"Closer" as written by Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Daniel Mason and Matt Odmark....
Well you thought you let go
But you're still hangin' on
Mother Earth's slowing down
She's still spinning around
And we... are gettin' dizzy

I'll drop out of the race
For more personal space
'Cause the rocket we're in
Get so cold and I miss your skin...
It's just how I'm feelin'...

If you need more love
Well, you've got to get close to me
If you want my love
Well, you've got to get closer to me

No unreachable itch
If you hemmorage, I'll stitch
You are tears, I'm a cheek
I'm a pail on your boat with slow leaks
Out to sea for weeks...

If you want my love
Well, you've got to get close to me
If you need my love
Well, you've got to get closer to me
Ooh, if you want my love...

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE CAN'T GET CLOSE ENOUGH
I WANT YOUR KITE STRINGS TANGLED IN MY TREES ALL WRAPPED UP
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE CAN'T GET CLOSE ENOUGH
I'LL BE THE COMETS THAT ARE FALLIN' FROM THE SKY YOU LIGHT UP

Light up...

You're my shirt, eye and arm
I'm the tick, you're the bomb
You're the L and the V
I'm the O and the E...
Am I speaking clearly?

If you want my love
Well, you've got to get close to me
Ooh, if you want my love...

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE CAN'T GET CLOSE ENOUGH
I WANT YOUR KITE STRINGS TANGLED IN MY TREES ALL WRAPPED UP
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE CAN'T GET CLOSE ENOUGH
I'LL BE THE COMETS THAT ARE FALLIN' FROM THE SKY YOU LIGHT UP

I don't understand why we can't get close enough...
I miss the shivers in my spine every time that we touch...



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"Closer" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP

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  • +1
    General CommentIn my mind, they've already surpassed the "awesomeness" phase, and are now extraordinary and unbelievable. Jars of Clay is one of my all time favorite groups for their music and their lyrics. I loved this song after hearing it the first time on their website, and I can't wait to hear what new amazing songs they create with this next CD!
    Lucygirlon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is incredible! It's video-game tunes are adorable, the melodies of the song so happy, the lyrics so witty..I can't get enough of this!

    I'm not sure who this song is directed to but in my perspective it sounds like it's a song about a couple who know they need each other so much:
    "Cause the rockets we're in get so cold and I miss your skin"

    But they know they can't be together, whatever the reason:
    "I’m a pail on your boat with slow leaks"

    And yet they still know how much they complete each other:
    "You’re my shirt, I an arm...You’re the L and the V, I’m the O and the E"

    And of course, my favorite..
    "I’m the tick, you’re the bomb"
    So witty! They fit for each other perfectly, but they're the grand recipe for disaster.

    I dont know, just my two cents. haha.
    PurpleDeeon April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf their next cd is all as good as this one song, it'll surpass Good Monsters. I seriously think Jars is rapidly approaching the threshold of awesomeness.
    mynamealsoisransomon July 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the new song... they just keep getting better! I'm loving the vocal distortions on this one!
    CadillacKincaidon August 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song. I love the imagery of "kite strings tangled in my trees all wrapped up." Normally having a tangled kite is a bad thing, but the point here is that even though relationships can be messy, the writer would rather work through those entanglements than be alone. Being attached to someone means the denial of your own independence--instead of being free like a kite, you're tangled up in someone else's needs and desires. But most of the time we'd rather be that way than be alone. Love the complexity of those lyrics.
    crystalynn84on October 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't really tell if these lyrics are about God or not. In some parts it seems like it could be, but in others it seems like it's about a girl(I think the main singer is married).If anyone knows something I don't it'd be sweet if I could learn some trivia.
    This song IS pretty awesome. I've liked Jars for a long time but I've only recently been this interrested in them. This album sounds great.
    unggoyon April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think he is singing about a girl, not God.
    martincr70on May 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with martincr70
    bear_hug20on May 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti absolutely love this song but the meaning somewhat confuses me. After much thought i've come to two possible conclusions:

    1) The song is about a girl
    'Cause the rockets we're in, get so cold and I miss your skin
    --and/or--
    2) Some parts are God talking to His people...
    If you want my love, well you've got to get close to me
    If you need my love, well you've got to get closer to me
    ~its like God saying that you have to keep getting closer and closer to Him

    ...and some parts are a human talking to God
    I don't understand why we can't get close enough
    I want your kite strings tangled in my trees all wrapped up
    I don't understand why we can't get close enough
    I'll be the comets that are fallin' from the sky you light up
    crazii_bout_musicon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an awesome song. The album "A Long Fall Back To Earth" is their best non-Christmas album ever. Their "Christmas Songs" album is my favorite Jars album. The "Love Came Down" tour was the best concert I've ever gone to. Jars of Clay have become my favorite band. I can't wait to see them perform live on August 09, 2009.
    birdsofprey48044on August 01, 2009   Link

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