Sarah McLachlan — Possession
Album: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
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7.9

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Released: 1993
Length: 4:23
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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
Your 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
Cause 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...
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 EdEastridge wrote:
". . . The song was inspired by . . ."
(see below)
 
Thanks Ed for the full story.
Always knew it was about a stalker but didn't know the details.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Say what you will about the song but....

"..I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away.."

Someone says that (to you) then you'd be good to understand the person expressing it is the incarnation of lust (for you).  To which it is always best to say come over here right now (lady) and KISS ME!?  {#Kiss}

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
Or, depending upon the circumstances, run like hell as it could be someone with untoward intentions and the desire to see them through

"...Cause nothing stands between us here
And I won't be denied..."

I'd personally much prefer the situation matched yours, but unfortunately the truth seems to be far darker.

"The song was inspired by McLachlan's reaction to two deranged fans of hers, both of whom had concocted a fantasy in which they were already in a relationship with McLachlan. Of the two, the more famous is Uwe Vandrei, an OttawaOntario native who sued McLachlan in 1994, alleging that his love letters to her had been the basis of "Possession". Vandrei had written and sent McLachlan love poems, although there is no direct connection between those poems and the lyrics of "Possession." Vandrei's lawsuit never came to trial as he committed suicide in the autumn of 1994." — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Possession_(Sarah_McLachlan_song)

Amazing how such a gorgeous song could come from such experiences.
Say what you will about the song but....

"..I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away.."

Someone says that (to you) then you'd be good to understand the person expressing it is the incarnation of lust (for you).  To which it is always best to say come over here right now (lady) and KISS ME!?  {#Kiss}

Highlow
American Net'Zen
When I saw her a couple of years ago live I couldn't beleive how good she was. I thought she was very commercial up until then.
So incredibly sensual.
 just close your ears dear  whomhow wrote:
That lady always sounds outdated, can't help it. 

 

 DaidyBoy wrote:

That's what I am saying, there's no need to be rude about it.  The internet is not the radio.  Drive a car here, turn on what we all call THE RADIO.  Not everyone has high tech internet based gadgets wherever they are.

 
Yeah, but but people who aren't wired up and only listen to "radio" are irrelevant in the post modern world.

They could never do something outlandish, like, oh, I don't know...say, determine the outcome of an election. 
The story of her efforts to get her first album released is interesting.
 whomhow wrote:
That lady always sounds outdated, can't help it. 

 
Keyboards and vocals have always and shall forever rule.Get off my lawn.
While we're on Can-con, it would be nice to hear more 54-40 on RP.
Hey OTB,  Nice one.

Outdated, the new stylish.   
 whomhow wrote:
That lady always sounds outdated, can't help it.
 
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/a/T2eC16NHJG8E9nyfmZEEBQHeBJV1bQ~~/s-l300.jpg
Bumping this back up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UgPeBjHIjE

and for those of you who don't know what the origins of this song, go look it up (look for the stalker story). 
 whomhow wrote:
That lady always sounds outdated, can't help it. 

 
Perhaps I do know what you mean.........I used to like Veal Parmi, as our Aussie brethren would have it .
That lady always sounds outdated, can't help it. 
<3
From the creepiness of extreme narcissistic celebrity culture comes this amazing song.

Talk about turning an ugly situation into an opportunity....  a beautiful piece of art.   
 1wolfy wrote:
 I see it more as an extreme physical desire for someone..erotically powerful ! passsion8 wrote:
crogers wrote:
"My body aches to breathe your breath, your words keep me alive."

I mean, Wow.  Right?
 

 
Deceptively simple sound to a very powerful urge - to dominate / possess. Absolutely reeks lyrically of an overwhelming power play. "Nothing stands between us here, and I won't be denied..." The eternal struggle between patience and immediacy / allowing and demanding. Genius.

 
 
A lot of people think "Every Breath You Take" is a love song, too.
 I see it more as an extreme physical desire for someone..erotically powerful ! passsion8 wrote:
crogers wrote:
"My body aches to breathe your breath, your words keep me alive."

I mean, Wow.  Right?
 

 
Deceptively simple sound to a very powerful urge - to dominate / possess. Absolutely reeks lyrically of an overwhelming power play. "Nothing stands between us here, and I won't be denied..." The eternal struggle between patience and immediacy / allowing and demanding. Genius.

 

"Its one of those marmite songs" as we say in Blighty.    Funny 'cause like many acts on here like DCFC or Delerium for example, she hardly gets any airplay over here if ever, so we are not sick to death like some of the 'Merkins are.    I think she has done some fantastic stuff and this is my personal fav.   The song is musically great and lyrically captivating and the back story we have all heard or read means that it has taken on a life of its own. This is probably why we are here listening to and talking about it almost a quarter of a century on.
I went looking to see if anyone had included this already, but according to SM's own info, the lyrics are apparently based upon a stalker's letter to her...so, yeah, context is important.
crogers wrote:
"My body aches to breathe your breath, your words keep me alive."

I mean, Wow.  Right?
 

 
Deceptively simple sound to a very powerful urge - to dominate / possess. Absolutely reeks lyrically of an overwhelming power play. "Nothing stands between us here, and I won't be denied..." The eternal struggle between patience and immediacy / allowing and demanding. Genius.
Irritating at best.
{#No}     {#No}     {#No}
 Skydog wrote:
It's an OK song, I didn't rate it but I have a question, is it RP worthy?

 

Yes
How come this being rated so high? Don't like her voice.
 Steely_D wrote:
Had a girl come on to me once saying "I'll take your breath away."
Still, she knew I was married. Bad form, eh? 

 
Maybe, but it was memorable enough come-on for you to mention it here {#Tongue-out}
Overplayed when it came out as are so many. Or were, back in the days when we listened to the radio for music. Haven't heard this in a while. WOW what a great tune and lyrics. It ages really well! This will be a "classic". Nice to hear it again!
 Huey wrote:

Waaahhh ? {#Stupid}  the net is the net. RP is internet radio, Doesn't matter where you live.  Download the app.

 
That's what I am saying, there's no need to be rude about it.  The internet is not the radio.  Drive a car here, turn on what we all call THE RADIO.  Not everyone has high tech internet based gadgets wherever they are.
Once agreeable but played out. 
Sorta dido esque
Re-bumping this excellent live version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyhdsAcwtj8
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Sadly there is nothing like RP on the radio here in the UK.  I don't think I have ever heard Sarah on the radio here, either.  I think she came to my attention in the Due South mountie series years ago.

 
Waaahhh ? {#Stupid}  the net is the net. RP is internet radio, Doesn't matter where you live.  Download the app.
One of my favs.....
 Fiji5555 wrote:
I've seen her 4 times and each concert was wonderful. I wish she could write as well today as she did back then. Will always love this album.

 
Sometimes you just run out of new songs, good ones anyway.
I love her. 
I've seen her 4 times and each concert was wonderful. I wish she could write as well today as she did back then. Will always love this album.

"My body aches to breathe your breath, your words keep me alive."

I mean, Wow.  Right?
 
 scrubbrush wrote:
Solid 7 (Quite Likable) and instant PSD for me... i've just heard it too much.

 
Amen.
Had a girl come on to me once saying "I'll take your breath away."
Still, she knew I was married. Bad form, eh? 
In a million years I would never think to follow Pink Floyd with Sarah McLachlan.  Thanks again, Bill, for a wonderful segue.
 Stingray wrote:
More than 10!

pfffffff.... 

 
Nyet
Solid 7 (Quite Likable) and instant PSD for me... i've just heard it too much.
More than 10!

pfffffff.... 
{#Sunny}
 stunix wrote:
{#Yes}
Stunningly talented woman and top tune.

 


 DaidyBoy wrote:

Sadly there is nothing like RP on the radio here in the UK.  I don't think I have ever heard Sarah on the radio here, either.  I think she came to my attention in the Due South mountie series years ago.

 

Record RP, convert to mp3 files, then listen in the car! www.dar.fm
"Voices trapped in urine ..." ;)
She has a new album and is currently touring -->



http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/tour/