"Love Is the End" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard David Hughes....
Singing a song with your feet on the dashboard
The cigarette streaming into the night
These are the things that I want to remember
I want to remember you by

It won't come again
'Cause love is the end
Oh no, my friend
Love is the end

I took off my clothes and I ran to the ocean
Looking for somewhere to start anew
And when I was drowning in that lonely water
All I could think of was you

Whoa, my friend
Love is the end
So lets not pretend
'Cause love is the end

Take it back, don't let it die
Or raise again the fallen night
'Cause I still do, depend on you
So don't say those words, you wrung me through

Whoa, oh oh
Love is the end
So lets not pretend
'Cause love is the end

So I tread the only road
The only road I know
Nowhere to go, but home
Nowhere to go
Maybe our time is up
But still you can't look back
But all the principles of love
Don't save us
Don't save us


Lyrics submitted by MLBfreek35, edited by wahh17, anafluabranca, Stevelloyd77, atinsley, willsouth, BORNintoKHAOS

"Love Is the End" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley Richard David Hughes

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  • +3
    General Commentthis song is told in a 'story' like format... which progresses throughout the song...
    the song begins with positive tones:

    "Now is the time of our comfort and plenty
    These are the days we've been working for
    Nothing can touch us, and nothing can hurt us
    And nothing goes wrong anymore

    Singing a song with your feet on the dashboard
    The cigarette streaming into the night
    These are the things that I want to remember
    I want to remember you by"

    these two stanzas tell of a relationship that is flourishing and that is going perfectly and to plan... memories are being made and love is plenty...

    after the chorus... the song takes a tragic turn... wherein the person in the song is dumped... and experiences the shock of the breakup... and experiences melancholy

    "I took off my clothes and I ran to the ocean
    Looking for somewhere to start a-new
    And when I was drowning in that holy water
    All I could think of was you"

    this stanza leads me to think the person is so distraught at the break up that he rushes into commiting suicide but cannot bring himself to drown himself.

    ...

    in the next stanza he could be begging to his former partner to be "taken back" and begs his partner to reconsider...

    Take it back, don't let it die
    Or rage against the fallen night
    Cos I still do, depend on you
    So don't say those words, that wrung me through

    "those words" refer to him being told he is dumped.

    ...

    the final stanza is extremely powerful.. it shows that the man has lost the one light in his life... and now that that light has been diminished.. he is lost in the world and does not know what to do or where to go...

    So I tread the only road
    The only road I know
    Nowhere to go, but home
    Nowhere to go
    Maybe our time is up
    But still you can't look back
    But all the principles of love
    Don't say those words
    Don't say those words
    Don't say those words
    Don't say those words


    All in all... this song tells of the power of love... love is the most powerful of feelings one can experience and has the ability to make/ruin lives.

    cowpadmanon April 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhy cant it be :

    "but still you cant abandon..
    all the principles of love"

    im from egypt not a native speaker, but it think it makes more sense like that.
    aalkadyon July 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHIS SONG TO ME IS ABOUT GETTING ONE CHANCE AT TRUE LOVE AND IT SLIPPING AWAY, USALLY A FIRST LOVE, LOVE IS THE END MEANING U WONT BE ABLE TO FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT ANYONE ELSE AGAIN, WHEN U FEEL LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME U CANT IMAGINE ANYTHING GOING WRONG BUT WHEN IT DOES, U FEEL LIKE LOVE IS THE END, U WONT EVER OPEN UR HEART SO WIDE AGAIN.
    oat500on October 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with both meanings- the friendship being more than a friendship
    and the more abstract meaning of the end of love feeling like the end of everything...
    it's a beautiful song anyway
    onlyweknowon November 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHmmm... I don't think I agree with most of the posts here. The first verse is written in the present. I think the song is picture of temporality and true love: knowing real, deep love with someone -- your lover and best friend -- and also knowing that everything is temporary, that life is short and nothing lasts. I feel like I'm demeaning it by explaining it, but the line "Love is the end" is a beautiful way to say that your love, here in this moment, is the final height of human existence, and this is all there is... something profoundly beautiful and immense and sad.
    villaparkon May 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitely typically Keane. It's quite negative, the person is getting through a hard time after having a relationship that meant everything to him/her. The person wants to hold on to the good moments and knows he has to move on, but hates it for a moment.
    glamgirl90on September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti loooooooooooooooooove this song ...

    i guess it's about two friends love each other .. and they know there is a huge feeling more than friendship ... they most end to lover ..
    roogenaon September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and can't wait to hear it in high quality.

    I'm pretty sure the song is about a breakup. The most powerful verse for me is that second one

    "I took off my clothes and I ran to the ocean
    Looking for somewhere to start anew
    And when I was drowning in that holy water
    All I could think of was you"

    It sounds almost like he was trying to commit suicide... He wanted a new start, but he couldn't leave his past behind.

    The chorus makes it seem like he's given up hope of starting over. "Love is the end"... Once you're in love, that's it, you only get one chance.
    MLBfreek35on September 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually the first verse is missing... as far as I can understand, it goes:

    "Now is the time of our comfort and plenties (?)
    These are the days we’ve been working for
    Nothing can touch us and nothing can harm us
    And nothing goes wrong anymore"

    Beautiful song and a nice ending to the album :)
    Yuri_Orlovon October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, you're right Yuri. These are the actual lyrics:
    Now is the time of our comfort and plenty
    These are the days we've been working for
    Nothing can touch us and nothing can harm us
    No, nothing goes wrong anymore

    Singing a song with your feet on the dashboard
    The cigarette streaming into the night
    These are the things that I want to remember
    I want to remember you by

    They won't come again
    Cos love is the end
    Oh no, my friend
    Love is the end


    I took off my clothes and I ran to the ocean
    Looking for somewhere to start a-new
    And when I was drowning in that holy water
    All I could think of was you

    Woah, my friend
    Love is the end
    So best not pretend
    Cos love is the end


    Take it back, don't let it die
    Or rage against the fallen night
    Cos I still do, depend on you
    So don't say those words, that wrung me through


    Woah, oh oh
    Love is the end
    So lets not pretend
    Cos love is the end


    So I tread the only road
    The only road I know
    Nowhere to go, but home
    Nowhere to go
    Maybe our time is up
    But still you can't look back
    But all the principles of love
    Don't say those words
    Don't say those words
    Don't say those words
    Don't say those words
    Maddy1234on October 16, 2008   Link

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