Forever I've Known
The Maccabees Lyrics


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I'm a child to your voice
To the sound though it can eat me alive
Ten toes and ten fingers
Any sense that I've had in this life

Won't you stay a while
Kill some time
You know that I'll make it easy

And I know
Know it wouldn't be forever
Forever I've known
Nothing stays forever
Couldn't still try

I want to see you
It's not good enough to have you here in my head
Want the spray from the sea
Come on I'll make it easy

And I know
Know it wouldn't be forever
Forever I've known
Nothing stays forever
Couldn't still try

Things I've said in a rage
Can still be unsaid
Took the cold from my bones
Took the cold from my head

And I know
Know nothing stays forever
Forever I've known
Nothing stays forever
Couldn't just lie

I'm a child to your voice
And I know
Know nothing stays forever
Forever I've known




Nothing stays forever
Forever I've known

Overall Meaning

In The Maccabees' song "Forever I've Known," the singer speaks to a powerful force in their life that they describe as their voice. This voice holds a great deal of power and can consume the singer in a way that feels overwhelming. Despite this, the singer is drawn to the voice and desires its presence, wanting it to stay and spend time with them. The singer recognizes that nothing stays forever and that their time with this force may not last, but they still want to try to keep it in their life.


The lyrics suggest that this voice may be a source of comfort or connection for the singer because they describe wanting to see the spray from the sea and feel the presence in a tangible way. However, the singer also acknowledges that their interactions with this force are not always positive. They mention saying hurtful things in anger, but suggest that it is possible to undo the harm that has been done. Overall, the message seems to be about the fleeting nature of relationships and the importance of seizing the chance to connect with someone or something while you can.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm a child to your voice
I am deeply influenced and impacted by your voice


To the sound though it can eat me alive
Although your voice can be overpowering, I am still drawn to it


Ten toes and ten fingers
I am a complete and whole person


Any sense that I've had in this life
All the knowledge and understanding I have gained in life


Won't you stay a while
I want you to spend time with me


Kill some time
Pass the time together


You know that I'll make it easy
I will create a comfortable and relaxed environment for you


And I know
I am aware


Know it wouldn't be forever
I understand that this won't last indefinitely


Forever I've known
I have always been aware of this fact


Nothing stays forever
All things must come to an end


Couldn't still try
But I will still make an effort


I want to see you
I desire to be with you in person


It's not good enough to have you here in my head
Merely thinking of you is not satisfying


Want the spray from the sea
I crave the sensation of the ocean mist


Come on I'll make it easy
I will create a comfortable and relaxed environment for you


Things I've said in a rage
Words I spoke when angry


Can still be unsaid
I can take back what I said


Took the cold from my bones
You warmed and comforted me


Took the cold from my head
You eased my anxiety


Know nothing stays forever
I understand that all things must end


Couldn't just lie
I couldn't just pretend that everything is alright




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Felix White, Hugo White, Orlando Weeks, Rupert Jarvis Shepherd, Sam Doyle

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NB 1294

It scares me that this album is almost 10 years old already.

Sandy Fisher

In my humble opinion, one of the greatest pieces of music

Katey Barker

This song is a masterpiece

ArinArshavin

all 3 albums equally different yet equally amazing. Maccabees are incredible

Victor Santi

Please, spread this to the world... The Earth must listen to this tune.

HK - 416

im still listing to this... its still a master piece

Silence Newberry

Great tune...excellent bass lines!

Karyn Steer

How have I never heard this song before today? Love it.

Fernanda Curti

The NME made this list of the 10 best Maccabees song and after it came up to number 2 i was like "forever i´ve known! forever i´ve known!" and to my amazement it was it, number one in the list. No bloody wonder, it´s so beautiful it manages to be my favourite Maccabees song. Thank goodness for this band. i love them so much.

whataboutpereira

Indeed! This song is the reason I keep coming back to them!

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