Rootless Tree Lyrics - Damien Rice

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What I want from you
Is empty your head
They say be true
Don't stain your bed
We do what we need to be free
And it leans on me
Like a rootless tree

What I want from us
Is empty our minds
We fake a fuss
And fracture the times
We go blind
When we've needed to see
And it leans on me
Like a rootless...

So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me, hate me
Then hate me so good that you can let me out
Let me out of this hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out,
Let me out of this hell when you're around
Let me out, let me out

What I want from this
Is learn to let go
No not of you
Of all that's been told
Killers reinvent and believe
And this leans on me
Like a rootless...

So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it,
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me , hate me,
Then hate me so good that you can let me out, let me out, let me out
Let me out of this hell when you're around...


And fuck you, fuck you, I love you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me, hate me
Then hate me so good that you can let me out
Let me out, let me out, let me out,
Hell when you're around...

Let me out, let me out, let me out...

It's hell when you're around.






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Lyrics | Reviewer: Liz | 11/10/14

I think everyone has their own interpretation to the song- each interpretation made by means that apply to the things they have gone through or are going through and thus connecting the song to that. Only the writer of the song knows exactly what this song is about, feels what it is about, we can all just make a guess. I personally like the comment: "i say, he feels he has to carry the problems of two people and hes overwelmed with being weighed down by this person, and hes confused as to if that person even loves him since they ruin him so much, and that hurts so much because he loves her so much" because it applies to exactly what I have been through. The true meaning of the lyrics is a guess. Interesting to read what everyone else has to say though :)

song interpretation of a fellow song writer. | Reviewer: redhuhmask | 11/4/14

My interpretation of the meaning :P

Verse one is about him being annoyed at being thought things.
Verse two is about him and being annoyed at his own judgment.
Chorus is about cutting loose and releasing judgment of one another.
Verse three is about him being scared to let go.
Then you get this part:
"And fuck you, fuck you, I love you
And all we've been through
I said leave it, leave it, leave it
It's nothing to you
And if you hate me, hate me, hate me
Then hate me so good that you can let me out
Let me out, let me out, let me out,
Hell when you're around...

Let me out, let me out, let me out...

It's hell when you're around."

Don't know how to shorten the end. My best guess is that he becomes possessed by the spirit of satan by trying to love fear.

review the song minus your love for the songwriter | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/22/13

Lets assume these lyrics weren't written by a great singer and songwriter whose music we love but just a somebody. Take that emotional connection out and what do you have? You have someone who lacks character and emotional intelligence. He lacks the character to acknowledge his predicament involves his own doing. He is emotionally unintelligent to accept that and so appoints himself the victim.. All this torture and suffering, all the depth of despair he's in... it's all because of somebody else...the result of a perpetrator victimizing an innocent man. Please. Well unless we hear from the other side of the story, or hear what the perpetrators in this mans life have had to live with, then perhaps some simple advise will bring him out of his despair. Grow up!

it means... | Reviewer: Tanja | 7/19/12

To me it means being stuck in a damn "relationship" but you can't get out. Damn him for making me love and hate him. Damn him for creating such a fuss over this. Damn him for not being able to HATE me.

rootless trees | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/18/11

i say, he feels he has to carry the problems of two people and hes overwelmed with being weighed down by this person, and hes confused as to if that person even loves him since they ruin him so much, and that hurts so much because he loves her so much

The beauty of this song | Reviewer: Rick | 4/9/11

Rice has this skill for creating lyrics that are deep and moving. However, the greatest thing about his lyrics is that we can interprete them in many ways, making it recognisable for almost anyone.

We connect memories with music; I wouldn't be suprised if many have connected Rootless Tree with a love that's going through a lot of trouble, a bad relationship or a breakup between lovers. That last example...well, it applies to me.

meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/13/11

I don't think this song is actually about a break up. From my perspective perhaps it is about a relationship that has hit its lowest low. "What I want from us
Is empty our minds
We fake a fuss
And fracture the times
We go blind
When we've needed to see
And it leans on me
Like a rootless..."
To me this means to stop thinking so hard and dwelling on little things. Empty your mind and stop creating stupid little insignificant things to complain about because it ends up just ruining the time or moment and each become blind to see the good in one another as opposed to the little things to dwell on. All the fuss has made them unable to see what they needed to. They are blind to see that it is in fact the little fuss causing them to feel that way. Kind of an endless cycle; fuss makes unhappy, unhappy leads to blind, blind to see its just the fuss. If they could just empty their heads and let go...

Dead Love | Reviewer: AzureRose | 10/7/10

Again, Mr. Damien Rice has made a masterpiece. Seems to me he just can't help but do just that!=)
This song is very deep. To me, it speaks of what it feels like to lose someone you have loved so deeply.. so deep and true, that when that love is taken out by roots and cut off, the pain is unimaginable and numbing, and what is left is hate and desperation and longing. You want to forget everything that's causing the hurt.. but at the same time, you don't want to let go. The love that once was paradise has become a feeling that torments you. So much so, that you just want to erase love completely and turn it all into hate, because it has become a prison.. a burden.. a rootless tree that's leaning on you.
The honesty of this song is astonishingly beautiful, and i can't stop singing and listening to it. More power to Damien Rice and his music! May he never stop creating magic.

I don't think this is just about romantic love. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/10

I mean, it works for romantic love for sure. And unrequited love, sure. But I think this song can be and is applicable to all types of troubled love and broken relationships - friends, family, etc. I know I personally relate to this song in terms of several friendships which I chose to end in the past year, some of which with over a decade of history. I think any relationship wherein one person feels that the relationship has grown one-sided and/or there is an element of betrayal involved would be suited for this song. I know in my personal experiences that I associate this song with, I felt in the end as though I was the only one who gave a damn about the friendship or who carried my end of the bargain. Fairweather friends who thought we were still good friends as we had once been, based on nothing but the amount of time we had known each other, but who did not act like good friends or respect the friendship.

"Fuck you and all we've been through. I said leave it. It's nothing to you."

Father/Son | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/20/10

Great comments on this song. I think it's about a father & son, not a romantic break-up. It's a son expressing his independence from his domineering father. Seems even sadder when you look at it that way. In any event. another masterful song from Mr. Rice.

Jerking Off? | Reviewer: Andrew | 12/7/09

Yea.. this song is definitely not about jerking off as a means to rid yourself of "left over" love you have for an Ex. This song is about love. And the loss of it. The break up. And the hate that spawns from it. I also think that guilt has a large place in this song. "Hate me so good that you can let me out." He wants to leave. But he can't do it on his own. Hence the guilt. Or perhaps hes not ready to fully move on. Anyway... amazing song.

Meaning | Reviewer: Laura | 11/25/09

What this song means to me.
I feel like its, the process after you break up with someone you love. After you break up, you have this internal guilt, and the person who still loves you clings on to you, and you end up still being in each others lives, and its torturing you, because she cant let go of you, and your guilt is to heavy to leave her. So your just praying for her to hate you and let you go.
The rootless tree is the guilt.

so true to breakup | Reviewer: ny | 11/12/09

its about breakup obviously but its not limited to singer being a sufferer on the breakup. He wants to breakup and no matter what, it oughts to be the end. The consequence can be big and troublesome but it cant just lean on me forever. Just say, fuck you and get rid of the rootless problem.
So true to me too...

Analysis of Rootless Tree | Reviewer: Jason | 8/1/09

This song is obviously about a breakup. The speaker is conflicted, because he doesn't want his significant other to leave, but knows that she just doesn't love him. He wants the truth, but has difficulty dealing with the consequences.

It's a sad and frustrating time when one discovers that the person that they have cared about no longer feels the same.

Meanings and stuff... | Reviewer: Robbie K | 7/29/09

Anybody else think that he may have been singing about the breakdown of his relationship with Lisa Hannigan when he wrote this?

I have a feeling (just based on my own instinct though..) that he is/was deeply in love with her, but it wasn't reciprocated..hence the "It's hell when you are around" lyric.

Can't have been easy to work with someone professionally that you have unrequainted feelings for!


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