"Tears And Rain" as written by Guy Chambers and James Hillier Blount....
How I wish I could surrender my soul,
Shed the clothes that become my skin,
See the liar that burns within my needing.
How I wish I'd chosen darkness from cold.
How I wish I had screamed out loud,
Instead I've found no meaning.

I guess it's time I run far, far away; find comfort in pain,
All pleasure's the same, it just keeps me from trouble.
Hides my true shape, like Dorian Gray.
I've heard what they say, but I'm not here for trouble.
It's more than just words, it's just tears and rain.

How I wish I could walk through the doors of my mind,
Hold memory close at hand,
Help me understand the years.
How I wish I could choose between Heaven and Hell.
How I wish I would save my soul.
I'm so cold from fear.

I guess it's time I run far, far away; find comfort in pain,
All pleasure's the same, it just keeps me from trouble.
Hides my true shape, like Dorian Gray.
I've heard what they say, but I'm not here for trouble.
Far, far away, find comfort in pain.
All pleasure's the same, it just keeps me from trouble.
It's more than just words: it's just tears and rain...

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"Tears and Rain" as written by Guy Chambers James Blount

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    General CommentI think that many more references to the Picture of Dorian Gray can be found in this song. The chorus says "All pleasure's the same" which is similar to the story because Dorian lives his entire life for pleasure. After living for awhile and never changing physically, he begins repeating the same pleasures over and over again and then eventually starts looking for different forms of pleasure. Also "i've heard what they say" and "It's more than just words" In the book, Dorian is influenced greatly by a character that says many of Wilde's most quoted lines. Although the character (Harry) says stuff liek "the only way to rid of temptation is to yield to it" he never follows these ideas to their full extent, whereas Dorian does. It is these words that first "corrupt" Dorian and creates him what he is. Towards the end of the novel, Dorian has become disgusted/frightened with his life and he is trying to find an opium den to forget everything. It is raining hard and outside is dreary and this part also connects with " guess it's time I run far, far away; find comfort in pain"
    paradoxboxon August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFind comfort in pain... That's a key line. I reckon its about self hate because you are too confused to sort out your life, and its too hard to express as words, and becomes... well... tears and rain.

    But still, whatever its about, its a great song. Well done Mr. Blunt.
    Daysleepingon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song has a lot to do with the identity crisis that people of modern society are going through. the concept of the unique self, uninhibited is crushed by the need for conformity rather than just acceptance.

    'shed the clothes that become my skin'... strip away the facade put up to conform, 'see the fire that burns within my needing'... reveal the true wants, desires, etc.

    the reference to Dorian Gray is perfect for the subject, showing how our need to subvert the true self to conform will only result in 'tears and rain' unseen to the rest of the world... pain that has its comforts, but also its internal rammifications.

    he says 'how i wish i could walk through the doors of my mind'... wanting to for once be able to think without the influence of society... without the narrowness of conformity. 'so cold with fear'... expressing the motivation behind conformity, fear of isolation, being disliked, etc.

    at least thats what i thought...

    its a beautifully written song...
    dreamer_ashon September 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm studying the movie Blade Runner by Ridley Scott at the moment for English. In it there's one of the main quotes "All those moments will be lost in time, like Tears and Rain". Basically the guy who says it is a robot who has run out of time, and hes seen things that humans could never dream of and hes more humane than many of the people in LA 2019, where the movie is set. It deals with the questions of humanity, and how to be content when your time is up. The song reflects the identity crisis that this character goes through and with the confrontation with death, and that being a robot he has no choice of the afterlife, "How I wish I could choose between Heaven and Hell". Its not that hes having trouble choosing, its that he doesnt have the choice and he wishes he was more.. human. I think that the writer is questioning what it is to be human.. and why people do horrible things to one another..
    kenkon March 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this is evokative of Roy Batty in Blade Runner...seems he (a "dying", perfect android) wanted to just live but knew he couldn't. He would not go to Heaven or Hell because he wasn't human. His "crimes" were running away from android slavery.

    See Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?" for further insight.
    marcevanon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, my favourite on the album:-) It actually inspired me to read Oscar Wilde's book 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'- its good so far...:-)
    smile:-)on March 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationok.. i was just watching a documentary on cosmetic procedures and this was playing in the background at the end.. and i think one meaning of the song might have something to do with people who want to look better and change the way they are thru botox, going under the knife, vanity, etc here is how i see it:
    shed the clothes that become my skin- he is no longer his true self, but he has become a product of what he wears.
    i wish i chose darkness from cold: he wishes he just hid away from the world, then a cold operation table
    hides my true shape - he is no longer who he was
    dorian gray- oscar wilde novel about a handsome man who wants to keep his youthful look forever
    i guess it's time i run far away, find comfort in pain - run away to new york, california, anywhere associated with these procedures and find comfort in the pain thru plastic surgery to become more comfortable with his looks..
    that is just my opinion..
    paperswanon January 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhhhyyyy has no-one commented on this song, it's amazing! I want to know what it means!
    crazy_punk_gurlon May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight, here's a comment on this song.
    It's amazing, fanatsically catchy and a beautiful tune.
    I think the line is "see the fire that burns" not "see the liar that burns". Now it makes sense, no?
    I don't think it's about one specific thing, but each line has its own sort of self-contained relevance. "Hold memory close at hand", "Find comfort in pain" etc.
    closet extroverton May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust how good is Mr Blunt?!! Another incredible song from a stunning album - the only downside to which is that it's only 39 minutes long.
    pondiemanon May 24, 2005   Link

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