"Risingson" as written by and Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles Peter Seeger....
I seen you go down to a cold mirror
It was never clearer in my error
You click a shine upon your forehead or
Check it by the signs in the corridor
You light my ways through the club maze
We would struggle through the dub daze

I sink myself in hair upon my lover
It's how you go down to men's room sink
Sad we talk how madmen think
I sink myself in hair upon my lover
I don't know her from another miss
I don't know you from another
See me run now you're gone, dream on

Why you want to take me to this party and breathe
I'm dying to leave
Every time we grind you know we sever lines
Where have those flowers gone
Long time passing
Why you keep it testing, keep on tasking
I keep on asking

Toy-like people make me boy-like
Toy-like people make me boy-like
They're invisible, when the trip it flips
They get physical, way below my lips
And everything you got hoi-poloi like
Now you're lost and you're lethal
Now's a fine time, you gotta leave all
These good people, dream on

Nicer than the bird up in the tree top
Cheaper than the chip inside my lap top
All the variations you could do with me
Nicer than the girl up in your mind you're free
Automatic crystal remote control, we come to move your soul
You kinda fade into the background
Like a better smoke'll bring you back round
Like a man slide inside you my dear
Your cheap beer's filled with crocodile tears
See 'em run now your gone, dream on

I found a reason
Toy-like people make me boy-like
Toy-like people make me boy-like
Dream on


Lyrics submitted by Seven, edited by denachan

"Risingson" as written by Lou Reed Peter Seeger

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  • +5
    General Commentthis song is not about a chick or a break-up or any of that. it's about the whole clubbing scene. it's about how dancing is pure, but there's all these superficial people slobbering all over each other, and it's about how that applies to everything else on a broader scale, the media, etc. how much are you willing to give in and become a part of something... gross.
    trexauron February 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMosDef my favorite Massive Attack song. I just adore it.

    I agree with dougievile. It's basically about a man who's in this circular relationship with someone. Maybe they've been together for a while, but she's changing. He spends time remembering the way things used to be -- "where have all those flowers gone? long time passing."

    Being in the club with her is pretty much the turning point, and proves to him that it needs to end. "I found a reason" to end it with her. And then she'll "fade into the background" with the rest of the people there.
    the_mimeon June 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is another awesome song. Massive Attack is great.
    whoring.for.loveon September 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMindfields1 sums up my thoughts, though rather crudely. In a way, the lyrics remind me of myself.
    Ander Knighton December 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about the character difference between the writer and druggy posers on a scene.
    script kiddieon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the song we are introduced to this "girl", his lover.
    However, this does not mean it is a love, or break-up, song at all.
    Repeating what "cdagger1024" said, just feel the atmosphere of the song.

    "I seen you go down to a cold mirror
    It was never clearer in my era so
    You lick a shine upon your forehead or
    Check it by the signs in the corridor"

    -- We are introduced to this woman as someone familiar,
    however, she seems slightly distant. We are "watching" her as she
    checks her appearance, even in the reflection of signs in the
    hallway, we pick up on her vanity.

    "You light my ways through the club maze
    We would struggle through the dub daze"

    -- This suggests that she is the reason he is there in the first
    place. She is kind of dragging him along with her.

    "I see myself in there upon my lover
    It's how you go down to the men's room sink
    Sad we talk of how madmen think
    I see myself in there upon my lover"

    -- They are getting it on in the bathrooms. 3 main points here:

    a) He is SEEING himself upon her - like a dream, like it's not really him, like it's mechanical. From the alcohol/drugs and club atmosphere in general.

    b) He is UPON her - this is pure lust, they are drugged up, she wants him to take her over, they assuming the traditional gender roles.

    c) She is simply known as "lover" - she has no name, she is nameless, it's purely physical...

    which leads up to the next lines:

    "I don't know her from another miss
    I don't know you from another"

    -- Confirmation that it's all physical and could also mean that she is,
    but hasn't always been, like all the other [shallow] girls there.

    "Why you want to take me to this party and breathe
    I'm dying to leave
    Every time we grind we know we severed lines"

    -- He doesn't want to be there, and every time they go they end up
    separated from each other (easy to get lost amongst the crowd).

    "Where have all those flowers gone
    Long time passing
    Why you keep me testing, keep me tasking
    You keep on asking"

    -- What ever happened to how they USED to be? Their relationship
    seems to have developed into something very shallow and
    meaningless. The testing might be her asking such questions, or
    even testing in regards to fidelity.

    "Toy-like people make me boy-like"

    -- All of these attractive, lusty woman around flirting with him make
    him go back to his "male instinct".

    "They're invisible, when the trip it flips
    They get physical, way below my lips"

    -- All the woman are basically invisible, he's not really conscious of
    who they are etc, when the drug sets in/or over powers him.

    "And everything you got hoi-polloi like"

    -- Hoi-polloi refers to "the masses".

    "Now you're lost and you're lethal"

    -- His lover is extremely intoxicated by now and "lost" could be that
    she is lost literally or figuratively, or both.

    "And now's about the time you gotta leave all
    These good people...dream on"

    -- The "good people" are the people from the scene.

    "Nicer than the bird up in the tree top
    Cheaper than the chip inside my lap top
    All the variations you could do with me
    Nicer than the girl up in your mind you're free"

    -- I think he's referring to the ladies around him again?
    Nice, but cheap?

    "Automatic crystal remote control,
    They come to move your soul"

    -- The sense that everything is being made mechanical by the drugs,
    and that the whole scene in general is very machine-like.

    "You're gonna fade into the background"

    -- His lover is now just apart of the scene. She is just another
    one of the scene-sters, invisible.

    "Like a better smoke'll bring you back round
    Like a man slide inside you my dear
    Your cheap beer's filled with crocodile tears
    See 'em run now you're gone...dream on"

    -- Her lust has led her to other men. "Crocodile tears" refers to the
    deceit. The men run away after they get what want, perhaps?

    "I found a reason
    I found a reason"

    -- A reason to be "boy-like" maybe? Because there is nothing left
    to them and what they used to be.

    "Dream on"

    -- Chanted throughout the song... Maybe "dream on", the hope that
    there is anything left to them?

    Anyways, just some thoughts to mull over on the old noggin.
    (Always wanted to say that)

    Happy listening - Massive Attack pwnz!
    treefingersson August 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat was an amazing analysis treefingerss, I think you 're definitely thinking on the right lines. One small addition:

    "Nicer than the girl up in your mind you're free"

    could mean the appearance of the 'scene girls' is a pretty front they can escape to, behind which a neurotic or ugly personality lurks?

    What did you make of "Sad we talk of how madmen think" ?

    Cheers!
    peacefrogginon March 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNicer than the bird up in the tree top
    Cheaper than the chip inside my lap top
    All the variations you could do with me
    Nicer than the girl up in your mind you're free

    Blatant comparison to drugs. I think he's offered him some maybe. I must be deeper than that though.
    Voodoo-Peopleon August 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey are talking about drugs in the club scene. Cocaine/LSD
    They seem to be alluding to a woman who is on drugs, possibly OD-ing. 'Lost & Lethal'
    midnightparadeon March 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beat is really trippy. One of my favorite Massive Attack songs.
    Kzlicon February 13, 2006   Link

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