I hear your voice
Way down inside
A whispering sea
Of towering trees
But no reply

A silence so rare
And more than I can stand
Sweeps like a flood
Through life's flesh and blood
And steals away with it's heart

If I'm losing you
Then there's nothing more that I can say
The fighting is on
And battles are won
Or thrown away

But if I could live
Safe and sound
In God given fields
Or mountains of steel
Then here I'd stay
Till you'd gone

Guilty of stealing
Every thought I own
I will take my turn
To fight the bullfight
Every word's sunk in deep
Like the blades of a knife through my heart
But my strength will return
To fight the bullfight

As time's come to show
I'm told nothing more than I should know
A ship on the sea that threatens to leave
But never goes
This island of blue
Where life clings to your hands
Like water and sand
Will loose it's way
When you're gone

When all's forgiven
Still every fault's my own
I will take my turn
To fight the bullfight
Say a prayer for my release
When every hope in the world is asleep
And my strength will return
To fight the bullfight

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is my favourite Sylvian song. I see the protagonist as being in a relationship that is breaking down, coming to an inevitable end. The bullfight is the posturing and manouvering of the couple, the arguments and fights. But running through the whole song is the sense that the singer still loves the partner, even though it is accepted that the relationship will end. He sings that ev en if he could live in a paradise (God-given fields) or a place of ultimate security and safety (mountains of steel) he will choose to stay with his partner until the very end, not through stubbornness or spite but in order to keep the relationship going for as long as possible. It's a beautiful, heartfelt song and the intricacies of the music in some way reflect the intricacies of any relationship. Its a wonderful song that I never get tired of listening to.

    Michael, of simplysylvian.wordpress.com/
    mcb1063207on November 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA superbly moody, atmospheric song, written and performed by a very underrated artist. Perfect to chill out to, just add alcohol and tobacco!
    albertius maximuson June 03, 2004   Link

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