"Between" as written by and Vienna Teng....
we are not together here
though we lie entwined
to make room for the other presence
we both draw back in our minds
I have a prophecy
threatening to spill into words
this growing certainty
of Over

there once was a time I was sure of the bond
when my hands and my tongue and my thoughts were enough
we are the same but our lives move along
and the third one between replaces what once was love

freedom is being alone
I fear liberation
but something more alive than silence
swallows conversation
no pleasing drama
in subtle averted eyes
the swelling fermata
as the chord dies

there's no denying we feel the third one
we do
I'm tired of hiding and so are you


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"Between" as written by Vienna Teng

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    General CommentI come from a family which dissolved in my 13th year, and this song hits home on that issue - to me, the narrator of this song is thinking these thoughts to herself as she and her spouse lie in bed, him sleeping, she not. They've recently had a child, at least within the past three years or so, and lately their marriage is becoming strained. Perhaps they were too quick to marry, but whatever the reason, she feels they are quickly losing the love they have, and their relationship and marriage are becoming "empty" and completely based around raising the kid, not their feelings for each other.

    That's what I see, but of course it may just be me applying my own old situation to this song.

    ~ Ferrard
    Ferrardon July 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have a slightly different way of thinking about this song. I made the connection with this song when two people I know were going through a difficult time in their relationship.

    I interpreted this song as two people who are trying to remain close to each other, but they are living very different lives. Perhaps they live far apart, and their daily lives are getting in the way of their relationship. The speaker is having doubts as to whether their bond is strong enough to survive the distance, and what's worse, the two seem to be avoiding addressing the issue to each other, as shown in "No pleasing drama in subtly averted eyes," and "I'm tired of hiding, and so are you."

    I like to think of the "third one" the song describes as less of an actual person, and more as the living embodiment the two people's "other" lives. As they find themselves immersed in their daily activities and relationships, they are unintentionally pushing each other away, as if there was another whole person getting between them. In short, I think of this song in a much more metaphoric sense than the artist probably intended for it to be. Like Ferrard said, I think I'm largely just applying my own situation to the lyrics. But this is an extremely powerful song however you interpret it, and Vienna did an exquisite job of combining the words with the melancholy harmonies and accompaniment.
    ingibooon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSomebody told me this song was used in the Discovery Channel series " The Deadliest Catch". Don't know if that's true or not, but I like the slightly celtic, sea-faring sound it has.

    The obvious interpretation of this song is that it's either about a love triangle or one person cheating on another. However, the "third" could also be an unborn child.

    While I wouldn't call the song uplifting, I like how it leaves open the coming of the "third". It could be both and ending and a beginning.
    Arbiteron June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell this isn’t exactly meaning but Vienna played at my college and she explained some of her reasoning behind her songs. She said that she actually wrote this song because she had never written anything in waltz time before so she set out to write something in waltz time and this was the result. I also vaguely remember her saying something about it being about a friend of hers who was going through some relationship troubles at the time.
    Camhion August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI actually think that this is completely different from what others have been saying. It seems to me that the love once in this relationship has become mere habit. I don 't think that there is anything tangible for the third thing between. I could be completely off, though.
    xanthochromeon June 08, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think there are a lot of ways to interpret this song. I definetely feel like there's a third person involved. Maybe one of them has been cheating, or there's a child involved, like people have mentioned. My own theory is that the two people in the song are the ones having an affair behind someone else's back, or they had to hurt someone to be together. And now they can no longer forget or ignore that third person, and what they did to him/her is hanging over their relationship.

    "There's no denying we feel the third one we do"
    JacksAnnieon September 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about a relationship falling apart. They are still together but only in physical presence. The entire song is metaphorical. “To make room for the other presence We both draw back in our minds” speaks of allowing a doubt of love to grow. Both people look back on the relationship and see there is not as much as they thought. The bond between hands, tongue and thoughts are the unity of love through mental and physical representation. The author is making a point that people change and that our thoughts can sometimes separate our relationships. We’ve all been there, I’m sure. If you put your thoughts of doubt between your hands and your tongue (physical love) the mental love goes away. “But something more alive than silence swallows conversation” refers to the fact that they both know the relationship has ended but they want to keep it together because they fear liberation. She ends the song by saying that they both feel the thought of doubt and are tired of hiding.
    randallshoeon December 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationAlthough many people feel the Third One is a child or a secret lover, when I first heard this song, I thought of the Third One as the Absence of the love. Or not even. Just...the fact that they no longer have the same feelings as before.
    KatyKatzon December 18, 2012   Link

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