"The Lovers Are Losing" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard David Hughes....
I dreamed I was drowning in the river Thames
I dreamed I had nothing at all, nothing but my own skin
I dreamed I was drifting on a howling wind
I dreamed I had nothing at all, nothing but my own skin

Slipped away from your open hands into the river
Saw your face looking back at me
I saw my past and I saw my future

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
'Cause you don't like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You're full of hope as you begin rearranging

Put it all back together
But anyway you look at things
Looks like the lovers are losing

I dreamed I was watching the young lover's dance
I reached out to touch your hand but I was watching from a distance
We cling to love like a skidding car clings to a corner
I try to hold on to what we are, the more I squeeze the quicker we all are

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
'Cause you don't like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You're full of hope as you begin rearranging

Put it all back together
But anyway you look at things
Looks like the lovers are losing

I dreamed I had nothing at all, nothing but my own skin
I dreamed I had nothing at all, nothing but my own skin
I dreamed I had nothing at all, nothing but my own skin
I dreamed I had nothing at all

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
'Cause you don't like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You're full of hope as you begin rearranging

Put it all back together
But anyway you look at things
Looks like the lovers are losing

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
'Cause you don't like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You're full of hope as you begin rearranging

Put it all back together
But in the final reckoning
Looks like the lovers are losing


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"The Lovers are Losing" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley Richard David Hughes

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    General CommentThe modern world is now in such a state of alienation, hostility, and degradation, that no matter how you arrange your dreams, hopes, or desires; Love -- the most fundamentally human quality we have -- is losing to these things. The dehumanization of the world. Just a thought.
    awillison October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod, why would Keane write such a negative song? The song seems to be telling me that I have no hope of achieving my dreams.

    But at the same time, the line "I dreamed I had nothing at all" tells me that I already have everything I need. If he was dreaming that he had nothing, that means that in reality, he had something.

    Maybe the message isn't that you can't achieve your dreams, but that you should let them play themselves out without rearranging them, just because you don't like where they seem to be going.
    MLBfreek35on August 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHmm this is tricky but I'll give it a go. One of the main themes of the album is apparently the contemporary world, and so this could be a critique on that.

    So perhaps it's about people not being happy with the simple things; needing this Hollywood style romance and quick fixes.

    However, the protagonist seems to have things already, since he dreams he has nothing. Perhaps he feels out of touch with the materialistic values of the Western world, and therefore feels separate, alone and muffled by it.

    Maybe the song is an appreciation that we all strive for love, the everlasting fabled love of a halcyon time which is simply unreachable.
    Dodgyon September 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh my god ..
    I love this song soooo much ..
    its about some one confusing in love and have alot of fears ,, and if he didn't stand for his self and be strong and let all the un real fears go away he well lose the person he love ..

    You take the pieces of the dreams that you had
    cause you don't like the way they seem to be going
    you cut them up and spread them out on the floor
    you're full of hope as you begin rearranging
    put it all back together
    but in the final reckoning
    we're trying
    the lovers are losing
    roogenaon September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the main premise of this song is rather simple: no matter how hard you try to keep a relationship together, if it's not meant to be, it will end. It's a difficult thing to accept -- when love has left one side, or both sides of the equation. And in the end, you are by yourself... So this song is an anthem of sorts to those that try in vain to hold on to something they know is slipping away...

    You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
    'Cause you don't like the way they seem to be going
    You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
    You're full of hope as you begin rearranging
    Put it all back together
    But anyway you look at things and try
    The lovers are losing
    rscofieldon October 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song... I'm not sure why noone commented it yet.
    atinsleyon October 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat first single. I agree with awillis and rscofield thoughts. If a couple ("The Lovers") isn't ready to fight against adversity and the current situation of the world, "The Lovers" will lose this fight.

    "I dreamed I was watching
    A young lover's dance
    I reached out to touch your hand
    But I was watching from a distance"

    To me this seems like a couple drifiting apart from each other.

    "We cling to love like a skidding car
    Clings to a corner
    I try to hold on to what we are
    The more I squeeze the quicker we alter"

    This may refer to a couple clinging on to their feelings for each other, the only thing they have left.

    So in general, I think that this song refers to the current situation in the world, when couples find out that their dreams aren't what they used to be and deception comes. Although "The Lovers" are losing this fight, they still have the chance to turn things around and win this.
    YC_fan91on November 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI can relate to this song on a personal level, which is probably why it touches me deeply.
    If you've seen the video, it is apparent that it is about the destruction of the world (by our own hands) and what little value we hold for basic human emotion and life in the midst of our differences.
    Currently in an interracial, interreligious relationship - I understand the scrutinies of trying to bind together and form unions that only you, and the person you love, are willing to support. We're so torn apart being black, white, Asian, hispanic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc. that being up in arms and ready to inflict each other is the only thing that brings us comfort. We're all out for each other rather than collectively forming together and making the world a better place for our children.

    While Charlie seems to be singing about "lovers that are losing", this song is inevitably about hope and the strength of the human spirit. That in the face of the most difficult adversaries, we are still ready to fight for a cause - the human cause - to get rid of our petty differences, even if the fight is not necessarily won.
    seamoraineon December 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe cos the meaning is obvious, i love it anyway
    historianon January 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionMy favorite song in the new album.
    The music is brilliant.
    tefon January 26, 2009   Link

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