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Song Released: 2011


Little Talks Lyrics

(Hey!)
(Hey!)
(Hey!)
I don't like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand I'll walk with you my dear
The stairs creak as you sleep it's keeping me awake
It's the house telling you to close your eyes
Somedays I can't even...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2012 6:16pm report


    I thought this song was different than those interpretations, but i think you guys might be right.

    "I don't like walking around this old and empty house"
    ( I thought it was a widow who's husband died recently, she feels the house is empty w/o him )

    "So hold my hand I'll walk with you my dear"
    ( I thought this might be like his ghost talking to her )

    "The stairs creak as you sleep it's keeping me awake"
    ( More of him being a ghost )

    "It's the house telling you to close your eyes"
    ( He's telling her to go to sleep )

    "Somedays I can't even trust myself"
    ( Just her not knowing what to do w/o him )

    "'Cause though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore"
    ( Like they are eventually going to meet again )

    "Well tell her that I miss our little talks"
    ( Him just missing her )

    "Soon it will be over and buried with our past"
    ( Foreshadowing )

    "We used to play outside when we were young and full of life and full of love"
    ( Nostalgia )

    "Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear"
    ( Her seeing his ghost )

    "You're gone, gone, gone away
    I watched you disappear
    All that's left is a ghost of you"
    ( Cus he's dead..)

    "Now we're torn, torn, torn apart
    There's nothing we can do
    Just let me go, we'll meet again soon"
    ( This might be farfetched but i thought she was trying to end her life because she wanted him to let her die so they will 'meet again soon' )

    "Now wait, wait, wait for me
    Please hang around"
    ( He doesn't want her to die )

    "I'll see you when I fall asleep"
    ( Like she seems him when she sleeps, so they can be together in her dreams )

    And thats what i thought...maybe a little out there, but if you listen to the song, you can seriously picture this scenario...and when it plays the "Hey!" happy parts i feel like she is remembering happy memories of them together doing things...sorry i think of this in terms of a music video haha



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    anonymous
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    Mar 17th, 2012 3:16am report


    Seems to be about an older couple who have been married for many years and now the wife is suffering from alzhiemers disease. It's a sad story of what they are going through with the wife struggling through this tragedy trying to keep her memories and just get through everyday functions. The husband who is dying inside as he sees his wife disappear a little each day trys to keep her comforted as this terrible thing progresses. He reflects on how things were when they were young and how he misses their conversations. There seems to be a part where she tells him not to take anything she says to hearts when she's not herself. He seems to try to pull her back when he sees moments of her normal self. This song should be the banner for the fight against a terrible plight.



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    anonymous
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    May 25th, 2012 5:41am report


    I think he is dead and she can't stop thinking of him. He tells her that he will hold her hand while she's walking alone. It's killing him to see her being so sad. He misses their little talks they had. I'd say that she's talking about him and he answers from afterlife... He wants her to let him go and forget him so she can be happy again, because they will meet again anyway when she dies too.

    "You're gone gone gone away
    I watched you disappear
    All that's left is a ghost of you
    Now we're torn torn torn apart, there's nothing we can do
    Just let me go we'll meet again soon
    Now wait wait wait for me
    Please hang around
    I'll see you when I fall asleep"

    Thats the part I mean. They will see each other, when she sleeps. They will see each other in her dreams!



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 9:49pm report


    I think this song is about dementia triumphing over the logical side of a woman's mind. The logical side of her mind is competing with the dementia that is overpowering it, and the woman is trying to make sense of who to trust; the logical side or the dementia. She is currently in an asylum, which is what the song means when it says "house," and "ship." Here is what I see in this song:

    Hey! Hey! Hey!
    I don't like walking around this old and empty house (Asylum)
    Dementia: So hold my hand, I'll walk with you my dear
    The stairs creak as I sleep,
    It's keeping me awake
    Dementia: It's the house (asylum) telling you to close your eyes
    And some days I can't even trust myself (The dementia is overpowering her mind)
    Dementia: It's killing me to see you this way
    'Cause though the truth may vary
    This ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)
    Hey! Hey! Hey!
    There's an old voice in my head
    That's holding me back (She is referring to the dementia)
    Dementia: Well tell her that I miss our little talks (referring to when the dementia was still struggling to overpower the logic)
    Soon it will all be over, and buried with our past (when she dies - which would be her only escape from the disease)
    We used to play outside when we were young
    And full of life and full of love
    Some days I don't know if I am wrong or right. (The effects of Alzheimer's on her brain)
    Logic: Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear
    'Cause though the truth may vary
    This ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)
    Hey!
    Logic: Don't listen to a word I say (explaining that she shouldn't trust the dementia that seems to be speaking for it)
    Hey!
    The screams all sound the same (the patients of the asylum are screaming)
    Hey!
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)
    You're gone, gone, gone away,
    I watched you disappear (referring to her sanity)
    All that's left is a ghost of you (again, her waning sanity)
    Now we're torn, torn, torn apart,
    there's nothing we can do, (self-explanatory)
    Just let me go, we'll meet again soon (Even in her more lucid moments, she knows she'll slip back into it and be a victim of this fog again.)
    Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around
    I'll see you when I fall asleep
    Hey!
    Logic: Don't listen to a word I say
    Hey!
    The screams all sound the same (asylum patients)
    Hey!
    Though the truth may vary
    this ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)
    Hey!
    Logic: Don't listen to a word I say
    Hey!
    The screams all sound the same (asylum patients)
    Hey!
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship (asylum) will carry our bodies safe to shore (probably wishful thinking)



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 9:22pm report


    It's about being married to a high functioning narcissistic psychopath! She feels she going crazy from his manipulating ways
    And he is trying to convince her otherwise.
    Title of song, Of MONSTERS and men



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 9:15pm report


    It's about being married to a high functioning narcissistic psychopath! She feels she going crazy from his manipulating ways
    And he is trying to convince her otherwise.
    Title of song, Of MONSTERS and men

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 6:28am report


    Oddly enough I don't feel like little talks is about the dead and living or even two different entities. I always interpreted it as the woman who sings being a more frail and depressed version while the male sings as the original encouraging the other to endure. It's as if the male's response to the female version is to comfort her and it hurts the logical part to see this deterioration of mental self. I feel this song is about one person's internal battle to stay sane. Although it seems unclear if this person is haunted by memory or delusion.

    I don't like walking around this old and empty house
    (Her feeling uneasy possibly afraid)
    So hold my hand I'll walk with you my dear
    (Trying to comfort)
    The stairs creek as you sleep it's keeping me awake
    (Her being afraid, possibly paranoid)
    It's the house telling you to close your eyes
    (Trying to convince her there's nothing to be afraid of)
    Some days I can't even dress myself
    (Her feeling depressed and losing her will)
    It's killing me to see you this way
    (Finding it tragic to see her so down)
    And though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
    (Not being able to tell reality from their mind either version finding it inevitable thar it will kill them)
    Don't listen to a word I say
    (Knowing they're not being logical and unable to help it)
    The screams all sound the same
    (Memories/delusion)
    And though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
    (See above)
    You're gone gone gone away I watched you disappear all that's left is the ghost of you
    (Reference to completely losing ones former self and becoming a shell/byproduct or ghost of that person)
    Now were torn torn torn apart there's nothing we can do just let me go we'll mee again soon
    (Accepting this new version as a permanent one)
    Now wait wait wait for me please hang around I'll see you when I fall asleep
    (Encoraging her not to give up hope of becoming who she once was$



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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 2017 4:06pm report


    I always thought the song was about the depression and eventually the suicide of the female singer. She references an "old voice in my head that's holding me back" and I interpreted that as her depression holding her back. When the male singer sings "It's killing me to see you this way." it could mean he doesn't know how to help her. And the line "you're gone, gone, gone away, I watched you disappear" would mean the male singer watched her depression get worse until she commited suicide.



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    Billyboy
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    Jan 31st, 2017 1:54pm report


    Hey! Hey! Hey!

    I don't like walking (WALKING = THINKING) around this old and empty (EMPTY STRUGGLING) house (HOUSE = HER MIND)
    (*I HATE BEING IN MY OWN MIND)
    So hold my hand,(I LOVE YOU) I'll walk with you my dear (I CARE SO MUCH FOR YOU)


    The stairs (STAIRS = part of a house ) creak (CREAK = NOT WORKING PROPERLY) as I sleep (EVEN WHEN SHE SLEEPS THINGS ARE'NT BETTER)
    It's keeping me awake. (SHE'S NOT ACTUALLY SLEEPING ) (*SHE'S ASLEEP BUT AWAKE)
    It's the house (HOUSE = MIND )telling you to close your eyes ( HE IS SAYING YOU ARE OVER THINKING AND YOUR MIND IS SAYING GO TO SLEEP)

    Some days I can't even trust myself
    (FEELING SUICIDAL)
    It's killing me to see you this way
    (HE WANTS TO HELP BUT CAN'T AND IT'S HURTING HIM)

    Cause though the truth may vary
    (THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BETWEEN THEM)
    This ship (SHIP = LIFE) will carry our bodies (bodies meaning just their bodies not there minds) safe to shore (SHORE = HEAVEN ? )

    Hey! Hey! Hey!

    There's an old (OLD = KEEP THINKING THE SAME THING ) voice ( VOICE = HER MIND IS REPLAYING) in my head
    That's holding me back (HOLDING ME BACK = STRUGGLING TO COPE. WITH THE PAST)
    Well tell her that I miss our little talks
    (HE MISSES THEY WAY THEY WERE/USED TO BE)

    Soon it will all be over and buried with our past (SHE CAN'T COPE ANYMORE )
    We used to play outside when we were young (THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING TOGETHER ANYMORE)
    And full of life and full of love
    (WANTS HERE TO THINK HOW THEY USED TO BE AT THE BEGINING WHEN THINGS WERE GOOD)

    Some days I don't know if I am wrong or righT
    (SHE'S COMING TO TERMS WITH HER MENATL ILLNESS)
    Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear
    (HE DOESN'T WANT TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACT HER MENTAL HEALTH IS WORSENING )

    Cause though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

    [Chorus]
    Hey!
    (SUNG TOGETHER NOW SO BOTH FEELING THE SAME)
    Don't listen to a word I say (DONT LISTEN = WHAT THEY ARE BOTH NOW SAYING IS IN NOW IN ANGER AND NOT WHAT THEY REALLY THINK) (I THINK THE SITAUTION HAS MADE THEM BOTH MENTALLY ILL)
    Hey!
    The screams all sound the same
    Hey!(THEY ARGUE ABOUT THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER )

    Though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

    You're gone, gone, gone away (THEY'VE SPLIT UP)
    I watched you disappear (KNEW IT WAS HAPPENING BUT COULDNT CHANGE IT)
    All that's left is a ghost of you (MENTAL HEALTH PROMBLEMS HAVE TAKEN OVER)
    Now we're torn, torn, torn apart
    There's nothing we can do (BOTH SO HURTING THAT ITS OVER )
    Just let me go, we'll meet again soon.
    (GOT TO PART FOE THE BEST FOR BOTH OF THEM)

    Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around
    I'll see you when I fall asleep. ( DON'T BE WITH ANYONE ELSE AND WE'LL BE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN)

    Hey!
    Don't listen to a word I say
    Hey!
    The screams all sound the same
    Hey!

    Though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

    Hey!
    Don't listen to a word I say
    Hey!
    The screams all sound the same
    Hey!

    Though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore



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    anonymous
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    Jan 26th, 2017 1:54pm report


    I don't like walking around this old and empty house (She might be a widow)
    So hold my hand, I'll walk with you my dear (A male voice that may be her boyfriend comforts her)
    The stairs creak as I sleep,
    It's keeping me awake (She shows again that she is lonely and uncomfortable)
    It's the house telling you to close your eyes (Her boyfriend continues to try to make the situation seem better. This raises a question of why is she still lonely if she has a boyfriend. She seems like a widow so is the boyfriend actually deceased)
    And some days I can't even trust myself (Why is this so? It likely points to the fact that she has mental problems. This means that her boyfriend talking to her right now may be a figment of her imagination)
    It's killing me to see you this way (He implies that she was not like this once before. Her mental uncertainty must have recently arisen. He also shows that her cares about her, furthering the point that they were in a relationship)
    'Cause though the truth may vary (Because of her mental problems)
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore (This is the only thing that she is certain of. What is the ship and the shore?

    There's an old voice in my head (Because of her mental problems)
    That's holding me back (What is she getting held back from doing)
    Well tell her that I miss our little talks (More evidence that they were once together)
    Soon it will all be over, and buried with our past (Why will it be over? Is she going to kill herself)
    We used to play outside when we were young (They may have aged supporting the inference that she is an old widow)
    And full of life and full of love (Nostalgia and they had a close relationship)
    Some days I don't know if I am wrong or right. (Wrong or right about what?)
    Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear (Because of her mental problems)
    'Cause though the truth may vary (Because of her mental problems)
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore (This ship and shore must be important because it is repeatedly mentioned at the climax)
    Don't listen to a word I say (Why? Is he currently a figment of her imagination)
    The screams all sound the same (What are these screams he is referring too? Is he talking about her mental characters?)
    Though the truth may vary (Because of her mental problems)
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore (This ship and shore must be important because it is repeatedly mentioned at the climax)

    You're gone, gone, gone away, (He must have died because he cares for her so he did not break up with her)
    I watched you disappear (That must have been traumatic and may have contributed to her mental problems)
    All that's left is a ghost of you (So yes, he did die)
    Now we're torn, torn, torn apart, (By death)
    there's nothing we can do, (Because they are separated by the boundary between life and death)
    Just let me go, we'll meet again soon (I guess she is going to kill herself to be with him again)
    Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around (He does not want her to do it)
    I'll see you when I fall asleep (This seems like something the girl should say)
    Don't listen to a word I say
    The screams all sound the same
    Though the truth may vary
    this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
    Don't listen to a word I say
    The screams all sound the same
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore (He repeats this)
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
    Though the truth may vary
    This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore (She repeats these lines back to him)

    The story that seems to be implied by the lyrics seems to be that the woman's husband has died. The woman suffers from a mental breakdown and imagines that her deceased husband is talking to her. She feels lonely, and tells her husband all her problems. She reasons that she can reunite with her husband through suicide as she would join her husband in death.

    The lyric seem to be a sad story, but the tune is energetic and happy. So the listener must reconsider the lyrics as something that is good. How can this story of suicide be good? Well, let us look at this situation from the woman’s perspective. The woman is lonely, uncomfortable, and troubled at the beginning since she is not with the man the she loves most. All of those problems disappear when she kills herself.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 3rd, 2016 11:43am report


    I took it as depression and suicide in my opinion :/



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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2016 7:12pm report


    It's about a serial killer, the voices in my head, screams all sound the same. Split personality.wants to stop but can't. Name of the band's a giveaway.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 2016 1:22pm report


    My wife passed away two and a half years ago and I can't hear this song without at least welling up. There is no doubt in my mind that the song tells the story of a woman who's lost her husband and who was broken as a result. She can't move past the experience, can't figure out how to live what's left of her life, and feels like she has only one thing to look forward to: her death and the reunion with her husband. It's as clear as day to me.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 20th, 2015 12:04pm report


    I think that there had been a fire and the man had already been killed. As the women is trying to get out of the house thw man is trying to help her. She soon realizes it is hopeless and asks him to let her die. He doesn't want her to though and trays to make her keep going.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 22nd, 2015 2:40am report


    I think this song is definitely about a widow who was married for a very long time. Here is my reasoning:

    "I don't like walking around this old and empty house
    So hold my hand, I'll walk with you, my dear"

    The house seems old and empty without her husband, but she hears his voice telling her that he is present and will stay with her.

    "And some days I can't even dress myself
    It's killing me to see you this way"

    I think that the girl is so overtaken with grief that she can't really do anything, and the boy is sort of like a ghost, watching over her but not able to help.

    "There's an old voice in my head that's holding me back/Well tell her that I miss our little talks"

    I think this means that the boy/man (as a ghost or whatever) showed himself to the widowed girl/woman, and that she wants to believe he is real but the realistic part of her is "holding her back." The ghost/man wants to talk, but part of the girl thinks she's going crazy.

    "Some days I feel like I'm wrong when I'm right
    Your mind is playing tricks on you, my dear"

    I don't know why, but I always find this part so sweet. I usually hear it as "Some days I don't know if I am all right" (but those aren't the words oops), and the boy/man/ghost thing is saying basically that she is all right/strong, and that she will be fine. <3

    "You're gone, gone, gone away
    I watched you disappear
    All that's left is the ghost of you.
    Now we're torn, torn, torn apart,
    There's nothing we can do"

    At this point I think it's the girl simply wanting the ghost of her husband to go away, so she can finish living her life and move on. She's saying, "you're gone...and there's nothing we can do" about it.

    "Now wait, wait, wait for me
    Please hang around
    I'll see you when I fall asleep"

    I think this is the ghost of the woman's husband pleading with her to stay with him in a sense, and not move on. The last line is her soothing him, saying that they'll meet up again in her dreams.


    Hopefully that made sense:)



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    anonymous
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    Feb 12th, 2015 2:14am report


    It's about two people being uncomfortable with each others imperfections so the house is a metaphor for the things they don't like about being so close.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Feb 10th, 2015 2:56am report


    I agree with most interpretations but my first thoughts were depression, loss, anxiety, loneliness, sadness and possibly suicidal. But while the song may be referring to these things hope seems to ring out loud and clear. Just a very well written song. I listen to it often.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 20th, 2015 1:38am report


    My interpretation of this song was that the main female singer is mentally ill. At first it mainly highlights the female singer with lines such as "I don't like walking around this old and empty house" while the male comforts her saying that he'll hold her hand. It becomes increasingly obvious as she sings the line "Some days I can't even dress myself" and as the man responds "It's killing me to see you this way". When she sings the line "There's old voice in my head that's holding me back" it all came together and began to make sense. She most likely has a mild to severe case of schizophrenia which would explain the voices in her head as well as the way she acts as if the house is alive, hearing the stairs creak while she goes to sleep. The Male singer goes on to sing verses such as "your mind is playing tricks on you my dear" and sings of a past in which he and the female singer played together "full of life and vigor" he alludes to a past lost but not forgotten. His lover slowly grows weaker as she struggles with illness. The story takes a twist at the middle of the song during the chorus when the lovers sing in unison (or it may just be the male with backup) "don't listen to a word I say" and "the screams all sound the same" it becomes apparent that the female lover is not the only one struggling through this. To me it seems as though the male doesn't have any mental problems past the mental trauma that he is facing as his lover slowly fades away. As the end draws nearer in this song lines including "All that's left is a ghost of you," "now we're torn, torn, torn apart" and "there's nothing we can do" it becomes increasingly obvious that the female singer is dying. This is confirmed when the line "just let me go we'll meet again soon" is uttered. The male protests, singing back "Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around" but then he concludes "I'll see you when I fall asleep." Then of course there is the chorus verse: "Though the truth may vary this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore." This line is sung as a final resignation, an acceptance of death, but at the same time it offers up the hopeful prospect that they will meet again soon, not matter what happens on this earth, they will meet in the next life safe and sound. Sorry if this was a little long, but this is what I saw when I heard this song. 



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