Album: Left Of The Middle (1997)
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  • I thought I saw a man brought to life
    He was warm, he came around like he was dignified
    He showed me what it was to cry
    Well you couldn't be that man I adored
    You don't seem to know, don't seem to care
    What your heart is for
    No, I don't know him anymore

    There's nothin' where we used to lie
    Conversation has run dry
    That's what's going on
    Nothing's fine, I'm torn

    I'm all out of faith
    This is how I feel, I'm cold and I am shamed
    Lying naked on the floor
    Illusion never changed
    Into something real
    Wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
    You're a little late
    I'm already torn

    So I guess the fortune teller's right
    I should have seen just what was there
    And not some holy light
    But you crawled beneath my veins and now
    I don't care, I have no luck
    I don't miss it all that much
    There's just so many things
    That I can't touch, I'm torn

    I'm all out of faith
    This is how I feel, I'm cold and I am shamed
    Lying naked on the floor
    Illusion never changed
    Into something real
    I'm wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
    You're a little late
    I'm already torn


    There's nothing where he used to lie
    My inspiration has run dry
    And that's what is goin' on
    Nothin's right, I'm torn

    I'm all out of faith
    This is how I feel
    I'm cold and I am shamed
    Lying naked on the floor
    Illusion never changed
    Into something real
    I'm wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn

    I'm all out of faith
    This is how I feel, I'm cold and I'm ashamed
    Bound and broken on the floor
    You're a little late
    I'm already torn


Comments: 15

  • Oddknee from HoustonThese lyrics give me the impression that it's about turning away from religion because of its inherent illusion. Almost every line in the song gives me that feeling. I never paid attention to the lyrics because I felt it was obviously about love gone sour, but it can still be that. It's just that the man in the song is not the man you think it is.
  • Andrew from Australiaandrew from the uk, you are confused about your memory of events. do not be upset, because distortion sometimes occurs when you try to reconstruct memories of events that occurred during times of stress. sometimes there is a degree of synchronicity generated by common experiences. phrases of common use group together and it seems that there is an instance of plagiarism. as it happens i know the origin of the song "torn" from first hand knowledge, and while you are correct that anne preven was not the origin of the song. it was in fact created by a top-liner known as chef. chef is an auteur of the music industry who has been prevalent since the 70s - he does ghost-writing. warner chappell executives place his work with various artists. ednaswap received chef's top-line through channels, and took credit for the work.
  • Andrew from Uk"So; the person who wrote Torn was Edna, a mental health hospice nurse and it was written at Los Angeles Hospice around about the mid 1980's. Anne Preven s father was in charge of professional ethics for the hospice and demanded that Edna either give up singing on stage or lose her job with the hospice. That is who wrote the song and I was there when she wrote it"
  • Andrew from UkTorn was written by a mental Health nurse at Los Angeles Hospice in the 1980's; not Anne Preven.

    Ednaswap was a rock band from Los Angeles, United States, that existed between 1993 and 1998. Over a span of five years, the band released four major label records on East West, Elektra Records and Island Records. However there was an older line up of the Ednaswap band back in 1980's. This is when the song Torn was written.

    "As I remember it the lead singer with Ednaswap, had a job at a local American hospice as a nurse, before she started to sing with the other members of the band.....

    My first wife Tina Braybrook (Aka Tina Kerti) was receiving treatment at the same hospital in between acting parts in London and American film sets. She got to chatting to my first wife and in some way this inspired her to start to sing.

    The Already Torn song revolves around a conversation, about life, that the Ednaswap lead singer had with Tina when Tina was under going mental health therapy at the hospice that she was working in... It is good that the inspiration for the song came!

    However, as with many people suffering mental health issues, my first wife wasn't making complete sense and wasn't telling the whole truth in her conversation all of those years back at the hospice.

    The nurse who was the first singer in Ednaswap in the 1980's did not carry on with the band and was later replaced. The band stopped when the nurse left; then reformed later with a new lead singer ready for the 1990's.

    So the original writer of "Torn" disappeared back into working life in Los Angeles whereas the Ednaswap band went on to later produce albums with the song on. Great song though!...

    who cares what inspired Ednaswap to write it when they did so at the end of the day... (" Illusion never changed into something real" should give you an indication of the kind of chat that my wife Tina had with her at the hospital before the song was put to music all of those many many years ago.....time flies and Tina has a different first name and doesn't do acting much anymore...all in the past).

    The band Ednaswap had already existed , with a different lead singer, before the new line up that started to release albums in 1993.

    A number of people have assumed, over the years, that Anne Preven was something to do with
    the writing of this song as second lead singer of Ednaswap. In fact she played on this fact at a music industry interview in London. She didn't write it.

    I was there when the first lead singer of the band wrote it because I visited my wife in Los Angeles and met the nurse who wrote it at the hospice.

    The problem was that the staff nurse who wrote "Torn", "which is just the things that my wife said set to music all those years back in Los Angeles Hospice in the1980's", was an employee of the hospice company that Anne Preven's father controlled. Accordingly Anne wanted her to stop writing music and wanted her to disappear back in to the working masses! End of!

    I never especially liked Anne and I never will all that much. If ever I have to sit in a restaurant, or bar, with Anne Preven and collegaues, she always does the same thing! She calls me by her nickname for me which was always Andy Pandy back then when we were sitting around in Los Angeles. "Andy Pandy" is a British children's television series that premiered on BBC TV in summer 1950...;)

    What we can say is that the song "Torn" is an Ednaswap song but that is was written in the 1980's before Anne Preven was anything to do with the song.

    Also that Ednaswap have never had copyright rights to the song because the original nurse/band member who penned the words left and ceased to be in the music industry.

    Natalie Imbruglia, from Australia, later did a cover version of this song but the original was written in a hospice, in Los Angeles, where my first wife was receiving mental health therapy.

    It was the nurse who treated my wife who went on to write and sing "Torn" as the band Ednaswap. It is just my wife's words during a conversation at the hospice set to music.

    "I was there in Los Angeles, USA, visiting my wife when the song was written!"

    While in America I also went to see their stage performances so I saw them all both on stage and off stage as well. No big deal!

    Andy Siddle
  • Jason Thompson from CanadaPutting some clothes on and standing up is a great start, she'll feel better almost immediately.
  • Benoit from Paris, FrancePlease anyone has opinion or explanations about her strange pronunciation of the word "perfect" (I can hear "prrrefect" I wrong ?) in this song ? Is it a common Australian way to do so ? (sorry, English is not my native language...)
  • Anthony from Fareham, United KingdomI still love that song - and stuff the Welshman's view ;) - some folk seem to delight in the downfall of others
  • Rod from Gainesville, FlWell she is a hauntingly beautiful girl and she does a good job on this song but her follow-ups like ´Wishing you were here¨sucked like an industrial vacuum. i guess she needs to carefully choose material in future.
  • Joel from Any Town, KsI heard this song a lot during road trips.
  • Tricia from Rockville Centre, NyI absolutely could relate to this song when all is going wrong in your life. You look for answers with a ray of hope ..and of course you have to deal with the let down of disappointment "illusion never changed into something real" You keep on wishing for that guy to come thru ..and he winds up not calling or is caught with someone else...or you look for that situation at work to turn around...and it stays the same...just some examples...Its an awesome song..but the words really make you think.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaYeah, give the girl a break. It's a great recording, in any case.
  • Max Robertson from Morrison, IlThe horns are similar to those of "She's a Star," but the 1995 Ednaswap and 1996 Trine Rein versions had a guitar solo almost exactly like those of Imbruglia's version.
  • Natalie from Fulshear, Txi dont care who wrote it...its still a good song
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesEdnaswap's version of "Torn" is the definitive version, even if Natalie Imbruglia's version is the more famous. Her attempts to launch herself as the depressed rock chick soon saw her fall out with the critics, and after a million-selling debut album in "Left Of The Middle", her next two albums flopped. Unkind critics have labelled her a poor man's Alanis Morrissette, but she didn't do herself any favours by embarassing herself on an episode of Chris Evans' TV show "TFI Friday" in 1998. Chris Evans said to her "Great lyrics, you're one hell of a songwriter", Natalie replied "Thank you Chris, my pleasure", at which point someone in the audience shouted out "Hang on - you didn't wite it, it's a cover version!". Natalie was also accused of stealing the horns at the end of the song from Indie band James' hit "She's A Star", which hit the chart less than six months before she covered "Torn"
  • Suzi from Charleston , ScNatalie Imbruglia is married to the lead singer of Silverchair.
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