I got back from a long flight,
You said you'd meet me there,
I've been tripping off constellations and stars.
I found you at home, what was our home,
With another man, oh man.
Been keeping you in my heart.

And so I whispered into your ear,
"What are you thinking about?"
You just looked up at the stars

And so I whispered into your ear,
"Who are you thinking about?"
It couldn't be me

You can't look me in my eyes anymore,
Without the rivers to tend.
Because you remember our love was true,
But you just needed a hand,

And you can't look me in my eyes anymore,
Without yourself to defend.
You know you hurt me so bad,
Just ‘cause you needed a hand.

And I went off and saw things I’ve never seen,
I really wanted you there.
But you ruined what was love
Just ‘cause you needed a hand

This is the way that it all falls.
This is how I feel,
This is what I need:
You, by me--right here--by me,
Right now.

And so I whispered into your ear,
"What are you thinking about?"
You just looked up at the stars

And so I whispered into your ear,
"Who are you thinking about?"
It couldn't be me

You can't look me in my eyes anymore,
Without the rivers to tend,
‘Cause you remember our love was true,
But you just needed a hand.

And you can't look me in my eyes anymore,
Without yourself to defend.
You know you hurt me so bad,
Just ‘cause you needed a hand.

And I went off and saw things I’ve never seen,
I really wanted you there.
But you ruined what was love,
Just ‘cause you needed a hand

Just ‘cause you needed a hand.


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  • +2
    General CommentIn this video, from a gig in Toronto, Samuel says: "This song's about a band(man?) who went on tour, for four months, and when he got back, he realised, he had lost everything he loved. It's a true story."

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    Such a fantastic song, that I will never tire of listening to!
    hijackuon March 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so good. It's a shame it's a breakup song, because if the singer was in a happier stage in life this song would be even better. Lyrics are so sad...but he's 30...i feel like he should be more confident about finding someone new
    rymaster111on July 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a break-up. My guess as to the reasons behind it are that she cheated on him while he was away (if the lyrics are true, maybe while he was on tour?). Sounds like an unsuccessful long-term relationship.
    "Just cause you needed a hand" - she needed a hand with coping with his absence, so she cheated on him.
    Cam-winon April 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAnd I went off and saw things I've never seen,
    I really wanted you there.
    But you ruined what was love
    Just cause you needed a hand

    It couldn't be me...
    LuciferYouthon November 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI've just been turned on to future islands. I saw them on Jools Holland recently and downloaded about 8 songs to get a feel. I like each one; a lot. I had heard something different before reading the lyrics. I thought it was "just cause you needed a high". I'd figured she had to cheat because she was sick and NEEDED a high. I guess we all hear different things. Still like the song though
    deraingedon October 30, 2014   Link

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