Teardrop
Portishead and Massive Attack Lyrics


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Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath
Gentle impulsion
Shakes me, makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

Night, night of matter
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Of a confession
Fearless on my breath
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath





It's tumbling down (as in love falling apart)
It's tumbling down (as in love falling apart)

Overall Meaning

Teardrop by Portishead and Massive Attack is a hauntingly beautiful song that talks about the different feelings of love - its intensity, its fragility, and its destructiveness. The song starts with the lines "Love, love is a verb, love is a doing word" which imply that love is not just a feeling, but it is something to be acted upon. The line "Fearless on my breath" conveys the idea of being bold and unafraid in the pursuit of love.


The next stanza "Night, night of matter, black flowers blossom, fearless on my breath" seems to be a metaphor for the dark side of love. The image of black flowers, which is usually associated with death, blooming in the night signifies the pain and suffering that love can cause. But even amidst the chaos, one is still fearless and unafraid.


The third stanza "Water is my eye, most faithful mirror, fearless on my breath" talks about the introspective nature of love. The idea of water being the most faithful mirror means that love makes one look at oneself deeply and introspectively. The last two stanzas, "Of a confession, most faithful mirror, fearless on my breath, teardrop on the fire, fearless on my breath, it's tumbling down (as in love falling apart)" paint a picture of love falling apart and the pain it causes.


Overall, the song is a deep dive into the many complexities of love and the different emotions it can evoke.


Line by Line Meaning

Love, love is a verb
Love is not only a feeling, but also an action one must take to express and exhibit that feeling.


Love is a doing word
Actions speak louder than words when it comes to expressing love.


Fearless on my breath
With courage and bravery, I face whatever challenges or uncertainties come my way.


Gentle impulsion
A subtle push or motivation that gently propels me forward.


Shakes me, makes me lighter
Although it may cause some discomfort, this force provides a release or relief from the heaviness I feel.


Teardrop on the fire
A symbol of sadness and heartache, that is further intensified by the burning fire beneath it.


Night, night of matter
The physical existence of darkness and its effects on the world around us.


Black flowers blossom
Even in darkness and despair, beauty has the ability to grow and flourish.


Water is my eye
My tears represent a deep emotional connection and reflection of my true self.


Most faithful mirror
My tears are a truthful reflection of my innermost self and emotions.


Of a confession
My tears represent the admission and acknowledgment of my deepest inner thoughts and feelings.


It's tumbling down (as in love falling apart)
Like a crumbling structure, the love that once existed is now collapsing and falling apart.


It's tumbling down (as in love falling apart)
Repeated for emphasis, to express the magnitude of the love's downfall and disintegration.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ELIZABETH FRASER, ROBERT DEL NAJA, GRANTLEY MARSHALL, ANDREW VOWLES

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@princessmakaba8717

This song feels like a taste of life and death.
Ice and fire.
Love and hate.
A taste of dreams and nightmares.
Fear and Joy.
Like witnessing the birth of a baby
And seeing someone bleed to death later that day.
I can't put my finger on it but it's there.
It's a crisp taste I can't describe.



All comments from YouTube:

@danplewnarz

In case anyone didn't know, Geoff Barrow the brains behind Portishead was first a studio tech for Massive Attack, when he was still a teenager.
He recorded a demo of "Sour Times" using leftover studio time that Massive Attack had paid for.

The fuzzy distortion of "Roads" isn't digital, he recorded the tracks on vinyl then rode over them with his skateboard.

@TheSoldier0fortunE

Thats a useless fact im totally gonna take and use in the future on a random 5am comedown when i put on some massive attack or portishead when everyone can barely string a sentence together. Thanks man.

@amystabile7789

That's so gangster. 👍✌️❤️

@TheGreenEarthKitty

@@TheSoldier0fortunE ideal 🥰

@Onmy47s

I feel.. no moooooore.

@francesgames

not totally useless then
😌@@TheSoldier0fortunE

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@DarthMomo85

It's been 3 years since I heard this mash up for the first time.
It was the first time we met, this mash up played in the bar we went to, and that night I knew she was the One.
203 days later we broke up, but I never stopped loving her, and not a day goes by without me regretting that I didn't tell her how much I love her..

@cbrue1896

These two songs meld together so well. Two fantastic songs by two groups that don't get enough love.

@merrynothing3204

Shhh... they get the absolute right amount of love - those who recognise their beauty and artistry. I don't want them to blow up in a trend on tiktok or whatever. They are special that way. Best to keep it secret so it maintains the authenticity <3 ;) One of the rare moments that the stupid phrase "the ones who get it, get it, the ones who don't, don't" applies IMO.

@jamesrosado2929

It’s Epic.

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