Close Watch
Agnes Obel Lyrics


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Never win and never lose
There's nothing much to choose
Between the right and wrong
Nothing lost and nothing gained
Still things aren't quite the same
Between you and me

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I still hear your voice at night
When I turn out the light
And try to settle down
But there's nothing I can do
'Cause I can't live without you
Any way at all

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

Tick tock

Oh I'm sure
No harm will come to you no more
'Cause I find myself in your hands
Don't you be so hard on yourself





Oh oh ooh ooh

Overall Meaning

The song "Close Watch" by Agnes Obel is a haunting and emotional ballad about lost love and the struggle to move on. The lyrics describe the feeling of being stuck in a limbo between right and wrong, with nothing gained or lost. The singer remembers their past love and can still hear their voice at night, but knows that they cannot live without them. They keep a close watch on their heart, knowing that it is fragile and vulnerable to breaking again.


The chorus of "I keep a close watch on this heart of mine" is a clear indication of the internal struggle the singer is facing. They are actively trying to protect themselves from further heartbreak and trying to keep their emotions in check. The ticking sound that follows the chorus adds to the sense of urgency and time running out, as the singer tries to hold onto their heart.


Overall, "Close Watch" is a poignant and melancholic song that captures the pain of lost love and the fear of vulnerability. The lyrics are simple but powerful, and Obel's haunting vocals and minimalist piano playing add to the emotion of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

Never win and never lose
There is no clear victory or defeat


There's nothing much to choose
The options are limited or insignificant


Between the right and wrong
It's difficult to distinguish between moral alternatives


Nothing lost and nothing gained
No benefits or disadvantages have been obtained


Still things aren't quite the same
Despite appearances, a significant difference remains


Between you and me
The relationship between us has changed


I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I am vigilant about my emotions and feelings


I still hear your voice at night
Your memory and influence linger


When I turn out the light
At the end of the day, when I am alone


And try to settle down
When I attempt to calm down and relax


But there's nothing I can do
I cannot change the past or the present situation


'Cause I can't live without you
I am reliant on you and cannot move on


Any way at all
In any manner or form


Tick tock
The sound of a clock ticking


Oh I'm sure
I am certain


No harm will come to you no more
You will no longer experience any negative consequences


'Cause I find myself in your hands
I am vulnerable and under your power


Don't you be so hard on yourself
Do not blame or punish yourself excessively


Oh oh ooh ooh
Vocalization of uncertain emotion




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JOHN DAVIES CALE

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@chloethesemoments

"Close Watch"

Never win and never lose
There's nothing much to choose
Between the right and wrong
Nothing lost and nothing gained
Still things aren't quite the same
Between you and me

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I still hear your voice at night
When I turn out the light
And try to settle down
But there's nothing I can do
'Cause I can't live without you
Any way at all

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

Tick-tock...

Oh I'm sure
No harm will come to you no more
'Cause I find myself in your hands
Don't you be so hard on yourself

Oh oh ooh ooh

AZLyrics



@malbredova8582

Nikdy nevyhrát a nikdy neprohrát
Není moc na výběr
Mezi dobrým a špatným
Nic neztrati a nic nezískat
Je to docela stejné
mezi tebou a mnou

Dávám pozor na své srdce
Dávám pozor na své srdce

Stále v noci slyším tvůj hlas
Když zhasnu světlo
Snažím se uklidnit
Ale není tu nic, co můžu dělat
Protože bez tebe nemůžu odejít
Jakýmkoliv způsobem

Dávám pozor na své srdce
Dávám pozor na své srdce
Dávám pozor na své srdce

...Oh Jsem si jistá
Žádná zbraň se k tobě už nedostane
Protože já sama se nacházím ve tvých rukách
Nebuď na sebe tak tvrdý

Oh Oh Ohhh Ohh



All comments from YouTube:

@malumeira7497

This song is so beautiful: it's sad and happy at the same time, it's light and darkness, sorrow and love; Agnes' voice is full of feeling and it's soft and breathy like an angel. This singer and songwriter is magnificent and sublime. I love her.

@c.9231

you described it so well

@thewinteragendadraganclove2323

She didnt write this song, its John cale, though this is a beautiful cover.

@blendishabani3556

This coment is so deepp

@spacey_babe9950

The way she sings this is just stunning to my ears!

@ljlr6791

Thanks john cale

@nemesis1487

I will never get tired of this one ...

@busraunsal4974

I still hear your voice at night,
When I turn out the light,
And try to settle down...

@Kim-fs9pj

I didn't know you until last week, when I heard "Riverside" for the first time on Spotify. I totally loved it, so I wanted to hear more songs from you and I'm not disappointed at all! I'm in love with your work!

@HerrinSchadenfreude

Amazing arrangement, chord progression, atmosphere, and of course singing! Another testament to how powerful minor progressions and chord breaks really are.

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