"Nirvana" as written by James John Napier, Hugo Francis William Chegwin, Harry Francis Craze, Anup Paul and Sam Smith....
Oh, baby
Oh, baby
Oh, we both know the truth
If it were the real me and you
This wouldn't be the right thing to do

Now the room is all hazy
We're too lost in the fumes
I feel like it's just me & you
Yeah, we got nothing to lose

It's too late to run away from it all
It's too late to get away from it all
I'm done with running so I give it to you

This moment has caused a reaction
Resulting in a reattachment
Will you take me to Nirvana?
I don't think this will last
'Cause you're here in my arms

Oh, baby
Oh, baby
Oh, we both feel the same
I'm not gonna give you my name
And I don't think you want that to change

We're in this together
We don't know who we are
Even if it's moving too fast
Maybe we should take it too far

It's too late to run away from it all
It's too late to get away from it all
I'm done with running so I give it to you

This moment has caused a reaction
Resulting in a reattachment
Will you take me to Nirvana?
I don't think this will last
'Cause you're here in my arms

Will you take me to Nirvana?
I don't think this will last
'Cause you're here in my arms


Lyrics submitted by oumah, edited by madeleine08

"Nirvana" as written by Harry Craze Hugo Chegwin

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about people having an affair and stealing moments to have sex.

    "Oh, we both know the truth
    If it were the real me and you
    This wouldn't be the right thing to do"

    They are both leaving their identities as partnered adults for a moment and putting them aside. They both know it is wrong to have sex with each other but they are doing it anyway.

    "It's too late to run away from it all
    It's too late to get away from it all
    I'm done with running so I give it to you"

    They can't run away from their commitments but they can give their bodies to each other.

    "This moment has caused a reaction
    Resulting in a reattachment
    Girl, you take me to Nirvana
    I don't think this will last
    'Cause you're here in my arms"

    Nirvana is a state of bliss. The ecstasy of illicit lovemaking cannot last forever because the partnered woman can only be in his arms for a short time.

    "Oh, baby
    Oh, baby
    Oh, we both feel the same
    I'm not gonna give you my name
    And I don't think you want that to change"

    He's not going to marry this woman and give her his surname. He knows she doesn't want a commitment, just some fun on the side with him.

    "We're in this together
    We don't know who we are
    Even if it's moving too fast
    Maybe we should take it too far"

    They are both being bad together and they don't even recognize themselves because of what they are doing. He's telling her to go ahead and cheat with him no matter what the consequences.
    OldMusicLadyon August 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually find this song to be more about drunken and high loneliness and they really know they wouldn't be hooking up if they were sober, but the alcohol has kicked in and they're feeling it in the moment.
    aaronplaneon September 17, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen I hear this song, the melancholy, aching strain, contrasted with the lyrics reflecting on the emptiness of a desperate physical connection... I think of it as social commentary on today's "hookup culture" where people seek love, get hurt somehow and also jaded by society's expectation ("give her my name"), despair of finding true love, and instead experience the "nirvana" of the present moment.

    From Wikipedia, "nirvana" means "blown out" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…):
    "In the Buddhist context nirvana refers to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished. In Hindu philosophy, it is the union with Brahman, the divine ground of existence, and the experience of blissful egolessness"

    There is the heartbreaking detachment when having sex without committed desire, that has its own bittersweet beauty.
    Snailfishon August 23, 2015   Link

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