"The Universe Expanded" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Robert Hardy, Nicholas John Mccarthy and Paul Robert Thompson....
I'll give you each love letter back
We'll laugh before every joke is told
We'll pose after every photograph
Has been removed from the negative

With every smile we lose a line
Watch the stars fall back into the sky
Cork the wine
Unbake a cake
Take the dog back to the RSPCA

But I don't mind losing you this time

I'll meet you coming backwards
Yes I'll meet you coming back
When the universe has expanded
Time will contract
You'll come back
And I'll meet you coming backwards
Next time

We make-up, start an argument
Tears crawl back into your…
I turn from a friend
Of your friend
Unintroduced
Forget your name forevermore

But I don't mind losing you this time

I'll meet you coming backwards
Yes I'll meet you coming back
When the universe has expanded
Time will contract
You'll come back
And I'll meet you coming backwards
Yes I'll meet you coming back
But we move forwards
Into emptiness
Into the void
Into the universe

We'll part as happy strangers
From a long friendship
That grew from such a love
From such a love
From such a love
Such a love
From such a


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"The Universe Expanded" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is so catchy.

    There are 2 theories in the Universes life cycle. Since the Big Bang we are in expansion, we will either continue to expand, or expansion will reach its maximum point and then begin to contract again into whats called the Big Crunch. The Big Crunch will then reach a critical mass creating a singularity (another Big Bang) and the cycle starts again.

    As previously mentioned it is about losing some one you have loved and he is trying to find solace in seeing her again and making it right. He is imagining the Universe contracting, and everything playing backwards in the process, and that he will be with her again. And this time, they will part as friends the way they met, not with all the emotional baggage and feelings of hurt you have after giving someone your love and breaking up.

    In a way the song to me is about how we tend to end relationships badly, atleast one person is hurt, or angry, often both. Because we have invested so much emotion in to it, we can simply let it go and walk away as friends. This song is a, would it be nice if scenario.
    option October 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's about two lovers who broke up. He wants to rewind their relationship up to a point that it even doesn't exist anymore. This is shown in multiple lines in the verses like:

    //We'll pose after every photograph
    Has been removed from the negative

    I turn from a friend
    Of your friend
    Unintroduced
    Forget your name forevermore

    We'll part as happy strangers
    From a long friendship
    That grew from such a love\\

    He wants this to happen, so it won't hurt him anymore (But I don't mind losing you this time). It seems that they aren't even friends anymore, they (or at least she) hate eachother.

    In the chorus he explains, how this rewinding could be made possible:

    < Yes I'll meet you coming back
    When the universe has expanded
    Time will contract
    You'll come back
    And I'll meet you coming backwards
    Next time>>

    Everything will be rewinded when the universe stops to expand (sort of). There is a theory which describes what happens when the universe would stop expanding. Space will not expand anymore, but it will soon start retracting again and thus, contracting the time again so that it seems that the time goes backwards.
    When this would happen, everything will rewind like he explained. It would look like she is coming back to him backwards.

    This again shows us, that he still may has feelings for her, because he seems to enjoy the idea of her coming back.

    But there is still a catch, he can't overcome yet (and probably won't):

    << But we move forwards
    Into emptiness
    Into the void
    Into the universe>>

    The universe is still expanding and thus also expanding the "space" between their love (in a metaphorical way).
    grischkaja008on October 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI like how these lyrics trivialize the hurt of a break-up (I recently went through one).

    The crux is, of course, he won't feel hurt this second time, because everything goes backwards, so they'll break up as they once met: happy. ("I don't mind losing you this time.")

    But there's more going on here. "I'll meet you coming backwards" means he originally walked away from her, so when the universe expands he won't even look her in the eye when he meets her again. This could indicate he still holds a grudge or blames her for something. As if he WANTS to turn his back on her this time around. Not make the same mistake again.

    The last part, "We'll part as happy strangers from a long friendship that grew from such a love" might not be about this hypothetical expanded universe, but about what actually happened. A lot of relationships end because people have become friends rather than lovers. That strong friendship did originally grow from an enormous love, however.
    smash016on April 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with previous comment, but can't help noticing how this great song fits nicely with a great movie - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

    (spoiler ahead :) )

    Undoing everything about a relationship, just to do it all again the right way, because two of you are meant for each other...
    soboton November 01, 2016   Link

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