"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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  • +4
    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 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
  • 0
    General Commentdougievile probably had it closest. in the words of the All Music Guide, the lyrics are "shot through with danger, in a seemingly scathing commentary of the club scene that had embraced Massive Attack..."now you're lost and you're lethal" felt like a warning." I mean, just listen to the atmosphere of the song; its completely dark, urgent and paranoid. This song is not about a relationship with a woman, its about the dangers of the Bristol club scene.
    cdagger1024on September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould anyone please help me? Not being a native English speaker, I still cannot work out just what do these lines mean:

    "when the trip it flips" - meaning "when LSD starts to take effect"?

    "way below my lips" - not as "physical" as the singer's lips?

    "nicer than the girl up in your mind you're free" - don't have the slightest idea.
    CRWXon February 04, 2007   Link

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