Ever really admire someone, yet not get to spend a lot of time with them? It’s not all bad, as some time is better than none – but you often find yourself missing that special individual. Today, I thought I’d take a look at some of my favorite songs that nail that sort of feeling.
1. Closer to You – The Wallflowers (2002)
When it’s quiet, and I don’t hear a thing. Well, I can always hear you breathe. You know there’s nowhere else I’ve wanted to be, than be there when you needed me. I’m sorry too, but don’t give up on me. And just remember that when you were asleep, I got a little bit closer to you.
This song has been on repeat for me lately. It’s probably the #1 song that nails the emotion I’m referring to/experiencing. “When I feel I’m slipping further away, well I remember that everyday I get a little bit closer to you…..”…whenever he feels his state of happiness slip further away, he just remembers that everyday he gets a little bit closer to seeing her once again. “How long an hour can take”…implies he’s waiting for something (for when he can see her)…”I can always hear you breathe”…(when he can’t talk to or see her, he can still remember the sound of her breathing)…”when you were asleep I got a little bit closer to you”…(while she was sleeping, another day passed – thus he was closer to seeing her again.)
I’ve always loved The Wallflowers, and this song has really hit home for me these past couple of months. I also love how the sound of the song is so sweet, yet haunting. Never the less, missing someone gets easier everyday – because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are also one day closer to getting to see them again. (At least in my case, and in the case Jakob Dylan..)
2. Words to Me – Sugar Ray (2001)
I look at you and try to do the best I can, but sometimes it ain’t that easy. I count the days till I see you again, you know I tried and I am sorry – one night can make a difference. Please don’t leave me hanging on and on. I see the light in your window, look at the sky and we can go away. Get up, get up, get up. And I’m gonna pick you up and take you where I wanna.
In terms of how it feels to miss someone and only see them so often, this song is just as powerful as Closer to You. Especially in my situation…”one night can make a difference…”
I understand the emotion Mark McGrath had been singing about, whether it was observational or based on a real life experience. Never the less, great and relatable song. With an upbeat, beachy vibe. And it was in Scooby Doo…the band actually made a cameo in the film singing it.
3. Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliact (2008)
Lucky I’m in love with my best friend, lucky to have been where I have been. Lucky to be coming home again. They don’t know how long it takes, waiting for a love like this. Every time we say goodbye, I wish I had one more kiss. I’ll wait for you, I promise you. I will.
This song actually tells the story of two in a long distance relationship. Expressing that they are lucky to be together when they can, even if it means one of them is away a lot. Getting to see them after a long period of time is an indescribable experience of excitement, and the song definitely paints that picture clearly.
4. 500 Miles – The Proclaimers (1988)
When I’m lonely, well I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you. And when I’m dreaming, well I know I’m gonna dream, I’m gonna dream about the time when I’m with you. But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more. Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles to fall down at your door.
Classic story about a dude who will go out of his way to talk to this girl whenever he gets the chance, and would walk a very long way to get to see her. It’s not that long, considering the destination…
5. Hey There, Delilah – The Plain White T’s (2005)
A thousand miles seems pretty far, but they’ve got plains and trains and cars, I’d walk to you if I had no other way. Our friends will all make fun of us, and we’ll just laugh along because we know that none of them have felt this way. Delilah, I can promise you that by the time that we get through the world will never ever be the same. And you’re to blame.
The world will change in a positive way. Age old tale. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. But boy leaves to tour around the world, leaving the girl behind with nothing but the songs he wrote for her. (Ignorance level 9,000)…never the less, a great song and nails the concept of the distance and the feelings distance brings. In some cases, distance can bring people closer. So close, yet so far away.
6. Here Without You – Three Doors Down (2002)
I’m here without you baby, but you’re still on my lonely mind. I think about you baby, and I dream about you all the time.
When you can’t spend time with them, you always have your mind.
7. I Miss You – Incubus (1999)
I see your picture, I smell your skin on the empty pillow next to mine. You have only been gone 10 days, but already I’m wastin’ away. I know I’ll see you again, whether far or soon. But I need you to know that I care, and that I miss you.
Lyrical genius there. Probably the most self explanatory in terms of lyric titles as well. Just getting straight to point and what it’s about.
8. If You’re Gone – Matchbox 20 (2000)
If you’re gone, maybe it’s time to come home. There’s a little bit of something me in everything in you.
Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas expressed this song in the past as the love he has for his wife, and the pain it would bring him if she were to leave. Key word – if. Many people thought him and his wife had split up, but that was the genius of “IF You’re Gone…”, the lyric above sorta accurately describes this emotion.
9. Anna Begins – Counting Crows (1993)
In this time when her kindness falls like rain, it washes me away. And Anna begins to change her mind. In these seconds when I’m shaking, she leaves me shuddering for days and she says “oh Lord, I’m not ready for this sort of thing”…
Counting Crows Adam Duritz in the past had expressed this about being in love with someone you cannot be in a relationship with. Whether it’s just a story about the concept of being in love with someone you can’t be with or a real life experience is unknown, but either way it’s a great song – and still one of my all time favorites by one of the greatest bands ever.
10. The Celestials – The Smashing Pumpkins (2012)
Til the end, I’m gonna love you 101 percent. I’m gonna love you til the end. Til the end, I’m gonna find you and never run against. I’m gonna find you til the end.
To be honest, I’m pretty sure this is a song you just have to make up your own meaning to. Billy Corgan is usually opposed to giving out song meanings, because he wants the listener to create their own experience. My interpretation of the song is about what the base of this whole blog post is – missing someone you wish you could spend more time with…
Anyways, thanks to those who took the time to read this! If you ever experience this feeling, I’d give these songs a listen.
I wrote a song about it too, it’s called “Too Real”, and I will be recording it with Candlebox’s Peter Klett soon, for info on that – follow me on Instagram @savingrockmusic!
Thanks again! See ya!