Stranded in this spooky town
Stoplight just swaying and the phone lines are down
Floor is crackling cold
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Driven by the strangle of vein
Showing no mercy, I'd do it again
Open up your eyes
You keep on crying
And baby I'll bleed you dry
Skies are blinking at me
I see a storm bubbling up from the sea

And it's coming closer
And it's coming closer

You, you shimmy-shook my boat
Leaving me stranded all in love on my own
Do you think of me
Where am I now
Oh, baby where do I sleep?
Feels so good but I'm old
Two thousand years of chasing, taking it's toll

And it's coming closer
And it's coming closer

And it's coming closer
And it's coming closer

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  • +6
    General CommentWow. These lyrics are insane. there all about how he's so unsure of how she REALLY feels about him. He's bled for her and will over and over again..even if its getting old. he loves her so much...but he can't believe that her way of loving is real. he compares them to eachother and feels she's not into it as much as him. he can't accept that she can love as deeply, only in her own stormy way. love this song.
    rhcpdmbloveron November 19, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI love how the noise in the background almost seems to be in pain. It adds that much more to the song.
    Mathstar1on March 13, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI still think it's: two thousand not two hundred. The number is important, because it clearly points towards religion.

    But it's not about religion, it's more about love, about the loss of it. I love the first part of the song oozes with anxiety. Words paint you a view, of when the hurricane is about to hit, the lines about the storm bubbling up on the sea kinda hint this out, and those swaying stop signs, plus phone lines being down.

    So with all that unrest, you feel that something bad is about to happen, lonliness possibly? It's coming. So what do you do in that sytuation? you doubt. You doubt in love, the worst part of it that you'll feel like that many times, because that's life: "driven by the strangle of veins". So you loose your will to live, yet biologically you still go on. That means you gotta go forward and look for something new. The idea of looking for ideal love, looks familliar to christianity doesn't it? where you struggle for faith for your entire life. That's why the two thousand might be the key to the song.

    sbtoon November 17, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"She took my heart, I think she took my soul" - She turn his world upside down, he wasn't himself anymore his life completely changed.

    "Leaving me stranded all in love on my own, do you think of me?" - I think this is self explanatory, "does she still think of him?"

    "Open up your eyes" - Telling himself that he has to be realistic about the situations that happen and he has to "wake up."

    "Baby I'll bleed you dry" - Means that he will try his best to forget about the girl until she is dry out of his system.

    "Two thousands years of chasing taking it's toll" - He is tired of chasing her, always thinking about her until the point of frustration. He is realizing that thinking about her all the time is not worth it anymore.

    I think this song is about realizing everything that happen during a break up, it's almost like he is trying to convinced himself to change for the better. Like getting over a break up that ended badly and he wants to move on from that episode in his life.

    That's what I feel this song means.
    Markoson November 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhy the hell would KOL write a song about Twilight? I'm a teenage girl, I've read the series, and whilst I understand why some people would find connections between the song and the books, I enjoyed Closer on a much deeper level after I listened to it just once, than I will ever enjoy the (at best) mediocre Twilight series. I just cannot put the two together, it seems to me to be an insult to the song to even associate the two.
    Wambson March 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti don't believe this song has anything to do with vampires, but the fact that this guy has been waiting for this girl to come around for a very long time.

    the first part of the song shows signs of loneliness. the narrator feels like he's all alone since she isn't there and that his life feels empty and cold without her there. she left him and broke his heart.

    second part resembles that this "strangle of veins" is the loss of blood he's feeling from not having her around. same as the first, even though she hurt him by leaving him, he'll go through it again just to have her around because his love for her is so strong. but something he's doing is making her unhappy and the "coming closer" signifies that he feels the end of their relationship coming.

    he'll wait as long as it takes and the 2000 years is just to show that he's been waiting for what seems to be like forever, but he loves this girl so much that he'll wait as long as it takes for her to come around and be with him.
    PineappleExpresson March 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song.

    I started looking up KoL after hearing Use Somebody several times -- I love that song too -- and I've listened to this song, oh... eight times in a row now? Something like that? I took a brief interlude where I listened to Cold Desert -- also good! -- but now I'm back to this one. If I buy the album, which I'm leaning very heavily towards, it'll be because of this song.

    I don't want to say this song is about vampires, as much as I love vampires (fyi, I'm not one of those Twilight fangirls) because that's just... I don't know, I just don't want to say that. But maybe it is. Who am I to say? Maybe it's about reincarnation. It could be.

    And I just love the way he sings the lines, "Do you think of me? Where am I now, baby, where do I sleep?" He wails it. It's great.
    Desaparecidaon May 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf KOL say it's a vampire must be! It sounds more like being emotionally detached and using people you are in a relationship to feel something. Then they get tired of just being drained and getting nothing in return. So they leave you, still having feelings for them.
    khal33on November 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen I read in rolling stone it was about a vampire it just made sooo much more sense to me... and the line "I see a storm bubbling up from the sea" reminds me a lot of the book Dracula, this line has a lot to do to something that happens in the story.
    babyfabyon July 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningthe song is about Caleb's old drug/substance abuse
    as he refers to the drugs as 'her' and 'she' and 'baby'
    he is singing about how lonely he was
    how addictive 'she' was and how the drugs
    just seem to be getting closer and closer until it finally takes over him.

    one of my favourite songs ever.
    AidenQon September 08, 2013   Link

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