The Chills
Peter Bjorn and John Lyrics


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Your tongue is sharp
but I miss the taste of it

You said time heals
there's not enough of it

The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to hide the key

To hear you cast a spell so sweet
to still have hours left to sleep

Your fear is crowdin'
And there is still
no place
for someone
like me to fill

Don't know about luck
but I know the lack of it

Don't know about luck
but I'm losing track of it

The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to go to sleep

I know that time until it kills
You're giving me the chills

Your fear is crowdin'
and there is still
No place
for someone
like me to fill
x2

The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to hide the key

to hear you cast a spell so sweet
and still have hours left to sleep

Your fear is crowdin'
And there is still
no place
for someone
like me to fill
x2

The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to go to sleep

I know that time until it kills
You're giving me the chills

I know that time until it kills

you're giving me the chills




you're giving me the chills
you're giving me the chills

Overall Meaning

The song "The Chills" by Peter Bjorn and John is a melancholic reflection on lost love and the pain of separation. The opening lines, "Your tongue is sharp but I miss the taste of it" suggest that the singer is addressing someone who they once had a close relationship with, but who has become distant over time. The singer misses the connection they had with this person, even though there were times when their words could be hurtful.


The second verse, "The lessons are too cruel to keep, to lock the door to hide the key", suggests that there are painful memories or experiences that the singer and their former partner share, but that they are unable to communicate about. This creates a sense of isolation and loneliness for both of them. The lines "Your fear is crowdin' and there is still no place for someone like me to fill" reinforce this feeling of being shut out.


The chorus, "I know that time until it kills, you're giving me the chills" suggests that the singer is resigned to the fact that their relationship is over and that time is running out. The repeated refrain, "you're giving me the chills" underscores the emotional impact of this realization. Ultimately, the song captures a sense of sadness and regret, as the singer struggles to come to terms with the end of a relationship that they still deeply care about.


Line by Line Meaning

Your tongue is sharp
You speak harshly


but I miss the taste of it
but I still long for your words


You said time heals
You claimed that time can heal all wounds


there's not enough of it
but I don't have enough of it


The lessons are too cruel to keep
The things I have learned are too painful to hold onto


to lock the door to hide the key
to bury them deep and hide them away


To hear you cast a spell so sweet
To listen to your words that are so alluring


to still have hours left to sleep
and still have some time to rest


Your fear is crowdin'
Your anxieties are overwhelming


And there is still
but yet


no place
there is no room


for someone
for a person


like me to fill
like me to fit in


Don't know about luck
I am unsure about good fortune


but I know the lack of it
however, I am familiar with the absence of it


but I'm losing track of it
but I am forgetting what little of it I had


I know that time until it kills
I know that eventually time will destroy me


You're giving me the chills
Your words are making me shiver with fear and apprehension




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave
Written by: BJORN YTTLING, JOHN ERIKSSON, PETER MOREN

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@pilimartinez3024

Your tongue is sharp
but I miss the taste of it
You said time heals
there's not enough of it
The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to hide the key
To hear you cast a spell so sweet
to still have hours left to sleep
Your fear is crowdin'
And there is still
no place
for someone
like me to fill
Don't know about luck
but I know the lack of it
Don't know about luck
but I'm losing track of it
The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to go to sleep
I know that time until it kills
You're giving me the chills
Your fear is crowdin'
and there is still
No place
for someone
like me to fill
x2
The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to hide the key
to hear you cast a spell so sweet
and still have hours left to sleep



All comments from YouTube:

@BurtSampson

This whole album helped me get through some pretty dark times. Thanks for making such beautiful music.

@MsLemon1971

This takes me back in a time warp previous to YouTube. Love this whole album.❤️

@Turtleproof

I was a teenager working at some water park and this song played on the PA. Either nobody listened to the lyrics or they knew exactly what they were doing, such a dark song.

@angelicaangels6835

This whole album brings me back to the better times in life. So nostalgic. Thank you guys!

@apileofbacon482

This might be my favorite track on the album

@van020586

i really really got chill with this song and not in a bad way

@josefDD

Tshhhh tshh shhh shh shhh

@justinmedellin5539

Perfect song

@fernandoalarcon8534

What a great album. Way ahead of their time.

@pilimartinez3024

Your tongue is sharp
but I miss the taste of it
You said time heals
there's not enough of it
The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to hide the key
To hear you cast a spell so sweet
to still have hours left to sleep
Your fear is crowdin'
And there is still
no place
for someone
like me to fill
Don't know about luck
but I know the lack of it
Don't know about luck
but I'm losing track of it
The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to go to sleep
I know that time until it kills
You're giving me the chills
Your fear is crowdin'
and there is still
No place
for someone
like me to fill
x2
The lessons are too cruel to keep
to lock the door to hide the key
to hear you cast a spell so sweet
and still have hours left to sleep

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