The cold north wind they call "La Bise"
Is swirling round about my knees,
Trees are crying leaves into the river;

I'm huddled in this french cafe
I never thought I'd see the day,
But winter's here and summer's really over,
Even the birds have packed up and gone,
They're flying south with their song,
And my love, she too has gone, she had to fly,
Take care, it's such a lonely sky,
They'll trap your wings my love and hold your flight,
They'll build a cage and steal your only sky,
Fly away, fly to me, fly when the wind is high,
I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky

The old cathedral lights are low
She and I we'd often go there
To admire and sometimes kneel in prayer;

Lords and ladies lie in stone,
Hand in hand from long ago,
And though their hands are cold they'll love forever,
Even the choir rehearses those songs
For Christmas is not long,
And alone, I sing my song, she had to fly,
Out there it's such a lonely sky,
They'll trap your wings my love and hold your flight,
They'll build a cage and steal your only sky,
Fly away, fly to me, fly when the wind is high,
I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky,
Fly away, fly to me, and if you need my love,
I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky
I'll come in with the dawn,
I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky,
On the wings of the morn,
I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky,
Above the world we'll be flying,
I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky

And though their hands are cold they'll love forever.


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Lonely Sky Lyrics as written by Chris De Burgh

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    General CommentThe cold north wind they call "La Bise"
    Is swirling round about my knees.


    In medievial times, peasents reffered to there fowl smelling gaseous profusions as 'La Bise'
    hence 'swirling round about my knees'

    "Trees are crying leaves into the river"

    if you were a tree and De Burgh produced a 'La Bise' you'd cry your leaves off into the river too.


    "I'm huddled in this french café
    I never thought I'd see the day,
    But winter's here and summer's really over,
    Even the birds have packed up and gone,
    They're flying south with their song,
    And my love, she too has gone, she had to fly"

    he huddle in the cafe to escape the waft of 'La Bise' even he found it too overpowering.

    the effect of it all has bought about mass misgration of birds and the onset of winter (let this be a warning to us all on the effects off gaseous emissions or 'la bise')

    "They'll trap your wings my love and hold your flight,
    They'll build a cage and steal your only sky,
    Fly away, fly to me, fly when the wind is high,
    I'm sailing beside you in your lonely sky..."

    it's fairly self explanatory when read with the verses, all the mentions of wind and flying and sailing in the sky possibly eluding to the gaseous psychedlic effects of 'la bise'

    "The old cathedral lights are low
    She and I we'd often go there
    To admire and sometimes kneel in prayer; "

    well, after a brisk southwesterly 'La Bise' you might well pay for your life.


    I think the final verse reminds us of the possible disastrous outcome of 'la bise' (possibly the 'El Ninio' of medieval times'

    perhaps the whole song is wrapped up by saying a stiff breeze, know as 'la bise' will cause much harm to the world.
    Wanderpopson November 13, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"It's about a man who is in France and his love has left. And this is somebody who he feels very strongly about, and he feels like he should be there to support and look after her. But she has gone off to really find her feet.

    It's not a father-daughter thing, but it is more a man who acknowledges the fact that the girl he is with needs to go off and find herself. And he is just warning her that there are people who will suppress her free spirit 'that trap your wings, my love, and hold your flight'.

    So he is saying "Well, I have become really sad that you're gone and here I am in a Parisian café, and the trees are crying leaves into the river, it's autumn. I'm sad that you are gone, but I wish you the very best.

    And as I wander around the cathedral of Notre Dame, I can hear the people singing in the choir Christmas songs. And I am dreaming of you in your Lonely Sky and I am always going to be here for you." That's what it's all about."

    Chris de Burgh, Man On The Line, liner notes, November 2002
    CanadaBumon June 03, 2022   Link
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    Song Meaning"It's about a man who is in France and his love has left. And this is somebody who he feels very strongly about, and he feels like he should be there to support and look after her. But she has gone off to really find her feet.

    It's not a father-daughter thing, but it is more a man who acknowledges the fact that the girl he is with needs to go off and find herself. And he is just warning her that there are people who will suppress her free spirit 'that trap your wings, my love, and hold your flight'.

    So he is saying "Well, I have become really sad that you're gone and here I am in a Parisian café, and the trees are crying leaves into the river, it's autumn. I'm sad that you are gone, but I wish you the very best.

    And as I wander around the cathedral of Notre Dame, I can hear the people singing in the choir Christmas songs. And I am dreaming of you in your Lonely Sky and I am always going to be here for you." That's what it's all about."

    Chris de Burgh, Man On The Line, liner notes, November 2002
    CanadaBumon June 03, 2022   Link

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