"I Can't Stop Thinking About You" as written by and Gordon Sumner....
White page, an empty field of snow
My room is twenty-five below
This cold man chasing ghosts
A road lies underneath a buried boat
Dogs search the under forest
We scour the empty streets
The fact remains until we find you
Our lives are incomplete

Do I hear laughters through a veil of snow and ice?
Where could you be on such a lonely winter's night?

I can't stop thinking about you
I can't stop wanting you this way
I can't face dreaming without you
That's why I'm searching night and day
This heart's a lonely hunter
These hands are frozen fists
I can't stop thinking about you
I don't care if you exist

Do I hear laughter from behind this veil of midnight?
What are you hiding in the frozen heart of winter?
Somewhere a church bell tolls
I know you're close, your scent still warm
And then your trail turns cold, cold, cold

I can't stop thinking about you
I can't stop wanting you this way
I can't face living without you
That's why I'm searching night and day
This heart's a lonely hunter
These hands are frozen fists
I can't stop thinking about you
I don't care if you exist

Do I hear laughter in the silence of the snow?
I know you're hiding in this frozen heart of winter
A midnight church bell tolls
I know you're close, your scent still warm
Then the trail turns cold, cold, cold

I can't stop thinking about you
I can't stop wanting you this way
I can't face living without you
That's why I'm searching night and day
This heart's a lonely hunter
These hands are frozen fists
I can't stop thinking about you
I don't care if you exist

I can't stop thinking about you
I can't stop wanting you this way
I can't face living without you
I can't stop wanting you


Lyrics submitted by sillybunny

"I Can't Stop Thinking About You" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentI read the theme of the album is migrant travelers; people sadly wrenched from all they hold familiar by war. 244 million people left their home countries according to 2015 stats. 65.3 million people are thought to be refuges on the move in 2016, many of them engaging in desperate efforts. Naturally all of this movement rips families apart. Loved ones are lost and many families and friends will not be reunited.
    I hung on the lyrics for this song “I don’t care if you exist,” thinking this suggests the sheer desperation of people looking for loved ones while entertaining the sinking feeling that the ones they seek may be dead. I don’t care. I just need to know. Alive or dead, please let me find you or news of you. You permeate my thoughts.
    War. It’s painful, debilitating, destructive and frightening. It’s hard to digest and yet perhaps it’s an integral part of nature that reshapes our world. Granted it shifts so many from their homes but the migration will no doubt color our future. It seems ironic to see some factions warring in a vain attempt to preserve a current political and religious regime, little realizing that their efforts are serving to reimagine what they thought they were protecting. Just as earthquakes, thunderstorms and volcanic eruptions restructure our world, so does war. I’m not cool with it, but I’m beginning to understand it. A little. My heart goes out to those ripped from their normal and I hope all loved ones who wish to be found, are.
    sillybunnyon September 20, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThe previous comment about war refugees is not without merit. But I think the meaning of this song goes deeper - and broader - than that. I think this song is about the search for meaning in life.

    Sting himself had this to say:

    “It’s about the obsession of a writer who every morning faces a blank page and he wonders what on earth he’s going to fill it with.

    The analogy I use is of somebody hunting in the snow. You’re never quite sure whether anything is there or not.

    So, you’re looking for a road, a pathway, a character, a muse, a romantic muse, philosophical muse, a spiritual muse, a story, anything. But you’re not guaranteed to find it. So it’s about that obsession."

    That comment fits with my interpretation of the song as a search for meaning in life, whether that meaning is God, or love, or a personal philosophy. I think it could certainly apply to war refugees. But I think it's universal enough that it could apply to anyone looking for meaning in a sometimes meaningless-seeming world.
    mark167835on November 25, 2016   Link
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    General CommentEntertaining the interesting muse, story, idea, pathway idea, I’m just unsure about the line “I don’t care if you exist,” but perhaps it’s a bit like the 10cc line “I’m not in love, so don’t forget it. It’s just a silly phase I’m going through.” Right. A frustrated response to that obsession. So the muse, idea, story, pathway, in fantasy, might look up and say, from Coldplay’s X and Y, " Trying hard to speak and fighting with my weak hand, driven to distraction, so part of the plan.” Perhaps with luck, the muse, story, idea, pathway eventually returns, hopefully not to an empty house.
    Lyrics, like fiction, are fun to muse around with.
    sillybunnyon February 05, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all the refugee stuff, and it might also be about reuniting with a friend from your childhood, but I feel like it could also be interpreted as trying to find someone to love.
    iamawesomedogon April 02, 2019   Link

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