    mriuriaon February 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really can't say what this songs about, but my guess would be that it's just about hitting absolute bottom, or the turning into an adult experience that someone mentioned earlier.

    However, the main reason for my post. Get on a train, sit at one end of the carriage with a good view of everybody, stick this song on your MP3/CD player quite loud, and either look out the window and reflect, or watch all the people and contemplate their lives/stories/purposes. I found doing this to be one of the most serene and content moments of my life, strange really since it's such a sad song.

    I only just discovered this song, on the Tank Girl soundtrack, I now have to investigate the rest of portishead, I hope it's as good.
    nirwinon August 23, 2006   Link

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