Remember My Song
Labi Siffre Lyrics


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This is my song and no one can take it away
It's been so long but now you're here
Here to stay and I wonder if you know what it means
To find your dreams come true
This is my song and no one can make it a lie
It's been so long since someone
Could make me cry and I wonder if you know
What it means to laugh as tears go by
And sometimes you don't hear me
But you don't have to be near me
To know that I'm singing
This is my song and nothing can make it die
It's been so long and it's stronger




I know why and I wonder if you really, really know
That as long as I live I will sing my song for you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Labi Siffre's song "Remember My Song" are deeply personal and emotional, with the refrain "This is my song and no one can take it away" serving as a defiant assertion of the singer's identity and agency. The song initially reflects on the length of time that has passed since someone has had such an impact on the singer's emotions, but the arrival of a new person in their life changes everything. The lyrics express a sense of wonder on the part of the singer, as they contemplate whether the new person truly understands the profound meaning that the song holds for them.


The lyrics also suggest a sense of distance or separation between the singer and the person they are addressing. The line "sometimes you don't hear me, but you don't have to be near me to know that I'm singing" suggests that the singer is struggling to communicate their emotions to the other person, but that the act of singing is cathartic in itself. Ultimately, the singer affirms that their song is an essential part of their identity that cannot be extinguished. They vow to keep singing it for as long as they live, and dedicate it to the person who has changed their world.


Line by Line Meaning

This is my song and no one can take it away
The singer owns their own song and no one can steal or change it.


It's been so long but now you're here
The singer has been waiting for someone like the listener to arrive.


Here to stay and I wonder if you know what it means to find your dreams come true
The listener is going to stay and the singer hopes they understand the feeling of achieving their dreams.


This is my song and no one can make it a lie
The artist's song is truthful and cannot be turned into a lie by anyone.


It's been so long since someone could make me cry and I wonder if you know what it means to laugh as tears go by
The listener has made the artist happy instead of causing them to cry, but the artist wonders if the listener understands how tears can turn into laughter in a moment's notice.


And sometimes you don't hear me, but you don't have to be near me to know that I'm singing
The listener may not always hear the singer singing, but it doesn't matter because the singer will still sing their song regardless.


This is my song and nothing can make it die
The singer's song is immortal and cannot be destroyed.


It's been so long and it's stronger, I know why and I wonder if you really, really know
The artist's song has been around for a long time and has only grown stronger over the years. The artist questions if the listener truly understands the significance of the song.


That as long as I live I will sing my song for you
The artist will continue to sing their song for the listener for the rest of their life.




Writer(s): Labi Siffre Copyright: Chrysalis Songs Ltd.

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Melanie


on Cannock Chase

So beautiful :)

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