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Song Released: 2017

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"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...


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    Jan 16th, 2018 1:23pm report

    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.


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    Jun 15th, 2017 6:19pm report

    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.


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    Sep 20th, 2017 9:50am report

    Here’s how I interpreted it:
    His girlfriend/wife/whatever died of some disease that slowly weakened her (I imagined something like cancer originally, but it makes just as much sense with something like depression).

    “I am not the only traveler
    Who has not repaid his debt”
    He is saying how he’s not the only person with emotional baggage (debt) from a previous relationship that he needs to work through (repay).

    “I've been searching for a trail to follow again
    Take me back to the night we met”
    He’s trying to continue with his life and move on, but just wishes he could go back to when they met so they could be happy again, or perhaps he just wants to feel the way he felt on that night again.

    “And then I can tell myself
    What the hell I'm supposed to do
    And then I can tell myself
    Not to ride along with you”
    He can tell himself what to do to move on and be happy again (but can’t do it), but at least he can tell himself not to “ride along with” her, i.e. kill himself just to die and be with her.

    “I had all and then most of you
    Some and now none of you
    Take me back to the night we met”
    When they first met, they were madly in love and had all of each other. Then as she started to get more sick, she became a little distant. As she neared death, she was barely even there, but he stayed with her and held on to that last “some” of her until she died and suddenly he had none of her. He wants to go back to when they met so he can have all of her again.

    “I don't know what I'm supposed to do
    Haunted by the ghost of you
    Oh, take me back to the night we met”
    He doesn’t know how to deal with the fact that she’s gone and can’t stop thinking about her. The titular line is reiterated to drive home how desperate he is to be with her again.

    “When the night was full of terrors
    And your eyes were filled with tears”
    These two lines refer to how she was scared about it and came to him in tears.

    “When you had not touched me yet
    Oh, take me back to the night we met”
    I believe he then can’t take talking about the last part, so he jumps back to before she came to him with that horrible news to the night they first met.

    “I had all and then most of you
    Some and now none of you
    Take me back to the night we met
    I don't know what I'm supposed to do
    Haunted by the ghost of you
    Take me back to the night we met”
    This repition of these lines is quieter because it is not out of desperate anger at himself like before, but instead out of sad desperation and longing alone.


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    Sep 23rd, 9:19am report

    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.


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    Aug 19th, 8:44pm report

    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


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    Jul 15th, 7:21pm report

    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.


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    Jun 25th, 6:36pm report

    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


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    May 10th, 5:58pm report

    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.


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    Apr 5th, 2020 4:41pm report

    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.


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    Mar 20th, 2020 3:53am report

    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


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    Mar 18th, 2020 3:07pm report

    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


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    Mar 10th, 2020 3:51pm report

    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.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Jan 29th, 2020 1:10am report

    This song is absolutely about a relationship, but I also want to compare it to life choices in general.

    The traveler and the debt line reminds me of my dad insisting on covering my time at school. I feel like I haven't repaid my debt because I've done nothing worthwhile.

    I am a junior in college majoring in broadcast journalism. I made a huge mistake. I'm not capable of this career, or any career. I interpret "take me back to the night we met" as, I want to go back in time and tell myself not to be stupid.

    I don't know what I'm supposed to do, haunted by the ghost of you reminds of getting rejected from everything I've applied for, and the "ghost" that haunts me is the naïve passion I once had.


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    Dec 3rd, 2019 12:11am report

    Personally, I thinks this song is about someone who is troubled falling in love with another person who is troubled. The first person has trouble expressing emotions and maybe hopped around leaving broken hearts behind. The second person may have depression. They wanted to fix each other. It worked for some time and Then second person started becoming more detached as the depression came back. The first person not knowing how to handle it let it happen slowly but surely. The second person kills themselves and the first person wishes they could go back and tell their past self never to let the drift away and to always be there.


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    Sep 11th, 2019 9:57am report

    I believe this song it's about a couple that lived along life together married or otherwise in love and the girl ended up getting sick deathly ill and he had to watch her waste away until there was none of her left and then he wants to go back the night they met in hopes that he would know something was wrong with her and perhaps maybe help her in some way or alter her course to prevent her death but he can't and that's the torture of it and that's what makes this song so incredibly sad I think it speaks to a lot of people they have lost a loved one or friend a mentor a spouse boyfriend a girlfriend or whatever lifelong companion that's someone comes across once in a lifetime and they're totally taken over and they can't help themselves so they fall completely for this individual and they end up getting hurt in the end because the person ends up either leaving or dying which is ultimately inevitable because it's a natural concept that everybody dies someday but the beauty of it is that we don't have to live by that if everybody stood around saying hey I don't want to get with someone because eventually they might die or I don't want to get married to someone because I don't want to have to lose them someday everybody in this world would be completely miserable because we all be walking around like zombies without anybody to turn to for any sort of support or fall back on for Love or affection it would be a very miserable existence or I don't want to become friends with this person because they have depression and they might kill themselves so all eventually have to speak to their funeral or bury them that's another bad message this song sons at least that's my interpretation of that it speaks to every person ultimately that is dealt with loss but it also dwells on it I don't recommend this song for anyone struggling with depression because it will actually send them deeper into it so I'm sorry if that offends anyone


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    Jun 15th, 2019 6:59pm report

    I was married for 52 years and he died recently from the effects of Parkinson’s disease. I watched as this healthy beautiful man disappeared over a 10 year period. The wasting away of this amazing man....every time I hear the song and I play it every day I think back to the day we met and cry and wish I could go back there again. The lyrics can mean so much to so many people from so many situations. Thank you


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    Jun 6th, 2019 6:41pm report

    This song is eerie and terrifying but it just draws you in and drowns you in its haunting beauty, like siren song. For me this song is about losing someone. Maybe It's about a two people who are in love or very close and they have all these amazing memories but one of them slowly begins to drift away or just fade into depression prompting the lyrics "I had all and then most of you. Some and now none of you" and it ends tragically with the friend ending their life or dying suddenly leaving the other hopeless and lost. This song feels like the other friend looking back on all of their memories together and they are tinged black because the other knows how it ends, all the friend wants to do is be able to go back and either stop the friendship/relationship from starting or trying to fix everything but they know they can't. This song speaks of loss, pain and regret. It is truly a hauntingly beautiful song that i've had on repeat for years.


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    Jun 1st, 2019 6:57pm report

    To me this song perfectly describes the lose of someone to dementia or Alzheimer’s. I don’t think that was the intent but it’s there. I had all and then most describes the slow slipping away of the loved one and then add in the ‘haunted by the ghost of you’ meaning they are still there yet not. For me I can’t help but hear this every time I listen. If you’ve experienced this type of lose of a loved one it is very painful and haunting as is this song

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