High on the bell tower I took my view
Over the downtowns and the avenues
Where the streets are wide and the people thrive
And it's further to fall down because you fly so high

I've never seen such beauty
I've never seen such clear skies
I've never seen high hopes
I've never seen such tired eyes

And I wish that I could be
Everything you are, everything you are

Down in the delta the city wakes
Turns on the TV as the levee breaks
Where the streets are burned by the summer sun
And there's nowhere to run to when your time has come

I've never seen such beauty
I've never seen such clear skies
I've never seen high hopes
I've never seen such tired eyes

Pulled the roots up piece by piece
Felt life washing over me
I took my pills and I went to sleep
Oh, I sang myself to sleep

And I wish that I could be
Everything you are, everything you are
And I wish that I could see
The world the way you do, as selfishly as you

Yeah, and I wish that I could be
Everything you are, everything you are
And I wish that I could state
My faith the way you do, as certainly as you

Clear skies gonna fall on you


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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful, I'm dissapointed it has only three comments. When I heAr it, I think it's about becoming ensnared in the beauty of a city, and the fast paced excitement of life in one. The lines "and it's further to fall down, 'cause you fly so high" are referring to how glamorous and exciting everything seems, and how high people in the city appear to live, but how that can shatter in an instant, and come crashing down around them. "I've never seen such high hopes/tired eyes" supports this as well, because I see it as people in the city having big dreams, and working hard to attain them, often with little success, making them tired and embittered. "Clear skies gonna fall on you" is the dream inevitably falling apart, and crashing down on the person. Just my rough interpretation, I'm not very good at putting my thoughts into words.
    NimEdelweisson October 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove this song. I don't know if this is correct, but this is what I think the song means. It is about the American dream and how America is the land of opportunity. Behind the dream there is always a nightmare, in this song's case the clear skies is the dream, but there is always a storm ready to strike and ruin the dream.

    Comment if I'm incorrect.
    luvmusic100on September 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like the vocals in this one. I don't know, something about this song (maybe just because it's Keane) makes me really like it.

    And any reason why "Skies" couldn't be correctly spelled in the title?
    aMAEzingNOYseson June 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI just noticed a couple of the mistakes in this one.
    Here are the right parts, according to Keane's new digital lyric booklet (it's a neat little thing):


    High on the bell tower I took my view
    Over the downtowns and the avenues
    Where the streets are wide and the people thrive
    And it's further to fall down because you fly so high

    I've never seen such beauty
    I've never seen such clear skies
    I've never seen high hopes
    I've never seen such tired eyes

    And I wish that I could be
    Everything you are, everything you are

    Down in the delta the city wakes
    Turns on the TV as the levee breaks
    Where the streets are burned by the summer sun
    And there's nowhere to run to when your time has come

    I've never seen such beauty
    I've never seen such clear skies
    I've never seen high hopes
    I've never seen such tired eyes

    Pulled the roots up piece by piece
    Felt life washing over me
    I took my pills and went to sleep
    Oh, I sang myself to sleep

    And I wish that I could be
    Everything you are, everything you are
    And I wish that I could see
    The world the way you do, as selfishly as you

    And I wish that I could be
    Everything you are, everything you are
    And I wish that I could state
    My faith the way you do, as certainly as you

    Clear skies gonna fall on you

    easyflip.co.uk/Island_Records_Keane2010/…
    aMAEzingNOYseson August 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics here need editing.

    "Take my pills on a winter sleep
    I send myself to sleep"

    I believe should read

    "Took my pills and I went to sleep
    I sang myself to sleep"

    and

    "And I wish that I could stay
    My faith you way you do"

    sounds like it should be
    "And I wish that I could STAKE
    my faith the way you do"

    Either way, this song is beautiful. I've wanted to live in a very big city my whole life and have had to stay contented with living a ways out of one, up until now. I'm planning on going away to university in one of the biggest next year, and I think I've heard few other songs that have managed to capture the gorgeously risky feeling of being in such a big and difficult place.
    NimEdelweisson September 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHi everyone! Sometimes Keane's lyrics are kind of encrypted. This is one, at least for me... As a fan, I know they love visiting new places, they love traveling and sightseeing, but at the same time they are constantly moving from one place to another so sometimes they don't have time to finish enjoying a place because suddenly they see another sight. I think that's the song about. The sensation of going from one place to another and get amazed by the sights you see when you visit new places, and maybe it reflects a little the desire of belonging to that place and also how people do not appreciate where they are.

    On the other hand, I do agree with NimEdelweisson's comment, it's a great interpretation and maybe much better than mine :P
    nbarraganon September 26, 2012   Link

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