The Longest Day
Big Country Lyrics


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I've had enough, give me the strength to carry on
Bring me my dove, be my shelter from the storm
Oh let me be, let me keep my life my own
Just let me see a way for me to be alone
I need a friend, I need a place where I can hide
I'm lost again, I need a spell to turn the tide
But like the dog that howls in the night
You fill my broken heart with fright
When I touch you the whole world sighs
When you touch me the whole world cries
The longest day will be forever and a lifetime
The longest day will try your love like none before
But I must stand and I must fight for what is wrong is now my right
The longest day will fill my life for evermore
Will I lie, will I face the fire in you
Or will I fly, will I find out what is true
I will be there, I will be waiting there for you
And who will care when we have done what we must do
But like the dog that howls in the night
You fill my broken heart with fright
When I touch you the whole world sighs
When you touch me the whole world cries
The longest day will be forever and a lifetime
The longest day will try your love like none before
But I must stand and I must fight for what is wrong is now my right
The longest day will fill my life for evermore
I could use some love
I could use some kissing
I could use some gloves
Or maybe just some lessons
I've had enough, give me the strength to carry on
Bring me my dove, be my shelter from the storm
I will be there, I will be waiting there for you
And who will care when we have done what we must do
The longest day will be forever and a lifetime
The longest day will try your love like none before




But I must stand and I must fight for what is wrong is now my right
The longest day will fill my life for evermore

Overall Meaning

"The Longest Day" by Big Country is a powerful and emotive song that speaks to the struggles of carrying on and fighting for what one believes in. The lyrics express feelings of exhaustion and the need for support and respite from the stormy difficulties of life. The singer asks for the strength to carry on and begs for someone to be their shelter. They plead for space to be themselves, to be alone and a friend to hide with. They express a desire to turn the tide, but they are filled with fear and anxiety that comes with howling in the dark. They also reference a world that sighs and cries due to their connection with someone else.


The song then shifts to the idea of facing the fire or finding truth. Here, the singer waits for someone, but questions if anyone will care when they finally do what they need to do. The longest day that will fill their life forever is expressed as a constant test of their love and conviction. The song concludes with a request for love, kisses, gloves, and lessons, stating again the need for strength and shelter, while reminding the listener of the longest day that will forever test their love.


Overall, the song speaks to the struggles of life, of fighting to carry on and do what is right despite the weight of it all. It is a call for strength and support in the face of challenges that feel never-ending.


Line by Line Meaning

I've had enough, give me the strength to carry on
I am feeling overwhelmed and I need the courage to persevere


Bring me my dove, be my shelter from the storm
I need a source of comfort and protection during difficult times


Oh let me be, let me keep my life my own
Allow me to live my life on my own terms


Just let me see a way for me to be alone
I need some solitude to reflect on my situation and find my way forward


I need a friend, I need a place where I can hide
I require someone to confide in and a secure place to take refuge


I'm lost again, I need a spell to turn the tide
I'm feeling directionless and I need a solution to change my fate


But like the dog that howls in the night
Despite my fears, I am compelled to express my pain


You fill my broken heart with fright
You trigger my trauma and make me feel vulnerable


When I touch you the whole world sighs
I feel a sense of bliss and relief when I am with you


When you touch me the whole world cries
Our connection is so intense that it moves others to tears


The longest day will be forever and a lifetime
This difficult period of time will feel like an eternity


The longest day will try your love like none before
This challenging situation will test the strength of our relationship like never before


But I must stand and I must fight for what is wrong is now my right
I have to stand up for myself, even if it means challenging the status quo


The longest day will fill my life for evermore
The effects of this trying experience will stay with me indefinitely


Will I lie, will I face the fire in you
Will I be honest and confront the intensity of my feelings for you


Or will I fly, will I find out what is true
Or will I flee and try to discover my own truth


I could use some love
I am in need of affection and care


I could use some kissing
I long for intimacy and physical touch


I could use some gloves
I need protection from the harshness of reality


Or maybe just some lessons
Perhaps I need to learn something new to navigate my situation




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: STUART ADAMSON

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Comments from YouTube:

Stuart Adamson - In A Big Country: Tribute Channel

This track was recorded at Windmill Lane, Dublin during a European tour circa 1985.

Originally for a film by the same name, but I seem to remember we were not comfortable with the film’s subject matter.
The chorus, melody and chorus were later to be incorporated into Thirteen Valleys

— Stuart Adamson, Restless Natives & Rarities liner notes

Stuart Lawson Beattie

Poetry of the glistening sun,
Guitars of the enchanted one,
Emotion of the Glorious Son,
Stuart Adamson, we are One.

For ever and a Lifetime, of Scottish Blood, bless you Son of God

Thank you Stuart Adamson - In A Big Country

brian donnelly

Nice Words mate

Valeria Wallace

lyrical genius was Stuart supported with the most talented band

Steven Brown

Great track love this,not much info on what the film was going to be about.

rolf pfannerer

Pretty much my fav song of all time