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Ice Cream

Your love is better than ice cream
Better than anything else that I’ve tried
And your love is better than ice cream
But everyone here knows how to fight

And it’s a long way down
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way down to the place
Where we started from

Your love is better than chocolate
Better than anything else that I’ve tried
Oh, love is better than chocolate
Everyone here knows how to cry

And it’s a long way down
It’s a long way down
It’s a long way down to the place
Where we started from

tell Sarah what this song Means to You

39 Responses to Ice Cream

  1. I’ve discovered that it makes a perfect lullaby. Just sang it tonight for my 3 year old, and he lived it!

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  2. just like the woman says, “this is her ‘sing along’ song…. Sarah goes to a lot of deep and dark places in her music, but I finally was able to see her in concert and “sing along” with the other 2300 audience members. It is a magical song; Sarah may have written the song, but it is OUR chance to sing to her of our great love for her and for her work…. thanks for that…

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  3. Karen Gibberd 137 days ago

    I love alot of your songs (my favourite album is Mirrorball) but singing Icecream always makes me feel good and puts a smile on my face.

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  4. I think it’s really pretty!
    I am 10 years old and I’m learning how to play Ice Cream on my guitar!!
    Ava

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  5. Robyn Knox 167 days ago

    This was the song my husband and I chose to dance to at our wedding almost 19 years ago. It’s a long way down to the place we started from but it’s still better than ice cream and chocolate….but a long way down. Cheers to 19 years!! Thanks Sarah!

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  6. denise smith 281 days ago

    In the arms of the Angel …best song ever.

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  7. Shelby Elizabeth 284 days ago

    This is the first song I fell in love with, when I was 5 years old I would sing every word on car rides with the volume turned up. I’m nineteen now and your music has gotten me through so very much in my life. I am forever grateful to you and your talent, and I faithfully await your new album (+ tour… CT pleasee!) which is sure to be filled with the same love and meaning that is so hard to find in other artists’ music these days.
    Thank you and stay beautiful,
    Shelby
    (@shelby3lizabeth)

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  8. I love the “clock” sound you make with your tongue.

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  9. This song, live, when you scream at the end…. Omg :)

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  10. I like the doo doo at the end.

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  11. Love this song! I played at my wedding as a tribute to me and my best friend and the realization of our love and what it means to us!!!

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  12. This song reminds me of taking my 4 daughters to Lilith Fair and all singing along with you. What wonderful times!

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  13. my girfriend put ‘Ice Cream’ on a mix tape for me back…well, back when tapes were still a thing… It was the first “Sarah” song that really meant something to me.

    PS-I married that girl ;) we’re many years, two kids, and a lot of “Sarah” songs later :)

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  14. alissa t 367 days ago

    Ice Cream means so much to me. It would be the easy and probably obvious choice to pick a dramatic, deep and dark song by Sarah as their favorite for most people, because she writes them with such sharpness and clarity; but Ice Cream is my choice of favorite song from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, because it is light and lovely. It is a breath of fresh air full of love and sweetness, that breaks of up the heavy and heady run of songs on the album. The genius is in the simplicity of the lyrics. What woman doesn’t love chocolate more than any other food? And ice cream is the go-to dessert for all occasions and situations, good or bad. Equating a love to such comfort foods is brilliant and full of deeper meaning and symbolism that’s just begging to be dug into. That is exactly what makes me love it most.

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  15. Ice Cream. Used to listen to this album in the car and my 3 little girls naturally loved ‘the ice cream song’ and would sing along. Time flies. My oldest was married in January of this year. You can guess what song she picked for our father/daughter dance at the wedding.

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  16. Susan Gage 367 days ago

    It’s simple, this song gets to the true meaning of love. For me it epitomizes my first real relationship. It’s innocent yet deep and to the point. What can I say, it melts me…

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  17. 1995 was such a great year. I went to Canada from Spain and I heard about you for the very first time. I used to be a hard rocker, closed just to that kind of music and I heard this song for the first time. It is so possitive, and well, harmony, everything. Since then You are my favourite singer EVER. I even try to go to your cancelled concerts in Spain a few years ago and I am really loking forward this time you will finally come to my country..it doesn´t matter wherever you play I´ll be there.

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  18. John Russell Turner 372 days ago

    A light hearted song, yes, but somehow only adds to your stature as a gifted musician. Isn’t it amazing how passionate the audience sang along with you on “Mirrorball”? They literally roared…and I felt like I was there. This is the song that prompted me to go listen to you live.

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  19. Ice Cream for sure, its Folkrock meets Jazz meets Art meets passion, the mix of the Vocal’s and Backup Vocal’s is like a painting every time I Hear it.
    Timeless Beauty….

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  20. The perfect song to sing in concert. Simple, upbeat, yet incredibly honest. This is what makes FTE my favorite album ever. Every song is honest about what it tries to express.

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  21. Simple bouncing melody. Deceptively simple lyrics with lots of meaning. To me (and my wife) it is about the strength of our love, And its such a fun song that our 3 kids love singing it too.

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  22. Donna Jaques 373 days ago

    Reminds me of happy days when my Husband of 38yrs was still alive and with me. He passed away in 2009 just after we moved to Hawaii. In 2007 we were in Maui in a convertible with the top down singing at the top of our voices to this song which was one of his favorites. Thank you for those memories!.

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  23. Dave Pan 373 days ago

    My wife and I unknowingly had our first date at the Bridge School Benefit Concert you played in 2008 five years ago (our anniversary will be this Saturday). I have loved your music since the 90s and have jumped at any chance to see you perform live. My wife quickly learned that you are my favorite artist and that your music means the world to me. Anyway, that is all set up for why “Ice Cream” is my favorite song from “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy”. A year and a half later was my 30th birthday. My friends and I had gathered at our favorite neighborhood bar to celebrate and it happened to be Karaoke Night. Imagine my surprise when halfway through the night, I see my wife (then girlfriend) get called up to the singing area to perform. She would be the first to admit that she’s not much of a singer, nor is she crazy about being the center of attention. But I think she had taken in a bit of liquid courage and was ready to belt one out. Her musical tastes run more in the punk rock genre so I was prepared for that. But then here come the lyrics to “Ice Cream” and she ignored any embarrassment or stage fright she might have had and sang her heart out in front of our friends and a bunch of strangers. So “Ice Cream” has a special place in my heart. And, Sarah, if she believed any bit of the lyrics she sang that night, then I am sure she loves me a lot. Because to know my wife, is to know that she REALLY loves chocolate and ice cream.

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  24. Vincent Poulter 373 days ago

    This song is simple and pure yet talks about something so complicated and valuable in our lives. In this over romantic world this song has been so relevant for the entire time it’s been out. I’m only 1-year older then this song and yet I listed to it so regularly because it beats true to me. It’s the song that I’m gonna dance to with my future husband at out wedding and something that I will treasure for life

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  25. Krist San Nicolas 373 days ago

    My fiancee and I have been together 20 years and Fumbling was the first album he bought me and gave to me for Christmas. Your show was the first concert we went to together. After all these years together, we are FINALLY getting married and “Ice Cream” is going to be our wedding song. To hear “your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried”….that is OUR line! To have an artist be part of both of our lives for and to grow together loving your music makes Fumbling all that more special (I can’t say that about other artists I like). I can listen to the entire album, last song to first, and never tire of it! It will always be the album that made me fall in love with Sarah’s music and lyrics and will now be the album that contributed to my wedding. The album, whether it was made 20 years ago, or today, will always transcend time. Can’t wait to dance to “our song” in my wedding dress with my husband. Thank you so much for making this album! It is one of my all time favorites and will always remain that way!

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  26. Jennifer Trickett 373 days ago

    This whole album has a lot of meaning to me, particularly Ice Cream. I used Ice Cream as a lullaby for my babies it git me through many sleepless nights, amazing lyrics. My oldest is now 8 and she’ll still ask me to sing it it sometimes. Your music has definitely left it’s mark on our family♥.

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  27. Dean Green 373 days ago

    For me Ice Cream, is a smooth and jazzy. I love the easy laid back feel it gives me. Like that comfort I feel with someone that I know will love me no matter what. Just a pure simple joy,, like chocolate or ice cream.
    I love this entire album but Ice cream touches my heart, making me consider how simple yet strong my love for my husband is!
    Thank you Sarah
    Can t wait for the new CD
    Dean
    Charlotte NC

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  28. Real love is simple; it flows, it is easy and it makes you fly

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  29. I love the song ice cream because no matter the frustration from “silly people in the US” to the constant Pacific Northwest rain this song lifts my spirits, puts a pep in my spent when I’m driving to work. Aka lead foot LOL. And the best song to sing out loud with the windows rolled down. Thank you for the 2 minutes and 44 seconds of happiness.

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  30. Rachael 374 days ago

    I sing this song to my son almost every night before bed… he’s requested that the lyrics be changed to “BIG ice cream” and “BIG chocolate” and will protest unless I sing it his way :) .

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  31. Annette 392 days ago

    Love this song…it is better than chocolate! ;-) A

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  32. Sarah Tino 395 days ago

    I always love seeing this one performed live as its such a fun sing along. Funny thing about this song is my wife first married a man and they danced to this song at their wedding. A couple years later when that relationship ended and we got together I was like “i loved ‘Ice Cream’ and you ruined it for me!” ha ha I still love this song despite its previous misuse ;)

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  33. This is one of my favorite songs from FTE. I think the song is about the complexities in relationships, whether there’s the good or the bad.

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  34. Kristin 396 days ago

    This song really reminds me of the consert you had in Konserthuset here in Oslo. Butterfly warmed up for you. When you played this, everyone in the room found their “happy-place”. The live-version is so much “happier” than studio-version. :-)

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    • I was at that concert too! :-) You are right – it’s a great live song and Sarah told us a little bit about it before she sang. Only then did I finally “get it”.

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  35. MelanieJoy 396 days ago

    I have loved this song from the start. But years after it’s release, I danced to it for the first time with my now husband, one month after we started dating. It was in my living room to a warm glow of candles and the simpleness, yet “deeper-than-you-thought” lyrics and melody was one of the most romantic moments of my life. We still spontaneously dance to it when it comes on, giving us even more sweet soul warming memories.

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  36. Margaret Curtin 396 days ago

    This song fills my heart with much joy it always reminds me of when at the end of your concerts this is the encore and everyone sings it with you ….and the single BEST part of that is the huge grin YOU get when we sing it TO YOU! It’s the only time I feel like we( fans) give you the kind of joy you have given us.

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  37. Maureen 397 days ago

    When my wife and I got married just over four years ago, this was our wedding song. We handed out the lyrics to our friends and family and it was the song we had everyone singing as we walked down the isle together as newly weds. It always seemed like the perfect song for us to use. Early on in our relationship, we had, what we called, our Sarah McLachlan Weekend, when we drove to Kelowna to see you in concert on a Sat night, then we drove back to Vancouver to see your show here the next night. Or maybe it was a Fri/Sat … I can’t remember now. But it was a great weekend we shared with you. When it came time for us to plan our wedding, Ice Cream just seemed to be the right choice.

    Unfortunately, we are no longer married. We separated this past June, just five weeks before what would have been our fourth anniversary. Not because of anything either of us did … just time and circumstance got us to a place where we realized that we had to continue on along separate paths in order for both of us to find the happiness we both deserve. Though we are no longer a couple, we are still friends. And even though listening to Ice Cream now would probably bring me to tears, it will always be the song that was so much a part of a beautiful day in my life. Funny enough, I heard it on the radio within the first week of our separating, and it did make me cry. I think it probably still would. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear it. As you have so beautifully taught us through your music, songs can help us heal, help us get through times we never thought we could. Songs can bring us great joy, can remind us of a love we have, or a love we have let go. I know whenever it is that I hear Ice Cream again, it will bring a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes, as I feel both the joy and sadness that the song brings to me; but ultimately, as I know that no matter on what path my life takes me, when I hear this song, I can journey back to that time in my life that was so incredible, and that I would not trade for anything in the world.

    Thank you for the music, Sarah. Thank you from my heart.

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  38. Stirling 397 days ago

    My ultimate feel good song. Massive smile plastered on my face every time.

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