"Relief Next to Me" as written by and Tegan Quin Sara Quin....
I miss you now
I guess like I should have missed you then
My body moves
Like curtains waving in and out of wind, in and out of windows

I can't untangle, I can't untangle
What I feel and what would matter most
I can't get close and I, I can't get close
And now there's just no point, in reaching out for me

In the dark, I'm just no good at giving relief
In the dark, it won't be easy to find relief
And I'm not proud that nothing will seem easy about me
But I promise this
I won't go my whole life telling you I don't need
But I promise this
I won't go my whole life telling you I don't need

I'll tell you now
I guess like I should have told you then
The thunder moves like damn drawers slamming in my frame
Slamming in my framework

I can't untangle, I can't untangle
What I know and what should matter most
I can't get close and I, I can't get close
And now there's just no point, in reaching out for you

In the dark, I'm just no good at giving relief
In the dark, it won't be easy to find relief
And I'm not proud that nothing will seem easy about me

But I promise this
I won't go my whole life telling you I don't need
(4x)


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"Relief Next to Me" as written by Tegan Rain Quin Sara Keirsten Quin

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  • +2
    General CommentBeautiful song; I think it's about realizing how difficult of a person you are.
    Technophobiaon July 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me the artist is singing about themself in a still in a relationship that she is questioning. Perhaps they are back together after a recent break up:

    " I miss you now like I should have missed you then." And she is questioning if being back together is something that is more harm than good or if it might work out. She is unable to sleep when she's sleeping next to her lover because she is thinking too much and questioning everything, she cant get relief and therefore cannot offer relief. She is too uptight and uncertain to really open herself or to give any kind of deep affection and emotion to her lover. : "I can't untangle what I feel and what would matter most I can't close an eye, can't close an eyelid...Now there's no point in reaching out for me
    In the dark, I'm just no good at giving relief
    In the dark, it won't be easy to find relief"

    I think she is then conisdering what the end will be like. she thinks her lover will be very confused and have a hard time understanding where she is coming from and will be thrown off that the singer is taking a stand and is strong enough to end things. the singer has always been so passive and seemingly content until now:
    " And I'm not proud that nothing will seem easy about me
    But I promise this, I won't go my whole life telling you I don't need
    I'll tell you now, I guess like I should have told you then
    That thunder moves like damn drawers slamming in my frame
    Slamming in my framework"



    Thats just a total guess, but i know thats exactly how i have felt in a relationship before. losing my love, losing sleep and being totally void of giving relief or getting any myself.
    ve1ouriaon December 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"i promise this- i won't go my whole life telling you i don't need"

    i think thats one of the most beautiful lines on this whole album.

    in the song, she could be saying that consolation isn't really her strong point. because she is in the dark herself. she can't give relief to someone else when she can't even provide it for herself.

    this lady i know, i think her names Oprah?, once told me that you can't "fix" others without first "fixing" yourself.. wise woman
    maryluffon January 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this is sara's best songwriting yet.
    edithwrongon September 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with what everyone is saying, but I'd like to add something. I always thought when she said she couldn't give relief, it meant sexually. I feel like she's expressing that she's a very private person, and feels like she can't surrender her body.
    SparkleNShineon October 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCatchiest song of the new album IMO.

    Sounds like there's some regret over a hasty breakup?
    Little Green Yodaon June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat first line is so hauntingly good...
    lovelitzon June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just love the way they sing this one. I'm enjoying this album more than I ever thought I would, it's amazing.
    Avagochion June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about trying to figure yourself out. - "I can't untangle, I can't untangle, what i feel and what would matter most."
    mistiqueblueon July 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMmmm... I think it's about the songwriter (Sara), ending up wih a relationship that she must have ended but then realizing that even though it was the best choice (maybe because there weren't good togehter or the didn't work), she stills misses the person and she cannot let her go... supposing it's a love relationship..
    it's like she wants to go back to te relationship but she knows that she shouldn't and now there's no point coming back because things have changed...

    what do uthink?
    simfoniacoon August 27, 2007   Link

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