Amy
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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Do you recognize me
Here on this sleeper train
And do you feel the pain
Growing into the night, Mary
And I can feel the taste
Of your third birthday cake
Remember how it was
To hold you into my arms, Mary
It was there
The summer lights around
I was there
His hand upon my knees
And we're gone
Across this sunny streets
And we're gone
The day you died, Mary

And we go faster now
Together throught the fields
Here on this sleeper train
And I can touch your face, Mary
The precious things we've done
Hidden under my skin
I let you sleep a while
I let you sleep a while, Mary
It was there
The summer lights around
I was there
His hand upon my knees
And we're gone
Across this sunny streets




And we're gone
The day you died, Mary

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Amy" by Yann Tiersen are a poetic reflection on grief and remembrance. Throughout the song, the singer speaks to a person named Mary, who we later learn has passed away. The opening lines, "Do you recognize me / Here on this sleeper train" suggest that the singer is travelling somewhere, and perhaps reminiscing about the past. The next line, "And do you feel the pain / Growing into the night, Mary" reinforces the idea that the singer is experiencing deep emotional pain, and reaching out to a person they have lost.


The following lines provide us with some context for the relationship between the singer and Mary. We learn that on Mary's third birthday, the singer was there, and they remember the taste of the cake from that day. The melody of the song is melancholic and sets the tone for the nostalgia present throughout the lyrics. The singer then talks about holding Mary when she was young, and how they miss her after she is gone. The repetition of "It was there / I was there" gives us glimpses into important moments that the singer shared with Mary. The use of the past tense and the word "gone" adds to the sense of loss that the singer is experiencing.


Towards the end of the song, the singer talks about travelling through fields on a sleeper train with Mary. They talk about "the precious things we've done" which are hidden under their skin, suggesting that memories and experiences stay with us, even after a person is gone. The final lines are poignant, "I let you sleep a while / I let you sleep a while, Mary" indicate that the singer may be coming to terms with Mary's death and wishing her rest.


Line by Line Meaning

Do you recognize me
Asking if the person still remembers the singer


Here on this sleeper train
Noticing that they are together on the train


And do you feel the pain
Wondering if the person feels the same pain as the singer


Growing into the night, Mary
The pain is getting worse as the night progresses


And I can feel the taste
Recalling a specific memory involving the person


Of your third birthday cake
The memory involves the person's third birthday cake


Remember how it was
Asking if the person remembers the memory too


To hold you into my arms, Mary
The memory was of the artist holding the person in their arms


It was there
Referring to a specific moment in time


The summer lights around
Describing the surroundings of the moment


I was there
Confirming that the singer was present at the moment


His hand upon my knees
Another person was present at the moment, touching the artist's knees


And we're gone
The moment is in the past


Across this sunny streets
Describing the surroundings of another memory


The day you died, Mary
The memory involves the day the person died


And we go faster now
The train is gaining speed


Together throught the fields
The artist and the person are still together, on the train passing through fields


And I can touch your face, Mary
The singer feels like they can touch the person's face


The precious things we've done
Remembering all of the good times they had together


Hidden under my skin
The memories are a part of the artist, inside them


I let you sleep a while
Allowing the person to rest, even though they are not really there


It was there
Referring to the same moment as before


The summer lights around
Describing the same surroundings as before


I was there
Confirming that the artist was present at the moment


His hand upon my knees
Another person was present at the moment, touching the singer's knees


And we're gone
The moment is in the past


Across this sunny streets
Describing the surroundings of another memory


And we're gone
The memory is also in the past


The day you died, Mary
The memory involves the day the person died




Writer(s): Yann Tiersen

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