"Closer Now" as written by Tom Chaplin, Richard David Hughes, Timothy James Rice-oxley and James Keith Warnock Sanger....
I believe
You might stumble and come closer

I like to wake alone
To lie and turn to stone
Comfort me, come to me
I won't go on

I like to walk along
To keep my head screwed on
Well I'm the best, so well done me
I won't go on

Believing, believing
I believe
You might stumble and come closer now

If I stay then I'm alone
If I go then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It's the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
And you know that it's for real
You just leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

I believe
You might stumble and come closer now

Make time to be
All this and more for me
Well you're the best so well done you
I won't go on

Believing, believing
I believe
You might turn from your love, wait around

If I go then I'm alone
If I stay then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It's the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
When you know that it's for real
So you leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

I believe
You might turn from your love wait around

If I stay here I'm alone
If I go then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It's the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
When you know that it's for real
You just leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

If I stay then I'm alone
If I go then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It's the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
And you know that it's for real
So you leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

Woah,
I believe
You might stumble and come closer now


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"Closer Now" as written by Richard David Hughes James Keith Warnock Sanger

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    General CommentOhhhh, this song... good stuff. I think it's about loving someone from a far. He is confused and frustrated...

    I won't go on
    Believing, believing
    I believe
    You might stumble and come closer now

    Basically, he's hanging onto this little hope that the person he loves might just stumble (break up with her current boyfriend) and suddenly... fall in love with him. "I believe you might turn from your love."

    "If I stay here I'm alone
    If I go then it will mean
    Waiting on my own
    It's the pattern of my life
    When you care and you cannot feel
    When you know that it's for real
    You just leave me on my own
    To live the pattern of my life"

    The girl knows how he feels and still does not go with him... she knows his love is real but she can't feel it.
    Very sad song, but lovely... exactly why I love Keane.
    oddone460on February 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite verses of this song is:

    "when you care and you cannot feel
    and you know that it's for real
    so you leave me on my own
    to live the pattern of my life"

    Personally, I think that he is saying that the person (whoever he's talking about) cares about him, but cannot feel it at an emotional level for some reason (it could be due to depression for example), there's a lack of feeling, some kind of numbness that makes the person choose not to be with him, even though she/he cares. So he's left alone to "live the pattern of my life". I identify myself a lot with this part, because lately (years) even though I may care about someone, I cannot feel, so I can't even handle the energy that it takes to talk with this person, so I just avoid... which can leave this person sad.
    inesriibeiroon March 24, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyay i got the first post! this song probably means that he likes to be on his own just to kind of sort his life out, and likes to be alone, its calming and the girl might understand that thats how he has his way so she lives him on his own to lead the pattern of his life. It's a very nice way of talking about couples in a way. it's about understanding each other and doing the right thing to make each other happy. But closer now, doesnt mean going on his own all the time, there will be times when you need to be with your lover so if he or she needs him or her then they will be together. It's quite romantic but just singing it in a different way.
    i_love_keaneon October 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is soooooooooo amazing and lovely
    when i first heard it i can't stop hearing it
    guys it's sooooo beautiful don't miss it.........
    and tom wrote the lyrics and the guitar side ,,,,,,
    roogenaon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think in this song tom asking his bandmate tim oxley to understand him why he some times goes alone and he know tim will understand him in the end and never leave him just like that because he won't be alnoe all the time he needs him but love to goaway alone sometimes
    ( i believe you might stumble and come closer now)
    roogenaon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationLike so many songs it can mean what you need or want it to mean.

    For me it is about someone I have fallen for but she is already taken. I believe she has similar feelings for me, but she is a good person and won't turn from her love. So I am in a quandary. Should I go away from her and be alone or stay, which will mean waiting on my own without her. I believe if I stay around she might stumble and come closer..which is what I want.

    Don't know if that's what the song is really about.. but it works for me.

    Stoggerson December 07, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI like to wake alone
    To lie and turn to stone
    Comfort me or come to me
    I won't go on

    I like to walk alone
    To keep my head screwed on
    Well I'm the best, so well done me
    I won't go on believing, believing
    I believe you might turn from your love, wait around

    If I go then I'm alone
    If I stay then it will mean
    Waiting on my own
    It's the pattern of my life
    When you care and you cannot feel
    And you know that it's for real
    So you leave me on my own
    To live the pattern of my life

    Make time to be
    All this and more for me
    Well you're the best so well done you
    I won't go on believing, believing
    I believe you might turn from your love, wait around

    If I go then I'm alone
    If I stay then it will mean
    Waiting on my own
    It's the pattern of my life
    When you care and you cannot feel
    And you know that it's for real
    So you leave me on my own
    To live the pattern of my life

    I believe you might stumble and come closer now

    If I go then I'm alone
    If I stay then it will mean
    Waiting on my own
    It's the pattern of my life
    When you care and you cannot feel
    And you know that it's for real
    You just leave me on my own
    To live the pattern of my life

    Aaaahhhh...
    You might stumble and come closer now
    Stoggerson December 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSorry for my English, I do not speak very well!

    Anyway, I translated this song, and I believe, he describes that he loves a person who lives a life of lies, possibly because, to be with him, but not this.

    It is ironic to say that like waking up alone and lying to turn a stone, that's not what he wants, he does not want to wake up alone and do not become a bitter person "stone", because then he kind of says it wants this person to comfort him.

    That is, he loves someone and really want this person simply appears in his life. But the person already living another life.

    Honestly whenever I listen Keane, I identify with the lyrics! This song is beautiful and adorable ... and looks like my life story!
    Darkinha86on July 04, 2013   Link

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