"Ten Storey Love Song" as written by and Squire....
When your heart is black and broken
And you need a helping hand
When you're so much in love
You don't know just how much you can stand

When your questions go unanswered
And the silence is killing you
Take my hand baby I'm your man
I got love maybe enough for two

Ten story love song
I built this thing for you
Who can take you higher
Than twin deep mountain blue
Oh well I've built this thing for you
And I love you true

There's no sure-fire set solutions
No short-cut through the trees
No breach in no wall that
They put there to keep you from me

As you're lying awake in this darkness
This everlasting night
Some day soon don't know where or when
You're gonna wake up and see the light

Ten story love song
I built this thing for you
Who can take you higher
Than twin deep mountain blue
Oh well I've built this thing for you
And I love you true

Ten story love song
I built this thing for you
Who can take you higher
Than twin deep mountain blue
Oh well I've built this thing for you
And I love you true


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"Ten Storey Love Song" as written by John Squire

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    General CommentI have a totally different interpretation- of a man so much in love with someone who doesn't know (unrequited love) that he can't function, can't eat, can't breathe. His crush has been built up so high and he has idealised the other person so much that turning it into a reality seems impossible. The video shows him sweating on a bed, unable to sleep...
    I'm probably wrong but that is what it means to me.
    poirot_1977on January 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy fave love song by a great band. I reckon the lyrics are about a guy just having a row with his girlfriend and then trying to make up with her. The line "When you're so much in love
    You don't know just how much you can stand" suggests that even though they love each dearly it can get a bit too much. Then the line "Take my hand
    Baby I'm your man
    I've got loving enough for two" means he's trying to make up with her and leave all the fighting behind.
    vin_1986on May 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me "Ten Storey Love Song" speaks to the healing, comforting power of music in times of distress. How a song can be grand and sweeping, big and high enough to envelope you and elevate you ten stories above the fray. One of the Roses' most poignant, direct songs. Features as always some incredible ensemble playing. The groove created by Mani's rollicking, uncannily melodic bass and Reni's incomparable drumming is a gift from heaven, I can't praise it enough. The rhythm is just so delicate and sublime, it really makes this track something special!

    The second verse for me really comes alive. The groove really sets in, and the line "no shortcut through the trees" I find really evocative for some reason. So is "as you're lyin' awake in this darkness".
    tenementrockon July 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cant believe no one has said anything about this song. I love this song. Without doubt this is a song about a guy telling a friend that he will always be there for her no matter what.
    Noelismygodon July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfan-bloody-tastic.
    dave_1987on October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a song?! its brill But does he love the girl or is it just a friendship?
    Unknown Ledgendon October 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about a friendship but he is in love with the girl who is coming to the end of her own relationship, and he has always been in love with her:

    "Someday soon - don't know where or when
    You're gonna wake up and see the light"

    One day she will realise how he really feels about her....
    miggyon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh well, only three years after the last post, but here I am now...('here I am now', probably a line Brownie would second?) Ianhow, I've only just read that Ten Storey Love song could possibly be read as Tense Tory love song- in other words, it's a trap baby! As Blake said(says?) , 'the fox blames the trap' Oh come on, there is a definite 'limit' to this love, even a resignation;
    Oh well I built this thing for you
    And I love you true

    'And I love you true' is the Judas kiss; it would seem he is pleading and not too sure because the 'true' should go without saying...
    John Squire's little test, where the soaring melodic ballad veils the truth. ie. the devil is singing this song. (He won't take offence, don't worry)- the devil I mean, not JS
    neitherbothon June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a bloke who is comforting a girl who just split up with her boyfriend but the bloke has always loved her and is telling her how much he loves her "baby I'm your man" "and I love you true" etc

    This song has helped me through some hard times! The lyrics are so true.
    RG12CHELSon October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSecond Coming is an album that is full of mystical references.
    Ten Storey Love Song is a song in which God is speaking to the soul of Man.
    It is about the Tree of Life, a Qabalistic symbol made up of ten spheres or sephiroth connected by various paths.
    The Tree of Life is a composite symbol that summarizes Qabalistic teachings about the nature of Humanity's role in the Cosmic scheme.
    The searching soul longs for reunion with its source.
    At a point in time in the seeker's quest, he or she finds themselves lost, abandoned. There is no shortcut that can breach the divide between the soul and its true divine nature. The path requires dedication and devotion.
    But the promise of delivery is there, if one has eyes to see.
    This is a beautiful song. Thank you Stone Roses.
    AshHaShamaimon February 02, 2014   Link

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