"About Today" as written by and Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner....
Today
You were far away
And I
Didn't ask you why
What could I say
I was far away
You just walked away
And I just watched you
What could I say

How close am I
To losing you

Tonight
You just close your eyes
And I just watch you
Slip away

How close am I
To losing you

Hey, are you awake
Yeah I'm right here
Well can I ask you
About today

How close am I
To losing you

How close am I
To losing


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"About Today" as written by Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner

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  • +17
    My InterpretationThis is the sunset of a relationship. This is when love is a dying flame. This is when a man cares so much about a girl, that he lets her walk away. Though he asks about her day, he knows the inevitable and wonders when that day will come when the sun will sink behind the mountain and go to bed alone. We've all been this man, where the woman simply doesnt understand how much we care, nor understand that our life, is her life. In the end, no kindling will restart that flame and you're left to watch her backside disappear into the dying warmth of the evening sun. All this because a man loves a woman.
    hbwillyon August 11, 2013   Link
  • +7
    General Commentthey are the wrong lyrics, these are correct for About Today....
    Today you were far away
    and I didn't ask you why
    What could I say
    I was far away
    You just walked away
    and I just watched you
    What could I say

    How close am I to losing you

    Tonight you just close your eyes
    and I just watch you
    slip away

    How close am I to losing you

    Hey, are you awake
    Yeah I'm right here
    Well can I ask you about today

    How close am I to losing you
    How close am I to losing


    For me this means:someone you love just walks away, without explanation, without reason, one minute they are there, next they are gone.
    afighteron January 06, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about feeling powerless to loosing someone. To me the protagonist knows what he should be doing but he doesn't. Its not clear if its due to a low self esteem on behalf of the protagonist or an underlying apathy in the relationship. It's also one of the most beautifully sad pieces of music and really conveys the hopelessness of the situation. Fantastic song!
    powertothehavenotson November 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's about liking someone who for what ever reason you can't talk to about how you feel, you feel yourself losing your grip on them. You can't talk about your feeling
    , but you can be simple and polite; asking "About today"
    ShortSpringson June 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe that 'losing' a person is ment as someone who's severely depressed. Not so much closure on a relationship. Not be able to connect with a person, hence the question "can I ask you why?" Also in "Today you were far away,
    and I didn't ask you why, What could I say, I was far away" what I interpret as not being able to understand his/her world, not knowing his/her problems, though the willingness to cooperate and even the guilt of not knowing how to handle the situation. As someone who can't seem to be motived to get out of bed "hey are you awake?". Whereas these are question as you don't want to seem too harsh on such a person.
    Koen87on April 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis could possibly be about losing your conscience, your thoughts or yourself, or becoming someone else (someone far less superb) due to a changing environment, the bad sort of change.

    A distance between the teller and the person who he used to be is evolving, which he tends to notice 'today' (e.g. 'Today you were far away' or 'you just walked away').

    He is obviously left speechless by the changing environment and by himself becoming someone else (e.g. the repeating of 'What could I say?').

    'How close am I to losing you' is him being afraid of changing. He wants the old him back and is afraid of losing the old him.

    'Tonight you just close your eyes' is really soothing, closing his eyes like he used to and therefore doing things he used to do, trying to relax and make everything good again.

    'and I just watch you slip away'. This is where the angst arrives, as he is scared that when he wakes up, he will be changed.

    'Hey, are you awake
    Yeah I'm right here
    Well can I ask you about today'
    He either can't sleep or scares himself awake, trying to soothe his thoughts by asking himself (his old self, his conscience) either why it is fleeing from him or how he should react to every incentive received that day.

    I'm not saying this is what the song is about, it is just another way of interpreting it. To me this interpretation is very recognizable.
    bernt11451on January 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's a song about a feeling in general. Like if you've been too far from someone for a while and you're trying to make it up by being present and interested in what is going on in their life in general.
    birba.mozzon August 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about the end of a relationship, that awful stage where you both know it's over, but neither can bring themselves to say it.

    Today you were far away
    and I didn't ask you why
    What could I say
    I was far away
    You just walked away
    and I just watched you
    What could I say

    The distance is building between them and he notices it, but what can he say? He knows it's over, he feels it too. Saying something would just bring about the inevitable end.

    Tonight you just close your eyes
    and I just watch you
    slip away

    They go to bed and don't even bother pretending - no "goodnight", no kiss. She just closes her eyes and he watches her slip away from him.

    Hey, are you awake
    Yeah I'm right here
    Well can I ask you about today

    Unlike other posters, I don't think he's just asking her about her day. This is much more poignant than that. He's finally summoned the courage to ask her "about today". About why she was so distant from him, why she didn't even say goodnight. It has become too much. He knows the answer, and that's why it is so difficult to ask.
    Surelynoton November 20, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI listened to this song for long and felt sad about it. Overall I felt depressed without knowing way. Its about losing someone, is it losing to your brother like the movie? Is it about losing a lover? Who are you losing?

    Now I know. Its about losing my mother. I lost her to cancer less than a month ago, and this song now make so much sense, its so clear.

    She was far away because she didn't know exactly what was hapenning to her, she didn't know that this is the end. I was there, but I couldn't do anything, so I was far away.

    On her last two days, she was unconscious. She closed her eyes, and she opened them only when I tried really hard to wake her up. The last contact she had with me was her kiss. She was slipping away, and I was getting closer to losing you.

    and I was closer to losing
    muhannad77on November 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo interesting to me that people think this song is about romantic relationships when it seems so clearly to me to be about death.

    I lost my dad to cancer and this song is just everything I felt.

    When they're near the end, people with cancer really are far away and you feel yourself losing them but there's nothing anyone can do about it. And so you sit there by there bed and just sit and cry and think about all the things you regret and how much you want to say sorry but they can't hear you.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Vega1985on May 16, 2015   Link

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