In A Big Country Lyrics - Big Country

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I've never seen you look like this without a reason,
Another promise fallen through, another season passes by you.
I never took the smile away from anybody's face,
And that's a desperate way to look for someone who is still a child.

And in a big country, dreams stay with you,
Like a lover's voice, fires the mountainside..
Stay alive..

(I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered)

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert,
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime..


So take that look out of here, it doesn't fit you.
Because it's happened doesn't mean you've been discarded.
Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming.
Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted.
I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered.

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert,
But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime..


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Big Country Ancestry | Reviewer: Dr. Tom | 8/22/14

I am happily flabergasted that this song is said to refer to the Findhorn area of Scotland--I have recently learned that my own Scotish ancestor, Dugal MacQuaine, came from Corrievorrie! SHAH!

Brilliance | Reviewer: Johnny Reno | 4/14/13

This song meant everything to me. Graduating from college in the dismal early 80's of the decay in the rust belt of Buffalo, NY gave me the hope that moving to the high dessert of Reno, NV was my future and destiny. I didn't want to grow flowers in the dessert, but just wanted a better future and see the sun in the winter time.

possible meaning of "grow flowers in the desert" | Reviewer: Marlinah | 7/12/12

I have loved this song forever. My mother gave me a book titled "The Magic of Findhorn" in 1986 and I am convinced that the lyric "I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert" refers to the Findhorn Community in Scotland. They have miraculously been able to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables in barren sand in Northern Scotland. They claim that they are guided by God and the deva spirits of the area to show them how to make this miracle happen. Check it out!

Andrew, I can relate... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/17/12


I was somewhat of a recluse in High Scool (graduated in 78), mostly because I had difficulty embracing Disco when my 3 older siblings had fed me nothing but Classic Rock, and my parents filled my ears with simply Classical.

But when the B52s hit the Police, Elvis Costella, and the B52s hit the scene, my mind opened to the New Wave. I never knew how to dance until my natural rhythm blossomed from this sweet new music.

Big Country is an awesome band, but was overshadowed by many US bands during that time period. It's great to see so many music afficianados praising the work of this group, and I hope that your spiritual path is now in sync and taking you exactly where you were designed to go and grow!

Just 3 years from your 50th, get ready to "cut the rug" and show your old friends that "dancing" is just one of the wonderful ways that you express your great life!

People do understand | Reviewer: BobM | 12/5/11

This song does make sense to a lot of people..."But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered" means to me that we must move on, we might not forget, but we must move on."I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert," means to me that I am not asking for the impossible just a little due.

The Perfect Scottish Pop Song | Reviewer: HAFSNT | 10/20/10

Captures the feel and lyrical themes of much of the old Scottish folk music. Check out the group Gaberlunzie if you like. Great song, with several "catch phrases" in the lyrics that are like a mini-code to Gen X'rs like me with others who loved this and others songs of its ilk back in the day.

Opinions vary: | Reviewer: Brad | 10/15/10

Will have to agree with old mate, the lyrics of a song such as this are written to illicit an unprescribed response. No doubt that there is a meaning written between the lines and founded on some personal experience the composer had in mind (as with the mood of the music itself) but the meaning itself is shrouded in metaphoric wordplay. My personal theory is that the composer found some theraputic value in writing the song and so wanted his audience to find the same value in listening. When writing the lyrics he articulated his own meaning into nature, emotion and loose description of a human subject's personality (in first person communication). If your a positive person you will more than likeley find these kind of songs enjoyable and be able to relate to the composer's mood when they wrote the music. But if you are negative or find yorself one-tracked into a (in my opinion) less tastefull brand of music, or even just one of those wanker who goes on the Internet and knocks everything because you have nothig else to do, then you are most likeley going to pass a negative comment in an attempt to make yourself sound witty and funny. Not that it wouldn't be funny to see you with a toothpick up your wozzer wailing out some songs of our own while you try and get it out... And for anyone who found the same value in this song I suggest "young years- dragon" or if you have no luck add Marc hunter as an artist. Good day to you Scotty. Ha. And Rachel keep being original. Nothing glamourous about being a sheep :)

Great Lyrics | Reviewer: Mick | 8/17/10

I love the lyrics for this song. They capture the angst of young people who feel trapped in their parochial life and want to break out (which is most of them). It reminds me of the lyrics for Subdivisions by Rush. Great songwriting. If you like this song, you will like "Flame of the West".

Stuart Adamson - lead singer | Reviewer: Dallen | 8/16/10

I love Big Country's music always have since they came out in 83. They made a lot of music since then. look for their song, "John Wayne's dream." I just Found out that Stuart Adamson died in 2001. I was sad, it was like a part of me had died also. You Tube has a lot of their videos. Look for "Fragile Thing" and "Perfect World" also. Thanks for this site. "In a big country dreams stay with you."

Some of the Best New Wave | Reviewer: Andrew | 7/27/10

I loved this song in the 1980s but didn’t let myself enjoy it or other New Wave music fully at the time, since I was so single-mindedly dedicated to Soul/R&B at the time. Now, I truly regret not having opened myself fully to New Wave, especially since I graduated from high school in 1983 when it finally hit the mainstream, and particularly now that Soul/R&B has been overshadowed by Hip Hop, driving me away from that former single-minded dedication to Black Music.

Big Country was very innovative, and this song in particular is so fun and uplifting. I wish I could go back in time and display my skills at a high school dance. I gained a lot of notoriety for my dancing in university afterward and missed out on getting a lot of positive attention in high school where I could have done the same thing instead of being so recluse.

This is an awesome song! I long for the old days.

To Scott | Reviewer: joe | 7/22/10

When it comes to music, Intelligent people can generally agree to disagree!! The point of any lyric is for the listener to come to his/her own conclusion about it's merit!! Simply state your like or dislike!! No need to be insulting to those who do not share your opion... By the way the solo in this song "ROCKS"

No bagpipes used in this song | Reviewer: beowulf | 6/17/10

Just to try and clear up the bagpipe sound question. It was played on a guitar utilizing a MXR Pitch Transposer 129 Guitar Effect as Anonymous stated earlier and the use of an e-bow. Bagpipes were never used. Stuart Adamson always stated that the bagpipe sound they were producing in their early songs was actually supposed to mimic strings (like fiddles in traditional folksongs) and not bagpipes. He did not like the the reference to bagpipes. That said, like most other persons,I hear the bagpipe sound though I do sometimes hear the "strings" sound. Great sound though what ever it was supposed to mimic and a great band.

yes | Reviewer: carson | 2/2/10

in a big country is one of my all time favorite songs. great band, great lyrics, great everything. i wish music like this was still made today.

ps. scott,im sorry you lack the intellectual capability to find meaning in this song.

To Scott | Reviewer: InSINserely | 12/4/09

This is a really beautiful song. Maybe you just don't understand the lyrics because it does make sense to everyone else. if you think this is bad music, what could you possibly consider to be good?

And to Liz, I'm pretty sure they actually used a bagpipe.

E-blows is more like it | Reviewer: scott | 11/28/09

Immediately after hearing this song on VH1, I needed to shove tooth picks down my piss hole so I could forget about the pain. If you like lyrics that do not make sense than this is the song for you. This is way there's so much bad music in the world, because people like you actually think its good. Thank you and good day.

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