Kings of Leon: Closer Meaning
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
Floor is crackling cold,
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run,
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun
Drivin' by the strangle of...
I belive this song is written about a struggle with addiction, a clue is in ever paragraph. When he talks about "she" i think this is him reffering to the drug. He wants out, he hates being stuck in addiction and he can see the end coming closer, possibly death but he cannot help himself he'll keep on doing it "Drivin' by the strangle of vain Showin' no mercy I'll do it again"
He says certain words throughout the song that link to drug use bleed, bubbling, crackling, vain, chasing.
I think he is singing a love song about his love for the drug, but the destruction that it has caused his life.
Feels so good when i'm home, possibly meaning when he's clean. 2000 years of chasing taking it's toll, possibly meaning that it feels like a hell of a long time that he has been chasing drugs and it's taking it's toll on him.
you shock my bones...made me feel amazing but feels alone in his love for the drug now when he says leaving me stranded all in love on my own.
what do you think of me?...feels judged due to drug use.
where am i now baby where do i sleep..often impacts on a person becoming homeless. This song came out when someone i knew died of a heroin overdose and the words just spoke to me and helped me understand in a way how he might of felt. The beginning of the song is spooky and you get a great feeling of lonliness and unhappiness that the person feels.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2016 8:35pm report
The life of a vampire after being turned by a heartless female vampire whom he loved, but after she took his soul, she left him all alone to do the same to others, years later. He's immortal and the years of Loneliness and death has taken its toll. It could also be a reference to drug addiction. But usually writers are quite literal. So the vampire theory is probably accurate.
Missliteeyes Oct 24th, 2015 10:54am report
This song is about drug abuse
if anybody knows anything about the actual band members..they use to be a christian band then converted to mainstream..they were led towards drugs while going on tour & the lead singer actually went through a tough struggle with drugs..this song is completely about his drug abuse & him struggling through it! you can feel the pain through everything from the guitar to the emotion he has in his singing! The lyrics are beautiful but dark & hide what he's meaning very well
"She took my heart i think she took my soul" is interpreting the drug as "she"
"Feels so good but i'm old..2000 years & its taking it toll" is meaning it feels like hes been doing the drug forever & its starting to killing him slowly
When i heard this song i was so drawn to it..listened to it on repeat many times..studied the lyrics & also the band..they are amazing & have such talent & a great story of pain & turning that pain into poetry & stunning music
anonymous Jan 21st, 2015 1:04pm report
I'm 9 days clean off of methadone, and a former heroin addict and I know EXACTLY WHAT HE's talking about. He's just being metaphorical with the comparison of a very strong love for a girl to the commitment and love you have for the fix. This is not over analyzation, it takes personal experience to comprehend those lyrics.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2014 9:08pm report
I totally agree that it's about drugs. Just the way he sings it and the music, let alone the clear not just drug metaphors but drug words in there like chasing, it isn't like someone heartbroken it's like someone who is desperate for a fix. i would say the word chasing in there and just the pace of the song that it is specifically about heroin. And I work with people that are heroin addicts-getting them off drugs, and (the reason I'm anon) I've done heroin too, and it just reminds me of heroin. The guitars remind me of that feeling, and the way he sings 'and it's coming closer' just makes me think of someone with a needle in their arm waiting for that hit to knock them out of reality for a short while, whilst knowing at the same time it's killing them and that they will wake up feeling so much worse, and that it's aging them years by the second.
anonymous Jul 11th, 2014 7:40am report
Do you guys think maybe you're all taking this interpretation a little too far? lol It sounds pretty straight forward to me. The spooky town is the mind state the guys been left in. You know, like the one you're in after the girl who rips your heart out leaves you? It's an empty place with no hope.)
With the moon I run Far from the carnage from the fiery sun. You can interpret this to mean a million things but essentially what he's saying is he's hiding. Whether that's from reality, her, the world whatever.
The second part of the first verse is a little more mysterious. I think he might be singing from the perspective of the person who sucks you dry and leaves you hanging.
The third verse, like the first half of the first verse, is pretty self explanatory. She rattled him and left him behind alone with love in his heart but nobody to share it with. "Do you think of me. Where am I know baby where do I sleep? This is text book, person who has been dumped, thought process lol you're always wondering if the other person is thinking about you."2000 years of chasing....." I have no idea what this line is referring to nor will I try and guess..
anonymous Feb 9th, 2014 2:21pm report
A vampire who's addicted to sucking blood? Idk this song scares me
twinflame06 Dec 9th, 2013 12:12pm report
Even though the songwriter may have written about his own experience, my interpretation is similar to when a guy feeling trapped in his own feelings from a love of a special girl in his life Twin flames are that way...they can't live without eah other and if they are disconnected the pain is excruciating. A rare type of love. Music is one way to express it. And that excruciating pain of loss is beautifully and artistically described in this song.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2013 11:11pm report
This song is about vampires, but he is taking the vampire story as a metaphor for how he is living his life
"Stranded in this spooky town
Stoplight is swaying and the phone lines are down"
Here he is describing how he feels now, and how hes scenario looks like.
"This floor is crackling cold, she took my heart, I think she took my soul"
This is how he mentions he becomes a vampire... technically a girl turned him into a vampire by taking his soul and heart
"With the moon I run far from the carnage of the fiery sun"
This is when he actually confirms he is a vampire... technically he lives in the night and when the sun comes up he goes back to his home no matter if hes with another girl or just alone.
Driven by the strangle of vein showing no mercy I do it again,
Open up your eye, you keep on crying baby, Ill bleed you dry
Here he is saying that he knows its wrong but its the only keeping him going and he forgets about the girl vampire by doing the same to other girls
Skies they blink at me, I see a storm bubbling up from the sea
something feels off.. he feels something is gonna come and change his life
And it's coming closer
And it's coming closer
You shimmy shook my bones leaving me stranded all in love on my own
He has been affected and has turned into something that dictates his loneliness
Do you think of me? Where am I now? Baby where do I sleep?
He is thinking about the girl vampire and is asking if she is making those questions about him
Feel so good but I'm old, 2000 years of chasing taking its toll
Feels good to be free and technically do whatever he wants without being hurt, but its been a ridiculous amount of time chasing after the girl vampire and feels that it has started to take a hit on his life and future
This is my interpretation of the lyrics. He has turned into a "vampire" because a girl vampire turned him into one.
anonymous Apr 15th, 2013 4:26pm report
it's about dealing with an awful-fitting pair of shoes, that's it.
anonymous Dec 10th, 2012 12:05am report
Going over the lyrics I would have to go with the Vampire theory. someone stated this is what he meant by it? Drug addiction maybe, but they are not typical drug references.
"Driven by the strangle of vein
showing no mercy I'd do it again
Open up your eyes
you keep on crying
baby I'll bleed you dry"
He's talking about someone else, and while you may reference a drug to "she". in the context he uses it in, it doesn't make sense for drug use. As for the coming storm it could be literal, or maybe he's just tired of hiding from what he is.
anonymous Oct 19th, 2012 10:15am report
I think he faces 2 situations, the main one being mental illness and the other is the drug use as a result to hide the effects of the illness, he end by says and I paraphrase; he's come the end, he feels ease but he's old and what seems to be several life times dealing with the pain he ends 2000 years has just finally taken its toll. People fail to realize that people who use drugs or abuse the bottle, are maybe hiding from pain, the song is feeled with gut wrenching pain, from the haunting guitar licks in the beggining.....an invitation to listen to his pain. Lastly, when he says he'll do it again! Its not that he's addicted, he has no choice, mental illness doesn't give you the luxury of choosing, every hand you'll receive is pre dealt. Thx for listening, the song touches me coz I be mentally challenged, the song feels like a blanket to an already cold existance.
anonymous Jul 16th, 2011 7:16am report
i think its about all the conflict that religion causes. and by coming closer maybe he means a end to religion as we know it.
its post nuclear apocalypse.
the whole first part sounds really apocalyptic, and maybe the "fiery sun" was refering to nukes.
and then this part:
You sh-sh-shock my bones (radiation)
Leavin' me stranded all in love on my own (cause everyone died)
What do you think of me?
Where am I now, baby where do I sleep? (everything is destroyed, unrecognizable)
Feels so good when I'm home
2000 years of chasing takin' it's toll(maybe its a religous war??)
thats just my thoughts let me know what you think.
anonymous Jun 6th, 2011 6:54pm report
This is simple-ville folks: What exactly do you think he is referring to with bits like 'tangle of veins', 'keep on crying, I'll bleed you dry', 'storm bubbling up from the sea' AND 'IT IS COMING CLOSER' He is singing about whacking off.
anonymous May 20th, 2011 5:37pm report
I think the song speaks of a lost love ... perhaps because of the problems that brought his drug addiction and maybe the drug is a pain reliever to pain of lost love.
"Drivin' by the strangle of vain" suggests drug addiction. The verze:
"Stranded in this spooky town,
Stop lights are swayin
And the phone lines are down
Snow is crackling cold,
She took my heart, I think she took my soul" describe the deep sorrow of his lost love.
anonymous May 1st, 2011 5:05pm report
Absolutely he meant to be in the POV of vampire. Second and third verses are pretty obvious. He may have meant to use it as a metaphor to tie into drug use but I doubt it. As a musician and songwriter myself I can tell you 99% of the time what is written is literal and that it's usually the fans/interpreters who create the metaphors so that the lyrics have some sort of relation and relevance in their own way.
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