Protection was always one of my favourite songs from the Massive Attack album of the same name. For some reason the song always made me feel quite guilty about the way I had behaved with previous friends, family or even strangers. It really reinforced the importance of looking after and protecting those who are close to you.
I always thought that Tracey Thorn was talking about chivalry in these lyrics, and how it is a mans responsibility to protect his partner. But on further inspection, the video and lyrics suggest that she is referring to a father’s relationship with his child.
“Youve got a baby of your own, when your babys grown, she’ll be the one to catch you when you fall”.
Certain lyrics also point towards the woman playing a more supportive role in the relationship.
“You’re a boy and i’m a girl. But you know you can lean on me”.
So I think that the songs message can be taken universally, and probably be applied to all types of relationship.
Anyway, have a listen and let me know your thoughts.