What does The Night We Met mean?

Lord Huron: The Night We Met Meaning

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Song Released: 2017

The Night We Met Lyrics

"The Night We Met"

I am not the only traveler
Who has not repaid his debt
I've been searching for a trail to follow again
Take me back to the night we met

And then I can tell myself
What the hell I'm supposed to do
And then I can tell...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 16th 2018 !⃝

    At first I couldn’t understand this song or why I was so drawn to it, but you all have helped me understand it’s pull. I’d like to share my new interpretation thanks to your thoughtfulness. I tried to kill myself about 21 years ago. I slit my wrist and started hiking to a nearby bridge to jump. I wasn’t terrified of dying, but I was terrified of living. It was the middle of the night, but a young man was walking home from work and saw me. He walked beside me and just talked to me as I cried quietly- I didn’t want to bother him since I knew he was trying to be kind. He kept asking me questions about who I was and what life I wanted. Eventually I tried to get away by bolting, but he tackled me and called an ambulance. Two weeks later he found me by chance and we went for coffee. We’ve been married for over 20years now. But that depressions comes back with vengeance every 6-7 years and this last time it nearly broke our marriage. I will die by suicide eventually. He knows this. And when that happens I bet he’ll wish he could go back to that night we met - sometimes to tell himself not to “ride along” with my with my lies that I am okay, sometimes to tell himself to ignore that girl all together, sometimes so that he can start our adventure all again because he still thinks it worth it. When we first got married he had all and then most of me, but as time goes by and the depression digs in, I think we both realize I never had all of me to give; this depression’s share gets bigger and bigger. Lately he only has some of me and eventually he will have none. In that moment I wonder what he would do if he went back to the night we met. This song is so hauntingly beautiful to me now, I think it doesn’t matter to me if this is the wrong interpretation; it feels right for me.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 15th 2020 !⃝

    For me this song represents the raw, heart-wrenching tragedy of falling out of love with someone. At the time of this person's words, they have lived through so much pain that they wish they could go back and tell themselves to have never fallen in love in order to spare themselves the anguish of that eventual loss.

    When these two people met, they carried all their past insecurities and found safety in one another. Over time, their fears began to slowly tear them apart - the person reflects on the gradual loss of connection. "I had all and then most of you
    Some and now none of you"

    The feeling of loss and regret is complicated by the fact that there is still some part of them that is holding on to the memory of this person. They wrestle with the internal need for connection by pleading with themselves to remember that it wasn't all just pain - there was beauty as well.

    By the end of the song they're still trapped in the cycle of wanting to remember the night they met for the nostalgia of love, but also laments that this was also the moment from which all of this pain originates.

    Now, they are struggling with the idea of moving on and loving again.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 15th 2017 !⃝

    For me, the song is about heartbreak and hardships.
    "I am not the only Traveller who had not repaid his debt"
    It's self consolation. The person here is saying that he's not the only person in this world who's going through something like this. Who has not given back to the world or to God for giving him that feeling of love for someone.

    He's been looking for someway to give back but he just can't move on. He keeps on thinking about her and the night they met.

    He would've adviced himself not to fall for her. Not to go down that road.
    He says that he had her. Which was everything but now, after she's gone, it doesn't feel like he has anything.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 5th !⃝

    This song makes me sad because it reminds me of how things were the night we met. I was with him for an entire year and then he broke up with me because his mom was moving his family to Texas and it was like we never even existed. I wish I could go back and tell myself not to start a relationship with him and save myself from such horrible heartache. That also made me realize that this song is about being in a relationship with someone while they slowly fade away from you and are gone forever. My boyfriend kept the secret that he was moving to Texas from me for a while, and he was slowly growing away from me. Until I now have none of him left.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 15th 2021 !⃝

    Like a large number of people, no doubt, I first heard this song when it appeared on 13 Reasons Why. As such, it's hard not to interpret it through the lens of Clay Jensen's longing for Hannah Baker, and his regret over how their time together played out. The line "I don't know what I'm supposed to do, haunted by the ghost of you," is particularly and eerily fitting in that context.

    I interpret it through the exact same lens via my own experience with someone I knew and was nuts about back in college:

    Living with your personal sense of regret over what went wrong because of what you both did and didn't do, and having to live with the resultant lack of closure, which you have to reconcile with the fact that that person still has a piece of your heart.

  6. anonymous
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    May 4th 2021 !⃝

    My interpretation of this song is a couple who have slowly and inevitably grown apart. I imagine that the guy still is deeply in love with her but she doesn't feel the same.

    I think the guy understands that this is happening and has kind of given up because he knows there is nothing he can do to stop them from growing further apart.

    He wishes he could go back to relive night they met just so he can feel the happiness they brought each other and see the smile on her face once again despite knowing how it will inevitably turn out. He knows that he will undoubtedly feel the pain again but all he cares about is the precious times together where he gets to make her smile or laugh.

    he knows that unless he goes back to when they met, he would never get to experience that again. :(

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2021 !⃝

    To me, this song is about the inevitability of aging and finishing life without ever having truly lived. Logically, I know that I am young, but I spent so much of my younger years tiring to grow up quickly, and now I can never go back. I interpret 'take me back to the night we met' to be me wanting to go back and do my childhood over again, this time enjoying being a kid. 'When you had not touched me yet,' the loss of child-like innocence, 'all and then most of you, some and now none of you,' referring to losing my young self and becoming someone who I don't know. Haunted by the ghost of both my younger and future self, I know that no matter what I do I will just become older and older, eventually die, and simply cease to exist. I wish I could go tell myself 'what the hell I'm supposed to do.'

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2021 !⃝

    To me, this song brings me the sadness of losing a loved one you may have really loved. Maybe you loved your ex so much that this song related to you, like me of course. You really loved that person to the point where they distance there selfs from you, which can really hurt someone. Some people fall more in love then the other person does whihc conttects to this song a lot.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 21st 2020 !⃝

    I hear it as a song about someone adopted at birth, talking to their birth-mother, who feels lost in life “I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you”
    They are haunted by the feeling of abandonment and doesn’t want to feel so tied to them. Haunted by the ghost of her.

    “When the night was filled with terror and your eyes were filled with tears. When you had not touched me yet”

    Maybe if he could go back to his birth, he could tell himself to let go.

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2020 !⃝

    For me this song reminds me of my old self, my ex, and my best friend. "i had all and then most of you some and now none of you" i had all of myself together a while ago.i was happy or at least happier. then i started to fade away lose control but i still was holding on. then i didn't even know what i had or even if i had any part of me left to control. now i'm either numb or cry too much till it hurts. i want everything to just go away. it really sucks. i remember my ex. he was my everything. i couldn't live without him. then i had to learn how to live without him after we stopped talking. we were still "friends" but not really. then he completely ghosted me which hurt. and now he's gone forever and i'm sad and mad at him but we were young and didn't know what to do. then my best friend. i love her so much. at first i was her all. then her bf came along and stole her most of the time. then i started feeling the thoughts coming back again so i cut everyone out and left several notes around my room so i could die at anytime. i did try to die recently but no one knows about it except my best friend. she told me to get high instead of killing myself so i did and she got high too and her parents found out and now i cant be friends with her anymore. so basically, everyone is leaving or has left me alone to die. i really want someone who i can count on, who cares about me and notices when something's wrong. i just want to be loved that way. i get that i am loved by so many people, but cared? sure they care but it's not enough. this song makes me feel happy but sad. it makes me feel emotion but not to the point i break like everything else. i would sing this song with my other friend when i was at a residential and it helped me think clearer. ik this is super depressing and im sorry that's just how it's been since i messed everything up and now i'm just stuck here. i just wanted someone to at least see this hopefully before im dead.im waiting for anything, a sign, a person, anything, but i can't wait forever so i guess enjoy this song for me if i can't :) ~ bella

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 23rd 2020 !⃝

    This is one of my favorite songs. It reminds me of someone close to me that was like family who died. He died of a Heroin overdose. He was an amazing person and will always be remembered. I wish he would come back because it’s not fair and he didn’t deserve to leave so young. Anyways whenever I hear this song, I know he is watching over us. May he rest with the angels.

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2020 !⃝

    I got into a relationship as a teen (17)with an older guy (20-ish) This song speaks to my regret in that relationship, and Lord Huron is singing about time traveling to the night we met so the relationship would never happen. So many things would have been different if we never met...

    Beautiful, and haunting song

  13. Happygigglesgirl
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    Jun 25th 2020 !⃝

    The way I wanted to hear it,was he was in love with her,something between them made things hard,he wanted to go back to the night they met and stop himself from even falling for her talking to her he would never of taking the ride now he still wants n loves her and she’s ghosted him he had all then some now none of her and his hearts is breaking every song every breath is her

  14. anonymous
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    May 10th 2020 !⃝

    To me it’s a beautiful melody of love and pain. Letting people in is hard and letting them go is even harder. A piece of you goes when they do. “Haunted by the ghost of you”. No matter how far you move on from the one you really let in you heart, it feels as though they continue to creep up on your heart, mind, dreams & spirit.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2020 !⃝

    I believe this song refers to his relationship, and how it falls apart over time. How when he had all of her, the relationship was new and both of them were completely happy, and as time passed, they slowly grew apart, and he could feel it happening, until eventually it reached a point she broke up with him. The beginning of the song is about how he's not the only person going through of this, and how he doesn't know what to do. The song moves on to the part of how he wishes everything was like it was at the beginning of the relationship where everything was great, and he had all of her, but mostly for the fact how he wishes he could go back in time when the world of relationships were new and scary, and he had no idea what he was doing, before she had touched his heart before ripping it apart, to tell himself not to fall for her, because he knows he can never forget her, and the ghosts of everything that reminds him of her will surround him forever, because he will always still love her.

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2020 !⃝

    Not an interpretation but- this song literally saved me from my depression. I was numb and this was the only thing that could make me feel something. Even though The feeling was was sadness it was certainly a release. Thankyou lord Huron

  17. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2020 !⃝

    For me, this hauntingly beautiful song is about me and my daughter. “The night we met “ is the night she was born. Healthy and perfect, my best friend. I had “all of her”. Then at age 9 she was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes and our lives changed forever. She was no longer the happy girl we all knew. Her eyes were “full of terror” and mine were “filled with tears”. All these years we have been “searching for a trail to follow” to give her a normal life. And even though she has managed to graduate UCLA summa cum laude, she has a deep sadness and a life threatening disease.
    Now, this year, she has kidney failure and is facing dialysis. This lovely young women who is loved by all may leave us.
    “I had all of you, then most of you some and the none of you.”
    She is not speaking to me currently for some ridiculous reason. So,
    “ I don’t know what I’m supposed to do haunted by the ghost of you”
    I play this song and it is cathartic. Thank you Lord Huron.
    I wish I could take us back to the night we met, my beloved daughter and I.
    I am also a singer songwriter and have written songs for both of my children, but this one is magic.
    I am late to discover this incredible song but wanted to share my experience and gratitude.
    Jeanine Michaels

  18. anonymous
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    Mar 10th 2020 !⃝

    The words are totally morbid—perhaps about the murder of a hitchhiker. At first I liked this song because I related to it as my wife is dying of cancer, but the part about terror and tears on the night they met during a ride, and being haunted by the “ghost of you”, totally morbid. The only reason the author wants to go back to the night they met is to chose to not ride with that person, because of being haunted by what happened. Freakin’ sicko.

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