"Birds and planes go
Through the rainbow
Every day though
You simply refuse
Old-fashioned Ferris Wheels
Are no big deal
They're just big wheels with chairs
So don't be scared
Just set yourself free"

She tells me it's alright
To open up my eyes
She holds onto my hand
And the clouds float by
The couple in the car below
They wave to us and say hello
I think they understand
The way we're feeling

I don't need to say 'I love you'
When we're floating
So far up above
Everyone else's lives
Are intertwined
With yours and mine
I hope
They find the joy
That we have found

She tells me it's alright
To open up my eyes
She holds onto my hand
And the clouds race by
The couple in the car above
I suppose they think
That we're in love
I think they might be right

And without warning when we're almost at the top
The wheel that turns us all comes to a sudden stop.
The wind that's blown us dies a quick and painless death
The air gets clammy and we hold each other's breath
We get the feeling that we're not alone in this
And then a God who really ought not to exist
Sticks out a great big hand
And grabs me by the wrist
And asks me "why?" and I say
"Well God, it's like this
It may be arrogance
Or just appalling taste
But I'd rather use my pain than let it all go to waste
On some old god who tells me what I want to hear
As if I cannot tell obedience from fear
I want to take my pleasures where and how I will,
Be they disgraceful or distasteful or distilled
And to be frank I find that life has more appeal
Without a driver who's asleep behind the wheel"

Then God decides that he has taken quite enough
Of all this atheistic tosh I'm spouting off
And so he calls upon his favorite angel choir
To sing of times when men were filled with christian fire
But over-zealous angels flap their wings too fast
And cause the wind to blow and turn the wheel at last
And soon my feet are safely back on solid ground
And then I hear a voice say
"Don't look down!".


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Don't Look Down Lyrics as written by Neil Hannon

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    General Commentpossibly my favourite Divine Comedy song. Philosophical, whimsical, and wry, but not taking itself too seriously. And Neil Hannon's laconic vocals. Perfect.
    liquorandiceon October 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is, literally, the best song I hae ever heard. Amazing, truely amazing. I also love this album ^_^
    xXPlankOfWudXxon March 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA great Divine Comedy song . . . or THE GREATEST Divine Comedy song?
    Meinoson April 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you two may just be right
    When i saw this song live it was amazing!
    I see the first part being seperate to the second but i love them both equally :D
    sedderson October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLove this song and this album.

    And soon my feet are safely back on solid ground
    And then I hear a voice say
    "Don't look down!".

    I've often wondered about this. Is the voice God saying 'don't look down' as that is where Neil is headed to Hell with his 'atheistic tosh'?
    Bubba14on November 01, 2018   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song with really nice chords changing.

    I think it's about the fear of death and religion, while is on the top of the ferris wheel and have vertigo when it stops. His girlfriend try to reassure him, a couple seems to feel the same, after an atheistic and philosophical tosh in his mind the wheel starts spinning again while he says to himself " Don't look down".
    I can't stand Ferris Wheel and i used to feel the same but not with the same words except "don't look down".
    Inspiré, poetique et très talentueux ce Neil Hannon
    stephane11on November 24, 2020   Link

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