The Bones of You
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So I'm there charging around with a juggernaut brow
Overdraft, speeches and deadlines to make
Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
Telephone burn and a purposeful gait

When out of a doorway
The tentacles stretch of a song that I know
And the world moves in slow-mo
Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Do I have time? A man of my caliber stood in the street
Like a sleepwalking teenager I know
And I dealt with this years ago
I took a hammer to every memento

But image on image like beads on a rosary
Pulled through my head as the music takes hold
And the sickener hits, I can work till I break
But I love the bones of you that I will never escape

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I can't move my arm
For the fear that you will wake
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And it's you and it's me
And we're sleeping through the day




And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of the song paint a picture of a man trying to manage the chaos of his life, constantly running around to meet deadlines and obligations. But amidst all of this, he is suddenly transported to a different world by the sound of a familiar song that takes hold of him. The world seems to slow down, and he is transported to a time and place long gone, where he and someone dear to him are sleeping through the day. The hauntingly beautiful chorus captures the nostalgia, longing, and love that the singer feels for this person, and the realization that he will never be able to escape these feelings.


The second verse delves deeper into the singer's emotions, as he questions whether he has the time to deal with these feelings. He compares himself to a sleepwalking teenager, revealing that he has gone through this before – he has tried to forget the memories that the song brings up. He talks figuratively about taking a hammer to every memento, trying to bury the past. But as the music takes hold of him, he is reminded of his feelings for this person, which he describes as loving the bones of them. Finally, the song ends with the singer afraid to move, caught up in the fear that he will wake up from this beautiful dream.


Overall, "The Bones of You" is a melancholic yet beautiful song about love, loss, and the difficulty of moving on. The music itself is haunting, with a beautiful piano melody that underlines the introspective lyrics. The chorus is particularly beautiful, with its soft harmonies and poignant lyrics capturing the nostalgia and longing that the singer feels. The song is a beautiful reminder that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we can never truly escape the past.


Line by Line Meaning

So I'm there charging around with a juggernaut brow
I'm running around with a sense of purpose and determination.


Overdraft, speeches and deadlines to make
I have work to do, financial responsibilities to meet and speeches to give.


Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
I'm piling up responsibilities and obligations, like trying to fit too many cats into a small space.


Telephone burn and a purposeful gait
I'm constantly on the phone, with a focused and determined walk.


When out of a doorway
Suddenly, unexpectedly.


The tentacles stretch of a song that I know
The familiar and powerful grip of a song takes hold.


And the world moves in slow-mo
Everything around me slows down and becomes less significant.


Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day
The song has a strong, addictive power, like the first cigarette of the day.


And it's you and it's me
The focus of the song is about the relationship between two people.


And we're sleeping through the day
We're avoiding reality, being lazy and not dealing with the stress of the real world.


And I'm five years ago
I'm lost in memories of the past.


And three thousand miles away
I'm physically and emotionally distant from the present moment.


Do I have time? A man of my caliber stood in the street
I'm questioning whether I have enough time to deal with my responsibilities. I see a successful person on the street and compare myself to him.


Like a sleepwalking teenager I know
I feel lost and aimless, like I did when I was a teenager.


And I dealt with this years ago
I've gone through this before, but it still troubles me.


I took a hammer to every memento
I destroyed every reminder of the past to try to forget it.


But image on image like beads on a rosary
The memories and images of the past keep coming back, like beads on a rosary.


Pulled through my head as the music takes hold
The song brings back the memories and images more vividly.


And the sickener hits, I can work till I break
The overwhelming feeling of the past makes me physically ill, but I keep working anyway.


But I love the bones of you that I will never escape
The song is about a love that he can never escape, even though it's painful to remember.


And I can't move my arm
He's physically paralyzed by the powerful emotions the song stirs up.


For the fear that you will wake
He's afraid that the person he loves will wake up and realize the truth about their relationship.


And it's you and it's me
Again, the song is about the relationship between two people.


And we're sleeping through the day
They're avoiding reality together.


And I'm five years ago
He's lost in memories of the past again.


And three thousand miles away
He's emotionally and physically distant from reality again.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CRAIG LEE POTTER, DOROTHY HEYWARD, DU BOSE HEYWARD, GEORGE GERSHWIN, GUY EDWARD JOHN GARVEY, IRA GERSHWIN, MARK POTTER, MARK ELLIS POTTER, PETER JAMES TURNER, RICHARD BARRY JUPP

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The Bones Of You"

So I'm there,
Charging around with a juggernaut brow
Overdraft speeches and deadlines to make
Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
Telephone burn and a purposeful gait

When out of a doorway the tentacles stretch
Of a song that I know and the world moves in slow-mo
Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day

And it's you and it's May
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Do I have time? A man of my calibre?
Stood in the street like a sleepwalking teenager?
No. And I dealt with this years ago
I took a hammer to every memento

But image on image like beads on a rosary
Pull through my head as the music takes hold
And the sickener hits, I could work till I break
But I love the bones of you, that I will never escape

And it's you, and it's May
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I can't move my arm
For the fear that you will wake
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

And it's you and its May
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away



All comments from YouTube:

Corey V

This song deserves 722 million views. Massively underrated

Jack Carr

Absolute masterpiece, along with the rest of the album. Paltry amount of views.

Anthony Ramey

This song has the effect on me, that it's trying to convey. If I even think about the lyrics "And I can't move my arm..." I have tears, a lump in my throat, and feelings of nostalgia, love, loss, and helplessness.

Jonathan Nugent

I think this might be my favourite of all their great songs

Robbie

Every time i hear this legendary track it goes straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day😉

Jürgen Naeve

I saw ELBOW LIVE in 2008 and they were the greatest and best Liveband I´ve ever seen

Skaution

Inhave heard this so many times over.

Lori S

This is still my all-time favorite music video. It's just so brilliant!

andrew eaton

honestly.. never felt like somebody else was articulating my thoughts, even sub conscience...apart from hearing the lyrics of this tune. personally i think its a masterpiece... but im not sure if its for that reason or just that its beautifully made?

andrew eaton

to add.. he writes great songs... almost vauge but succinct at the same time.. artistry to convey what we all mostly fumble to articulate accurately... he has romance in him i think

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