Leaning Against the Wall
Kings of Convenience Lyrics


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Your eyes are cold,
I know you'll tell me all.
Not to fall,
I lean against the wall.
I'm on the floor,
Not listening anymore.
I should have known,
The things to which you're prone.
(You cross your arms,
And tell no lies,
A thousand thoughts run
Through my mind,
A thousand words that I don't need,
I never thought you could do this.)

Your eyes are cold,
I know you'll tell me all.




Not to fall,
I lean against the wall.

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Kings of Convenience's song Leaning Against the Wall reflect the singer's realization that their partner is emotionally distant, conveyed through the metaphor of cold eyes. Despite this knowledge, the singer still holds out hope that their partner will open up to them and prevent them from falling. However, as the song progresses, the singer finds themselves on the floor, having given up on attempting to listen to their partner. The line "I should have known, the things to which you're prone" suggests that the partner has a history of emotional distance and the singer is familiar with this behavior.


The chorus repeats the opening lines, emphasizing the singer's desire for their partner to open up to them, but ultimately facing disappointment. The final verse describes the partner crossing their arms and refusing to communicate, leaving the singer to contemplate the thousands of thoughts running through their mind. The line "A thousand words that I don't need, I never thought you could do this" conveys the betrayal and hurt the singer feels as a result of their partner's emotional distance.


Overall, Leaning Against the Wall explores the theme of emotional distance in a relationship and the pain it can cause. The metaphor of leaning against the wall suggests a need for support and stability, but the cold eyes of the partner leave the singer feeling unsupported and alone.


Line by Line Meaning

Your eyes are cold,
I can tell that you're emotionally disconnected and distant.


I know you'll tell me all.
Despite your emotional detachment, I know that you'll still speak the truth.


Not to fall,
I'm trying to keep myself from getting too emotionally invested in this situation.


I lean against the wall.
I'm using physical support as a symbol of my emotional support system since I can't rely on you.


I'm on the floor,
I've hit rock bottom emotionally because of your actions.


Not listening anymore.
I've stopped paying attention to your words because they no longer hold any meaning to me.


I should have known,
I regret not recognizing the red flags about your behavior earlier.


The things to which you're prone.
Your tendencies to act in a certain way have led us to this point.


(You cross your arms,
Your body language is closed off and defensive.


And tell no lies,
You're honest about your intentions and actions.


A thousand thoughts run
My mind is racing with various ideas and emotions.


Through my mind,
The chaos within my mind is overwhelming.


A thousand words that I don't need,
Despite all the thoughts in my mind, I don't have any words to express how I feel.


I never thought you could do this.
I am surprised and hurt by your actions.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: EIRIK GLAMBEK BOE, ERLEND OTRE OEYE

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