"Elephant Stone" as written by Ian George Brown and John Squire....
Burst into heaven
Kissing the cotton clouds
Arctic sheets and fields of wheat
I can't stop coming down
Your shrunken head
Looking down on me above
Send me home like an elephant stone
To smash my dream of love
Dreaming till the sun goes down
And night turns into day
Rooms are empty I've got plenty
You could move in right away

It seems like there's a hole
In my dreams
In my dreams
In my dreams

Down through the heavens
Choke on the cotton clouds
Arctic sheets and fields of wheat
I can't stop coming down
Your shrunken head
Looking down on me above
Send me home like an elephant stone
To smash my dream of love

Did your bed and bookshelf go
And run run run away
These four walls saw the rise and fall
And your midnight getaway
Seems like there's a hole
In my dreams
Or so it seems
Yet nothing means anything
Anymore


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"Elephant Stone" as written by John Squire Ian George Brown

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  • +3
    General CommentAgreed. The album version is far supirior to the other mix...
    I'm of the opinion it's about a guy who thinks...rather highly of himself, we'll say. But he's brought down to earth "like an elephant stone" by the girl of his dreams wanting nothing to do with him.
    smithskid84on November 01, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnybody heard the Mint Royal version, completeley different track should be included on every chill out CD. I thought an Elephant Stone meant a massive stash of drugs or something to do with South American folk law? Sounds like a Heroine inspired track to me, not sure if messrs Brown and Squire were par takers of the old brown though? always reminds me of coming down of a pill though
    Matt Parryon December 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought it was "feels like there's a HOME in my dreams". Because in a way, our dreams are a pure expression of our internal self - they are an exclusive construction of our thoughts, memories, desires etc.

    The whole song is surreal.

    "Send me home like an elephant stone" - reminds me of the bizarre and heavy transition into the dream world of sleep.

    Love the 'elephant trumpeting' distortion in the beginning ^^
    DewdManon April 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNever really said drugs to me.
    Generally just a brilli\nt song and the lyrics can sound superb if your feeling a particular way.
    Andrew_on August 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother way of listenin to this track is to play it after, Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead, u'll see magic happen, not the long version, the shorter version, with the guitar intro rather than the drum intro. Genius arrangement.
    playboion June 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis one time I was madly in love with a girl, and I thougt she was just as madly in love with me. But one night after some drinking she broke the news, the following weeks were just like this song. So that's what it's about to me, losing that dream of being with a certain person or having love in your life, and not knowing what to do without it.
    531on August 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about liking somebody and thinking they think the same about you, then consequently being let down.
    We've all been there.
    I love how The Roses take negetive stuff like that and put it in an upbeat context, brilliant!
    Ash88on October 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"It's about a girl… who I don't see anymore". (John Squire)

    It's an absolutely brilliant tune. I especially like the outro of the song.
    mazza369on November 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionBeing a history major, I thought of Major-General William Elphinstone's disastrous retreat from Afghanistan during the First Anglo-Afghan War. To me, anyway, this makes sense with the lyric "Send me home like an elephant stone."
    norwegianwood90on November 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally I think the song is about two people who are on the verge of a relationship, one more in love than the other.' Burst into heaven kiss in the cotton clouds' shows the sudden start and romance of the relationship.
    "Arctic sheets and fields of wheat I can't stop coming down" I find to be a reference to coke and weed and the good time the two are having (I know it's wheat but I've never came down from shreddies)
    Send me home like an elephant stone to smash my dream of love' is about one of the two, let's say him, send me to live happily ever after and well... have sex
    Dreaming til the sun goes down' and 'rooms are empty you could move in right away' I find the man being more eager than the girl.
    'It seems like there's a hole in my dreams' clearly something's wrong and is the beginning of the end.
    'Down through the heavens chock on the cotton clouds' the illusion of being in heaven has ended hard.
    ' arctic sheets and fields of wheat I can't stop coming down' I get the feeling whereas the first time this is said it's like a never ending high but this time I think it's more like a never ending come down.
    Didn't your bed and book shelf go and run run run away I think is a quote said by the girl, after she's taking more than she deserves( his bed and bookshelf).
    Then a thought from the man 'These four walls saw your rise and fall and your midnight getbaway' I think is about the rise and fall of the relationship and the getaway is getting over her.
    And Finally "seems like there's a hole in my dreams or so it seems yet there's nothing there that means anything anymore" shows there's a hole in this guy's dream of love and there's nothing in his heart or there between the two that means anything.

    But even if I'm completely wrong still a mint tune!
    A Nameless Ghoulon April 18, 2015   Link

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