Hey guys! In the past I’ve done plenty of lyrics in description blogs, and today I’m taking a look at one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all time favorite bands – “Closer to You”, by The Wallflowers. In the previous blog, I had already explained a little bit of it. But, I thought it’d be fun to analyze the whole thing. I really do love everything about this song. It sounds sweet and haunting, and at the same time. And the lyrics really hit home. Let’s dive into ‘em right now….
How soft a whisper can get, when you’re walkin’ through a crowded space. I hear every word being said, and I remember that everyday I get a little bit closer to you. You.
Verse #1 is all about introducing the setting, in my opinion. He’s walking with this girl as she talks to him, as he listens intensely to every word she says. And he remembers that every time they meet up again, he knows her a little better than the last. Therefore, he gets closer to her. From no physical contact, to a high five, to hugging – to me.
How long an hour can take, when you’re starin’ into open space. When I feel I’m slipping further away, well I remember that everyday I get a little bit closer to you.
You. To you. You.
The chorus is just a filler-in hook, of course.
Verse #2, however is just kicking up the relatable level. The lyrics depict the story furthermore. “How long an hour can take”, implies that he is waiting for something (for when he can see her, of course…)
Staring into open space is just a filler that rhymes due to verse #1.
“When I feel I’m slipping further away, I remember that everyday I get a little bit closer to you…”
Whenever he feels himself slide into depression due to being apart from her for such long periods of time, he looks up in hope remembering that another day that passes – is another day closer to seeing her again. When he feels he’s slipping further away, he remembers everyday he gets a little bit closer to you, thus boosting his mood – getting butterflies thinking about the next time they meet.
These are the days that I won’t get back, I won’t hear you cry or hear you laugh. And when it’s a 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.
You. To you. You.
You know there’s nowhere else I’ve wanted to be (you)
Than be there when you needed me (to you)
I’m sorry too, but don’t give up on me (you)
And just remember that when you were asleep, I got a little bit closer to you.
The interlude is the section of the song that most listeners classify as a real puzzler. In reality, it’s pretty self explanatory.
After only seeing her so often, he counts the days till he sees her again. Those days he counts are days he won’t get back, and he won’t spend time with her – laughing with her and crying with her. People view him wasting his time by counting those days, but for him – it makes the wait less agonizing.
“And when it’s quiet, and I don’t hear a thing. Well, I can always hear you breathe.”
When he is alone, with nothing but his thoughts and memories of the time he spent with her – he can’t talk to or see her. But he can still remember the wonderful sound that was her breathing.
At this point in the lyrics, he’s made mistakes along the way and the distance becomes tough for him. She feels sorry. He’s sorry too, but he pleads her not to give up on him because of that.
“I’m sorry too, but don’t give up on me.”…
I’ve always loved this part. He’s saying he’s sorry, but on top of that – asking for her to give him another chance, and that he will do anything he can to make it right. And to make it up to her.
This next line is wildly debated, but everyone always gets it wrong.
“When you were asleep I got a little bit closer to you…”
Many people get confused, saying this line means that he took advantage of her – getting physically closer.
While in reality, the context of the word closer is the same as it is used in the rest of song. He means EMOTIONALLY closer, and LITERALLY closer to seeing her again.
Sleeping isn’t what it actually means. What it means in this context, is just another way people represent night. And once night comes around, another day passes. And another day that passes, is one more day closer to seeing her again, and one day further away from him being apart from her. And also, he knows she dreams about him too, and one day she’ll have to do something about it. And one day, they will be together. While not reciprocated now, when she dreams – he appears because of how much he thinks about her. What goes around, comes around.
“And just remember” part means that whether she remembers it or not, he was there for her during her darkest hour and toughest times. So she shouldn’t give up on him because of this, even though he messed up. He loves her, and will always be there for her – even though he messed up along the way. He’ll do whatever he can to make it up to her, and will stand by her through everything.
That’s why this song is just musical perfection. Amazing composition that just matches the genius lyrics together…no other word can be used other than “perfectly”…
Thanks for reading guys. If you’re ever experiencing the emotion of a long distance kind of relationship or unrequited love, or even loss of a deceased loved one – this song will let you know you aren’t alone.
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