So true funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul,
This is the sound
I bought a ticket to the world,
But now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be said

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true

With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin (all night long)
This is the sound of my soul,
This is the sound

Always slipping from my hands,
Sand's a time of its own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be known

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true

I bought a ticket to the world,
But now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be said

Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true
Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
I know this much is true
This much is true
I know, I know, I know this much is true


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  • +3
    General CommentI have to agree with the other two posters that have said the song is about drugs and drug addiction.

    "I bought a ticket to the world, But now I've come back again".

    A ticket to the world is the drugs, but now I've come back again is him saying his high has warn off.

    "Why do I find it hard to write the next line, Oh I want the truth to be said"

    He finds it hard to admit that he is an addict, but he wants the truth to be told.

    "With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue"

    Pretty much speaks for itself. He has his drugs again and it thrilled about it.

    "Dissolve the nerves that have just begun"

    The drugs are relieving his anxiety.

    "Listening to Marvin (all night long)"

    As another person said this shows that this person has an injured soul. His addiction is hurting his soul.
    slinadoedon February 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song and the only good one from this outfit.
    Celtic_FCon March 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song could be about wanting to discover truth within oneself or with wanting to confess love for another person. Like Steve, I believe that the biographer interpretation is too staid and doesn't fit with the dreamy quality of the music. As beautiful ones pointed out, the lyric about the pill and the slow rhythm does make it seem as if the singer is on drugs, or at least relaxed from downing half a bottle of wine. Actually, the song seems very sexual. The singer's mind id obviously clouded with passion, for he finds it "hard to write the next line". There's an allusion to Marvin Gaye (does anyone else hear strains of "Sexual Healing"?) The "head over heels, toe to toe" could be recalling the act of dancing together or the thrill of the first intimate encounter with someone. Not to mention that the sighing in the chorus sounds semi-orgasmic. All these elements combine that sexual tension with the enamored satisfaction people feel when they're in love. What a beautiful effort.
    goddesscarolineon June 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about someone wanting the truth to be known about themselves, but find it hard to come to terms with it. 'With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue. Dissolve the nerves that have just begun' this line makes me think they use drugs to help them...just a thought
    Great song :]
    beautiful_oneson January 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthas anyone ever thought of the name of the band?to me it refers to the dogfights of ww1.spandau was the name of the machine gun mounted on the wing of the german biplane and the ballet was the dogfight itself,being that these planes didn't fly more than 125 mph it looked like they were dancing when they did their dives and rolls and turns.looked like a ballet in the air.thats my interpetation.
    ohmson August 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI visualize this man who realize that a part of him could not let go a love one, whom he met just suprisingly in the right time, but unfortunately due to personal conflict with interest outside of love, the lovers where not in the same MIND frame, even if the heart was. (Love is so easily overlook when times get rough.)

    Anyways, he tries to get away, bought a ticket to the world for different perspective, but a part of him was missing...missing that comfort from what love brings. But to numb that loneliness he takes a pill to create hallucinations of thrilling, elevating moods of happiness each time he gets a butterfly in his stomach,so to speak, thinking about that special someone to forget and move on from.

    But no matter how much he stops himself from feeling those memory bliss that has been drifted, undeniably he still feels for that person to the point of confusion. So many things in his mind he wants to say, and thats where "huh, huh-huh, huh, huh" comes in. Whatever he wants to say, sometimes WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH DESCRIPTION TO DESCRIBE WHAT HE FEEL IS TRUE. But no doubt even towards the end of the song he keeps convincing himself he must be really in love with this person, yet at the same time fear lingers that no matter how much what he says that he feel is TRUE, does not guarantee the future of love lasting long.

    But we all know, he will never know until they meet again to try once more the unfinished business of commitment to love for better or worse. The song has no end.
    filbadilla63on September 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningto me, this is a mix of unrequited love and the difficulty of the writer to express it over the sheet.
    "Listening to marvin all night long" is one of my favourite lines from a song ever, and it also enhances the belief that this song deals with a soul, an injured one.

    when steve norman's saxophone starts playing in the instrumental break, that's when you really feel it, inside your soul. at least for me.
    borntoloseon August 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is indeed about unrequited love, and was confirmed as such by Gary Kemp who wrote it.
    Stingfanon July 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy fave-genious!
    Romeo_Scotlandon August 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta classic
    cervanteon March 07, 2003   Link

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