There is no doubt that when you first hear Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men that you will get swept up by the upbeat tempo, the tooting horns, the beautiful harmonies and the true artistry of the song. However, you are definitely missing out if you do not really listen to or read the Little Talks lyrics. The song is up to the interpretation of those who hear it and yet for me the answer seems to be breathtakingly sweet.
The song tells the story of a couple that has survived life’s trials and reached an old age together. They are now fighting a losing battle as the female struggles with some sort of mental disorder, be it Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, or depression. Both of them are struggling with the woman losing her grasp on reality and the knowledge that one way or another they will soon be completely separated. One of the main lines of the song “Though the Truth may vary, the ship will carry our bodies safe to shore” tell that even though they may both seen the world differently they will both end up in the same place. One day they will both be on the other side and together the way they used to be.
For me the song makes me think of the movie The Notebook, where the husband reads the book every day to his wife just to bring her back for those few moments. In the song, the man is trying to tell her about their life together, about how their house is not a scary place and that outside is where they used to play and not a place to be buried. He is struggling to bring her back and yet he realizes that he cannot win.
The song is very heartfelt and seems to contrast with the bouncy and upbeat sound of the music. The music video has a darker feel to coincide with the lyrics, but at the same time has a fun and crazy feel as everything just gets twisted into this fantastic creatures and adventures. Little Talks features lyrics that are anything but simple or little while the music of the song is just completely fun and energetic. The contrast seems to be off-putting until you realize that whatever the heroes of the story are going through now, the ship does eventually carry them both safety to shore where they can be together.