"Been Down So Long" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
The sun sets across the ocean
I'm a thousand miles from anywhere
And my pocketbook and my heart
Both just got stolen and the sun acts like
She don't even care the wind blows cold
When you reach the to feels like someones face
Is stuck to the bottom of my shoe
I got a plastic Jesus
And a cordless telephone
For every corner of my room
Got everybody but you
Telling me what to do

But I've been down so long
Oh, it cant be longer still
Ive been down so long
That the end must be drawing near

I look to everybody but me
To answer my prayers
Until I saw an angel
In a bathroom
Who said she saw no one
Worth saving anywhere
And a blind man on the corner
Said, its simple,
Like flipping a coin
Don't matter what side it lands on
If its someone else's dime

But I've been down so long
Oh, it cant be longer still
We've been down for so long
That the end must be drawing near

I take a trip, I catch a train, I catch a plane
I got a ticket in my hand
And then a fat man takes my money
And like cattle we all stand

But we've been down so long
Oh, it cant be longer still
We've been down so long
The end must be
I know the end must be
Oh, I know the end must be, drawing near


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"Down So Long" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    General Commentno one has even attempted to analyze this difficult song and i would be interested to hear others' interpreations. I tend to disregard the specifics of the verses and focus on the chorus which is optimistic despite pointing out life's difficulties. It's a good song to listen to during tough times because the attitude is one that shows perserverance and it gives me hope that things can only get better in the future.
    becca0688on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin each of the verses jewel is describing how terrible life is. people stealing money, her heart.. blah blah blah.

    but then she gets to the chorus. and it seems as though life is gonna get better for her. lifes been a bitch, and it can only get better from here.

    ♥ livia
    livobpinkon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know. Maybe she's saying that things will get better, but the way she sings

    But we've been down so long
    Ooh, it can't be longer still
    We've been down for so long
    The end must be...
    I know the end must be...
    Oh, I know the end must be drawing near

    seems so sad and like she's giving up. I think she could be talking about her time to die is coming up soon, whether by suicide or another cause, I don't know.

    Really love this song though. The emotion in it is so beautiful.
    GaHeRiSon April 08, 2009   Link

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