Rosetta
Kim Wilde Lyrics


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Bigger than a mountain high
Core of ice over two miles wide
Spinning millions of miles away
Tell us all about the human race
Tell us from where we've come and who we are
Are we the dust of a distant star?
Does it clearly matter that we're here?
Is our irrelevance a thing we fear?

Tell me who you are

What is your destiny?
Are you a star still shining?
Or are you burning up and running out of time?
Can love redeem your soul?
Tell me what you believe in
What is this precious thing called life?
Tell me who you are... who you are

Walking down this busy streets
Strangers passing next to me
Knowing this is all a game
In our bones we're just the same
And all the answers we're searching for
Are deep inside our icy core
We need to journey deep inside
To understand why we're alive

Tell me who we are

What is our destiny?
Are we a star still shining?
Or are we burning up and running out of time?
Can love redeem our soul?
Tell me what you believe in
What is this precious thing called life?
Tell me who we are... who we are





Tell me who we are

Overall Meaning

The opening verse of the song Rosetta, by Kim Wilde, elicits a sense of awe and reverence towards the universe we inhabit. The lyrics describe a huge, mountain-high object located millions of miles away with a core made of ice over two miles wide, which is spinning with incredible force. It is explicitly implied that this object is a reference to the comet that the European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe became the first to orbit and then land on, in November 2014. The lyrics ask the comet to inform us about the origins of humanity and to uncover the mystery of our existence. Wilde questions whether we are merely "the dust of a distant star" and whether our existence truly matters. There is an underlying fear that our presence is insignificant in the vast expanse of the universe.


Line by Line Meaning

Bigger than a mountain high
The subject matter of this song is far-reaching and significant.


Core of ice over two miles wide
Speaking metaphorically, the depth of our understanding of ourselves and the universe requires exploration to a vast extent.


Spinning millions of miles away
The vast space that lies between us and the heavenly bodies in the sky inspires questions about our place in the universe.


Tell us all about the human race
In light of the mysteries that surround us we yearn to understand the origins of humanity and its purpose.


Tell us from where we've come and who we are
We seek to understand ourselves, our place of origin, and our identity as sentient beings.


Are we the dust of a distant star?
Could it be that our very existence is a result of cosmic events unimaginably long ago?


Does it clearly matter that we're here?
In a universe that is vast and full of mystery, what significance can our existence hold?


Is our irrelevance a thing we fear?
Perhaps the fear of insignificance is one way that individuals fight to assert their significance in the world.


Tell me who you are
Challenging listeners to evaluate and understand their own personhood and place in the world.


What is your destiny?
Questioning the purpose or fate of the individual.


Are you a star still shining?
Wondering if the individual has lost its spark or purpose, or if they continue to emit light and influence.


Or are you burning up and running out of time?
Alluding to the finite nature of human existence.


Can love redeem your soul?
Posing the question of the power of love to heal or make life meaningful.


Tell me what you believe in
Inviting self-exploration and examination of belief systems.


What is this precious thing called life?
Questioning the value or worth of life, what makes it precious or sacred, and what it can offer the individual.


Walking down this busy street
Painting a picture of city life where millions of strangers pass each other by.


Strangers passing next to me
Alluding to the reality that most people in the world are strangers to each other.


Knowing this is all a game
Acknowledging the triviality and superficiality of much of modern society.


In our bones we're just the same
Despite external differences in culture, skin color, language, and other factors, there are deep human experiences that are shared by all.


And all the answers we're searching for
The questions that have been asked and unanswered are numerous and complex.


Are deep inside our icy core
Answers to the most pressing questions may lie hidden deep within ourselves.


We need to journey deep inside
Suggesting that deep self-reflection is crucial to truly understand ourselves and the world.


To understand why we're alive
The ultimate aim of this introspection is to come to an understanding of the meaning of life itself.


Tell me who we are
Continuing to question the group identity and purpose of humanity.


What is our destiny?
Persisting in an exploration of what the future holds for mankind.


Are we a star still shining?
Continuing to probe whether humanity has maintained its positive influence on the world.


Or are we burning up and running out of time?
Nagging doubts about the future of humanity persist.


Can love redeem our soul?
Wondering whether the power of love can heal some of the wounds inherent in being human.


Tell me what you believe in
Repeatedly encouraging self-examination and question asking.


What is this precious thing called life?
Asking a fundamental question that is likely to prompt thought about unrecognized values and priorities.


Tell me who we are... who we are
Reiterating the central question that this song as a whole seeks to answer.




Lyrics © Bucks Music Group
Written by: KIM WILDE, RICKY WILDE

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