Went Away
The Maccabees Lyrics


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Look at you with slimmer lines
Dirty toes un-showered
Unholy sight the state of you
And every sign that you're wired again

Just look at you in the trolley line
Wild eyed you're still flying
A little less and a little more
In the middle ground is still miles away

So hold me close don't let me go
I need you so
Tell me something I don't know
That I need to know
Hold those arms around my neck
I need you so
Somewhere sunk behind those eyes
A man I've always known

And if you go to sea again
We'll see it out to horizons
To see it all it's a little late
And better never but it's happening

So hold me close don't let me go
I need you so
Somewhere sunk behind those eyes
A man I've always known

That never went away




Hold me close don't let me go
I need you

Overall Meaning

The Maccabees's song Went Away is a poignant reflection of a person's intense love for someone who is struggling with addiction. The beginning of the song portrays the physical decline of the addicted individual, with references to their appearance, such as "slimmer lines" and "dirty toes un-showered". The lyrics also suggest that the person has relapsed, with "every sign that you're wired again" indicating that they have returned to using drugs or alcohol. The singer acknowledges how unsettling this sight is, referring to it as "unholy".


As the song continues, the singer tries to connect with their loved one, asking them to stay close and not leave them. The line "somewhere sunk behind those eyes, a man I've always known" shows that despite the addiction, the singer believes that the person they love is still there. They are asking for the person's true self to emerge and for them to come back to themselves. The line "that never went away" is deliberately ambiguous, but it could be interpreted to mean either the love the singer has for the person or the person's true self that they believe has not been lost, despite the addiction. The singer's plea for information they do not know encourages the person to open up and share what is happening, even though it may be uncomfortable or difficult.


Overall, Went Away is a tender and compassionate portrayal of the battle against addiction, and the struggle to hold onto love through it all.


Line by Line Meaning

Look at you with slimmer lines
Observing your physical appearance with a critical eye, noticing your weight loss.


Dirty toes un-showered
Noticing and commenting on your lack of personal hygiene, with unclean feet.


Unholy sight the state of you
Commenting on your overall disheveled and unkempt appearance, looking like a mess.


And every sign that you're wired again
Perceiving that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, noticing your erratic behavior.


Just look at you in the trolley line
Examining you while waiting in line at the grocery store, observing your behavior.


Wild eyed you're still flying
Noticing your wild, drug-induced eyes, indicating that you are still under the influence.


A little less and a little more
Commenting on the amount of drugs that you are taking, noticing variations in your behavior.


In the middle ground is still miles away
Referring to the possibility of finding balance or stability, recognizing that it is unlikely at this point.


So hold me close don't let me go
Asking for physical closeness and support, seeking comfort from the other person.


I need you so
Emphasizing the depth of the need for the other person's support and love.


Tell me something I don't know
Asking for new information or insights that may help with the current situation or provide hope.


That I need to know
Clarifying that the information or insight must be relevant or useful in some way.


Hold those arms around my neck
Requesting physical contact and a hug, seeking emotional connection and comfort.


Somewhere sunk behind those eyes
Noticing that there is something deeper or more meaningful behind the person's gaze, recognizing there is more to them than their current state.


A man I've always known
Reflecting on the person's true self that the singer has always known, beyond their current struggles.


And if you go to sea again
Referring to the possibility of the person relapsing or struggling with addiction again.


We'll see it out to horizons
Committing to supporting the person through their struggles, no matter how challenging or difficult.


To see it all it's a little late
Recognizing that it may be too late to fully recover from the addiction or struggle, but still being willing to support.


And better never but it's happening
Acknowledging that it may have been better if the person had never struggled with addiction or other issues, but recognizing that it is happening and committing to support.


That never went away
Reflecting on the true self of the person that has always been there, despite their struggles or addiction.


Hold me close don't let me go
Reiterating the need for physical and emotional support from the other person.


I need you
Emphasizing once again the depth of the need for the other person's love and support.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: FELIX WHITE, HUGO WHITE, ORLANDO THOMAS WEEKS, RUPERT ALEXANDER JARVIS SHEPHERD, SAM DOYLE

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Comments from YouTube:

Anna Michell

I swear this isn't "just a song". It really gets me into this nostalgic and melancholic atmosphere.
This is, by far, my favorite song from Given To The Wild. I really feel my love for this song strengthens each time I listen to it.

Elleari

This song has a special place in my heart. I went away for the first time, to an entirely new culture, for 3months. I was alone and overwhelmed. This song brought me peace

Sauly Bee

Peacd

Teógenes Bruno 6F

Não consigo parar de ouvir esse álbum desde quando foi lançando! <3

Isabella

This song, this album, this band <3

Ilan Lashevsky

You can't be more than that

TheFrostKnight

Es como si esta música estuviera echa para hacerte sentir bien :'D

Silvia Schirinzi

I genuinely think The Maccabees sound is pretty unique...maybe it's Orlando's voice, most probably is the proper sound of it but they are a piece of rarity and I do appreciate all their developments. Yes, you can say Wall of Arms or Colour in it were more fresh but this is mature and undeniably good.

Amna Parvez

i can't put into words what I feel everytime i listen to this. 

che Waithe

Amna Parvez I know right, i get nostalgic... takes me back to a great summer...

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