What does Full of Grace mean?

Sarah McLachlan: Full of Grace Meaning

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Song Released: 1996


Full of Grace Lyrics

The winter here's cold and bitter
It's chilled us to the bone
We haven't seen the sun for weeks
Too long too far from home
I feel just like I'm sinking
And I claw for solid ground
I'm pulled down by the undertow
I never thought I...

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    anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2016 !⃝

    What a talent Sarah McLachlan has that she can so richly imbue her audience with deep emotion from her songs. It's not the Lyrics alone ... It's the voice.

    To me, this is sadly the song of a person trapped in a depressive state. She is so far pulled by the gripping hands of depression that she isn't allowed to be who her lover needs her to be; she's losing him to herself. Though she sees this and though she tries to call upon her courage, she's pulled so hard by depression. She sees that there is little hope and she wants to let go.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 26th 2023 !⃝

    A couple that couldn’t stay together because the pain was too much for one to bare, while the other was lost and didn’t know what to do but go on by themselves. When one realizes it’s too late and they show strength through weakness and tells the other this way. It becomes a mutual respect that they love one another but it was too late for one

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2022 !⃝

    My interpretation of this hauntingly beautiful song is that the singer is suffering from a fatal illness. They are heartbroken that they have to leave the living world and the one(s) they love. But they know it's better to end the suffering and love them better from heaven where they will be full of grace. I lost a dear friend to breast cancer and can not hear this song without thinking of her and sheading tears. Try listening to the song from this perspective.

  4. anonymous
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    May 12th 2017 !⃝

    I think is by far one of my favorite songs by Sarah McLachlan. It's brutally honest in its desperation and plea.

    To me it's a person who realizes that the relationship between them has come to a point where just staying with them amplifies the hurt and no one is to blame. As Mary herself is full of grace, so is she. I feel she is feeling overwhelmed with depression and hence the line referring to being pulled by the undertow and asking for a reprise, all her courage and strength to lift her from this dark cold place. She has the Selkirk awareness that she can love more than this and wants to be acknowledged for her humbleness " full of grace me love...full of grace " . It's nobody's fault. It just is what it is.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2017 !⃝

    I think maybe she's talking about a person being able to love herself better. I guess it could go both ways, but maybe she's had such a hard time her entire life and struggles so much to just love herself for who she is, and that prevents her from having any real relationships. Just a thought....

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2014 !⃝

    Its seems to be a song about a relationship that gone bad and reached it point and shes singing about how she hasnt been happy for awhile...and she feels lost and needs help getting to a place of happiness to be happy in this relationship again...but she can only pray for it...and then she finally just quits probably having experience with this before and knowing where its headed and doing what she thinks is best...and again wishing things could be different but only being able to pray for it...and just knowing that leaving is probably the best thing to do since theyve prolonged the inevitable and probably hate each other but are too stuck in it to say it

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2014 !⃝

    I feel its about a person who realizes her relationship with her significant other is faltering due to personal shes facing and she feels stuck cause she knows shes not good here (maybe mentally sick)...and if everything (all of the strength and all of the courage) could get her out of this depression she could be what he needed....and in the second verse...its just how she finally left knowing the damage that was being done (having seen this place before) but how they stayed too long in this bad relationship and probably now resent each other....but that she understands the problem and that if she could be healed she could love him better...but shes sick and its better to end it instead of causing more pain (i know i can love u better than this...but its better this way

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2011 !⃝

    It is a song about feeling like you have nowhere to go and nothing to rely on, so basically you feel terrible and lost in the world, but you long for feeling happy and safe again. This is about how you feel after an emotional break-up.


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