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Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks Lyrics 8 years ago
To me this song, just the way it sounds, is way too beautiful to be about a failing marriage or just sleeping. I think it's about an old couple that have been so in love for so many years. They both know that the other isn't in the same place mentally as they once were so they just cling to each other for comfort.

When people get older they don't always know why they feel the way the do or why they say the things they say, but the constant in this couple is the love they have for each other. The music from the start has a kind of old-timey feel almost like they are remembering their past and trying to comfort each other in their confusing present.

The husband tries to comfort his wife, as it is just the two of them in the house. You can picture them in laying in bed while the wife talks to her husband how she is scared of falling asleep.

"I don't like walking around this old and empty house (Wife)
So hold my hand, I'll walk with you my dear (Husband)
The stairs creak as I sleep, it's keeping me awake (Wife)
It's the house telling you to close your eyes (Husband)"

I think they are both aware of how old they are getting and the wife is showing that sometimes she doesn't want to sleep for fear of not waking up. The husband likely feels the same way, but he holds his wife's hand and tries to comfort her anyway.

The chorus shows the overlying message that with their old age they can't always trust where their minds are at. But their love (the ship) will lead them to an eternity of being together.

"Don't listen to a word I say
The screams all sound the same
'Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore"

In the next verse it is the wife who is again letting the thought of old age scare her. The husband is trying to tell her to remember the good times so that he can be around the woman he loves again.

"There's an old voice in my head that's holding me back (Wife)
Tell her that I miss our little talks (Husband)
Soon it will all be over, buried with our past (Wife)
We used to play outside when we were young,
and full of live and full of love (Husband)"

The husband doesn't want things to change, he just wants to be with the woman he loves without her worrying about things that they can't control. She talks about how it will soon be over (death) and she can't get over the fact that they have both aged so quickly. The chorus again establishes that no matter what the two are together through love.

The last verse is sung together. The husband and wife admit that both have changed and neither are what they were when they were young. They kind of accept death here, and say that either way they will "meet again soon" and be able to enjoy each other more without the looming fear of death.

"You're gone gone gone away
I watch you disappear
All that's left is a ghost of you
Now we're torn torn torn apart, there's nothing we can do
Just let me go, we'll meet again soon"

Here I picture what would happen if someone asked for death and were about to get their wish. You would get scared. You think you're ready for it but no one can ever be ready to die really. There is so much uncertainty, no matter what religion you hold. There is a quick switch from "let me go" to "wait wait wait". They want to spend an eternity together without having to suffer through old age but they aren't sure if that's what will happen. How could you leave the person you love behind physically to be with them in a better life spiritually? It would be a hard thing to do.

"Now wait wait wait for me
Please hang around
I'll see you when I fall asleep"

"I'll see you when I fall asleep" here pertains to passing on. They both want the other to wait and they want to make sure they find each other.

This is one of the most genuinely beautiful, real, and sad songs I've ever listened to. I know this is just my interpretation of it but it makes a lot of sense to me. If you've ever been in love you know how much it means. It sounds stupid but "the love of your life" is really your life. That person that you don't want to spend a day without seeing and hugging and just being around.

In this story, the two old people are at the end of their ropes and they know it. They are so so in love and now they have to deal with the frustration of old age and the uncertainty that death will bring with them. They hope they both end up together in the end "This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore". The "Little Talks" they have in some of their final days, the first two verses where the husband tries to comfort the wife, is kind of a closure for the both of them. We have these little talks everyday with the people we love, but they are more lighthearted because feel our tomorrow is a given.

This song makes me smile and cry at the same time. Well done Of Monsters and Men. That is what good music should do.

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