"Quiet Times" as written by and Dido Armstrong....
You ask me where I go tonight, I go back to today last year.
when we knew how to make each other happier, now there's hope with everything.

It's hard enough to feel the world as it is, and hold on anything.
Without these quiet times you've brought 'round here.

I'm gonna have to run away, I'm sure that I belong some other place.
I've seen another side of all, I've seen it keeps me wondering where my family is.

Its hard enough to see the world as it is, and hold on anything.
Without these quiet times coming 'round here.

Now I miss you,
Now I want you,
But I can't have you,
Even when you're here

I suppose I have to take you with me, broken mind I'd rather leave you here.
To forget everything you've seen and known, erase every idea.

And you walk up in the street, and hold my hand and smile.
Well I won't be taken in, 'cause I know how it turns out.
And it takes me back to these quiet times coming 'round here.

Now I miss you,
Now I want you,
You're not coming back,
And I need you,
But I can't have you,
Even when you're here

Now I miss you,
Now I want you,
You're not coming back,
And I need you,
But I can't have you,
Even when you're here.


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"Quiet Times" as written by Dido Armstrong

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  • +2
    General CommentDido explained the meaning of this tune to Canada.com (cited from songfacts.com) "A very personal song about being close to someone who is depressed and won't admit it. It's the hollow feeling of being with someone without actually being with them, if that makes sense."
    Missaseson November 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI know it's not its real meaning, but for me this song talks about my first girlfriend and me. We were happy together but we went apart for long and every once in a while we see each other for short periods, only to realize that I still love her but she doesn't think of me anymore.
    Watamoteon February 10, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor me, this song is about a relationship in doubt… at least the speaker is contemplating the future of the relationship, maybe because it’s progressed past the initial glow (“we knew how to make each other happy and there was hope of everything”), or maybe because of some difficulty caused by the relationship (“I’ve seen another side of all I’ve seen”) – thus, the necessity of “quiet times” for the speaker to reflect…

    This song could also be saying that the speaker loves the other person more than that person loves them (“I won’t be taken in”) and it is with the coming of “these quiet times” that they finally realize it…

    Despite the warm, early morning vibes of this song, these “quiet times” speak of a gloomy end, of emotional distancing… I’m totally feeling this song right now, and the quiet times of my own relationship…
    laughing_manon December 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIncredibly sad song. I think it's about having to still be friends with a former romance that the narrator isn't over.
    CovinSon January 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould be about a romance that she can no longer pursue, even though she still sees the other person occasionally. A couple of the other songs on the album deal with death but I don't think it quite fits here though. Either way this is a beautiful song and one that's been on repeat in my playlist quite a few times.
    glorfindel87on February 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a relationship that has lost it's zeal and love and she knows that their relationship won't be what it was and that's it's going downhill and when he's not there emotionally and physically it leaves her in quiet times. She knows the relationship will end soon and she's just anticipating it.

    Very good song, but also very sad.
    heartsrhythmon March 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd I miss you
    And I want you
    You're not coming back
    And I need you
    But I can't have you, even when you're here

    That part made me cry a bit. It's just heartbreaking. :(
    GaHeRiSon April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think her lover is depressed and withdrawn. She loves him but she has given up hope that they'll be happy again together.
    rpn453on December 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWanting something you cant have perhaps?

    "I cant have you.. even when you're near"

    Great song.. I can relate
    XIIon March 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song explains perfectly what it is like to lose a loved one to Alzheimers. My mother has a disease very similar to alzheimers and this song explains exactly how it feels.

    "You ask me where I'd go tonight
    I'd go back to today last year
    We knew how to make each other happy
    and there was hope of everything"

    Before you knew that they were sick.


    "Now I miss you. Now I want you.
    But I can't have you, even when you're here."

    Because they're not here anymore. It's just a person that looks exactly like them. And that just makes you want them to be there all the more.

    "I suppose I have to take you with me,
    broken mind, I'd rather leave you here
    So forget everything you've seen and known
    erase every idea"

    You want to leave them so that you don't have to watch them forget who you are. Forget who THEY are. But you can't because you're afraid they'll forget you faster if you aren't there to see them enough. And then they forget anyway.

    "If you walk up in the street
    And you hold my hand and smile
    Well I won't be taken in
    'cause I know how it turns out"

    The little glimpses you catch of them every so often are almost as painful as they are precious.

    "Now I miss you. Now I want you.
    You're not coming back. Now I need you.
    But I can't have you, even when you're here"

    You know they're never going to get better. They're still here but they aren't.
    Emerahlon July 25, 2010   Link

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