"Beloved" as written by and Ronan Harris....
It's colder than before
The seasons took all they had come for
Now winter dances here
It seems so fitting don't you think?
To dress the ground in white and grey

It's so quiet I can hear
My thoughts touching every second
That I spent waiting for you
Circumstances affords me
No second chance to tell you
How much I've missed you

My beloved do you know
When the warm wind comes again
Another year will start to pass
And please don't ask me why I'm here
Something deeper brought me
Than a need to remember

We were once young and blessed with wings
No heights could keep us from their reach
No sacred place we did not soar
Still, greater things burned within us
I don't regret the choices that I've made
I know you feel the same

My beloved do you know
How many times I stared at clouds
Thinking that I saw you there
These are feelings that do not pass so easily
I can't forget what we claimed as ours

Moments lost though time remains
I am so proud of what we were
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits
Grant me wings that I might fly
My restless soul is longing
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits

My beloved do you know
When the warm wind comes again
Another year will start to pass
And please don't ask me why I'm here
Something deeper brought me
Than a need to remember

My beloved do you know
How many times I stared at clouds
Thinking that I saw you there
These are feelings that do not pass so easily
I can't forget what we claimed as ours

Moments lost though time remains
I am so proud of what we were
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits
Grant me wings that I might fly
My restless soul is longing
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits

Moments lost though time remains
I am so proud of what we were
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits
Grant me wings that I might fly
My restless soul is longing
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits

Moments lost though time remains
I am so proud of what we were
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits
Grant me wings that I might fly
My restless soul is longing
No pain remains, no feeling
Eternity awaits


Lyrics submitted by David Gahan

"Beloved" as written by Ronan Harris

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    My InterpretationNot to be morbid, but I've always honestly thought this song was about, er, 'releasing one's mortal coil'.
    In the beginning of the song, he speaks about returning to the place where he experienced his relationship with his love. In the middle, he reminisces about his experiences in love, and how it changed him. And at the end, he speaks about the life leaving him as he waits to rejoin his love.

    "It seems so fitting don't you think
    To dress the ground in white and grey."
    Symbolizing sorrow, death of both him and his love

    "Circumstances afford me
    no second chance to tell you
    How much I've missed you."
    Hints that his lover is deceased, or their relationship is unsalvageable

    "I can't forget what we claimed as ours."
    His inability to let go of the past, and the fact that it's dragging him down in the present

    "No pain remains, no feeling.
    Eternity awaits.
    Grant me wings that I might fly.
    My restless soul is longing.
    No pain remains, no feeling.
    Eternity awaits."
    Him fading from life and waiting to rejoin his lover, the angelic imagery symbolizing him going into the afterlife

    Depressing, but still one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
    absolutioninanathemaon June 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a new song of a new VnV album Futureperfect, like all that Vnv do it´s pretty good too !
    David Gahanon February 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHis song could obviously be about a lost loved one.
    But for me it's about himself the person he is now reflecting open who he was .
    I don't reget the choices i have made I know you feel the same.
    He knows this b/c it was him
    RX_Euphoriaon March 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm a genocidally bent lyricist, with chaotic intentions when i tend to get pissed off... but this song tends to bring out the softer side when i want to write down an idea. I simply adore the song for it makes me remember past relationships and how they made me feel wanted and useful... though most nowadays blow tremendously.. this song in my mind is very symbolic.
    arsenic_touchon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought of this song as a companion piece to "Forsaken". Whereas in "Forsaken" he is completely enveloped in the sorrow of losing a loved one, this one is written after more time has passed. Rather than dwelling on the pain of his loss, he has the emotional space to be grateful for the time they had together. As he says "no pain remains" - there's no more tears that he needs to cry. Instead, he knows that this person is waiting for him somewhere and they will be together again for all of eternity. This is probably my favorite VNV song.
    interface2xon April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is the simply one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard. These words aren't simply lyrics, they are poetry, and, as good as the music is, it is merely a complement to them.
    gandalfeon May 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the song necessarily refers to someone who has died, it seems to me it's about a failed relationship. Even though it didn't work out... he's gotten to a point where he can look back at the good times they had together without having to dwell on the pain caused by the breakup of the relationship.
    Syrinxon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHe set off on a winter trip... back to his past home. Lived far away since. An 8 hour drive thinking about who and what he would see when he went back. the first time back in 2 years. Why did he go back no reason that he could come up with, he just had to. He sees a girl, one he loved for 4 years. Spends an hour with her. Wasn't sure what he would feel. But no pain remains no feeling. He feels nothing at all anymore. And onward he moves. It was good, still a waste, but he has no regrets. And he Tells her, how empty his feelings are for her now. And moves on. An eternity awaits, can't waste spend any more time in doubt about that girl.
    sideeffekton May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti have read the lyrics over and over and as much as i agree with what everyone has said on this song, i think it sounds more like a good bye letter. almost like he was on his way home to a person that he loved and died on the trip. or he died and he thinks he is on his way to go meet a long lost love. just my two cents
    MrClownon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with bits and pieces of everyones different opinions on what this songs means, as the thing that makes a great lyricist is they are able to write songs that mean many many different things depending on the listener.

    Yes, he speaks of a person who is no longer with him, they have died. But people can leave you in many ways even if they still remain alive in this world.

    To me, this song is about A loss in life.. of someone dying in your heart and you know you can never have them/that again. He is thinking back to the time they loved and lived together and realizing he can't go back.. there's no "second chance" No chance to make things like they once were.. pure and full of life.

    But that doesn't mean he has forgotten and memories keep this alive.. he is coming to terms with the loss as I guess we all must do.. and most of all coming to terms with himself, alone and away from this person.. *Eternity Awaits..*
    Crystaldayson May 18, 2002   Link

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