"Looking Too Closely" as written by and Finian Greenall Tim Thornton....
This is a song about somebody else
So don’t worry yourself, worry yourself
The devil’s right there right there in the details
And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself
Looking too closely
Looking too closely
No no no no!

Put your arms around somebody else
Don’t punish yourself, punish yourself
Truth is like blood underneath your fingernails
And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself
Looking too closely
Looking too closely
No no no no!
No no no no!

You don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself
You don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself
No no no no!

I could be wrong ’bout anybody else
So don’t kid yourself, kid yourself
It’s you right there, right there in the mirror
And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself
Looking too closely
Looking too closely

Yeaaah
Looking too closely
You don’t wanna hurt yourself
You don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself
Looking too close


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"Looking Too Closely" as written by Guy Whittaker Finian Greenall

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is about denial---not necessarily about cheating. The person knows something about himself or the things around him but is too terrified to admit it for fear of the repercussions it will bring. He chooses instead to ignore it or to distract himself as a way to survive or cope.
    Km52on October 02, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just heard this on Suits, and I loved it.

    Seems to be a song about heartbreak and cheating. About not looking to closely at the details because you don't want to hurt yourself.

    Blood underneath fingernails implies scratching, either defensive or sexual in nature.
    jamladon August 07, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song is about a bad relationship but he wants it to work out because he's looking too closely at this bad relationship that he should try to work it out with someone else but he really wants it to work out. Its killing him like blood under the fingernail that it's not working out. He knows that he should look at the picture as a whole and understand that looking too closely can cause him to stay with someone bad and not find someone new by looking far, for other fish in the sea. He knows he might hurt himself by trying to break it off and find someone knew but he knows its for the better. He says looking too closely and then says no no no no no no because he's trying to convince himself that he's not looking too closely And that it will work out one day. He doesn't want to risk loosing her because it might work out but he wants to stop looking so closely and find other fish In the sea.
    megan10203on May 03, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song helped me during my depression and for me its about suicide. Fink tells the listener to calm down or take a time before doing bad things...
    Bo3ch4ton August 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI listened to this after a breakup i initiated in a period neither of us really tried. My mind constantly went back to what i could of done differently to make it work and I also kept thinking about what if I never brought it up, would we still be together? Should I have waited to see if things got better? Listening to this song has given me a different perspective. Maybe the best thing to do is keep your mind occupied with different thoughts, move on and not look too closely. Accept that what happened, happened.
    "Truth is like blood underneath your fingernails"
    It's hard realizing that you don't really fit together after being together for a while and it hurts getting used not having that person there anymore so at first you might be in denial of the truth going over the things you could of done differently to make it work(looking too closely). But with time you'll see it was the right decision and if you didn't look to closely to begin with you would have prevented yourself that pain

    "It’s you right there, right there in the mirror
    And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself"
    Don't analyse your flaws in every detail even if it's what you did wrong in a relationship or just in general in life.
    Which also goes back to
    "The devil’s right there right there in the details"
    Focusing too much on the details is going to crack your self esteem.
    sb1220on December 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is addressed to a cheater in a relationship from the person he/she is cheating with. The person goes back to his relationship and leaves the "other man/woman" off to the side. That person is singing to him/her but doesn't want to admit it.
    megan10565on May 11, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about blaming someone else for something you've done.
    'A song about someone else' - blaming someone else.
    'Looking too closely' - as you would have to admit guilt.
    'No no no no' - but you can't admit to it.
    Admitting guilt is painful and you would 'hurt yourself'.
    However you're accountable for what you've done as the 'truth is like blood underneath your fingernails'.
    And really when you're looking for someone else to blame it's just 'you in the mirror'.

    Beautiful song and lyrics.
    VladTheInterpretoron August 05, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFirst of all, this song is absolutely beautiful. As much as a cheating situation is applicable here, I resonate with this a lot without that aspect. In a relationship, one is starting to look into the details "the devil is right there in the details" of the problems in their relationship and realizing that they are uncovering something they never wished to. Displacing the emotion on someone else makes one able to continue on in their situation without addressing. As someone previously mentioned, when they do get too close to realizing their truth, they say "no, no, no, no." Powerful song.
    lindyjon September 01, 2017   Link

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