"Laughter Lines" as written by and Daniel Smith....
You took me to your favourite place on Earth
To see the tree they cut down ten years from your birth.
Our fingers traced in circles round its history,
We brushed our hands right back in time through centuries.

As you held me down, you said:

"I'll see you in the future when we're older
And we are full of stories to be told.
Cross my heart and hope to die,
I'll see you with your laughter lines."

Changes on our hands and on our faces, oh, oh
Memories are mapped out by the lines we'll trace.

As you held me down, you said:

"I'll see you in the future when we're older
And we are full of stories to be told.
Cross my heart and hope to die,
I'll see you with your laughter lines."

Ashen faces in cold breeze,
Ashen faces in cold breeze,
All the stories you will leave,
All the stories you will leave.

I'll see you in the future when we're older
And we are full of stories to be told.
Cross my heart and hope to die,
I'll see you with your laughter lines.

I'll see you in the future when we're old.
I'll see you in the future when we're old.


Lyrics submitted by sourwolf

"Laughter Lines" as written by Joe Johnson Rick Witter

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  • +5
    My InterpretationThis song makes me cry every time I hear it, because though the promise is to meet again when they're old, the immediate moment is a goodbye. It's so painfully bittersweet, and I'm crying again.
    angelumcaedison April 14, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about a very dear friendship or relationship that has to split up for some reason (perhaps due to growing up and growing apart). The pair focuses not on the pain of parting, but on how meaningful their bond is, and how much they will enjoy meeting again down the road. The song has a very passionate and bittersweet feeling.
    “Laughter Lines” begins with a hauntingly beautiful whistled counter-melody that appears several other times throughout the song, including after the first chorus. Dan Smith’s vocals are the only ones used for the majority of the song, but he is joined by backing vocals for the choruses. The first two lines of the last chorus are sung a capella, after which instruments join in again, led by strings. Strings feature prominently, especially later in the song. After Smith delivers the last line of the song, the whistling reappears for an extended counterpoint opposite the strings and Smith’s vocals. The vocals fade out first, then the whistling, and the song ends on a single, sweet note, played by the strings.
    harlemangeon March 26, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song to me is about a friendship, or any relationship that as ended. Whether it be from death, or just even growing apart. To me, it has to deal with someone who has died, but they will meet again someday. This song makes me cry every time I hear it because it reminds me of my best friend who just passed away.
    dnatalieon May 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Dan Smith may have read the book, "And the mountains Echoed" as it relates the same sense of that tale. It also seems like Dan's style to write a song about a story that moves him.

    Check out the book... it's as heartwrenching as the song..... see if you think it's possible like I do.
    Flyawayfreeon June 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningFrom the first I understood this song to be about a long lasting love, but that it must be put on hold for reasons of growing up. It is a promise of commitment in the future.

    Today I saw the official video....don't believe me? Have a look on YouTube...
    Tantieon October 29, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThere is no part of the song that indicates them parting ways. However, this song does draw a corollary between rings of a trees and the proverbial "rings on people" which would be the laughter lines. The author is obviously speaking to an important person....one the author is going to grow old with. And the part about "Ashen faces" is about death, that stories will be left behind.
    ishan10600on November 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe first time I heard this song I immediately started to cry. It reminds me of a long lasting forever relationship weather it be a marriage or a friendship. I lost my dad this year and my parent's had one of those wonderful forever relationships, they were togeter for 40 years. For myself I have have two best friends that withstood a 1000 mile separation for 33 years. We have been best friends since elementary and middle school. We have all gone through rough times but the others have always been there to support the other. we are the 3 amigos what hurts one hurts the others. As we get close to our 50th birthdays we can truely say we are older we are beginning to see our laughter lines but we still have a long way to go before they are completely noticable.
    shandi48on December 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI also always cry when hearing this because I have a personal connection with (part of) it. What I think the lyrics mean is:

    You took me to your favourite place on Earth
    To see the tree they cut down ten years from your birth.
    Our fingers traced in circles round its history,
    We brushed our hands right back in time through centuries.
    ^
    l
    This part is where to whole song originates, form when they were kids

    As you held me down, you said:

    "I'll see you in the future when we're older
    And we are full of stories to be told.
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I'll see you with your laughter lines."
    ^
    l
    This Part is also when they were kids and its the first time happening

    Changes on our hands and on our faces, oh, oh
    Memories are mapped out by the lines we'll trace.

    As you held me down, you said:

    "I'll see you in the future when we're older
    And we are full of stories to be told.
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I'll see you with your laughter lines."
    ^
    l

    This part is when they are older and see eachother again and promise the same thing again cause they are still friends

    Ashen faces in cold breeze,
    Ashen faces in cold breeze,
    All the stories you will leave,
    All the stories you will leave.

    I'll see you in the future when we're older
    And we are full of stories to be told.
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I'll see you with your laughter lines.

    ^
    l

    And sadly this last part I think represents a funeral. The ashen faces in cold breeze are the sad faces in a cemetery. And since it doesnt say you held me down and said I think this time he is saying it to his friend either like an "I miss you" or "What happened to our promise?"


    I'll see you in the future when we're old.
    I'll see you in the future when we're old.
    ^
    l

    This part is him saying "when I die I'll see you"
    DoctorWho17on March 09, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI also always cry when hearing this because I have a personal connection with (part of) it. What I think the lyrics mean is:

    You took me to your favourite place on Earth
    To see the tree they cut down ten years from your birth.
    Our fingers traced in circles round its history,
    We brushed our hands right back in time through centuries.
    ^
    l
    This part is where to whole song originates, form when they were kids

    As you held me down, you said:

    "I'll see you in the future when we're older
    And we are full of stories to be told.
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I'll see you with your laughter lines."
    ^
    l
    This Part is also when they were kids and its the first time happening

    Changes on our hands and on our faces, oh, oh
    Memories are mapped out by the lines we'll trace.

    As you held me down, you said:

    "I'll see you in the future when we're older
    And we are full of stories to be told.
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I'll see you with your laughter lines."
    ^
    l

    This part is when they are older and see eachother again and promise the same thing again cause they are still friends

    Ashen faces in cold breeze,
    Ashen faces in cold breeze,
    All the stories you will leave,
    All the stories you will leave.

    I'll see you in the future when we're older
    And we are full of stories to be told.
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I'll see you with your laughter lines.

    ^
    l

    And sadly this last part I think represents a funeral. The ashen faces in cold breeze are the sad faces in a cemetery. And since it doesnt say you held me down and said I think this time he is saying it to his friend either like an "I miss you" or "What happened to our promise?"


    I'll see you in the future when we're old.
    I'll see you in the future when we're old.
    ^
    l

    This part is him saying "when I die I'll see you"
    DoctorWho17on March 09, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a young friendship that's torn apart by death. The person who has died is trying to comfort their friend left behind, saying that they'll live their life into old age and be happy, without them, and everything will be okay because the next they meet will in the future and they'll have laughter lines from the memories they had already made with them and the ones they continued to make when they lived on. So, ultimately, it is a goodbye but not really because they'll see each other again.
    user987654321on June 01, 2015   Link

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