Time shakes, found you at the water
At first you were my father, now I love you like a brother
Earthquakes shake the dust behind you
This world at times will blind you
Still I know I'll see you there

Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come on, come on, come on
Things aren't always what they seem to be
Come on, come on, come on
Do you understand the things you been seein'
Come on, come on, come on
Do you understand the things that you've been dreaming
Come a little closer, then you'll see

Heartbreaks, the heavy world's upon your shoulders
Will we burn or we just smolder
Somehow I know I'll find you there
Ooh, I wanna see if you can change it, change it
Still I know I'll see you

Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come on, come on, come on
Things aren't always what they seem to be
Do you understand the things you been seein'
Come on, come on, come on
Do you understand the things that you've been dreaming
Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come a little closer, then you'll see

Ten thousand people stand alone now
And in the evening the sun sets
Tomorrow it will rise
Time flies by, they all sang along
Time flies by, they all sang along
Time flies by, they all sang along
Time flies, by, by

Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come on, come on, come on
Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come a little closer, then you'll see
Come a little closer, then you'll see



Lyrics submitted by swagswagswag69, edited by ryan77715, Arkanoid0, Munchies

"Come a Little Closer" as written by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor, Lincoln Parish

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    My Interpretation:I think this song is about his relationship with God. The first verse talks about "found you at the water" which could signify a baptism. "At first you were my father/ but now I love you like a brother" could mean that he acknowledged the existence of God, but then something happened that truly brought him close to God. The choruses could be God talking to him, telling him to look more closely at the beauty of life and the world, and that even if things look bad there can still be good within them.
    darianb1031on October 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The first time I heard this song on the radio, I swear I had heard it before, but with a much strong/impactful chorus.... anyone know what song I may have been remembering?
    IronFusionon October 18, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation:I think this song is about how people do not want to aknowledge how the world is and are always only trying to find happiness and not wanting to actualy change the world.

    "Time shakes, found you at the water
    At first you were my father, now I love you like a brother
    Earthquakes shake the dust behind you
    This world at times will blind you
    Still I know I'll see you there"

    He is hoping to make the other person understand how important it is to see the world how it trully is. First he had respect for how that someone used to live (father) but then he saw in that someone the possibility for them to acctually become something more.

    "Come a little closer, then you'll see
    Come on, come on, come on
    Things aren't always what they seem to be
    Come on, come on, come on
    Do you understand the things you been seein'
    Come on, come on, come on
    Do you understand the things that you've been dreaming
    Come a little closer, then you'll see"

    Pretty much self explanatory, but he hopes to make a point about how the other person understands the things he's been seeing and dreaming (dreaming in this case that reality is something it's not).

    "Heartbreaks, the heavy world's upon your shoulders
    Will we burn or we just smolder
    Somehow I know I'll find you there
    Oooh, I wanna see if you can change it, change it
    Still I know I'll see you there"

    About how difficult trying to change the world really is but he hopes to see them "there" (trying to change the world with him).

    "Ten thousand people stand alone now
    And in the evening the sun sets
    Tomorrow it will rise
    Time flies by, they all sang along"

    How about most of the world is "standing alone", thinking only about themselves. And then he talks about how the sun sets and rises, relating it to how things stay the same because nobody does anything to really change our status quo. And then "Time flies by, they all sang along", meaning they all (people of the world) only think about thenselves and sing along to those that make the world how it is today.

    TL;DR: the song is about we need more political and engaged people trying to change the world and finding a greater good for mankind and less YOLO.
    Giblingon November 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I think this song almost certainly is talking about magic mushrooms
    "Time shakes, found you at the water:"
    the concept of time is very distorted when your tripping. water is also the most important thing to a climate in which mushrooms can grow
    "At first you were my father, now I love you like a brother"
    when you first trip mushrooms can often teach you a lot of things about yourself and change your perspective on the world. they fill a more teaching role.
    as you get more experienced with them you get more comfterble and enjoy the trip more recreationally
    also "Will we burn or we just smolder" screams mushrooms to me
    the rest i could theorize about what exactly it means in relation to mushrooms but is less clear at least to me....
    but also just watch the music video if you want a more clear explanation of what there talking about
    blbejanon December 30, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation:I think this song almost certainly is talking about magic mushrooms
    "Time shakes, found you at the water:"
    the concept of time is very distorted when your tripping. water is also the most important thing to a climate in which mushrooms can grow
    "At first you were my father, now I love you like a brother"
    when you first trip mushrooms can often teach you a lot of things about yourself and change your perspective on the world. they fill a more teaching role.
    as you get more experienced with them you get more comfterble and enjoy the trip more recreationally
    also "Will we burn or we just smolder" screams mushrooms to me
    the rest i could theorize about what exactly it means in relation to mushrooms but is less clear at least to me....
    but also just watch the music video if you want a more clear explanation of what there talking about
    blbejanon December 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:What I think from watching the video many times is that the message in the song is that in the end mostly everyone will reunite in hell or other evil weird looking world. In the video, in the beginning he starts running away from a death reaper looking creature after the phase of being born and after that, he fights for his life against evil looking creatures. Hes representing himself as a warrior in the video and is always stating to his challengers "come a little closer than you'll see, come come come come" and is always slaying his attackers. Towards the end of the video hes riding into a hell like planet in a demon like creature as he states "time flies time flies they all say hello" and by that i think hes saying that everyone has an end and will reunite in hell. But like I said, in the end of each obstacle he states " Still i know ill see you there" because no one is invincible and will eventually fall. This is just what I think and it may kinda sound stupid but its just an unnecessary dumb thought that I had to type only because its challenging but from a pretty cool song with a weird video.
    SiristheOneon January 14, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretation:I feel as if the first verse is about how a person was in trouble then they found someone pure and inspiring who later on became more of an equal because of things they have done 'DUST BEHIND YOU' could be a metaphor bad decisions.'this world at times will blind you' probably means that you know its not your fault you got caught up in that mess everybody makes mistakes "still i know ill see you there' probably means that the friend is strong the 2nd verse prob means something similar.How the friend and you go are at a breaking point and your at a crossroads are u guna lay down and let it defeat you or are u guna fight.(with the final verse i cant quite figure it out yet) and then the chorus my FAV PART is about how EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING has more meaning to it,more depth,more value then what is on the surface.And i also think that it is kind of a way to challenge the listener to really look at themselves and figure out why they are the way they are,why do you feel?
    boobooboobooon January 22, 2014   Link

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