"Harbor" as written by and Vienna Teng....
by Vienna Teng

We're here where the daylight begins
The fog on the streetlight slowly thins
Water on water's the way
The safety of shoreline fading away

Sail your sea, meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me will guide you home
All I want is to be your harbor

Fear is the brightest of signs
The shape of the boundary you leave behind
So sing all your questions to sleep
The answers are out there in the drowning deep

Sail your sea, meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me will guide you home
All I want is to be your harbor

You've got a journey to make
There's your horizon to chase
So go far beyond where we stand
No matter the distance, I'm holding your hand

Sail your sea, meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me will guide you home
All I want is to be your harbor

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"Harbor" as written by Vienna Teng


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    General CommentThis song seems the polar opposite of Vienna's "Tower".
    The person in this song is more than willing at being a companion to another, wishing them well as they go about their day, and comforting them on the return home. Perhaps she's a wife, perhaps a mother. Perhaps he's a husband, a father. This songs suggests that happy, positive relationship we all want. Well wishing as we set off on our day, and comfort in our triumphs and defeats at the end of the day.
    Arbiteron January 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song by Vienna. It's absolutely beautiful. She's very talented!
    MNTwinsfanon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing.

    It's basically about loyalty in a relationship and how she will never abandon her love.
    caitelleon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou've got a journey to make
    there's your horizon to chase
    so go far beyond where we stand
    no matter the distance
    I'm holding your hand

    I Love that verse.... it just sums up how someone takes the back seat so their lover can follow their ambitions and dreams...but they do this willingly. Well thats how it makes me feel.

    Another amazingly written/sung song... i love it
    Cut~Up~Angelson January 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely beautiful. my (womens) a cappella group just decided to arrange it, which should be a challenge.

    as my friend said - she's vanessa carlton, but 'right' and not cheesy.
    danielleyvetteon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSail your sea, meet your storm, all I want is to be your harbor. The light in me will guide you home, all I want is to be your harbor... so beautiful. She sings it with such abandon... this is how I want to be with everyone I know.
    carolineliseon December 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHmmm...this might be changing the subject, but has anyone else noticed what an odd rhythm the song has? I try to follow a steady beat in my head, but it always like...changes! What the heck time signature is it IN anyway?

    Back on topic, it is a very good song though. Haha.
    ingibooon July 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentingiboo.

    the song is in 5/4.
    aykantspelon October 10, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm chewing on the metaphor here. (Not denying what people have said above, but I'd like to dig deeper on this one.)

    This song talks a lot about blurry edges: Dawn, thinning fog, water on water, "the boundary you leave behind."

    That's not just aspirations, that's all the scary bits of personal growth and any movement outside of one's safe space, trusting that leaving the safety line won't kill you. It's hard to trust that "the answers are out there in the drowning deep."

    A harbor, on the other hand, is specifically both a boundary and a home. It's a much more freeing metaphor than an anchor. She's not tying anyone down, she's offering a space and a beacon so there's a point to call home when going out into the big unknown.

    My partner and I do this for each other, and it has nothing to do with sacrifice. We all have journeys, and all but a few of us need a beacon, a safe retreat available if the water gets too deep.
    gementon July 07, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI just saw Vienna Teng in concert tonight in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was awesome. Anyway, she did this song and explained its meaning. She said she was going through the list of names of those who had purchased tickets ahead of time and recognized the name of a man who wrote an essay that inspired her to write this song. He was actually in the audience at tonight's concert. His essay was written about his daughter, and Vienna dedicated it to them tonight.
    armadasharion November 15, 2010   Link

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