"Empty Threat" as written by Martin Clifford Doherty, Iain Andrew Cook and Lauren Eve Mayberry....
Tore a line in the sun
Like there's nothing to regret and nothing to prove
Set my sights high enough
So I see the turning tides are parting for you

Taking back an empty threat
More than you could ever know
Take it back with no regrets
I was better off when I was on your side
And I was holding on

To try and not forget
Hoping that you'd never know
Take it back with no regrets
I was better off when I was on your side
And I was holding on

No more times second guessed
Like there's nothing to forget and nothing to lose
Hold my ground long enough
Till I see the turning tides are coming from you

Taking back an empty threat
More than you could ever know
Take it back with no regrets
I was better off when I was on your side
And I was holding on

To try and not forget
Hoping that you'd never know
Take it back with no regrets
I was better off when I was on your side

If we wanna stay here, can we see the waves?
They're spilling over us, filling our insides
In the rising water, in the rising tides
They're spilling over me, filling my insides
If we wanna stay here, can we see the waves?
They're spilling over us, filling our insides
In the rising water, in the rising tides
We wait for the fall
(I gotta tell you)

Maybe the water's high
(I gotta tell you)
But I can see the difference
Maybe the water's high
(I gotta tell you)
But I can see the difference (I gotta tell you)
Maybe the water's high
(I gotta tell you)
But I can see the difference (I gotta tell you)
Maybe the water's high
(I gotta tell you)
But I know that this is different

Taking back an empty threat
More than you could ever know
Take it back with no regrets
I was better off when I was on your side
And I was holding on

To try and not forget
Hoping that you'd never know
Take it back with no regrets
I was better off when I was on your side
And I was holding on


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"Empty Threat" as written by Lauren Eve Mayberry Iain Andrew Cook

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI adore how Chvrches sing about stuff most artists don't... Sometimes there's an element of heartbreak and achievement and ironically one of their bigs songs was about threatening someone 'Gun' anyway!!

    Love this tune...
    At first glance Id assume she's been accused of something? Then I realise shes almost apologising and theres alot of 'taking back what i said'...The video is a bit of an odd one, can't quite figure out what's going on but I think it must relate to the lyrics on some level...

    'Tore a line in the sun' - something you cant really undo and yet they werent even proven guilty..
    'I was better off by your side'- regret....saying sorry....

    There's ALOT of metaphors revolving around the ocean.... Especially on the bridge/middle-eight...maybe referencing the past? Literally only analysed this today, feel free to help me!!!
    Cadburydragonon December 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the crazy way we teach others to grow while simultaneously losing our minds.. Like being a Dad for the first time with a 3 year old. Optimism and awesomeism all around, but I gotta be a badass sometimes with my "empty threats" to send you to bed early and other trivial shit that we'll laugh about one day. <3
    antenna23on December 02, 2015   Link
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    My Interpretationto me this song is talking about the regret of breaking up with someone when you still love them. the video that accompanies this song is a bit obscure but near the end you can see where this fits in.

    Tore a line in the sun - the "sun" could represent who the persona's love interest was, talking about how she broke up with them. the other lines in this verse mainly talk about what she was thinking at the time.

    Taking back an empty threat - to me this seems like the "empty threat" was her breakup because she didn't actually want to break up but she did anyway, therefore making it an "empty threat"

    more than you could ever know - telling us that she still loves the person she broke up with and wishes that she could stop herself from saying it.

    Take it back with no regrets - saying about how she would gladly try to take it back and have no regrets about re-starting their relationship.

    i was better off when i was on your side and i was holding on - this talks about how she felt as though her life was better when she was with her love interest and is slowly accepting that they are with another person.

    the second verse goes on to talk about how her love interest is with another person and yet she is still hoping that they can forgive her and get back together with her "hold my ground long enough, till i see the turning tides are coming from you."

    the bridge mainly uses a lot of metaphors around water or the ocean, which to me seems as though she feels as though she's being pushed back or as though she's drowning because she knows and realizes that she can't get her old love back because of her mistake. "but i know that this is different" could be telling that she's learning to accept that her love interest has left her completely.

    then the final chorus which again tell us that she wishes she could go back and change what she did but it's far too late and she just has to accept it.
    libby10222on January 27, 2016   Link

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