Roma Amor
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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We met in a bar
Nothing special so far
Until the moment they suggested a drive to the coast
Minutes later we hit the road
The guy who was driving was fat and dressed in black
And all of a sudden he blew his top
When i told him he was driving too fast
I kept quiet for a while
Then i said
" i know of a dive further west
Let's go and i pay my round"
But no answer was to be heard
And then they stopped the car
Got me out without a word
Got me to undress
Laid me down on the sand and pissed all over my body
Insulting me the hardest way
I seemed to be attracting them the very same way
Blood attracts sharks and pitbull terriers

Boys you've been after me
Yes you've been tracing me
And now you've captured me
What a pleasure it must be
But before you stab your prey
Before i pass away
Be sure that i lived for this
And this is my gift

"we're gonna make you eat your balls
We're gonna get rid of you
So shove your bloody dignity aside
And prepare yourself for dying like a dog"
One barked
So i had a thought for my family
Remember my first lover
Understood i'd never see the sun setting on this roman beach
And felt the cold blade of a flick-knife
Penetrating me

Boys you've been after me
Yes you've been tracing me
And now you've captured me
What a pleasure it must be
But before you stab your prey
Before i pass away




Be sure that i lived for this
And this is my gift

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Yann Tiersen's song "Roma Amor" paint a vivid picture of a brutal attack on the singer. The song begins with a seemingly innocent meeting at a bar, but quickly takes a dark turn when the singer agrees to go for a drive with a group of strangers. The driver, a fat man dressed in black, becomes enraged when the singer suggests he is driving too fast. The group eventually stops the car, and the singer is taken to the beach where he is brutally assaulted and ultimately killed.


Despite the horrific nature of the events being described, there is a sense of defiance and acceptance in the singer's words. He seems to have anticipated his fate, and even suggests that he has lived in a way that has led him to this moment. The line "Be sure that I lived for this / And this is my gift" suggests that the singer has willingly accepted his fate, and even sees it as a sort of fulfillment of his purpose in life.


Overall, "Roma Amor" is a powerful and haunting song that explores themes of violence, death, and acceptance. It is a reminder that even in our darkest moments, we can find a sense of purpose and meaning.


Line by Line Meaning

We met in a bar
I encountered these individuals in a common social setting


Nothing special so far
There was nothing extraordinary or noteworthy about the meeting at that point


Until the moment they suggested a drive to the coast
It was not until they proposed a drive to the seaside that the situation took a distinct turn


Minutes later we hit the road
A short time later we began our journey


The guy who was driving was fat and dressed in black
The individual operating the vehicle was overweight and wearing dark clothes


And all of a sudden he blew his top
Unexpectedly, he became very angry


When i told him he was driving too fast
I expressed concern that he was operating the vehicle at an unsafe speed


I kept quiet for a while
After my warning, I remained silent for a period of time


Then i said
Later, I spoke again


" i know of a dive further west
"I am aware of a bar located farther to the west


Let's go and i pay my round"
I would like to treat everyone to a beverage or round of drinks


But no answer was to be heard
They did not respond or acknowledge my suggestion


And then they stopped the car
Later, the vehicle came to a halt


Got me out without a word
They removed me from the car without speaking


Got me to undress
They compelled me to remove my clothing


Laid me down on the sand and pissed all over my body
They placed me on the beach and urinated on me


Insulting me the hardest way
They used the most offensive language and behavior towards me


I seemed to be attracting them the very same way
For some reason, I appeared to be drawing them towards me in a negative manner


Blood attracts sharks and pitbull terriers
The comparison suggests that the individuals were being driven to violence by some inherent trait in me


Boys you've been after me
I acknowledge that they had been pursuing me


Yes you've been tracing me
They had been following my movements or observing me in some way


And now you've captured me
They have successfully detained me


What a pleasure it must be
This is likely highly enjoyable for them


But before you stab your prey
Before they carry out their intended violence


Before i pass away
Before I die


Be sure that i lived for this
I want to emphasize that this is something I am prepared to face


And this is my gift
The final statement suggests that my death will be a part of something greater, and that perhaps it was even desired


"we're gonna make you eat your balls
A horrific statement implying further violence


We're gonna get rid of you
They plan to kill me


So shove your bloody dignity aside
They are dismissing any sense of pride or self-respect that I may have


And prepare yourself for dying like a dog"
I am being told to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for a painful and degrading death


One barked
One of the attackers issued this command


So i had a thought for my family
In my final moments, I remember my loved ones


Remember my first lover
I recall someone who was very important to me


Understood i'd never see the sun setting on this roman beach
I realize that this is the end of my life, and that I will never experience the beauty of this location again


And felt the cold blade of a flick-knife
I am stabbed with a type of knife that quickly snaps open




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