I was lost
For so long
Feels like it's taken
Half my life
To find
Where I belong

Seeing you here
You're my nation
This is my application
Give me hope
Keep me sane
Give me
Indefinite leave to remain

All the worlds
That I saw
I went so far away
And still wanted you more

It may sound superficial
But can we make it official?
Give me hope
Keep me sane
Give me
Indefinite leave to remain

Tell me where I stand
What do you envision?
One way or another
Give me your decision now

Is it time
To proceed?
Will you give me a chance
And the status I need?


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Indefinite Leave to Remain Lyrics as written by Tennant Lowe

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    Song Meaning"Indefinite Leave to Remain" is an immigration status in the UK. It's not citizenship, but there's no time limit on it, you have access to public services like health care, and if you stick with it long enough you can get full citizenship without other hurdles. A reasonable relationship metaphor would be getting engaged. This song sounds remarkably like a marriage proposal.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I'd get pretty swoony if someone was geeky enough to propose to me framed as a citizenship application.

    This is from a very political album, Fundamental, which was dedicated to two Iranian teenagers who are believed to have been executed for consensual homosexual behavior. The album also features "I'm with Stupid," which is about Tony Blair and George W. Bush. So they even managed to make the marriage proposal song political, which is topical since immigration was a big topic in the UK as of the time of the album, as was gay marriage in both the US and Ireland. (I'm not sure if the UK was dealing with gay marriage directly at the time, but it was definitely in the top international headlines.)

    [I'm a little boggled. I've never been the first comment on a song before, since I never hear new songs.]
    gementon January 05, 2011   Link

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