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Heave
The Maccabees Lyrics


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Heave another heave another sigh
We're the last sons
Thought our heads had locked
Heads have parted ways
So headstrong we're the last sons

Are we so
Are we so
Are we so different

We're night and day
Still the same
In the garland frame

Though we left a mark upon a cherub face
Signs of love waste it all on the young

Are we so
Are we so
Are we so different

Overall Meaning

The Maccabees's song "Heave" is a reflective piece that explores love, growing up and how we change as time goes by. The lyrics "heave another heave another sigh" speak to the weight of the emotions that the song's protagonist carries, perhaps the weight of nostalgia and the memories of past love. They are presented as the last sons, possibly the final members of a group of people who once shared close bonds but have now gone their separate ways. The chorus ("Are we so, are we so, are we so different") suggests that despite this separation, the singer still questions how different they have become.


The phrase "In the garland frame" in the second verse could be illustrative of the way that certain memories are framed and preserved, such as a garland. This creates an interesting juxtaposition with the line "Signs of love waste it all on the young" as it references how love can be squandered or not fully appreciated in youth. This further highlights the idea of growing up and changing, as the singer ponders if they themselves have stopped appreciating love in the way they once did.


Overall, "Heave" is a nostalgic and introspective song about change, love, and growing up. It highlights the loss of closeness between people as they grow older, but also the lingering connections and shared memories that last long after people have parted ways.


Line by Line Meaning

Heave another heave another sigh
Let out another deep breath, expressing our weariness


We're the last sons
We are the final remnants of something that has almost vanished


Thought our heads had locked
We once believed that we were unified in thought and purpose


Heads have parted ways
But now we have diverged in our beliefs and goals


So headstrong we're the last sons
We are stubborn and resistant to change, which makes us the few who remain


Are we so
Is there really such a big difference between us?


Are we so
Or are we more similar than we realize?


Are we so different
Do our differences truly define us?


We're night and day
We may seem completely opposite


Still the same
Yet there are fundamental similarities between us


In the garland frame
We are both part of the same larger picture or narrative


Though we left a mark upon a cherub face
We have made an impact on the world, specifically on those who are innocent or naïve


Signs of love waste it all on the young
Our attempts to show affection or care often go unnoticed or unappreciated by those who are too inexperienced to understand


Are we so
Once again, we question our differences


Are we so
Perhaps we are not as distinct as we originally thought


Are we so different
But regardless, we must still ask ourselves if our dissimilarities are truly what matter most




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Sir Barnaby St.John Toffington

In one's personal opinion, with all things considered , one simply must feel rather inclined to express the viewpoint that this is easily one of the most spirit-lifting songs on the planet at the time in which we find ourselves , trying to unlock our mind's eye and not give in to media-spawned thoughts of despair and inadequacy.
Splendid stuff!!😁👍

Tenacious D

Why it’s taken me so long to stumble upon this album I will never know. But now that I have - it will be played over and over and loved more and more. 💓🙏🏼

joe jackman

100% gonna be the song at my funeral

Mellisa F Gandiwa

Covert Affairs brought me here over a decade ago. I still come back because this is a MASTERPIECE!!!

Leo

single best album ever

Sir Barnaby St.John Toffington

Indeed, t'was rather splendid stuff!

Tenacious D

I’ve only just discovered it and I am thinking you could be on to something. It’s stunning. 💓🙏🏼

Sean Coulton

Just brilliant

joe jackman

i’m actually so emotional listening to this

ThisEmptyWorm

the ending is what gets me!

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