Add Explanation
Add Meaning
New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.
Karine Polwart – Painted It White lyrics

A broken spell
A wishing well whose waters are dry
A warning bell
A yellow ribbon too torn to fly

Stone turns to dust
Rusting metal, muscle to bone
We're looking for a locust wind
To carry us home

We believed in those words that you said
You took a black heart and you painted it red
We deceived ourselves every night
As you took a black heart and you painted it white
You painted it white

A blazing sky
A brazen lie you barely concealed
A promise made
Betrayed upon a sorrowful field

Nobody learns

Seems like everybody turns to the screen
To watch it pass
But not to ask, "What does it mean?"


Now you're falling
You're falling
And you're falling
And you're falling

So here we are
We're not so far from where we could be
You've got a gun
The one you say will keep us all free

So free that you
Can bomb a blue horizon to black
Then steal away the day
And never, never give it back


Now you're falling
You're falling
And you're falling...

Lyrics taken from

  • Email
  • Correct


      Write about your feelings and thoughts

      Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
      Min 50 words
      Not bad