"This Is The Thing" as written by Blair Nicholas Somerled Mackichan, Finian Paul Greenall, Guy Whittaker and Timothy William Thornton....
I don't know if you notice anything different
It's getting dark and it's getting cold and the nights are getting long
And I don't know if you even notice at all
That I'm long gone babe I'm long gone

And the things that keep us apart
Keep me alive
And the things that keep me alive
Keep me alone

This is the thing
This is the thing
This is the thing

I don't know if you notice anything missing
Like the leaves on the trees or my clothes all over the floor
And I don't know if you even notice at all
'Cause I was real quiet when I closed the door

And the things that keep us apart
Keep me alive
And the things that keep me alive
Keep me alone

This is the thing
This is the thing
This is the thing

And I don't know if you notice anything, different
I don't know if you even notice at all
And I don't know if you notice anything missing

This is the thing
This is the thing
This is the thing
This is the thing
This is the thing


Lyrics submitted by halftheworldaway

"This Is the Thing" as written by Timothy William Thornton Finian Paul Greenall

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, THIRD SIDE MUSIC INC.

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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is incredible.

    i think its like, about a relationship growing stale.

    "I don't know if you notice anything different
    It's getting dark and it's getting cold and the nights are getting long
    And I don't know if you even notice at all
    That I'm long gone"
    its like saying. i don't know if you notice, but i dont love you anymore. its also like saying, cant you notice i'm away? [on the record he says its justifying why you're never there, always out recording].

    "And the things that keep us apart
    Keep me alive
    And the things that keep me alive
    Keep me alone
    This is the thing"

    thats like saying... i can't live with you... and also like, my music keeps me alive, and if its keeping me apart from you and alone so be it, i need it to live.

    also... correction...
    like the leave on the trees or my clothes on the floor.

    its an amazing song.
    x-shai-xon July 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpreted this as a guy with a drug habit and has to go to rehab, especially this line:

    And the things that keep us apart
    Keep me alive


    And the things that keep me alive
    Keep me alone


    2ashdb76on October 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I saw fink he said that this song was about being with someone, but having a career or something i.e music that means you will be away from that person a lot and having to deal with it.
    A beautiful song, but vague enough to mean many things to many people.
    ParisGirlxon July 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd the things that keep us apart
    Keep me alive
    And the things that keep me alive
    Keep me alone
    This is the thing.......

    Beautiful!!
    in2sighton January 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"It's getting dark and it's getting cold and the nights are getting long"

    These lyrics are so deep, everyone can relate to this in some way. I think its about a boy and a girl, they had something special before but as time passes things change, people change, the things that kept them together before aren't enough anymore. All i can say from personal experience, if the things that keep you apart keep you alive, maybe you are better off alone.
    PamYaDiggon September 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a guy who has a girlfriend and a date tonight after playing love songs most of the day and sex songs last night. Same ol' same ol'. No biggie when he's not yours and you're not his. Good song and I hope he has a nice evening.
    SillyCheekson March 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the (...) goes

    "like the leaves on the trees or my clothes all over the floor"

    gorgeous tune
    SamuelHWon August 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti stumbled across this artist on iTunes and instantly fell in love with this song. Amazing
    bradley163on December 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I don't know if you notice anything missing
    Like the leaves on the trees or my clothes on the floor"

    i love those lines, they're so pretty.
    georgieon December 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics are briliant.
    The person has been sleeping with the same girl for awhile, but there is a glitch that keeps them from being more. He is tired of it so he quits coming around thinking it will spark her to come after him. And she never comes, a "season" has changed - but still nothing. Perhaps it is his pride that keeps him from calling her and in turn what has kept him alone?
    gorms134on January 26, 2009   Link

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