nothing's so loud
as hearing when we lie
the truth is not kind
and you've said neither am i

but the air outside so soft is saying everything

all i want is to feel this way
to be this close, to feel the same
all i want is to feel this way
the evening speaks, i feel it say...

nothing's so cold
as closing the heart when all we need
is to free the soul
but we wouldn't be that brave i know

and the air outside so soft, confessing everything

and it won't matter now
whatever happens to me
though the air speaks of all we'll never be
it won't trouble me

and it feels so close
let it take me in
let it hold me so
i can feel it say...

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  • +7
    My Interpretation

    Let's try this one on.

    It's about a relationship -- sort of. At least, a dynamic. I believe there's a blockage here. Something that's unexpressed, and being frustrated. Perhaps, because there cannot be a relationship -- at least not the way in which this chemistry between them seeks to be expressed. So, it doesn't seem to me to be a break-up song. It's more of a star-crossed experience.

    To wit:

    'Nothing's so cold as closing the heart when all we need is to free the soul. But we wouldn't be that brave, I know.' Whether it's bravery or commitment to another or a different ideal is up for further extrapolation. Either way, it's a disappointment and a longing.

    Here's the kicker, though:

    'And it won't matter now. Whatever happens WILL BE. Though, the air it speaks of all we'll never be. It won't trouble me.'

    Maybe that's true. Maybe it's being relinquished more easily than initially expected. Maybe, the reasons are understood, and it's decided to be the best course of action. Maybe, there's a bit of denial involved. It's most likely a combination of all of the above.

    Since the two people cannot express what's between them, the narrator settles on the overall feeling between them that remains unexpressed -- since it still feels SO close, but not close enough. Letting IT hold him close; IT take him in.

    I think it ends perfectly, since it CANNOT end, that feeling. It tends to linger. So, he can hear it say ... the very same things he already knows, over which he is experiencing quite a bit of anguish. In the end, the want remains. Even if it's unsatisfied.

    My $0.03.

    mindhuntresson April 22, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I don't feel a relationship aspect to this song like many are saying. That maybe the inspiration for this song but it means so much more for me.

    To me it is about epiphany. That place you come to when you stop the struggle of saving face and spinning your wheels for things that don't matter. You are at peace and the letting go is like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and a veil removed from your eyes. At that moment you can see the color of the world around you again and feel the wind on your face again. Listen to this song at sunset/sunrise or at the peak of an epiphany or trip and maybe you will feel it to.

    jtstanley7on March 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    You know, I think EVERY single person in the World has heard this song, and maybe 3000 people know who it is by. It's freaking unbelievable. This song is just unbeatable as a pop rock song, and it's not even all that poppy.

    Emo_ezraliteon June 17, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I never thought of this song as a relationship type of song.. I thought of it as sortof a general statement on how there is jsut so much wrong with people and what's going on with his own life that he just wants to have that feeling that an amazing love can give.

    ihavechappedlipson August 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I thought the lyric was 'whatever happens will be' that's in the music video....

    Prophet3Zon February 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    great song, toad the wet sproaket kicks ass!!! , lol

    LiveUrLifeon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    no ones commented on this song? thats odd. well, i heard this song in 3rd grade, 11 years ago, and i fell in love with it. ive loved toad ever since -

    anyhow in this song i always imagine glen being out in the snow somewhere just thinking about this relationship and perhaps life in general and just saying 'listening' to what the world around him and his feelings are telling him. its an acceptance song, he is saying its ok whatever happens, he feels so spiritually close to the world - he will embrace whatever comes.

    anyone that thinks thats what the song is about, and likes that kinda feeling/message - check out "on your side" by pete yorn.

    Davkay20on June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    it makes you think of snow? I picture a warm rainy summer day ... funny ...

    this is an incredible song, it really is.

    catherinekson June 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    to me this song is about the joy of life the hope and invigoration of taking in the outside air on a breezy day

    piemericaon August 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I believe it to be about self-awareness and attempting to walk a path of enlightenment.

    Proud2bscoton May 12, 2016   Link

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