"Tightrope" as written by Matt Squire and Victoria Horn....
You should've been an angel, it would've suited you
My gold-leaf tryptic angel, she knows just what to do
In the half-light of morning, in a world between the sheets
I swear I saw her angel wing, my vision was complete

And I know I'll never want another lover, my sweet
Can there be more in this world than the joy of just watching ya sleep?
I don't know just what to feel
Won't someone tell me my love's real?

Are we etched in stone or just scratched in the sand
Waiting for the waves to come and reclaim the land?
Will the sunshine all sweetness and light
Burn us to a cinder, our third stone satellite?

I'm on a tightrope, baby, nine miles high
Striding through the clouds on my ribbon in the sky
I'm on a tightrope, baby, one thing I've found
I don't know how to stop
And it's a long, long, long, long way down

She's all that ever mattered and all that ever will
My cup, it runneth over, I'll never get my fill
The boats in the harbor slip from their chains
Head for new horizons, let's do the same

I'm on a tightrope, baby, nine miles high
Striding through the clouds on my ribbon in the sky
I'm on a tightrope, baby, one thing I've found
I don't know how to stop
And it's a tightrope, baby, nine miles high
Striding through the clouds on my ribbon in the sky
I'm on a tightrope, baby, one thing I've found
I don't know how to stop
And it's a long, long, long, long way down


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"Tightrope" as written by John Squire

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    General CommentThis song is amazing! Only thing I don't fully understand is the triptych angel bit, any insight on that?
    justadubon May 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song i cant believe nobodies wrote in this one
    kason February 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat view of Love.

    These are my favorate lyrics in any song....Zeppelin, Dylan, you name 'm and name the song; this is the best......to many points of beauty to point them all out.


    but i will say i was dating a lovely girl who was very religious (God Bless her) and i put this song on a tape for her (it was back in the day). Any way she noted the lyric
    "Are we etched in stone or just scratched in the sand"
    i thought it was stone, but she sure hated me for being wrong.
    pton August 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe most romantic lyrics ever

    Are we etched in stone or just scratched in the sand
    Waiting for the waves to come and reclaim the land?

    Soooo amazing
    gillazon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti concurrr with pt i think this album is very dense, and once you get into it, youll really enjoy it

    i love the line: "Can there be more in this world than the
    joy of just watching you sleep?" stole my toughts there

    i think is simply about love and not caring bout anything else....
    life_aint_chesson May 18, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI've long frequented this site, but I signed up just so I could leave my own insights on this specific song.

    Firstly, I completely agree that this is a hugely underrated album. I'm 21 and American so I had to find the Stone Roses on my own, and I'm very glad I did. I was initially very timid of hopping on Second Coming because of all the negative chatter I've heard towards it, but I love it dearly. This track is definitely a standout.

    For me, this song is about love (obviously), but I think the one part that all the other posts left out is that Squire is implying that he's bound to fall. Apologies if I'm wrong in assuming that Squire wrote this tune.

    "Won't someone tell me my love's real?" - Whether it's your girlfriend, some girl you've been wooing and finally scored on, Squire looks to others to validate that this is indeed love he's experiencing. He's chuffed, absolutely ecstatic, and he wants everyone to nod and agree that he is indeed in love.

    "Are we etched in stone or just scratched in the sand?" - A bit of uncertainty here. Reminds me a bit of R U Mine by the Arctic Monkeys where Helders sings "Are you mine tomorrow or just mine tonight?" In essence, is this shag out of love or lust? Is this a one night stand or is there a legitimate foundation for something more?

    Lastly the chorus,

    "I'm on a tightrope, baby, nine miles high
    Striding through the clouds on my ribbon in the sky
    I'm on a tightrope, baby, one thing I've found
    I don't know how to stop
    And it's a long, long, long, long way down"

    I can definitely relate to the chorus. You've gone gaga for the girl, on cloud nine, "nine miles high," some far-removed, feeble voice is telling you to be wary because of the last time your heart was broken, but you just don't know how to stop, "I don't know how to stop," because the feminine presence is just infectious. But sadly enough, you're soon to face that long way down when she moves on in another direction. But until then...you're on top of the world.

    So to me, this song really captures the power of love, and beyond that, the grave nature of it. It can lift us up high and absolutely destroy us from the inside out.
    brojaysimpsonon November 26, 2013   Link
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    General Commentsaw her last week.....she's had a child. Ouch!

    Sorry , 'Yesterday comes suddenly' indeed , Ian.

    Funny i wonder why people are so tough on the Second Coming, considering this all time great song gets 3 post i think i've figured it out.

    Second Coming is wide ranging in sounds. Not easy to digest , (see Xile on Main street) but once you listen to it a few times you see it's greatness.

    Clearly the Second Coming is the underrated disc of the last 25 years.
    pton December 20, 2007   Link

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