Sarah McLachlan: Fallen

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Fallen

Heaven bent to take my hand and lead me through
the fire
Be the long awaited answer to a long and painful fight
Truth be told, I tried my best, but somewhere along the way
I got caught up in all there was to offer
and the cost was so much more than I could bear

CHORUS: Though I've tried, I've fallen
I have sunk so low; I have messed up
Better I should know, so don't come 'round here and tell me I told you so

We all begin with good intent
Love was raw and young
We believed that we could change ourselves
The past can be undone
But we carry on our backs the burden
Time always reveals, in the lonely light of morning
In the wounds that would not heal
The bitter taste of losing everything I've held so dear

CHORUS: I've fallen
I have sunk so low, I've messed up
Better I should know, so don't come around here and tell me I told you so

Heaven bent to take my hand, nowhere left to turn
I'm lost to those I thought were friends, to everyone I know
Oh, they turned their heads embarrassed
Pretend that they don't see
But it's one missed step, you'll slip before you know it
And there doesn't seem to be a way to be redeemed

CHORUS: Though I've tried, I've fallen
I have sunk so low; I've messed up
Better I should know, so don't come 'round here and tell me I told you so















songwriter: Sarah McLachlan

performed by: Sarah McLachlan

date released: 2003 by Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan was born out of wedlock to Judy James in Nova Scotia in 1968, and was adopted out to American-born marine biologist Jack McLachlan and his wife Dorice. As a young child, she took lessons in classical piano and guitar as well as voice lessons. She completed high school and one year at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before she decided to move to Vancouver.

Trained as a musician but not in songwriting, McLachlan spent a difficult year learning the craft. It was on the West Coast in 1988 that McLachlan began her recording career with the album, "Solace," for which she received glowing reviews for the richness and clarity of her voice.

During a particularly difficult time in her life, Sarah McLachlan released "Afterglow" containing the hit single, "Fallen." After a period of self-examination, she realized she had made some mistakes that had caused a lifetime of pain and suffering for another (although the "another" was not mentioned in the song).

She has lost friends and plummeted to the depths wondering how she can redeem herself. Using this intense song, her intent is to empower people to own up to their mistakes, recognize what they have lost, and move on in life. Perhaps this is the reason so many music lovers could find solace in "Fallen," and the song was nominated in 2004 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

McLachlan's career would culminate in twenty-one Juno Award nominations and eight awards. She has also won three prestigious Grammy Awards. In 1999, she was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada by the then Governor-General, Adrienne Clarkson. In 2001, she was inducted into the Order of British Columbia.

In more recent years, McLachlan opened her philanthropic heart by performing for free benefit concerts for tsunami victims relief. In addition, she founded the Sarah McLachlan Musical Outreach Choir & Percussion Ensemble for inner city at-risk youth. She also is an avid supporter of the ASPCA and animal welfare where she filmed a two-minute advertisement with her song, "Angel." It raised 30 million dollars for the ASPCA.



























Fallen

Heaven bent to take my hand and lead me through
the fire
Be the long awaited answer to a long and painful fight
Truth be told, I tried my best, but somewhere along the way
I got caught up in all there was to offer
and the cost was so much more than I could bear

CHORUS: Though I've tried, I've fallen
I have sunk so low; I have messed up
Better I should know, so don't come 'round here and tell me I told you so

We all begin with good intent
Love was raw and young
We believed that we could change ourselves
The past can be undone
But we carry on our backs the burden
Time always reveals, in the lonely light of morning
In the wounds that would not heal
The bitter taste of losing everything I've held so dear

CHORUS: I've fallen
I have sunk so low, I've messed up
Better I should know, so don't come around here and tell me I told you so

Heaven bent to take my hand, nowhere left to turn
I'm lost to those I thought were friends, to everyone I know
Oh, they turned their heads embarrassed
Pretend that they don't see
But it's one missed step, you'll slip before you know it
And there doesn't seem to be a way to be redeemed

CHORUS: Though I've tried, I've fallen
I have sunk so low; I've messed up
Better I should know, so don't come 'round here and tell me I told you so















songwriter: Sarah McLachlan

performed by: Sarah McLachlan

date released: 2003 by Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan was born out of wedlock to Judy James in Nova Scotia in 1968, and was adopted out to American-born marine biologist Jack McLachlan and his wife Dorice. As a young child, she took lessons in classical piano and guitar as well as voice lessons. She completed high school and one year at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before she decided to move to Vancouver.

Trained as a musician but not in songwriting, McLachlan spent a difficult year learning the craft. It was on the West Coast in 1988 that McLachlan began her recording career with the album, "Solace," for which she received glowing reviews for the richness and clarity of her voice.

During a particularly difficult time in her life, Sarah McLachlan released "Afterglow" containing the hit single, "Fallen." After a period of self-examination, she realized she had made some mistakes that had caused a lifetime of pain and suffering for another (although the "another" was not mentioned in the song).

She has lost friends and plummeted to the depths wondering how she can redeem herself. Using this intense song, her intent is to empower people to own up to their mistakes, recognize what they have lost, and move on in life. Perhaps this is the reason so many music lovers could find solace in "Fallen," and the song was nominated in 2004 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

McLachlan's career would culminate in twenty-one Juno Award nominations and eight awards. She has also won three prestigious Grammy Awards. In 1999, she was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada by the then Governor-General, Adrienne Clarkson. In 2001, she was inducted into the Order of British Columbia.

In more recent years, McLachlan opened her philanthropic heart by performing for free benefit concerts for tsunami victims relief. In addition, she founded the Sarah McLachlan Musical Outreach Choir & Percussion Ensemble for inner city at-risk youth. She also is an avid supporter of the ASPCA and animal welfare where she filmed a two-minute advertisement with her song, "Angel." It raised 30 million dollars for the ASPCA.



























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Quiz #: 2847
Vancouver's Sarah McLachlan sings "Fallen" about a very difficult time in her life.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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