"Waterloo" as written by and Gilbert Alexander/laird-clowes Gabriel....
A pale yellow morning moon hung over,
Over the workaholics on the streets of rain
And high up in a window box
Were blue forget-me-nots

Right here
On the northern line
Waterloo
You can hear the trains pulling out

From the world inside your room
You said if we start running
We could run forever
I can hear the trains pulling out

Ten flights up in a tower block heaven
With half a return ticket in my pocket
And memories of all the same sad souvenirs
And the beating of the rain

In patterns on the same old pain I shared with you
And I tried to tell it true
But I don't hear you
Waterloo

You can hear the trains pulling out
From the world inside your room
You said if we start running
We could run forever

I can hear the trains pulling out
Hear the trains
Pulling out
Hear the trains

Pulling out
Hear the trains
Pulling out
Pulling out

Hear the trains
Hear the trains
Waterloo


Lyrics submitted by fletch699

"Waterloo" as written by Gilbert Alexander Gabriel Nick Laird-clowes

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    General CommentThis song is more than likely a song of loss (particularly of love) and the sadness that comes with (nostalgia too). Basically, the singer tells the tale of losing a person he loved and how he remembers the little things. He begins with a general description of the place he is at. Some key words are Northern Line and Waterloo (combined with trains pulling out) here to get the location. Waterloo is the name of a train station in London and the Northern Line is a particular part of that train line. This song is obviously set in London, England. Waterloo has a double meaning though, it also means a great loss or to meet one's match (much like Napolean at his Waterloo). Another double meaning is trains pulling out. When a train pulls out someone is coming or going. In the case of this song...going. The chorus talks of the promises made like running forever (a relationship lasting forever). Obviously with half a return ticket in his pocket, he is unable to return to 'what was.' Also the memories and souvenirs further solidify the fact this song is about loss and remembrance. Also, when he says "I don't hear you" he is further showing that this person is no longer nearby or not around anymore. This is my take on this song. Very beautiful, very haunting.
    foreverafternoonon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just heard this song again after many years. It definitely seems to resonate more now than it did in my youth. Waterloo is a train station in W1, London (West of central London) and is one of the busiest train stations in the London area. This is a song of loss and rememberance, and it seems some time has passed since "she" went away. Probably an anthem to lost innocence and youth, as much as a a loss of love... as the "we could run forever" is more a statement one would make when young a naive, and the opening lines regarding "work-a- holics" seems to at least posit the singer has some foot in the "all grown up" world. It is a incredibly beautiful song... and for me at least, takes me back some years to the one that got away.
    A couple of small errors in the lyrics above. Of course it's blue forget-me-nots... and "I tried to tell it true" (not rue...) otherwise.... it's all good.
    Charon38on March 29, 2005   Link

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