"Mourning Air" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Utley....
Did I see a moment with you
In a half lit world
I'm frightened to believe
But I must try
If I stumble if I fall
I'm reaching out in this mourning air, ohh
Have I got the strength to ask
Beyond the window
I feel this fear alone
Until we have
Total honesty
If I tremble or fall
I'm reaching out in this mourning air, ohh
Should I feel a moment with you
To softly whisper
I crave nothing else so much
Longing to reveal
Total honesty
I can feel your touch
I'm reaching out in this mourning air, ohh
I'm reaching out in this mourning air, ohh

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"Mourning Air" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's more about infatuation and taking the chance of acting on it vs. remaining in isolation and grief from an unnamed hurt/tragedy.
    The horns in the song soften the darkness and give it an almost, very subtle risque sort of vibe amid the swirling darkness.
    CovinSon September 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me think of this person that I hung out with once out of our usual environment and it was amazing... but I'm not really sure about anything becoming of it, although its possible.. "did I see a moment with you, in a half lit world?" And I really want to tell this person how I feel but it'll scare them away ...I think this is one of those songs that can apply to pretty much anything.
    ItsInMySoulon December 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think yes it's about the morning after the night before, and she's not sure she stands with this guy, but she's too scared to ask.

    "I feel this fear alone
    Until we have
    Total honesty"

    It's about not talking about things or where you stand with each other etc and wanting to find out, but being afraid to.
    missmeon January 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is the world coming to? Beth doesn't know, but she is afraid of it...
    Thios song was also included in a record in favor of children in bosnia at the time of the war...
    CrowHearton September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about being in love with some one whom you are not sure loves you back, you've already slept with him and now its the morning, you dont know him well but you want honesty and you let him know how you feel! no matter if you fall!~
    skystaron December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's obviously about something dying, such as mourning. THe song is about a loss, that seems like maybe it's not to be spoken of, or it's not supposed to be recognized. She wants to release it, be honest about it, probably look at it in a real perspective. Definetly not about love though.
    atmosphereon July 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about waking up in the morning and realizing that you're not going to be with the one you truly love. You dream about them and feel so close to them in your dream, but when you wake up, they are no where to be found and they are no where near you. Hence, mourning air. Mourning their lose in the morning.
    Webbyon December 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe play between the brass and beth's voice is insanely haunting. i can't pick a favourite portishead song, but this one definitely gets repeated several times before i move on to "only you".
    osberton November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the song is about being in love with someone you can't fully trust. not yet at least, and until "total honesty" is reached the relationship is nothing air.
    evilangelxon November 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust for the record, I posted about this song two years ago in 2006, and yes-- I DID SEE SOMETHING IN THAT MOURNING AIR ohh yeahh i totally got with that person last fall... woot! although it never substantiated into anything valuable. but that's okay. portishead got my back
    ItsInMySoulon September 08, 2008   Link

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