James Blunt: Carry You Home Meaning
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Song Released: 2008
Carry You Home Lyrics
Makes her body older than it really is.
She says it's high time she went away,
No one's got much to say in this town.
Trouble is the only way is down.
As strong as you were,...
anonymous Jan 28th, 2012 1:04am report
The song in my opinion deals with a few issues...Firstly, the soldier that dies is a female, if you take time to notice. There are two different females in the video, the first is in the bed, the second is in the dark spotted dress. The one who is killed looks strikingly like first woman who gets out of bed and washes he face, turns and looks at the other woman in the door way.
The refrence to America and stars and stripes has nothign to do with the United States directly. Kosovo was a United Nations action, and the UN is in where? New York. Many People thought that the U.S. was the real reason for action in the area, to supress Russian activity though, so the refrence to the "Stars and Stripes" could be a refrence to who sent the person there. Who he holds responsible for the death.
The only reason I am stating these points is because as a Ranger in the United States Army, I watched people breath for the very last time, and you do tend to, in retrospect, blame all the people who sent you there to witness and take part in the horrors created.
I carried many soldiers home. If you watch him perform this live you can feel the anguish in his eyes, the pain he bears in his soul, for the things he has done as a leader of troops.
One thing I know would happen if there were a female in combat who was of a different sexual orientation. The parents woould be notified, however the love of their life would not be. Is it possible that James is looking at another aspect of war and the further hipocracys we create.
The military would carry a husband or wife home, give honors to the family, but would not notify the love if they were of the same sex. I feel that if James were faced with this delema, he would have caried her home to her loved ones, all of them.
I know as a leader of soldiers, there is a certain connection that is made, and an honor bound calling to do the right thing. I would have carried any soldier home to ALL their loved ones. They trusted me to do the right thing, even in death.
anonymous Dec 11th, 2014 12:20pm report
I know James himself said it's about the death of a soldier, and the video is also about this. But, since the first time I heard it, I have always seen it as the story of a girl dying from cancer. "Trouble" would be cancer, back again. "Makes her body older" because she gets weaker. "She says its high time she went away", she know she's going to die. The only way is down. And the whole chorus and everything else seems like it's someone watching that girl get weaker and die from that disease.
That's just the way I saw it.
anonymous Nov 8th, 11:31pm report
A view from someone who has heard the song but never seen the video: It struck me as an artful lament for the death of a beloved female pet. This is the song I wish I had sung to my cat while he was dying this past July.
"Trouble is her only friend and he's back again." A progressively degenerative illness has become the animal's primary reality; there's no quality of life left as illness "makes her body older than it really is."
"She says it's high time she went away, no one's got much to say in this town." A sick pet will tell its owner by its behavior and demeanor when it's time to go. The owner/narrator and the local vet know this, so there's not much room for discussion. The only way out of its misery is by being "put down", a phrase I wholeheartedly hate.
"As strong as you were, tender you go." All her life long the pet has been a companion, a teacher, maybe even a healer, but now all the narrator can do is grant her a peaceful death, staying beside her until her last breath and afterward, when her heart has gone quiet, "carry you home" to her grave.
"If she had wings she would fly away". My vet told me that in his last moments my cat would feel like he was flying upward on a cloud. "And another day God will give her some." This seems to imply that death is inevitable for all of us.
"And they were all born pretty in New York City tonight." Somewhere else in the world life goes on as new babies (puppies, kittens) are born even on the same day that other "someones"elsewhere in the world feel the narrator's grief for their own "little girls taken from the world". (As I write this, I'm watching my new kitten playing on my bed. He was born the same July day my Shamrock passed away.)
anonymous Jun 4th, 2017 6:14am report
Obviously the interpretation is dependent on whether or not you know the context. It does seem this song was written in reference to a friend who died serving. However, I agree with the other interpretation listed here that compares it to suicide. I have recently lost a family member to suicide and this song was chosen to be played at the funeral. Reading the lyrics gave me shivers because of how much they applied to our situation.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2017 3:48am report
I have read the interpretations above, and I know the writer had his own reasons to write this song.
As a singer (not a songwriter) who does many covers, this song stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. I felt I was listening to a man mourning the last breaths of a loved one. It had a lot of meaning for me, as someone very close to me had recently died. I searched for the lyrics, and finally found them last week.
For me, the song is about death and love, and captures a tenderness and intimacy that I find quite unusual and compelling. It's a song that helps me express my own feelings about death and loss. It relates to my work as a chaplain, and also to my personal life. Death is so often a taboo topic, and the emotions expressed by Mr. Blunt are very real and immediate.
Whatever his meaning, I always think that art is meant to help us uncover our own meanings and work through our own experiences, in this case, grief. For this reason, I think that a song can be interpreted from many points of view.
One last thing that impresses me is the amount of emotion that Mr. Blunt can tap in his songs. I am riveted by his raw and courageous talent.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous May 24th, 2016 5:48am report
His friend who he loved was possibly hit by a bullet and he watch her breathing until she died. And so he made a promise to her that he would stay beside her until she was home. He gave her last belongings to the people she chose to have them. James Blunt is an honourable man and a wonderful talent.
anonymous Apr 3rd, 2016 4:39pm report
My personal take on this song is different from other interpretation. I think he's telling the story of a girl's suicide. From personal experiences, I see how this relates to suicide. You live your life as strong as you can and eventually you break, it's inevitable. He's shining a light on it though. He's trying to express how she knew it was her time, although it still breaks his heart.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2013 4:19am report
I think the songs for The Holocaust, to remember the events, and the victims who died and loved.
anonymous Feb 11th, 2012 2:43am report
I remember watching an interview with James Blunt, some time ago now on UK TV explaining the song and its meaning. I seem to recall he said it was concerning a female US soldier he personally knew that died in Kosovo. As someone else has mentioned here. He became quite emotive about it when pressed and wouldn’t elaborate further….
So I feel it is by way of a gift to her and the soldiers loved ones…
It sounds to me as private a subject as is possible to sing about…
Almost a promise to a friend.
I have liked his music from that point to the present day after seeing this interview.
anonymous Feb 2nd, 2012 2:49am report
I KNOW that it was his friend, yes a female soldier. She Was dying and as he wept over her dying body he promised to take her back to New York to her Parents. and he did.
anonymous Jan 30th, 2012 1:07am report
And they were all born pretty in New York City tonight,
And someone's little girl was taken from the world tonight,
Under the Stars and Stripes." refers to the 9/11 that a girl tragically died in the incident and her body was covered by the US flag........NO
This is not about 9/11. It was way before 9/11......The person who does is a woman...A parents little girl is taken from teh world tonight....New Your is where the UN is and they supported the intervention in the Balklands. People who start these messes seldom pay a price. The person who said it was a woman is right and then they said it is two different women who live together is correct, I had to watch it side by side to see it was twow different women. So that person seems to have a better grip on what this is about. NAd it is true the military ony notifies immediate family not lovers of the same sex. so if James carried her home to where her heart was then that would explaine why he goes to the other woman...Two of the people who commented on here seem to have served on teh Military I would listen to their interpretation a little more I thing. Since they might have been in a situation like that or known someone who was.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2012 1:02am report
Growing up in a military community the meaning of two parts of the song are crystal clear. They become even clearer when you know that James Blunt was a Captain in the British Army and served in Kosovo.
The woman is the wife. When a married soldier dies in combat it tends to freeze her out of the community because for some reason everybody treats death as if it's contagious. They'll all be very sorry for her but there is an almost peristaltic reaction to expel her from her home, from the community and carry on as if nothing had happened, or could happen in the future.
The guy he's carrying home was one of his men who died in combat. Whilst the military would see to the processing of the body itself, it is not unheard of for soldiers to promise to deliver specific items to wives and loved ones when they get back home.
anonymous Jan 21st, 2012 1:29pm report
I agree with the inter. that she was a soldier, "under the stars and stripes" and a fellow soldier stays with her and will "carry her home" ....something I think the marines say. :( sad.
anonymous Dec 4th, 2011 12:47pm report
War female dying in the battle field/ simple we are all born pretty in a u s city. war is ugly. He is taking her home.
anonymous Sep 24th, 2011 9:46pm report
I think that he is taking his friends dog tags home to the lady in the video. ('part' of him maybe?) The lady in the video might be his lover. His world, his life and most likely his heart. 'home is were the heart is.'
anonymous Jul 16th, 2011 7:33am report
Personally i feel this song is about a friend he may have served with who died while serving the army, and when he says "I'll carry you home" he's taking a message or something sentimental back to the fallen soldiers partner.
And the line "someone's little girl was taken from the world tonight" could perhaps mean she would be different because of the loss.
Also the "watching you breathing for the last time" lyric could be that he was there by him as the other soldier took his last breaths. Just my opinion.
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