got a letter from a messenger,
i read it when it came.
it said that you were wounded,
you were bound and chained.
you were ravaged, you were handled,
you were poisoned, you were pained...
oh no...
you were naked, you were shamed.

you could almost touch heaven,
right there in front of you.
liberty just slipped away on us,
now there's so much work to do.
oh, the door that closes tightly,
is the door that can swing wide,
oh no...not expecting to collide

for a minute i let my guard down,
not afraid to be found out.
completely forgot, dear,
what our fears were all about.
oh no...there's no need to be without.

if there's a chance, i would take it.
this desire i can't kill.
take my heart, please don't break it.
i will crawl to your foothill.

i'm frightened, but i'm coming.
please, baby, please lay still.

oh no...i'm not coming for the kill. (x3)

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    General Comment

    Hmmm missing some lyrics. Here's the complete ones.

    "The Messenger"

    Got a letter from a messenger I read it when it came It said that you were wounded You were bound and chained You had loved and you were handled You were poisoned, you were pained Oh no Oh no You were naked, you were shamed

    You could almost touch heaven Right there in front of you Liberty just slipped away on us Now there's so much work to do Oh the door that closes tightly Is the door than can swing wide Oh no Oh no Not expecting to collide

    For a minute I let my guard down Not afraid to be found out I completely forgot dear What our fears were all about Oh no there's no need to be without

    If there's a chance I would take it This desire I can't kill Take my heart please don't break it I will crawl to your foothill

    I'm frightened but I'm coming Please baby please lay still Oh no Oh no I'm not coming for the kill

    Oh no I'm not coming for the kill

    Oh no I'm not coming for the kill

    sedated_emotionson September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I simply adore this song...

    UrSoFnSpecialon January 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    This is a cover of the original version by Daniel Lanois from his album "For the Beauty of Wynona". They're paced quite differently, and both versions are excellent. If you like some of the softer stuff The Tea Party does, Daniel Lanois is worth checking out, specifically the aforementioned album.

    I don't really know what this song means, though I've thought it over for some time. If anyone could enlighten me, I'd be grateful, it's a long time favourite of mine.

    Taffinon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    Maybe something to do with a girl being mistreated and suffering badly from her former lover, hurt so bad she's on the edge of comitting suicide and she sent a "messenger" to gather some help from someone who cares.

    sedated_emotionson June 13, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    i think this song is about two people who have been wronged, had many failed relationships that were probably horrible the whole way through, or ended badly. I feel I can realy relate to this song and it gives me hope that I might one day find my match too. I think these two people found each other and realized that they had the same fears of commitment and love because of how they had been hurt in the past, but they are working through it together. They feel complete with each other and are each other's "heaven on earth". Thus you could almost touch heaven right there in front of you. This is an amazing song and I think this version is way better than the orinigal. It has so much more feeling to it.

    first_of_meon November 21, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    Yeah, I'm back again. Every time I listen to this song I fall deep into thought. It just does something for me, it makes me feel strange, almost like the twilight after reading an excellent book that has you trapped in it still. My mind creates images with this song every time I hear it, and I think it's because it's so...heartfelt and classic and true, and almost a a feel of romantiscism. Yeah...

    UrSoFnSpecialon February 22, 2009   Link
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    this song is absolutely beautiful! i could listen to it forever. jeff martin's voice is spectacular!

    Jenlieon June 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is one that touched me and never stopped. It seems to be the story of my wife.

    Hurt, betrayed, out of hope almost. defensive and hidden away. Then, she met me. And opened her heart and we embraced.

    To put it one way also...she said 'please be real. if you're not real, then please kill me painlessly.'

    But, that one more chance, that hope that maybe this time, the person they found just might be as they showed themselves to be.

    it is...haunting.

    eishethon June 16, 2013   Link

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