"Only You" as written by and Gibbins Barrow....
We suffer everyday
What is it for
These crams of illusion
Are fooling us all
And now I am wearie
And I feel like I do

It's only you
Who can tell me apart
And it's only you
Who can turn my wooden heart

The size of our fight
It's just a dream
We've cruched everything
I can't see in this morning selfishly
How we fell
And I feel like I do

It's only you
Who can tell me apart
And it's only you
Who can turn my wooden heart

Now that we've chosen to take all we can
The shade of autumn will stare bitter end
Years of frustration laid down side by side

And It's only you
Who can tell me apart
And it's only you
Who can turn my wooden heart

It's only you
Who can tell me apart
And it's only you
Who can turn my wooden heart


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"Only You" as written by Beth Gibbons Geoffrey Paul Barrow

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  • +3
    General CommentIt seems to me this song is about a society in a country that people are trying to change for the better, but its a difficult struggle. It also seems like she loves her country ("its only you who can tell me apart, its only you who can turn my wooden heart") but things could be better, and its because she loves her country that she, and other people, want to fix problems.

    Of course, I haven't seen the video..so I could be off base.
    shutupandkissmoion October 12, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI beleive she is warning/illuminating/identifying with - the fact that the reins of direction in the world have been passed to those behind a veil of secrecy in which the goals are to confuse and keep blind the masses. Keeping everyone in a submissive state ignorant of any truth of who we really are and what their true agenda is. We have failed to recognized this illusion. "Its only you", could refer to a spiritual/deep/aware state of conciousness which she experiances. To be told apart from the ignorant masses and be recognized through an indepentant state of being.
    TKnightstaron August 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you don't like it, then don't comment. As simple as that.
    A Lady of Waron September 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know why I said that. I really do love Portishead. sigh
    zooetropeon July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is so powerful... The way it's sung seems to show that she really needs help and it's only him who can ease her pain.
    belle1313on May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis band was amazing. I only wish I could have gotten into them while they were still together. THis song is simply amazing. Her voice is so rich with emotion and sincerity that I almost feel guilty for having her open up so much. She gives so much in her music, it's incredible.

    The song to mea, speaks of a bittersweet relationship. There is love but the pain is outweighing it. I feel as if both people are hurting themselves by trying to hold onto somethign that is terrbily wrong for them.
    EmoStar238on March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI Love this song!!!!
    -Beegirl-on May 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCORRECTION: This band IS amazing...they are back in the studio as we speak!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!! They are my favorite all time band...you should check out Beth's solo album too if you get a chance!! Her voice carries more emotion than any other!!
    drietovenareson June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has to be the most beautiful song, the lyrics are so powerful beth gets emotions and inner thoughts right out there. any female i play this song to can really feel whats being said or at least can understand it.......................just beautiful
    Niamon October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis emotion she's getting at is an allusion not only to a relationship, but to a country's promise, or the love she's found within that country. Although everything's failed, amazingly enough, what other choice has she except the place she's married to, or in her place whereing she's married to, or her man. Awesome how her heart can be turned like a tree rooting her in place that only the actual grounds that she's planted in decide her position despite what frustrations she may have had to overcome or to not overcome.
    AlexanderKnollwoodon June 23, 2005   Link

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