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Lord Huron: The Night We Met Meaning


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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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    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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    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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    Jul 13th, 2017 7:42am report

    I think it means that now someone is gone, they can't stop thinking about the other and he just can't stop thinking about her and everything he encounters reminds him of her and he loved her. He wants to go to where everything was okay and good and perfect before everything went wrong and he doesn't know what to do because everything he sees reminds him of her


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    Jan 29th, 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, 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, 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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    Apr 22nd, 2019 4:34pm report

    I wondered why this song made me cry every time I heard it...
    Then I realized
    I am this song.
    This song gives me comfort yet terror.I want to cry and laugh and have to listen to this work of art alone so nobody can see me shake. This song speaks to me so dearly because when I heard it at first I related to is so much because I was in such a dark place.cutting writs in secrecy and gorging on snacks because I new I was going to die anyways. I was only 11 and had been watching the TV show "13 reasons why" and heard it. It talked about this man walking at night and meeting this mysterious woman that he never sees again and wants to go back. I thought it was that. But it was so much more... Its about loneliness, grief, love,war,death and most of all pain. It tells about his thirst for companionship and happiness. This song got me through so much so PLEASE share it

    xo, anonymous


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    Nov 18th, 2018 11:59am report

    I know this is a super late response, but at first I thought it was about losing someone either through a break up or death and now it seems like a captive situation where the other person dies in terror and tears and the creepy stalker feels regrets about killing that person and wants to go back in time even though they are sick mentally on some level have feelings for this person


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    Oct 30th, 2018 10:02pm report

    I think it's about a car crash (or similar accident) where this person loses not only his girlfriend but his buddies, too.

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    Oct 19th, 2018 10:12am report

    The Night We Met song, you will clearly know by listening or viewing the lyrics. I think you are crazy because why worry and think that it is a possibility? Aren't you being negative? You guys are already dating for three years and doing so good. You mentioned he is your best friend and you love him so much and I think he feels the same way too. So there's no problem! Don't overthink things and better not take this song seriously. Enjoy the melody. Relax okay.

    Night Viewer sometimes

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    Oct 19th, 2018 10:07am report

    I am so drawn to this song, like it makes me so sad that I begin to cry. There are so many interpretations for this song. But me and my boyfriend have been dating for 3 years and we are doing so good. I think this song makes me sad because it gets me thinking. I don’t know what I’d do if I ever lost him. He has been my absolute best friend and I love him so much. It makes me think I could lose him at any time. That there’s always a possibility. And if that ever happened, I’d wish to go back to the very first night/ time we met. It makes me feel like I don’t ever want to take him for granted.Is that crazy or?


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    Sep 28th, 2018 9:34pm report

    I've listened to it non-stop. I think it is someone who has been with someone for a long time and they lost them to depression. They just want to go back to when they first met. When they were young and had such good times together. You can't fix someone with depression, they have to be able to pull out of it. The person that stays by them suffers their own pain because they love that person so much, they are like a ghost to them because they remember them before the depression hit and if they are old school will remain with them until they die. Which can be years...because they LOVE that person.


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    Sep 14th, 2018 9:22am report

    Its all about losing someone.

    I let him go months before.And it was our song. I couldnt understand what is song about at first but now I can feel the song with all of my heart.

    I understand that sometimes you just miss memories not person. And now the night we met is just a memory for us. That s why it hurts me. Here is an advice for you dont share your favourite song with people can leave you one day..


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    Aug 31st, 2018 8:31pm report

    This song means going back and changing regrets, mistakes. Trying to fix the damage that was done. righting our wrongs, even though you still want to hang on to the past.

    Something I think everyone can relate an experience to.


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    Aug 27th, 2018 8:52am report

    This song means a lot to me because my father died of cancer. " I had all, then most of you, some and now none of you" This line especially really got to me because I kind of lost him along the way, to the sickness, and then he actually died and I lost my everything.
    If I could only go back to the night we met, and have him in my life all over again.

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