a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Silent Man

Lyrics: Neil Hannon

Music: October

Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Originally interpreted by: October


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).



This October song particularly focuses on the songwriting abilities of Neil, as the music first seems quite plain. It shows the inner suffering of a man tortured by his worries without being able to confide about them. It is said that Neil originally recorded this song for his first girlfriend, however there is no reliance in this information.

The image of the narrator buried in the sand and left under the sun can be a reference to the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), in which David Bowie plays a major submitted to this torture by a Japanese captain during the second world war.