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Falling Slowly
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová Lyrics


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I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react
And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out, oh

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You'll make it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
And moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
Well, you have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly, sing your melody
I'll sing along, oh, oh, oh

Take it all
I played the cards too late
Now you're gone

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Glen Hansard's song "Falling Slowly" convey a sense of longing and vulnerability. The singer admits to not knowing the person he is addressing directly, yet the words they exchange fall through him and “always fool” him. This may suggest that he is emotionally invested in this person, but feels incapable of expressing his true feelings. The second verse speaks to the feeling of being trapped, unable to overcome the games and patterns that keep him from connecting with the person he desires. However, the chorus offers a glimmer of hope. The lines "Take this sinking boat and point it home / We've still got time / Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice / You'll make it now" suggest that despite the challenges, there is still a chance for the relationship to be salvaged.


The imagery of a sinking boat is potent, signifying the fragility of their situation. But the line "point it home" connotes a sense of direction, and the idea that they have the power to steer their course. The line "raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice" reinforces this sense of agency. It is a call to action, encouraging the person the singer addresses to speak up and take control of their life. In the bridge, the singer suggests that the person has struggled enough and it is time for them to win.


Overall, "Falling Slowly" speaks to the complex emotions of desire, vulnerability, and the struggle to connect. It suggests that while these feelings are not easy to navigate, there is always hope if we take action and steer ourselves towards a better future.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't know you
I'm not personally acquainted with you


But I want you
But I have feelings of attraction towards you


All the more for that
In fact, my lack of knowing you only increases my desire for you


Words fall through me
I have difficulty processing and understanding language


And always fool me
And I am often misled or deceived by words


And I can't react
I feel incapable of responding appropriately


And games that never amount
Deceptive or manipulative actions that are ultimately meaningless


To more than they're meant
Not living up to their intended importance or significance


Will play themselves out, oh
Will run their course and end without anything substantial resulting from them


Take this sinking boat and point it home
Metaphorically, let's redirect our course towards a more positive, stable outcome


We've still got time
There is still a chance for us to succeed or make things right


Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
Be optimistic and vocal, for you have the power to make decisions


You'll make it now
You are capable of achieving success or happiness in the present moment


Falling slowly, eyes that know me
Sinking into a sense of familiarity and comfort, looking into the eyes of someone who understands me


And I can't go back
I cannot return to a previous state, either physically or emotionally


And moods that take me and erase me
My changing emotional states can be overpowering and can make me feel like I am losing myself


And I'm painted black
I feel shrouded in darkness or negativity


Well, you have suffered enough
To the person I'm singing to - you have experienced significant hardship


And warred with yourself
You have struggled internally and fought with your own thoughts and feelings


It's time that you won
It's time for your struggles to come to an end and for you to succeed


Falling slowly, sing your melody
Flowing gently, singing your own individual tune


I'll sing along, oh, oh, oh
I will harmonize with you, offering my support and joining my voice with yours


Take it all
I will accept whatever comes my way, both good and bad


I played the cards too late
I waited too long to take action or make a move


Now you're gone
Now the person I'm singing to is no longer present




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

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@1dforever952

Lyrics
I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react
And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You'll make it now
Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
And moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
Well, you have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You've made it now
Falling slowly, sing your melody
I'll sing along
Take it all
I played the cards too late
Now you're gone



@d8ni3l

"Falling Slowly"
(with Markéta Irglová)
(from "Once" soundtrack)

I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that

Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react

And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out

[Chorus:]
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You'll make it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back

Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black

You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

[Chorus:]
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly sing your melody
I'll sing it loud



All comments from YouTube:

@thenewmodfather

A movie that doesn't even name the main characters and doesn't end in the way most people would expect it to and also one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Just a phenomenal movie.

@thekat2784

And also, it doesn't have a budget as big as most movies

@ShadowBeats1

kittymusicgirl wait this a movie

@jackp8687

What movie 🎥 is this called.

@jackp8687

Shadow Beats I looked it up and the movie is called “once”.

@briane5706

A heartbreaking love story where he falls in love with a lady from another country, not knowing she is married with a small child. In real life, Glenn and Marketta were in love for a time, but are no longer together. The film was on a minuscule budget. but the story and characters had everything to lift it into the stratosphere. Unsurprisingly, this song won the Academy Award for Best Song.

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@Haluna11

Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you. They're either lonely, they're missing somebody, they're depressed, they're hurt, they're scared from the past, they're having personal issues no one knows about, they have secrets you wouldn't believe. They wish, they dream and they hope. And right now, they are sitting there reading these words, and I'm writing this for you so you don't feel alone anymore. Always remember, don't be depressed about the past, don't worry about the future, and just focus on today. If today's not so great don't worry! Tomorrow's a new chance. If you are reading this, be sure to share this around to make others feel better. Have a nice day. :)

@trishagrace2405

Anywhere in the world but to read this it's breathtaking. Thank you for this, I hope your well.

@skifun1729

What a gift you have given...to the world and me. Thank you, and have a nice day, too.

@katewrightsings

Thank you so much for these words. I needed to hear this 🥺🥺🥺

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