Bareilles, Sara - Islands Lyrics




Waiting for the bus stop
Waiting for the concrete black top to settle down
Long enough for me to get off and get a little ground
I'm ready for the sea change
Helpless felt this coming from a mile away
And now you're looking at me babe, and how we'll separate if we can
Cause I still count on one hand the number of good men I know

It's like I'm standing on the edge with just a telephone wire
Trying to get to you first to say the world's on fire
Holding my breath until I know you're alright
Because the water will only rise
When will you realize
You must become an island
You must become an island
You must become an island
And see for yourself that's what I am

You always dirty up the windows
If you keep 'em at bay that way no one's gonna surprise you by getting too close
Anybody but me though
You've made exceptions to your rules
And now we're staring down truth neither one of us wants to know

It's like I'm standing on the edge with just a telephone wire
Trying to get to you first to say the world's on fire
Holding my breath until I know you're alright
Because the water will only rise
When will you realize
You must become an island
You must become an island
You must become an island
And see for yourself the horizon is all we have
And see for yourself the horizon is all we have

Holding my breath until I know you're alright
Because the water will only rise...





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Bareilles, Sara Islands Comments
  1. Iam OnlyChassidy

    I literally forgot she song “brave” I love that song

  2. Ropafadzo Hannah Masango

    2018,,,, anyone here too

    Timothy Holcomb

    Rohannah Massy ya but its 2019 now happy new year

    Ropafadzo Hannah Masango

    @Timothy Holcomb thank you,,,, it sure is a happy new year

  3. Tini Sinish

    😍😍❤️❤️

  4. marcel san

    she's a poet.

    Timothy Holcomb

    marcel san agreed

  5. Shreya Sinha

    What does the chorus mean?

  6. 라마다니하르뷔안

    1:10 until 02:04 is my favourite part of this song.. touchin the way she sings that partt

  7. Carly Phoenix

    Prestige Dance Company brought me here.

  8. serena Myler

    ha. if only i could buy it 😞

  9. T P

    The world's on fire. December Child.

  10. Michelle Taylor

    my beautiful sister xx

  11. Michelle Taylor

    please subscribe to +jean gollins xx

  12. Fireball6537

    This woman is incredible and has the most profound lyrics!! I feel this song in my soul.

  13. Naomi Turner

    when Pox Rox' version makes you more emotional

  14. Annie Chung

    Alexa Moffett's choreo brought me here. obsessed

    sasha

    +Annie Chung SAMEEEEEEE
    Alexa moffet is a genius

    AutumnMillerDance

    +Annie Chung Same omg she always has the best songs

    xoxo project21

    +Annie Chung Same :)

  15. shane sellers

    I think she's one of if not the best ever

    Emm N

    You betcha. Is it Ok to listen to 21 pilots, Michael Bublé, Sara Bareillis and some other stuff I haven't heared in while, in one night?

    WhoCares IDo

    I'm doing right now and I do it all the time 😅

  16. shane sellers

    no one's out there

  17. Larry Justice

    I think its about those people that you love, and you watch as the world wears them down. It hurts and takes your breath away, hoping they will escape and be alright. The gentle encouragement she gives is when the water is rising to the point where it is about to overwhelm you, you stand firm like an island surrounded by an angry ocean. You are surrounded, but you stand firm and rise just enough above so you arent overtaken.

    Gosh, did she write this for me?

    Megan Weaver

    +Larry Justice There is a documentary about this song on Spotify..it's opposite from the Song 1000 Times, this song is about separating yourself from that person that you love but is no good for you...

    Terry Le

    Megan Weaver t o c

    Sophia Hawkins

    I read that she told VH1 that it isn't about pushing anybody away, but instead about finding out who you are your core. This also fits how I saw it before hearing interpretations, along with sharing the world with another who has found their pulsating core, their very self who won't be drowned by rising waters. It's cherishing what we do share, with select others.

  18. Shinystrella

    I also want to know what the lyrics mean ?

    lovedbiyou

    Shinystrella it's about distancing yourself from an unhealthy , tumultuous relationship to the point where the person becomes a distant memory like seeing an "island" in the distance.

    Vesix

    suicide

    Kevin Ruehlen

    She telling herself sometimes you have to become an island and close yourself of from that sea of negative ppl and/or person

  19. Mr.music boy

    is dani still alive pls  tell me ?

  20. greengem000

    Ms. Bareilles,you never cease to amaze me with your brilliance in music. You're a genius. 

  21. Tederah Henderson

    Love this song

  22. Novelet Mckenzie

    I'm lost for words to describe this type of writing style.  The way the mephor is used, its beyound brilliant. One word. "Genius"

    jesse s

    Novelet Mckenzie What’s the metaphor.

  23. RoyalTee

    Damn song makes my eyes leak.

  24. Coulet Waro

    This song is......beyond AMAZING!! The whole album is perfect! Love her! She has a beautiful voice and the lyrics she write are magic!

    Rachel Feliciano

    Chloe HOARAU indeed! 💜

  25. Elizabeth Vanesian

    totally underrated.

  26. Kenzie Kay

    What does the song mean?
    I love it, but I still can't figure it out right, I guess...

    Kenzie Kay

    thanks :)!

    Kiwan M

    I think it's about how life is tough and can bring us down. She is talking to someone she loves, watching the world tear them down and she is telling them, you can't rely on everyone, the only person you can rely on is yourself. You have to become an island and stand alone. Be an island, stand alone and not rely on any one else because relying on others and caring about what they think of you will only lead to heartache.

    Megan Weaver

    +Kiwan M there is a documentary about what this song is about on Spotify :)

    Kenzie Kay

    @Megan Weaver Thaaanks!!

    Megan Weaver

    Welcome !

  27. Vaurie

    Amazing artist and very underrated.

  28. deselise

    Please check out my Sara covers at soundcloud.com/briellemusic. Please, I know these are annoying but this is my dream. To do music like Sara and have millions of people singing my lyrics would be amazing!!!! I can't express how much it means to me so please check out my covers and give me feedback on what you thought. Thanks!

    cherryade

    Are you a swiftie? :D

    deselise

    OMGSH YES! YOU ARE TOO? :)

    cherryade

    yeah :D

  29. XBackToLifeBabyX

    Beautiful

  30. Raluca Harry

    I like viewing this song, can just close my eyes and picture all kinds if good d stuff

  31. Anna Makeeva

    great song

  32. Grizzlywolf9

    My fave on the album!

  33. Nikki Breanne

    This song kind of sounds like an Avril Lavigne song....
    maybe Lavigne's first and second album???? xoxo

    Grizzlywolf9

    A little like the older stuff from Sarah McLachlan & Heather Nova aswell!

    Nikki Breanne

    @Grizzlywolf9 Interesting, I'll check it out. Thanks :)

  34. Jomar Ty

    She is such a very smart songwriter!!!

  35. Nicolás Saavedra A.

    Listen Avril Lavigne album one of the best of year !!! Epic records sara too

  36. Bao Le

    and no Grammy for this album ... #RIPtheGrammy..

  37. Saramore13

    she totally was robbed last night. she deserved to win album of the year. i just don't get why she didn't. she literally sat there and wrote every song from her soul. she should have won for this song by itself let alone the whole album. every song is amazing. my favorite is satellite call. the lyrics and the music is genius. i was so bummed when she didn't. 

  38. Anna Carullo

    So beautiful

  39. Jayllex Mills

    Does this remind anyone else of the Divergent series?

  40. Carol Fletez

    This song so reminds me of my love JT who is so real to me...so wonderfully a man of worth and stature,,,so alone in his aloofness and so passionate in loving me...

  41. rob hartmania

    Bought the album after seeing her Album of the Year nomination and was skeptical at first, but after repeated listens I'm a believer now!  :D

  42. ewt00b

    i got this over the wkend, and love it,  

  43. Donghyuk Yoon

    glad matt hales is still in the business.

  44. Kelly Swift

    so beautiful :')

  45. Rubén González

    It reminds me of The Great Gatsby.

  46. L K

    I have a person who i want to help heal.

  47. GG FreTre

    im doing this song for my lyrical group dance at our annual recitial

  48. Rachel Jenkins

    Words cannot describe how brilliant she is. I am in love with this album

  49. Uperesa Fakava

    Grammy anyone?

  50. Rubén González

    Holding my breath until I know you're alright Because the water will only rise...

  51. Ryan Smith

    Wow! What a deep song! Love it!

  52. Li anne

    OMG! You just read my mind :)

  53. fuzzflight

    beautiful song :)

  54. Tara Christian

    This song reminds me of Jace and Clary...