"Humming" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Utley....
Closer
No hesitation
Give me
All that you have
And it's been so long, that I can't explain
And it's been so wrong
Right now, so wrong
Naked
My thoughts are creeping
Too late
The show has begun
And it's been so long, that I can't confess
And it's been so wrong
Right now, so wrong
Is it all as it seems
So unresolved, so unredeemed
If I remain, how will I know
And it's been so long, that I can't be sure
And it's been so wrong
Right now, so wrong


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"Humming" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +1
    General Commentanyone want to go to outer space?
    Niamon September 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about having sex with someone you haven't been with in a while...an ex or otherwise. really sexy song, anyhow!
    waiting to listenon February 18, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationi think its about having abstained from sex for so long, finding a potential partner and being afraid yet titillated by the possibility. the lyrics below seem to indicate that she's weighing whether or not she should indulge.

    Is it all as it seems
    So unresolved, so unredeemed
    If I remain, how will I know

    scarliton June 28, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe lyrics and the atmospheric sound of this song are meant to create a mood more than deliver a specific message or story. The song, which is in the first person told by a woman, is telling of longing, especially romantic longing, that she hasn't had in such a long time "that I can't be sure"; in fact, "... it's been so long, that [she] can't explain" exactly what it is that she longs for.

    The lyrics hint at perhaps an ongoing sexual relationship, "naked" with a lover who tells her all the right things but that that is unfulfilling:

    "Is it all as it seems
    So unresolved, so unredeemed
    If I remain, how will I know"

    She needs to leave this relationship to find something that is more substantial and satisfying - it's how she'll resolve it.

    The ethereal, dreamlike sound of this song and the extremely vague lyrics suggests her level of emotional detachment from her present relationship.

    It's a song that's beautiful in its sad, stark way of capturing a snapshot in the life of the story teller. Quintessential Portishead.
    redman1973on March 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Portishead song. I love the violins. Timeless.
    phatcaton March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the lyrics to this song its beautiful everything they do is beautiful!
    Niamon September 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe sounds kinda like björk sometimes.
    keli_1989on July 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds like UFO's are singing at the beginning. Very hypnotic.
    zenzellaon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like UFO's are singing at the beginning. Very hypnotic.
    zenzellaon January 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe theremin in this song kicks ass. And the video is awesome. Amaaaazing band. Love Portishead.
    misschichion August 11, 2006   Link

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