Babylon

Album: White Ladder (1998)
Charted: 5 57
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  • Friday night I'm going nowhere
    All the lights are changing green to red
    Turning over TV stations
    Situations running through my head
    Looking back through time
    You know it's clear that I've been blind, I've been a fool
    To open up my heart to all that jealousy
    That bitterness, that ridicule

    Saturday I'm running wild
    And all the lights are changing red to green
    Moving through the crowds I'm pushing
    Chemicals are rushing in my bloodstream

    Only wish that you were here
    You know I'm seeing it so clear
    I've been afraid
    To show you how I really feel
    Admit to some of those bad mistakes I've made

    And if you want it
    Come and get it
    Crying out loud
    The love that I was
    Giving you was
    Never in doubt
    Let go of your heart
    Let go of your head
    And feel it now
    Let go of your heart
    Let go of your head
    And feel it now

    Babylon, Babylon, Babylon

    Sunday all the lights of London shining
    Sky is fading red to blue
    Kicking through the autumn leaves
    And wondering where it is you might be going to

    Turning back for home
    You know I'm feeling so alone
    I can't believe
    Climbing on the stair
    I turn around to see you smiling there
    In front of me

    And if you want it
    Come and get it
    Crying out loud
    The love that I was
    Giving you was
    Never in doubt

    Let go of your heart
    Let go of your head
    And feel it now
    Let go of your heart
    Let go of your head
    And feel it now

    Let go of your heart
    Let go of your head
    And feel it now
    Let go of your heart
    Let go of your head
    And feel it now

    Babylon, Babylon, Babylon, Babylon, ah Writer/s: David Gray
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 25

  • Jasa from Chicago It's hard for me to listen to this song. It was big and on the radio a lot the day my mom died Jan. 20, 2001. My brother had called and told me found my mother dead. I was very sad and nervous driving to her apartment when this song came on that morning. I had heard it a lot before that day, but that morning it played and for some reason hit all my emotional buttons. Maybe it was the structure of the song or his singing, but it all hit me at once and I started crying while driving. I never got to say goodbye to my mom so the thought of Babylon as referring to having having a conversation with someone and in this case my mom hit me deeply. I last talked to her on Christmas night 2000. A lost and unfulfilled conversation with my mom never materialized . I often wondered what if? ThIa song brings it all back home to me. Peace
  • Ann from Boston, MaOne of my all time favorites. It’s an age-old break-up/come-together, weekend-in-the-life story that takes place under the arch of Babylon (London). I love how the story is so personal, but plays out in harmony with the larger city scape. You can hear the pulse and hum of the modern city throughout. It’s such a visual song, too... I can see each scene so clearly. A classic.
  • Ed from New Cumberland, PaThis song is one of my all-time favorites. It is poignently sad, and hopeful at the same time. As for interpretation, I agree with Paul, Tony, and Anna. It seems to me to be about a sudden leaving and surprise return interwoven with the metaphor of ancient Babylon. It saddens me that people judge the song on the basis of the biblical record, and slant, on Babylon. Paul and Tony take opposite approaches: Babylon representing the place of exile-like experience of being left by a lover (who later ends the exile by returning vs. the historical record of Babylon the great and prosperous city city that eventually crumbles... yet both of their interpretations work. But, Anna, you nailed it: it's about a girl! Thank you, Mr. Gray.
  • Rob from Maple Grove, MnI was reminded of this song (from the late nineties) while waiting at a Long Island Rail Road station in Jamaica, New York a few years ago. The city "Babylon" was displayed on the board as the train's final destination. While I understand those who believe the song is written with an air of "Babylon" in the biblical sense, for some reason I am always drawn to believe he's in Babylon, Long Island, in early fall. The piano and acoustic guitar are beautiful. I can almost picture David Gray driving, heading towards the city and thinking about his lost love - determined to rekindle the flame.
  • Jason from Upper Darby, PaI suspect David Gray is a fan of Squeeze because they had an album called 'Babylon and On', and I think it is in reference to that pun that he wrote the song.
  • Anna from Hemel Hempstead, United KingdomI love this song! I think that it is about a girl who has left him over the weekend, she leaves him friday(lights green to red) and returns on sunday (turn around to see you smiling there in front of me)great song, a classic!
  • Gentle Fluter from Perth, AustraliaCould be he is saying "Babble on"
  • Jr from Easington, United KingdomThis song has absolutely nothing to do with Israel and the bible at all.
  • Paul from New Orleans, La, LaI have a different theory. David Gray knows a lot about the Bible and the history of Israel. He uses "Babylon" in this song as a symbol of "exile" which is was for ancient Israel, and also for him and his girlfriend. Just as the people of Israel suffered 70 years in a concentration camp in ancient Babylon (500 miles from Jerusalem and then ruled by King Nebuchadrezzar) and longed to go home to their loved ones back in Jerusalem, so Gray feels separated from his loved one and longs to be reunited. And just as the Israelites eventually got to go him (after Nebuchdrezzar died) so Gray gets his girl in the end of the song. Israel had a happy ending after a long separation, and so did Gray. That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it . . . .
  • Kara from Wichita, KsIn the Bible, Babylon was also looked upon and is the representative for everything evil.
  • Kevin from Birmingham - England, United KingdomClassic song by a musical genius !
    Nicky in new haven,no-one ever said it was about "Babylon" the place.As for being 2nd rate,you really must be deaf or stupid or both!
    Go and peddle your 2nd rate thoughts somewhere else!
  • Rob from Wilkes-barre, PaThis and Ventura Highway by America are great summer driving songs.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesNOTHING happened to David Gray - he is still going strong!
  • Lisa from Fort Worth, Txyeah adrian....what DID happen to david gray?
  • Tony from Oshawa, CanadaBabylon (an ancient city that no longer exists)was compared to Utopia. It was wealthy, modern, and ahead of it's time in the ancient world. It was considered to be a powerful and perfect place. Ironically, it fell under it's own weight (greed and power).

    I believe David Gray uses babylon as a metaphor for a strong and seemingly perfect institution (his relationship) which eventually crumbles and falls apart.
  • Julie from Freehold, NjI just love everything about David Gray...from his voice to his lyrics...He's amazing...I think this song is about messing up with his girl friend or a girl and then realizing how foolish he has been and wanting her back...I think maybe he goes into the town of Babylon in one point of the song...like he's walking through the town thinking about it and wishing she was there...Oh I love him!!
  • Chris from Glasgow, Scotlandbabalon is my fav song ever. love it. why try make sense of lyrics and say thats what they mean and thats that. each song has a different meaning to each different person. to me its about going out on the town on a weekend. makes me smile each time i hear it.

    chris m from scotland
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScGood song. We don't much of his music in the States.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesSince my last post, David has scored two more UK hits with "The One I Love" and "Hospital Food". He is now one of the biggest-selling musicians of all-time in the UK having just gone to No.1 for the third time in his career with his eighth album "Life In Slow Motion". As for Nicky, David has continued to remain popular over Europe despite the fact that the media have doone absolutely noything to help his cause. Like him or not, he is a talented songwriter, though as lyricists go he's no Bob Dylan - but then what modern songwriter is?
  • Nicky from New Haven, CtRead the lyrics and you will see that the song has nothing to do with the ancient city of Babylon or anything even related to it. It's about a guy and a girl breaking up and reuniting - nothing more. This is just a cheap attempt to develop a catchy phrasing to peddle his 2nd rate song.

    "Babble-On" is more like it.
  • Elizabeth from New Orleans, LaThis song has one of the best lines ever, the one where he's climbing up the stairs and turns around to see her smiling there in front of him. I love this song.
  • Ted from Pembrokeshire, WalesSolva is actually located Nr St Davids in Pembrokeshire West wales
  • Tamar Elizabeth from Murrieta, CaDavid Gray is a musical genius. I love him. One day we will be wed.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesDavid Gray was born in Manchester, but he lived in Solva, a small village near Cross Keys in South Wales, until he was 25. This was the first of seven big UK hits for David Gray between 2000 and 2003 - the others were "Please Forgive Me" (no relation to the Bryan Adams song of the same name), "This Years Love" (from the popular film", "Sail Away", "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" (a cover of the Soft Cell classic), "The Other Side", and "Dead In The Water". While his fourth album "White Ladder" took nearly two-and-a-half years to make No.1 in the UK, the follow-up (2002's "A New Day At Midnight") hit the top spot after just one week on release!
  • Adrian from Merthyr Tydfil, Alwhat happened to david gray?
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