Slowly One
The Maccabees Lyrics


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In every quiet moment
In every little silence
Every small reminder where you find her
With every left light on
Let alone

Every little loving word
Said out of love
Going cold

Little by little I'm laid down
Little by little I'm laid down

I can go wherever
Still the same
Every small reminder of a name
Any half measures
Any pleasures
Every new encounter that's not her
Leaves you cold

Little by little I'm laid down
Little by little I'm laid down

Some day you're going to wake up




And think you went a day without
Going cold

Overall Meaning

The Maccabees's song Slowly One is a powerful yet subtle representation of the aftermath of a break-up. The song is sung in a melancholic tune that is fitting for the somber and heavy lyrics. The lyrics of the song convey the aftermath of a break-up, where everything in the world becomes a reminder of the past relationship. In every quiet moment and every little silence, the person finds themselves reminded of their lost lover. They are left alone with every light left on, and the small things that were said out of love now seem to be going cold.


The song speaks of the gradual descent into heartache, where the person is slowly being laid down. Every small reminder - a name, any half-measures, any pleasures, or even new encounters that are not her, leaves them cold. The song speaks of a turning point, one that the person may reach someday, where they realize they have gone a day without going cold. The slightly cryptic nature of the lyrics allows the listeners to interpret it in their own ways, connecting with the words and what they mean to them personally.


Line by Line Meaning

In every quiet moment
During every moment of silence


In every little silence
During even the smallest of silent moments


Every small reminder where you find her
Every little thing that reminds you of her presence


With every left light on
When you leave the light on, hoping she'll come back


Let alone
Not to mention everything else


Every little loving word
Each and every word of love


Said out of love
Expressed out of pure affection


Going cold
Slowly losing its warmth and meaning


Little by little I'm laid down
Gradually losing hope and giving up on love


I can go wherever
I can travel to different places


Still the same
But none of it changes the fact that I still feel the same way


Every small reminder of a name
Whenever her name comes up, in any context


Any half measures
Any incomplete attempts at moving on


Any pleasures
Any temporary happiness or enjoyment


Every new encounter that's not her
Meeting new people that don't compare to her


Leaves you cold
Leaves you feeling empty and alone


Some day you're going to wake up
One day you'll realize


And think you went a day without
And believe that you made it through a day without


Going cold
Feeling empty and alone




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