"Marian" as written by Andrew Eldritch and Wayne Hussey....
In a sea of faces, in a sea of doubt
In this cruel place your voice above the maelstrom
In the wake of this ship of fools I'm falling further down
If you can see me, Marian, reach out and take me home.....

[Chorus]
I hear you calling Marian
Across the water, across the wave
I hear you calling Marian
Can you hear me calling you to
Save me, save me, save me from the
Grave...
Marian
Marian, there's a weight above me

And the pressure is all too strong
To breathe deep
Breathe long and hard
To take the water down and go to sleep

To sink still further
Beneath the fatal wave
Marian I think I'm drowning
This sea is killing me

[Chorus]

Was ich kann und was ich konnte (What I can do and what I could do)
Weiss ich gar nicht mehr (I just don't know anymore)
Gib mir wieder etwas schones (Give me something beautiful again)
Zieh mich aus dem meer (Drag me from the sea)
Ich whore dich rufen Marian (I hear you calling Marian)
Kannst do mich schreien horen (Can you hear me calling?)
Ich bin hier allien (I am here alone)
Ich whore dich rufen Marian (I hear you calling Marian)
Ohne diene hilfe verliere ich mich in diessem ort
(Without your help I am lost in this place)

[Chorus]

Marian [Repeat until fade]


Lyrics submitted by o0Sid0o, edited by thielj, aguirre67

"Marian" as written by Wayne Hussey Andrew Eldritch

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  • +1
    General CommentThe first verse seems like it could refer to some of Eldritch's many problems at the time, including tension between band members ("ship of fools"?) and general disdain for many elements of their audience - "sea of faces"?
    The Knaveon May 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe part in german goes saying:
    what i can do and what i could do, I dont know anymore
    give me something beautiful again, pull me from the sea
    i hear you calling, Marian, you can hear me crying,
    i am here alone...
    I hear you calling, Marian, without your help i’m losing myslef in this place

    I always believed the song is about someone who is desperate and full of trouble, and without exit, and is calling out to his last good beacon, Marian... the only person he can relate to in the troubled times, someone who probably represents something pure for him and that is what he needs to be safe. It's how i've always looked at it.
    TigerlilyGirlon July 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's drowning under the pressures of the world, and reaching out to Marian for comfort. I think a lot of people can relate to this. Music-wise, this is one of the most depressive songs I've ever heard. I love it.
    Evil Edon January 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song creates such a dark and depressing atmosphere, matching the lyrics so well.

    I have no clue what it's really about, but judging by the mood of the song, it sounds like it's about a man on the verge of suicide. He's searching for someone to pull him out of a deep depression, I'm not sure if he actually knows Marian, or he's just calling out to someone in general.
    Muzzyon February 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts just me, or the difference between the two german lyrics is that the 1st one has some orthographical errors?
    In my opinion Marian should've been a real person therefore the (otherwise strange, unexplainable) german "plugin".
    throberton August 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLove this song, but had not thought about its meaning other than it being imagistic. That it's primarily about a real woman makes sense.

    A second layer of interpretation is more tenuous. Marian is an anagram (version) of Marina, which is a TS Eliot poem. In turn, Marina is an imagining of a scene in the myth of Pericles who finds his lost daughter. In the poem, Eliot contrasts the fate of Pericles with Heracles, who killed his children in a fit.

    Worth looking up the Eliot poem, which has a similarly dreamlike atmosphere to the Sisters track.
    feufolleton January 13, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the most beloved and most important som's song.
    his voice, his meanings, his melody...............
    dakreeon April 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe he is singing about depression and he fears that he will commit a suicide if he is not helped by this Marian.
    Infion March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA: Peter Murphy\'s songs mostly have a hidden meaning, often a sartirical one.
    B: Even were this to be taken at surface value, the \'narrator\' talks about drowning, not suicide.
    C: Not every *damned* goth song is about freaks or suicide or self harm.
    Narcissa-Maeon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentD: Peter Murphy had nothing to do with the Sisters...
    Nexus7on April 27, 2005   Link

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