Take this silver lining
Keep it in your own sweet head
And shine it when the night is burning red
Shine it in the twilight
Shine it on the cold, cold ground
Shine it till these walls come
Tumbling down

We were born with our eyes wide open
So alive with wild hope
Now can you tell me why
Time after time
They drag you down
Down in the darkness deep
Fools in their madness all around
Know that the light don't sleep

Step into the silence
Take it in your own two hands
And scatter it like diamonds
All across these lands, yeah yeah yeah
Blaze it in the morning
Wear it like an iron skin
Only things worth living for
Innocence and magic, amen

We were born with our eyes wide open
So alive with wild hope
Now can you tell me why
Time after time
They drag you down
Down in the darkness deep
Falls in their madness all around
Know that the light don't sleep

We were born with our eyes wide open
So alive with wild hope
Now can you tell me why
Time after time
They drag you down
Down in the darkness deep
Fools in their madness all around
Know that the light don't sleep
Know that the light don't sleep
Time after time
They drag you down
Down in the darkness deep
Fools in their madness all around
Know that the light don't sleep
Know that the light don't sleep


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Silver Lining Lyrics as written by David Gray

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    General Comment

    It sounds like he's looking back on an innocence lost. It's like advice to others coming up. Take this innocence and keep it, take that light and don't lose it. He goes through a mock childhood prayer "The only things worth living for are innocence and magic - amen" He's also posing the question as to why we all lose that and get dragged down into the darkness.

    To me it's advice to the coming generation to keep that innocence because everyone seems to lose it.

    Jag3892on February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Who has never felt so strongly about another person? One of the best songs on the CD.

    Moldy Poptarton April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song just puts me i the chillest mood, i let everything im worrying about just fade away as i stare up in the clouds when Im about to take a nap or if Im laying down at the beach. He is amazing

    n3j1y1on January 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is about Heroin Abuse.
    Silver Lining is the silver paper for chasing the dragon. Scatter it like Diamonds all across these lands = Putting the Heroin on the Silver Paper. Blaze it in the Mornig, wear it like an Iron Skin = Is how Blazing & tooting your Heroin makes you feel bulletproof numbness.

    We were born with our eyes wide open So alive with wild hope Now can you tell me why Time after time They drag you down

    It is about the loss of Innocence & finding a magic worth living for.

    I could go on for every line in the song.....but its only MY interpretation.

    that is all

    alphamaleon April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Well said, Jaq3892.

    neotemplaron August 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    There's at least some ready to light fire and revolutionary 'social commentary' passion in this song. Yes, the instrumentation is chilling, relaxing and sonic. But the lyrics have venom. I feel David Gray is feeling isolated and lonely at the world; its eerie dark SNOBBISH UNCARING $ELFISH silences of Western Suburbia, night after night & aeon upon aeon. We yearn with him to recapture the innocence & untainted hope of childhood & ''wild'' birth, now marred in adulthood (even tainted teenage years) by the rat race STUCK UP a$$ pursuits of modern capitalism. Definitely hints of John Lennon, so go DG!

    '...never noticing the war until it's right there at your door...'

    '...hold on to nothing so write it down...'

    Killpoweron April 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I always think this song is about someone strong who will always be there for some one who may be having trouble in there lives. Or it could simple be biblical, with god being the light and the silver lining, a lot of the songs from this album mention religion.

    hey_2277on February 02, 2016   Link

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