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Sarah McLachlan – Possession lyrics

Listen as the wind blows
From across the great divide
Voices trapped in yearning
Memories trapped in time
The night is my companion
And solitude my guide
Would I spend forever here
And not be satisfied


And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes dear

Through this world I've stumbled
So many times betrayed
Trying to find an honest word
To find the truth enslaved
Oh you speak to me in riddles and
You speak to me in rhymes
My body aches to breathe your breath
You words keep me alive

And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes dear

Into this night I wander
It's morning that I dread
Another day of knowing of
The path I fear to tread
Oh into the sea of waking dreams
I follow without pride
Nothing stands between us here
And I won't be denied

And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes dear



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    Mclachlan wrote this from the point of view of an obsessed fan who wrote letters to her over a period of a few years. Following the album's release, the fan, uwe vandrei, sued mclachlan for songwriting credit, claiming she used parts of his letters in the lyrics. Vandrei asked for $250, 000 and a televised meeting with mclachlan where they would discuss the song. He committed suicide on september 28, 1994 before the case went to trial.
    As reported in the ottawa x press, vandrei was a computer engineer from vanier, ontario who kept to himself - so much so that he was only reported missing after neighbors noticed his mail piling up. He was clearly obsessed with mclachlan, keeping journals dedicated to the singer and telling anyone who would listen about his overwhelming admiration for her. For about two years, he sent letters to mclachlan, but never contacted her in person or sent any other items. The letters, however, were pretty intense. When he launched his lawsuit against mclachlan, he sent copies of his letters to the radio station ckcu, providing a look into his troubles. Here are some excerpts from his letters:.
    Oh sarah,.
    Will I ever hold you on that shore?
    Or only live it in a dream?
    Will I ever tell you of my fears?
    Will you ever collect my tear?
    Let me repeat the lessons that you may not have learned well. Time and distance are irrelevant! I am absorbed by, bound to you and I can wait a year, a decade, a lifetime. I will still be there, cherishing, contemplating, waiting.
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    According to McLachlan this song describes the obsessive love of a stalker for his victim. She credits the inspiration as her own personal stalker who sent her hundreds of letters - and then he sued her for a cut of the songs earnings, but before the case could go to trial he had committed suicide. Pretty dark stuff!
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    The words to this song, to me, are ones regarding a bit of a one-sided relationship, where one loves the other so much to endure no matter what; but, the other person in relationship isn't fully truthful. And noncommital in what they say or do (even betrayal). Yet, it is one of passion and memories, between the two, that are too strong for to throw away. She will continue to "... Follow without pride... And won't be denied. " rather sad.
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