It's not perfect but it's from the first take
It's the one that I did with you here
It seems careless that I shouldn't care less
But it's the only noise I have of yours

I'm so tired because you've been so fired up
And there was no keeping up with you.
It's no triumph I knew I was for the high jump
But I delighted in my best mistake.

I only thought of me.
I only thought of me.
Now you're all I see.
Now you're all I see.

Reading backwards I see where the attack was
Which in real time came out of the blue.
It's the weakness that I love this bleakness
Over any constant happiness.

Shake me out of this.
Take me out of this.
Carry me with love.
Bury me in love.

Lyrics submitted by blinxbcr

"The Only Noise" as written by Jonathan Graham Quinn Gary Lightbody

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentMaybe, it's about a guy who loves a woman and becomes obsessed with her ("i only thought of me and now you're all i see") though he knew that he shouldn't ("delighted in my best mistake"). He doesn't want to love her ("shake me out of this take me out of this") but he can't help it.
    Anyone else got any opinions?

    Livloon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell...I think it is about another woman. "I only thought of me..." and it fits with a certain theme of cheating in all of his work. I think he confims this in "it seems careless that I shouldn't care less". A nice play on words, as well. And, a final admission in the second to last verse that "it's a weakness that i
    love this bleakness over any constant happiness"
    arthrellemon April 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone tell me what album I can find this on?
    PleasePleasePleaseon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is in the Eyes Open Deluxe Edition, found on iTunes.
    Evenstar_Angelon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCould it be about Mark McClelland's departure from the band?
    gsleithon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a guy who was in solid relationship, but felt claustrophobic or needed to be independent, or something of that nature, so he ended it. He did so completely suddenly "reading backwards i see/
    where the attack was which in/real time came out of the blue". Perhaps it was a rash decision due to a change in life circumstances. Whatever the reason, he's realized his mistake as well as how much he hurt his girl and how he still loves her. Maybe he'd even deluded himself into thinking that this decision was good for her, and what she needed. Either way, he just wants her back.
    wakegirlieon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI made a comment over on the page for "On/Off" that also rings true for this song (or at least IMO anyway).

    Here's a bit: "Yea he really does sound like a compulsive cheater here. I've never cheated on anyone, but I know what it's like to sabotage a great relationship because of something stupid and selfish. It's like whenever you find someone that makes you happy, your subconscious sets out to be a complete dick to them. And strangely, if you do it enough, you start to feel less remorse and more annoyance that the person doesn't just leave you already."

    This sentiment is especially echoed here in the line, "It's a weakness that I love this bleakness over any constant happiness."
    Aquarius121on September 16, 2011   Link

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