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Winter Winds Lyrics

As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts
Oh the warmth in your eyes swept me into your arms
Was it love or fear of the cold that led us through the night?
For every kiss your beauty trumped my doubt

And my head told my...


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    May 18th 2012 report

    I think it's about a person who had their heart broken and is tired of being alone and fears that he'll never find love again. So when this beautiful but sinful girl comes along and makes him feel happy and not so empty, his brain is saying "hey, be with her, this love, let her in." But deep down his heart knows that it's not love, that he's just being with someone because doesn't want to be alone and it's against his beliefs to not take relationships seriously.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2020 report

    I always thought it was about of time of plague. He lost his lover to it.

  3. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2016 report

    This is about a person who has had a great relationship with another and has just experienced a horrible break up with them as he refers to her as a "God that I once loved." He then finds a new girl that he likes, from the sorrow and "shame" of the breakup, and fears that it will go the same way that it did in his past relationship and simply does not want to commit, even though part of him wants to continue it, therefore making the controversy between the head and the heart. At the end it says that he will be alright when "summer" comes again if the girl does break up with him, which suggests that he should continue the relationship and commit. In conclusion, he does not want to make himself vulnerable again and open up to her, but on the other hand, he does.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 21st 2014 report

    I see this more like a debate between a mind full of fear "let love grow" would mean: "take your time with this love, be careful" but the heart who knows better recalls the loneliness and says: "no, let's not delay it".

    he's not sure if it's like "true love" but her beauty seems to be enough for now, because the first priority is to no longer be alone.

    He's realising that he's mortal so maybe instead of looking for a perfect love, he's gonna try and make "the memories be good"

    It doesn't last cause it wasn't really meant to be but it was a necessary phase cause in the end there's hope for the future: "you'll be happy and wholesome again"

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    Dec 11th 2013 report

    this is one wholesome band with great lyrics and sound of optimism for our generation in watching their dvd movie. the first time hearing this song gave me the feeling that is about a god conscious young man that is a lover of life in his nature with himself that is being pulled in his first love to share in the flesh with the girl proabaly before it's time. he may feel polarized and ashamed in the eyes of god who was his first love that he is leaving behind in the girl that he also sees god in that guided him to her. he seems to be struggling in doudt in coming together with her for this short time because he may have regrets if he does't, so he wants this love to grow as a good memory that he leaves behind that lasts forever with her during the winter winds that kept them warm.

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    Nov 1st 2012 report

    "Oh the shame that sent me off from the God that I once loved
    Was the same that sent me into your arms"? I've been wondering what shame in your life would make you reject God and drive you into a lover's arms. This is my best guess is:

    I think this means that "the shame" is about someone saying that they are not good enough. They felt unworthy of Gods love so they strayed and they could also feel unworthy of love so their head tells them they are not worth it. His heart said love, but his head is where the shame comes from.

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    Sep 23rd 2012 report

    I think he has an opportunity to be in a relationship again with someone who has hurt him before. He misses her (and my head told my head let love grow) but he's afraid of the inevitable heartbreak (but my heart told my head this time no).

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    Jul 12th 2012 report

    I believe it's a man who broke or had broken a girls heart...so a past relationship ended, then he found another woman to love, but his heart says no...because he isn't ready, he won't be strong enough to get burned.

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    Jun 4th 2012 report

    I was "sent off from the God I loved" as a younger man by the shame that was the result of my pride telling me it was foolish to believe in God. I was ashamed to be seen as not being intelligent. Later I became far too comfortable with being cynical and I felt a false sense of superiority. When I met a woman who was vibrantly alive, very intelligent and not embarrassed by her faith I was "sent into her arms" partly because, through her openness, I saw my shame of believing in God was just my insecurity and that it hardened my heart against much of life's beauty. I sensed through her humility the falseness of my pride. When I dropped that defense and I let myself believe what my heart felt I was much more capable of loving and living more fully.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 26th 2012 report

    I think it is a priest who has left the priesthood, and the winter is the chill he is experiencing.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2012 report

    He is having a hard time in life and found a woman to sex up for the night (not dirty, rather 2 folks trying to comfort each other)...he feels a bit guilty about it (Christian guilt)...but is caught up in the moment.

    His head says let love grow...take time and get to know her
    But he wants some physical comfort now and doesn't want to control his urges.

    Everybody dies eventually so do what you can for joy in the moment.


    Christian guilt about sex

    If you feel bad and guilty and cannot sleep, remember that the seasons change and if you let go of guilt then this will be a fond memory, not something chewing you up inside.

    chorus X2

  12. anonymous
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    Jul 2nd 2011 report

    Maybe he doesnt want to fall in love because of a past relationship

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2011 report

    I think it's about a man who's tired of his lonely existence-'the cold', who wants to fall in love but can't because he doesn't really feel it

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2011 report

    Does anyone have idea of what this part means: "Oh the shame that sent me off from the God that I once loved
    Was the same that sent me into your arms"? I've been wondering what shame in your life would make you reject God and drive you into a lover's arms.

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