Unknow
The Maccabees Lyrics


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Love, just while love
Just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers

Unknow
Me as hard as it seems
Decide it
And feel light on the breeze
And it's alright, you can lean it
You can lean it, you can lean it
You can lean it, you can lean it
You can lean it on me

And I know
It's all you can see
And to shake it
To make it fall from the tree
And you're called into the water
And it holds you like a tropical disease

And you lean into the weather and it drops you, it drops you

Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers

I was given these lungs
And I won't be ashamed no more
We were ripped from those arms
They no longer protect us

I was given these lungs
And I won't be ashamed no more
We were ripped from those arms
They no longer protect us

Unknow me
Pour me away
Pour me, pour me, pour me away

Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers

I was given these lungs
And I won't be ashamed no more
We were ripped from those arms
They no longer protect us

I was given these lungs
And I won't be ashamed no more
We were ripped from those arms
They no longer protect us

Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers





Just while love, just while love
Just while love remembers

Overall Meaning

The Maccabees song "Unknown" is a haunting, introspective piece that speaks to the complexities of love, loss, and life. The song begins with the repeated refrain, "Just while love remembers," which sets the tone for the introspective exploration that follows. The singer is struggling with the feeling of being unknown - uncertain about his place in the world, about what he wants, and about what he has to offer. The lyrics suggest a sense of unease and a yearning for change, for something new and different that will give purpose and meaning to life.


The song's protagonist comes to a realization that he must "decide it," to shake himself free of his worries and uncertainties and to live life with renewed energy, without shame or fear. The lyrics liken this decision to feeling "light on the breeze," a sense of liberation that will allow the singer to embrace life fully. However, the path to this freedom is fraught with danger and uncertainty. The singer is "called into the water" and is held back like a "tropical disease." He is swept away by the current of life, unable to control his destiny.


Throughout the song, the singer seeks solace in the power of love, which is portrayed as a force capable of granting clarity, direction, and strength. The repeated refrain, "Just while love remembers," suggests that this force is powerful but fleeting, that it must be nurtured constantly if it is to make a real difference. Ultimately, the song is a meditation on the power of self-awareness and self-knowledge, the need for courage and resilience, and the importance of love in overcoming the uncertainties of life.


Line by Line Meaning

Love, just while love
Hold on to love, as long as you have it


Just while love remembers
Hang on to love, for as long as it lasts


Unknow
Don't know who I am, or what to do


Me as hard as it seems
I'm struggling to figure myself out


Decide it
I need to make a decision about my life


And feel light on the breeze
I need to let go of my worries, and feel free


And it's alright, you can lean it
It's okay to rely on someone else for support


You can lean it, you can lean it
You can trust in someone else's strength


And I know
I understand


It's all you can see
You're consumed by this one thing


And to shake it
You need to move on from it


To make it fall from the tree
To let it go completely


And you're called into the water
You're being drawn into something powerful


And it holds you like a tropical disease
It's consuming you and you can't escape


And you lean into the weather and it drops you, it drops you
You take a chance and it doesn't work out


I was given these lungs
I was given life


And I won't be ashamed no more
I won't hide or be ashamed of myself


We were ripped from those arms
We were taken away from safety and comfort


They no longer protect us
We're no longer safe


Pour me away
Get rid of me




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Amr Mohamed

Lyrics
Love, just while love, just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love, just while love remembers
Unknow me as hard as it seems
Decide it and feel light on the breeze
And it's alright, you can lean it, you can lean it, you can lean it
You can lean it, you can lean it
You can lean it on me
And I know it's all you can see and to shake it
To make it fall from the tree
And you're called into the water
And it holds you like a tropical disease
And you lean into the weather and it drops you, drops you
Just while love (I was given these lungs)
Just while love (and I won't be ashamed no more)
Just while love (we were ripped from those arms)
Remembers (they no longer protect us)
Just while love (I was given these lungs)
Just while love (and I won't be ashamed no more)
Just while love (we were ripped from those arms)
Remembers (they no longer protect us)
Unknow me pour me away
You can pour me, pour me
Pour me away
Just while love (I was given these lungs)
Just while love (and I won't be ashamed no more)
Just while love (we were ripped from those arms)
Remembers (they no longer protect us)
Just while love (I was given these lungs)
Just while love (and I won't be ashamed no more)
Just while love (we were ripped from those arms)
Remembers (they no longer protect us)
Just while love, just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love, just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love remembers



LiZa

Love, just while love, just while love remembers
Just while love, just while love, just while love remembers

Unknow as hard as it seems
Decide it and feel light on the breeze

And it's alright, you can lean it, you can lean it, you can lean it
You can lean it, you can lean it
You can lean it on me

And I know it's all you can see and to shake it
To make it fall from the tree
And you're called into the water
And it holds you like a tropical disease

And you lean into the weather and it drops you, drops you

Just while love remembers
I was given these lungs
And I won't be ashamed no more
We were ripped from those arms
They no longer protect us

Just while love remembers
I was given these lungs
And I won't be ashamed no more
We were ripped from those arms
They no…

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Nithin Pm

Lost my friend yesterday after a car crash. This was his favorite song. May his soul rest in peace.

Jukebone

RIP in Pepperonis

liveforever141

May he rest in peace

Takumi Auditore20

Rest in peace

Rageostorm

😭😭😭

Michael Valles

R I P

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Arjun R.

Listened to it in NFS MW 2012. Still my favorite. The music, the lyrics, every bit of it are just amazing.

Boody

I Still play this game till now and this music really fits in a police chase

Arjun R.

@Boody Too right

Hubert Filliam

Also what about Muse Butterflies and Hurricanes

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