Chimed with upbeat melodies, did you know that this iconic song by Of Monsters And Men is actually written with sad lyrics? If you haven’t looked into the lyrics, the harmonising tunes, seemingly light-hearted tooting horns, and quirky music video may have tricked you into thinking that Little Talks may be a cheerful song.

Telling the tale of an old couple that have gone through the ups and downs of life together, they are now fighting a losing battle, as the female in the story struggles with a mental disorder, sounding like depression, Alzheimer’s, or Schizophrenia.

Beginning with an exchange between the couple, where the female is having trouble coping with reality, it speaks of her wild imaginations, and the male giving her reassurance. He attempts to bring her back to reality, and continuously reminding her about the beautiful memories they had, that she has long forgotten.

For me, the out-of-ordinary tempo and twisted animated music video seem to be depicting the madness going through the lady’s mind. Mental illnesses are one of the saddest thing that could happen to anyone, because no one can tell. Only the ones close to the victim will suffer, as they watch their soul slowly leaving, while feeling absolutely helpless.

The heartfelt lyrics end with a bittersweet touch, whereby the man still wind up losing the love of his life to a mental illness, no matter how much he tried to stop it.

Finishing off with the most repeated line “though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore”, it speaks of how their view on reality may now be different, but they’ll both still reunite at the same place in the end.

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