I'm going down
Won't you help me
Save me from myself
I hear the sound of the memory
Maybe time will tell

Suddenly my life is like a river
Taking me places I don't want to go
But like all good men who swim too well
It takes all that I have just to cry for help
Then that voice in my head tells me no

I'm going down
Won't you help me
Save me from myself
I hear the sound of the memory
Maybe, who can tell ?

Let me live my life beside the river
Take me to places where a child can grow
And then maybe the boy inside will forsake me
Maybe the child in me will just let me go

I'm going down
The cold, cold water is rushing in
I'm going down
And I would beg to be forgiven

If I knew my sin


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To Be Forgiven Lyrics as written by George Michael

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    General Commentanother song...that I cant believe that has no comments.

    Soulful, sad and clear...George nails this whisper of a song. The high notes hit with skill..and feeling in every note. These lyrics are deep.. some are too deep, even I think I have them wrong.

    Going down is a refferance to lost faith. Lost everything.Seeing past memory..but will it prove anything?

    Feeling overwhelmed...feeling like your drowning. In life, in love, in everything. The inhalation of cold water..I am told, is the worst way to "go". Drowning is painful..you know you are going to die.

    Save me from myself. Is self exsplanitory. We as a people, many times more than not...hurt ourselves. Make mistakes..over and over. We are own worst enemy most times, and breaking bad habits and patterns are hard..but not impossible.
    If I knew my sin- most of the time, we know we have done wrong. Some times we DO NOT know. We are so out of their head space..not considerate..didnt think twice...and we are hit with it later.
    That is why we beg to be forgiven.

    Hope, and effort and prayers for a new day, a new start..faith.
    mickey606on August 27, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningSometimes we don't know our sins. And some very hard life circumstances which just torturing us - was sent to us because of our unknown sins. We must accept it all. Just accept. But... sometimes the torture become very very hard, you cannot do anything but feeling the ache - and in the most moment you cry to God to forgive you your sin which you don't know, you ask Holy Mother to defend you to help! And suddenly the evil walks away you feel calm and peace. You just watch at the heaven feeling good and don't know how the miracle happened just singing these words in your heart: "to be forgiven..."
    The situation described is enclosed in this song.
    I really excited how Michael could express it in the song!
    This is really a talnt, a boon, a bestowal, a gift from Heaven!
    In fact you need to open your soul to the Heaven to be able to create!
    But opening your soul you could caught ill, the soul ill, the filth...
    It's a pity, Michael didn't escape.
    Анатолийon June 09, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningSometimes we don't know our sins. And some very hard life circumstances which just torturing us - was sent to us because of our unknown sins. We must accept it all. Just accept. But... sometimes the torture become very very hard, you cannot do anything but feeling the ache - and in the most moment you cry to God to forgive you your sin which you don't know, you ask Holy Mother to defend you to help! And suddenly the evil walks away you feel calm and peace. You just watch at the heaven feeling good and don't know how the miracle happened just singing these words in your heart: "to be forgiven..."
    The situation described is enclosed in this song.
    I really excited how Michael could express it in the song!
    This is really a talnt, a boon, a bestowal, a gift from Heaven!
    In fact you need to open your soul to the Heaven to be able to create!
    But opening your soul you could caught ill, the soul ill, the filth...
    It's a pity, Michael didn't escape.
    Анатолийon June 09, 2014   Link
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    MemoryThat was my experience.
    I fell in love which tortured me for 7 years without any hope.
    The situation was called "intrigue" in women's world.
    I didn't know the meaning of it, why women always names the relation with such word.
    It takes me 7 years to understand the evil thing of this word.
    The swamp!
    Nothing to hold!
    Just going down in this unrighteous hope for love!
    Just drowning...
    This song is the sign of the help from Heaven, which sends you the facilitation in your torture in the temptation.
    Анатолийon June 09, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this song is solely about depression most probably caused by grief.
    "I'm going down.... won't you help me... save me from myself"... hes basically saying I need help, I'm drowning in my depression.
    "Suddenly my life is like a river.... taking me places I don't want to go." I believe this is about anselmo suffering and dying and him having to deal with that in his life, his mother hadn't sadly died at this point so life continued to be like a river taking him places he didn't want to go. "But like all good men who don't swim to well... it takes all I have just to cry for help" this screams depression... not swimming is not coping in life.
    Hes asking in the lyrics to "let me live my life beside the river (a reference to grove cottage where he later died) and he talks about the boy inside forsaking him... to me it tells me he just wants to try to cope and revert back to being a child so he doesn't have to deal with any of this.
    The whole older album is so beautiful and filled with sadness. So hard to think how hard he spiralled after the album was released and his mother lesley passed. I miss this man every single day.
    Tommcd14on June 26, 2021   Link

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