"Slow Life" as written by Christopher Robert Bear, Daniel Raphael Rossen, Christopher M. Taylor and Edward Droste....
I think I know what's on your mind
A couple words, a great divide
Waiting in the wings, a small respite
Crowding up the foreground from behind

Even though you're the only one I see
It's the last catastrophe
Place your bets on chance and apathy

Take anything you want, it's fine
Keep up the slow life for the night
Don't take it back, I'll just deny
This constant noise all the time

Even though you're the only one I see
It's the last catastrophe
Place your bets on chance and apathy
From the wind in front of me

Even though you're the only I see
It's the last catastrophe
Place your bets on chance and apathy
From the wind in front of me

Even though you're the only I see


Lyrics submitted by brittlynn

"Slow Life [with Victoria Legrand] [Soundtrack Album Version] [Version]" as written by Edward Droste Christopher Bear

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    General CommentI feel this song is about a break up, perhaps a break where both love each other but it just wasn't meant to be so it's not possible to make it work. There was no betrayal from either side of any kind (other than like growing apart), it's just one of those situations that you can't control. 'Place your bets on chance and apathy
    From the wind in front of me'

    You still love each other, hence 'Even though you're the only one I see'

    You know the kind of environment where there's just arguments, and distance but you can't define why ..

    Because you love the other so much still you don't want to shout 'I'm taking the dog, or half this house is mine' you just want peace for the night, no more arguing, it's not worth it (slow life).. it's all been said and done. You won't patronise them by accepting their ownership of blame or take responsibility for it yourself either, because you've both realised there's no point in denying you've decided to give up, you don't want to listen to the noise anymore.. the arguments..

    Take anything you want, it's fine
    Keep up the slow life for the night
    Don't take it back, I'll just deny
    This constant noise all the time

    They've decided it's time to say goodbye 'It's the last catastrophe' (by the way, that's what I hear).

    While I find the lyrics very sad, the music itself makes you want to remember the good before it's too late.

    It's bittersweet, as is most things with twilight. I love this song.

    ** an after thought:

    'take anything you want, it's fine Keep up the slow life for the night' could mean - i love you so much, take anything you want, whatever makes you happy. I won't try to stop you, I'll put my brave face on & keep the peace tonight.

    'don't take it back, i'll just deny this constant noise all the time' could also mean you don't want the other to have any any regrets of what they once had because you're able to put aside all the 'noise' & 'arguing'.. pretend it didn't exist or deny it because you did have love once.
    Kitson August 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFuck twilight
    sweetandlowon November 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI think I know what's on your mind,
    
a couple words, a great divide. 

    Waiting in the wings, a sparring spite,
    
crawling out the foreground from behind. 



    Even though you're the only one I see, 

    it's the last catastrophe.
    
Place your bets on chance and apathy. 



    Take anything you want, it's fine.
    
Keep up the slow life for the night.
    
Dont take it back, I'll just deny 

    this constant noise all the time.

    

Even though you're the only one I see, 

    it's the last catastrophe. 

    Place your bets on chance and apathy
    
to the wind in front of you.

    

Even though you're the only one I see,
    
it's the last catastrophe.
    
Place your bets on chance and apathy 

    to the wind in front of you. 



    Even though you're the only one I see . . .

    (if you think that's wrong then your wrong, it's this thing on itunes (lyrica) says are the lyrics... and it sounds right.)
    FeelingofLoveon April 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, this is my first submission to SongMeanings, even though I've been a lurker for awhile now. This song is from the New Moon soundtrack (for those of you who don't know, part of the mega-force franchise that is Twilight), which means a lot of people hating because of the throngs of crazy hormonal fan girls, haha.

    But, I love me some Grizzly Bear, and the whole album is comprised of great indie artists. Anyhoo, I took a stab at this one because I love love love this song (which features Victoria LeGrand of the group Beach Houses). I sat here and listened to this song over and over and couldn't grasp some of the lyrics, so I went online to find them...and there was pretty much nothing.

    So feel free to correct...my motivation was to figure out what the hell Ed Droste is saying in the chorus. I like to be able to sing along confidently to the songs I like alot :)
    brittlynnon October 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey, I'd just like to say this is pretty much the best guess at the words I've seen so far. But I have to agree that "From the wind in front of me" is very obscure. Just to put my two cents worth in, I think he might be saying "Tell me when this world is free." But I could be totally wrong. At this point its anybody's guess.
    evenstarundomielon October 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKristenn,

    pretty sure your lyrics are the most wrong i have ever seen. They don't even match the vowel sounds of what the singers are singing.

    The lyrics that have been posted are completely correct, with the only possible mistake being 'from the wind in front of me'.
    Vespertineon November 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOVE this track. Its dark and dreamy at the same time. Totally beautiful.
    shockdelicaon December 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy interpretation:

    "I think I know what's on your mind
    A couple words, a great divide "
    (You dont want to do this, you're going to say a few words that will push me away)


    "Even though you're the only one I see
    It's the last catastrophe
    Place your bets on chance and apathy"
    (I love you but this is the last time I can take a chance on love. This person has been hurt in the past.)


    "Take anything you want, it's fine
    Keep up the slow life for the night"
    (Ill give you anything if we can have one more night together)


    This person is in love and is willing to make one final chance at love with someone but this person is a bit worried that the person they love will slip away.
    dm.tymon November 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are actually "you know your the only one I see
    If you ask I'll cut you free
    Please don't ask for a chance I will never be"
    An amazingly beautiful song all in all though...ahhh
    IMC1918on December 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was:

    "Even though you're the only one I see, this is the last you'll catch of me"

    I think that that is completely wrong though. I'm really unsure of what Ed is singing during the chorus. but it's such a beautiful vocal/song that I don't care. :)

    Fits in perfectly with the scene in the film too.
    LucyCamillaon November 24, 2009   Link

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