Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears

Art Cover
The objects on the cover of Hopes and Fears are piano hammers in allusion to the band’s characteristic piano sound. The many different versions of the album can be distinguished by the colour of the artwork. The original UK version has a dark green cover, the European version a black one, the US version white; the international version has a red-brown scheme, and the Japanese version is blue.

The typeface selected for this, and for all Keane releases off the album was the font « Cochin », designed originally in 1912

Date de sortie internationale : 10 mai 2004 (14 septembre 2004 en France)
Date de sortie USA/Canada : 25 mai 2004

Notes : L’album s’est classé n°1 des ventes au Royaume-Uni dès la première semaine.
En décembre 2004, l’album s’était écoulé à plus de 2 millions d’exemplaires. « Hopes and Fears » est devenu disque d’or (100000 exemplaires vendus) au cours des 3 premiers mois de sa mise en vente (source).
Meilleur classement dans le Top Album (France) : 5ème, du 16/04/2005 au 23/04/2005.

De nombreuses versions de cet album ont été éditées au cours des années.

VERSION DU ROYAUME-UNI

Tracklist :

  1. Somewhere only we know
  2. Bend And Break
  3. We might as well be strangers
  4. Everybody’s changing
  5. Your eyes open
  6. She has no time
  7. Can’t stop now
  8. Sunshine
  9. This is the last time
  10. On a day like today
  11. Untitled I
  12. Bedshaped

Date de sortie : 10 mai 2004

Notes : La version britannique est une édition spéciale car y figure « On a day like today ». Apparemment l’album s’écoula à 155343 exemplaires dés la première semaine de sa sortie. Hopes and Fears est la deuxième meilleure vente d’album du Royaume-Uni pour l’année 2004 avec 1 593 677 copies de vendues (l’album des Scissors Sisters est en première position avec seulement 582 copies de plus!). L’album a été n°1 lors de sa sortie ainsi que la deuxième, quatrième et sixième semaine.

VERSION DOUBLE-CD DE FRANCE

Cette  édition spéciale est un double CD qui regroupe l’édition internationale de « Hopes and Fears » (ci-dessus) et le « live EP ».
La pochette est identique à la version internationale.

Tracklist CD 2:

  1. Somewhere only we know – Forum, London, 10/5/04
  2. We might as well be strangers – Columbiafritz, Berlin, 19/5/04
  3. Allemande – BNN That’s Live Session, Amsterdam, 7/7/04
  4. This is the last time (Acoustic) – Mill St. Brewery, Toronto, 20/9/04
  5. Everybody’s changing – Airwaves Festival, Reykjavik, 23/10/04
  6. Bedshaped – Brixton Academy, London, 17/11/04

Date de sortie : 23 mai 2005

VERSION DU PORTUGAL

Le coffret contient également un CD bonus : des enregistrements live d’un showcase acoustique donné le 10 mars 2005 à Lisbonne lors d’un passage sur la radio portugaise RFM :

  1. Everybody’s changing (live)
  2. This is the last time (live)
  3. Somewhere only we know (live)
  4. Bedshaped (live)

Date de sortie : 25 juillet 2005

VERSION DE L’ALLEMAGNE

Le coffret contient également un CD bonus. Les titres live ont été enregistrés le 9 août 2004 lors d’un showcase acoustique à Hamburg au N-Joy Radio Live Lounge.

  1. Can’t stop now (live)
  2. Everybody’s changing (live)
  3. This is the last time (live)
  4. We might as well be strangers (live)
  5. Something in me was dying

Date de sortie : 8 novembre 2004

VERSION USA

Tracklist : Inchangée

Date de sortie : 25 mai 2004

Notes : Au 30 janvier 2005, l’album s’était vendu à 500 000 exemplaires aux États-Unis.

 

VERSION CANADA

Tracklist : Inchangée

Le coffret contient également un DVD contenant les paroles, une galerie de photos et les clips suivant :

  1. Somewhere only we know (US version)
  2. This is the last time (Independent UK Promo Video)
  3. Bedshaped
  4. Somewhere only we know (International version)

Date de sortie : 25 mai 2004

VERSION JAPON

Tracklist : Identique à celle de la version UK +

13. Snowed Under

14. Allemande

Date de sortie : 28 juin 2004

Notes : Comporte 3 titres en plus de l’édition internationale : « On a day like today », « Snowed under » et « Allemande ».

VERSION COREE DU SUD

Tracklist : Inchangée

Le coffret contient également un DVD contenant les vidéos suivantes :

  1. Keane TV Spot
  2. Everybody’s changing
  3. Somewhere only we know (live)
  4. She has no time (live)
  5. This is the last time (live)
  6. We might as well be strangers (live)
  7. Everybody’s changing (live)
  8. Bedshaped (live)
  9. Somewhere only we know

Ainsi qu’un livret en Coréen et un petit poster.

Date de sortie : 2004

VERSION TAIWAN

Tracklist : Identique à la version internationale +

12. Snowed under (bonus track)

13. We might as well be strangers – DJ Shadow remix (bonus track)

Le coffret contient également un DVD contenant les clips suivant :

  1. Somewhere only we know (International version)
  2. Somewhere only we know (US version)
  3. Everybody’s changing
  4. Bedshaped
  5. This is the last time

Date de sortie : 2004

VERSION DELUXE

Tracklist CD 1 :
  1. Somewhere only we know
  2. Bend And Break
  3. We might as well be strangers
  4. Everybody’s changing
  5. Your eyes open
  6. She has no time
  7. Can’t stop now
  8. Sunshine
  9. This is the last time
  10. On a day like today
  11. Untitled I
  12. Bedshaped
  13. Somewhere only we know (Lamacq Live)
  14. Bedshaped (Lamacq Live)
  15. Bend and break (Lamacq Live)
  16. We might as well be strangers (Lamacq Live)
  17. This is the last time (Jo Whiley Live Lounge)
  18. With or without you (Jo Whiley Live Lounge)
  19. A heart to hold you (Jo Whiley Live Lounge)
Tracklist CD 2 :
  1. Snowed under (B-Side)
  2. We might as well be strangers (remix DJ Shadow)
  3. Into The Light (Démo inédite)
  4. Call me what you like Démo (single Zoomorphic)
  5. Closer now (single Zoomorphic)
  6. Rubbernecking (single Zoomorphic)
  7. Wolf at the door (single Zoomorphic)
  8. She has no time Démo (single Zoomorphic)
  9. Call me what you like (single Zoomorphic)
  10. Everybody’s changing (single Fierce Panda)
  11. The way you want it (single Fierce Panda)
  12. This is the last time Démo (single Fierce Panda)
  13. Bedshaped Démo (single Fierce Panda)
  14. Allemande (single Fierce Panda)
  15. Somewhere only we know (Live EP)
  16. We might as well be strangers (Live EP)
  17. This is the last time (Live EP)
  18. Everybody’s changing (Live EP)
Date de sortie : 5 novembre 2009
Notes : Cette version est sortie pour célébrer les 5 ans de la sortie de l’album.

SINGLE – SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

Tracklist :

  1. Somewhere only we know
  2. Snowed under
  3. Walnut tree
  4. Somewhere only we know (vidéo)

Date de sortie : 16 février 2004

Notes : Le single s’est hissé à la 3ème place du classement britannique, et se serait vendu à 21033 exemplaires dans sa semaine de sortie.

Couverture du CD promo et CD 2 titres :

Somewhere only we know (promo)

SINGLE – EVERYBODY’S CHANGING

Tracklist :

  1. Everybody’s changing
  2. To the end of the earth
  3. Fly to me
  4. Everybody’s changing (vidéo)

Date de sortie : 3 mai 2004

Notes : À ne pas confondre avec la version Fierce Panda qui est un enregistrement mais surtout une valeur différente! Le single a atteint la 4ème place du classement au Royaume-Uni se serait vendu à 21653 exemplaires dans sa semaine de sortie.

Pochette du CD promo :

Everybody's changing (promo)

CD 2 titres (France) :

Tracklist :

  1. Everybody’s changing
  2. Somewhere only we know (live)

Date de sortie : 21 mars 2005

Notes : Meilleur classement dans le Top Single : 10ème, du 26/03/2005 au 02/04/2005

SINGLE – BEDSHAPED

Tracklist :
  1. Bedshaped
  2. Something in me was dying
  3. Untitled II
  4. Bedshaped (vidéo)
Date de sortie : 16 août 2004 Notes : Plus haute position dans le classement britannique : n°10 lors de sa sortie.

Couverture du CD promo :

Bedshaped (promo)

Il existe 2 sets de singles pour Bedshaped, composés de 3 parties, et édités aux Pays-Bas (3 CDs) et en Allemagne (2 CDs + 1 DVD de clips), avec des couvertures de couleur différentes (CD 1 : orange, CD 2 : bleu, et CD 3 : vert).
Bedshaped (Pays-Bas)

Pays-Bas

CD1 : CD2 : CD3 :
  1. Bedshaped
  2. Something in me was dying
  3. Everybody’s changing (live)
  4. Can’t stop now (live)
  1. Bedshaped
  2. Untitled II
  3. Somewhere only we know (live)
  4. Bend and break (live)
  5. Bedshaped (vidéo)
  1. Bedshaped
  2. This is the last time (live)
  3. We might as well be strangers (live)
  4. Bedshaped (live)
  5. Bedshaped (vidéo live)
Les titres live ont été enregistrés le 07/07/2004 au cours de l’émission BNN « That’s live ». La vidéo live a été enregistrée à l’Islington Academy, Londres le 25/02/2004.

Allemagne

CD1 CD2 DVD
  1. Bedshaped
  2. This is the last time
  3. Untitled II
  4. Everybody’s changing (Airwaves festival, Islande 31/10/04)
  5. Somewhere only we know (Forum, London 10/05/04)
  1. Bedshaped
  2. Something in me was dying
  3. This is the last time (Acoustic, Mill St Brewery, Toronto 20/09/04)
  4. Bedshaped (Brixton Academy, London 17/11/04)
  5. We might as well be strangers (Columbia Fritz, Germany 19/05/04)
  1. Bedshaped
  2. Somewhere only we know
  3. Everybody’s changing
  4. This is the last time

SINGLE – THIS IS THE LAST TIME

Tracklist :

  1. This is the last time
  2. She opens her eyes
  3. This is the last time (démo)
  4. This is the last time (vidéo)

Date de sortie : 22 novembre 2004

Notes : Plus haute position dans le classement britannique : n°18 lors de sa sortie.

Il existe une version DVD du single qui comprend « Somewhere only you know secret gig », « We might as well be strangers » Live au Villiers theatre Londres, « This is the last time » au Irving Plaza New York et une galerie photo.

This is the last time (DVD)

Pochette du CD promo :

This is the last time (promo)

CD 2 titres (France) :

Tracklist :

  1. This is the last time
  2. Everybody’s changing (live Airwaves Festival, Reykjavik, 23/10/04)

Date de sortie : 03 octobre 2005
Notes : Meilleur classement dans le Top Single : 56ème (du 15/10/2005 au 22/10/2005).

SINGLE – BEND AND BREAK

Tracklist :

  1. Bend and break
  2. On a day like today
  3. Allemande (live)
  4. Bend and break (vidéo)

Date de sortie : 25 juillet 2005

Notes : Le single n’est sorti qu’en Allemagne. Le titre live a été enregistré à Amsterdam (Pays-Bas) le 07/07/2004 au cours de l’émission BNN « That’s live ».

Pochette du CD promo (17 mai 2005) :

Bend and break (promo)

HOPES AND FEARS (BOÎTE A SINGLES 45T)

  • Somewhere only we know
  • This is the last time
  • Everybody’s changing
  • Bedshaped
  • The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore

Notes : Les Britanniques inscrits à la mailing list de Keane au tout début, on eut la possibilité ce commander une boîte pour ranger les éditions vinyles des singles. Un single inédit, la reprise de « The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore », leur a été offert pour compléter la boîte avec des « goodies » tel qu’un livret de photos ou des lettres écrites par les membres de Keane pour remercier les fans. Le nombre de boîte était limité à 1000 et chaque boîte est numérotée.

Composition de la boîte complète :

Hopes and Fears (Boîte 1/6)Hopes and Fears (Boîte 2/6)Hopes and Fears (Boîte 3/6)
Hopes and Fears (Boîte 4/6)Hopes and Fears (Boîte 5/6)Hopes and Fears (Boîte 6/6)

PRE-Hopes and Fears (2003)

SINGLE – CALL ME WHAT YOU LIKE

Tracklist :

  1. Call me what you like
  2. Rubbernecking
  3. Closer now
Date de sortie : 31 janvier 2000. Single sorti sous le label Zoomorphic.
 
Notes : Seules 500 copies de ce single furent éditées.

SINGLE – WOLF AT THE DOOR

Tracklist :

  1. Wolf at the door
  2. Call me what you like
  3. She has no time

Date de sortie : 1er juin 2001. Single sorti sous le label Zoomorphic.

Notes : Seules 50 copies de ce single furent produites. Il semblerait que « Wolf At The Door » fut produit comme promo et fut très limité puique chaque single était fait maison gravé sur CDR.
La version de Call Me What You Like est différente de celle du single Call Me What You Like single (qui est plus lente); et She Has No Time est une version différente de celle trouvée sur l’album « Hopes and Fears ».
Ce single a atteint des sommes record aux enchères avec des ventes à £738 (soit 1065€), £750 (soit 1081€), £729 (soit 1051€) et £1001 (soit 1460€).

SINGLE – EVERYBODY’S CHANGING (FIERCE PANDA)

Tracklist :

  1. Everybody’s changing
  2. Bedshaped
  3. The way you want it

Date de sortie : 12 mai 2003. Single sorti sous le label Fierce Panda.

Notes : Seules 1500 copies de ce single furent éditées (1000 à l’origine, puis 500 supplémentaires avec le même numéro de catalogue). Apparemment, le single a vendu 733 copies dans sa première semaine de sortie pour entrer dans les classements à la position 122. (Non confirmé) Ceci est la sortie originale, et est une version différente de celle que vous pouvez trouver sur le deuxième single « Everybody’s changing » et celle de l’album « Hopes and Fears ».

 

SINGLE – THIS IS THE LAST TIME (FIERCE PANDA)

Tracklist :

  1. This is the last time
  2. Can’t stop now
  3. Allemande

Date de sortie : 13 octobre 2003. Single sorti sous le label Fierce Panda.

Notes : Ce titre est disponible sur la compilation « Decade: Ten Years of Fierce Panda » que vous trouverez sur leur site. Environ 4000 copies de ce single furent produites.

 

Chansons

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete
Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go
Somewhere only we know?

A PROPOS

« It’s about being able to draw strength from a place or experience you’ve shared with someone. I think it’s an idea a lot of people can relate to. » (Tim,The Mirror)

« I was thinking of something like David Bowie’s ‘Heroes ‘, which you drive along to a really rocking beat. I really like the bridge and it’s great fun to play live. It was one of the first things we recorded for the album. » (Tim, Billboard.com)

« We’ve been asked whether ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ is about a specific place, and Tim has been saying that, for him, or us as individuals, it might be about a geographical space, or a feeling; it can mean something individual to each person, and they can interpret it to a memory of theirs… It’s perhaps more of a
theme rather than a specific message… Feelings that may be universal, without necessarily being totally specific to us, or a place, or a time… »
(Richard, Rockfeedback.com Source)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

When you, when you forget your name
When old faces all look the same
Meet me in the morning when you wake up
Meet me in the morning then you’ll wake up
If only I don’t bend and break
I’ll meet you on the other side
I’ll meet you in the light
If only I don’t suffocate
I’ll meet you in the morning when you wake

Lovesick bitter and hardened heart
Aching waiting for night waiting for life to start
Meet me in the morning when you wake up
Meet me in the morning then you’ll wake up

If only I don’t bend and break
I’ll meet you on the other side
I’ll meet you in the light
If only I don’t suffocate
I’ll meet you in the morning when you wake

If only I don’t bend and break
I’ll meet you on the other side
I’ll meet you in the light
If only I don’t suffocate
I’ll meet you in the morning when you wake

I’ll meet you on the other side
I’ll meet you in the light
If only I don’t suffocate
I’ll meet you in the morning when you wake

A PROPOS

[Regarding « the other side » and « white light » references] « in bend and break that phrase is more about getting through a really dark state of mind and emerging into brighter, happier times. the old saying ‘the darkest hour is just before the dawn’ is very true and potent i think. people often say that with proper depression, things can seem unbearably awful as your thoughts run around each other in the dark of the night but when the sun rises you can get more perspective and see things in a more hopeful way. see patrick humphries’ book on nick drake for his thoughts on how this phenomenon affected that great songwriter. anyway for me i’ve always loved the mornings…the day is new and full of possibilities. the song reminds me of when i was young and in the mornings i’d phone tom or richard or other friends and we’d make plans to meet up in town or play football or whatever. i still feel the same way…for example i alway write songs best early in the morning. «  – Tim – messageboard – Source

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I don’t know your face no more
Or feel your touch that I adore
I don’t know your face no more
It’s just a place I’m looking for
We might as well be strangers in another town
We might as well be living in a different world
We might as well
We might as well
We might as well

I don’t know your thoughts these days
We’re strangers in an empty space
I don’t understand your heart
It’s easier to be apart

We might as well be strangers in another town
We might as well be living in a another time
We might as well
We might as well
We might as well be strangers
Be strangers
For all I know of you now
For all I know of you now
For all I know of you now
For all I know

A PROPOS

« This song is kinda about being forced to be away from someone you really love. » – Tom – London Basement gig – 26th February 2004

« This is a song about not being in love with somebody anymore. » – Tom – London Hammersmith gig – 28th March 2004

  • « As you get older you realise that things just get more complicated and it’s just never a simple ‘everything’s delightful’ – I mean I find that I feel very happy with that side of my life, but at the same time there always bad things and always difficult things, and I’ll always like taking those and expanding on them and thinking where they might go and using those as ideas for writing. I don’t know if that just means I’m a ‘glass half empty’ person or whatever, but in a way those are the most interesting things to write about – it’s not particularly interesting to write a song about how ‘everything’s really lovely’. I think people are just very interesting, and those sorts of funny things that people say and do, and you don’t really know if they’re good or bad, but they’re just weird. The way people behave to each other is so strange. We Might As Well Be Strangers is definitely one of my favourites songs I’ve written because it’s so … unbelievably depressing. I feel that it builds up and it just sort of explodes, it’s like it smoulders along for a while and then there’s a big cry of frustration, and then it just hangs its head, and then goes back to the « for all I know of you now » bit. It’s a very sad song. – Tim – Strangers DVD

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

You say you wander your own land
But when I think about it
I don’t see how you can
You’re aching, you’re breaking
And I can see the pain in your eyes
Says everybody’s changing
And I don’t know why

So little time
Try to understand that I’m
Trying to make a move to stay in the game
I try to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody’s changing
And I don’t feel the same

You’re gone from here
And soon you will disappear
Fading into beautiful light
Cause everybody’s changing
And I don’t feel right

So little time
Try to understand that I’m
Trying to make a move to stay in the game
I try to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody’s changing
And I don’t feel the same

So little time
Try to understand that I’m
Trying to make a move to stay in the game
I try to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody’s changing
And I don’t feel the same

A PROPOS

« It’s kinda about being stuck in one place and watching everyone else around you moving along, and feeling a bit depressed with it all…. (in a good way of course!) » (Tom – London ULU gig – 09/03/04)

« Everybody’s Changing is a song about something I think a lot of people will experience, which is when people’s lives start going different ways and you’re sitting there, thinking my friends are doing this, what I am I doing? What do I do with my life? I think things like that are quite common to people and are probably more important than a lot of things that people write songs about. I mean, we haven’t written any songs about politics. I think things like your friends, communication and love affect peoples lives more on a daily basis than who’s in charge of the budget! » (gig101 interview – Source)

« the song is about trying to work out where you are in the world, while some of the people around you are going off and doing different things. tim wrote it while we were really struggling to get anywhere as a band, and we were watching all our friends move away and get on with their lives, while we were stuck in battle getting nowhere, and wondering if we were doing the right thing. «  (Richard, messageboard)

« Everybody’s Changing is definitely world-weary. I wrote that at a time when we were quite low. We’d given up our London dream and had to slink back to Battle. We were feeling really isolated as a band. All our friends were making their way in the world and we were back at square one. Also, everyone I knew was jettisoning who they had been and was trying to be cool. I didn’t know whether to go with that or not. I decided to stay my geeky self. » – (Tim, Times interview)

« I guess the fact is that if you write about what you really feel, the chances are that a lot of people will probably feel the same way. So the things I’ve written about on the first record obviously are very personal either to me or to us as friends and a band, but by extension a lot of the songs are dealing with a things that are very recognisable to a lot of people – maybe in different contexts… Everybody’s Changing is kinda written from the point of view of someone in a band, which is what we were, just frustrated with everyone who seemed to alter who they were. It’s kind of an angry song, but again it’s sympathetic – I can understand why people feel they have to change. I just felt when we were in our early 20s/mid 20s, suddenly I felt there was more peer pressure, and everyone was desperately trying to be cool, and desperately trying to leave behind who they had been before and try and reinvent themselves as socialites – London types. And it’s just trying to dupe people, who know you weren’t like that is just stupid; I find it insulting really, because it’s so transparent and yet people try and hoodwink you in that way. But I think everyone is guilty of it, I’m probably guilty of it, so it is a sympathetic song. » (Tim, Strangers DVD)

« I wrote Everybody’s Changing some time in early 2002. I remember sitting at the piano at my Mum and Dad’s house one evening and playing the piano riff, then writing a song to fit around the riff.
We were working on Bend And Break and some other songs at that time, and I didn’t think Everybody’s Changing was as good a song, so I didn’t put much effort into the demo. However when I played it to the Tom and Richard and our friends at BMG Publishing (who had just signed us), they all loved it, so we finished the lyrics and went to work on it properly. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

« Everybody’s Changing is definitely world-weary. I wrote that at a time when we were quite low. We’d given up our London dream and had to slink back to Battle. We were feeling really isolated as a band. All our friends were making their way in the world and we were back at square one. Also, everyone I knew was jettisoning who they had been and was trying to be cool. I didn’t know whether to go with that or not. I decided to stay my geeky self. » (Richard, The London Times)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Well it’s a lonely road that you have chosen
Morning comes and you don’t want to know me anymore
And it’s a long time since your heart was frozen
Morning comes and you don’t want to know me anymore
For a moment your eyes open and you know
All the things I ever wanted you to know
I don’t know you, and I don’t want to
Till the moment your eyes open and you know

That it’s a lonely place that you have run to
Morning comes and you don’t want to know me anymore
And it’s a lonely end that you will come to
Morning comes and you don’t want to know me anymore

For a moment your eyes open and you know
All the things I ever wanted you to know
I don’t know you, and I don’t want to
Till the moment your eyes open and you know

For a moment your eyes open and you know
All the things I ever wanted you to know
I don’t know you, and I don’t want to
Till the moment your eyes open and you know

A PROPOS

« It’s a slightly unusual song for Keane… It was basically saying
(it’s a bit like Can’t Stop Now… it’s about eventually waiting and
waiting and eventually saying « well fuck you then, and sooner or later you’ll realise that we might have had something good ». It’s quite a simple song in a way. It is just a conflict I guess, it is a paradox thing where you can be completely mad about someone and sort of desperately want them to feel the same way about you, and yet they don’t and eventually… It’s a classic thing really, isn’t it? I probably had different pre-occupations, I mean that’s definitely about a particular person. Again it’s a classic Keane thing where it doesn’t quite add up – where I would have loved to have said it to that person and yet at the same time, I think what I was really […] willing myself to actually feel that way… whereas in fact I don’t think I ever did really feel that way. So maybe the whole song is an attempt at pulling the wool over your own eyes. »
(Tim, Strangers DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

You think your days are uneventful
And no one ever thinks about you
She goes her own way
She goes her own way
You say your days are ordinary
And no one ever thinks about you
But we’re all the same
And she can hardly breathe without you

She says she has no time
For you now
She says she has no time

Think about the lonely people
Then think about the day she found you
Or lie to yourself
And see it all dissolve around you

She says she has no time
For you now
She says she has no time
For you now
She says she has no time

Lonely people tumble downwards
My heart opens to you
When she says

She says she has no time
For you now
She says she has no time
For you now
She says she has no time

A PROPOS

« I always find this quite a hard thing to tell people about, cos I don’t know how an audience is going to react…but this song is basically about being in love with someone and they’re not in love with you, and this was something that happened to me a few years ago *crowd awws* But anyway, picture it in your minds. Anyway, this fellow here [Tim] wrote this song, as a way of sort of comforting me at the time *crowd awws and cheers* Anyway, it really is a song that means so much to me, because it was basically Tim putting his arm around my shoulder and saying ‘Don’t worry, this happens to everyone at some stage’. » (Tom, Leeds Met gig – 24th April 2004)

« Tim wrote this song, about a girl who broke my heart after giving me one of the best weekends of my life and then never phoning me again. » (Tom – Strangers DVD)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I noticed tonight that the world has been turning
While I’ve been stuck here dithering around
Well I know I said I’d wait around till you need me
But I have to go, I hate to let you down
But I can’t stop now
I’ve got troubles of my own
Cause I’m short on time
I’m lonely
And I’m too tired to talk

I noticed tonight that the world has been turning
While I’ve been stuck here withering away
Well I know I said I wouldn’t leave you behind
But I have to go, it breaks my heart to say

That I can’t stop now
I’ve got troubles of my own
Cause I’m short on time
I’m lonely
And I’m too tired to talk

No one back home
I’ve got troubles of my own
And I can’t slow down
For no one in town
And I can’t stop now

And I can’t slow down
For no one in town
And I can’t stop now
For no one

The motion keeps my heart running
The motion keeps my heart running
The motion keeps my heart running
The motion keeps my heart running

A PROPOS

« Can’t Stop Now is about the feeling that you’ve been standing still
sort of moping after someone, and suddenly snapping out of it and
feeling that you’ve a lot of catching up to do, and you can’t really
hang around. At almost any expense you need to get out and start doing things. I think most of the song is quite well-intentioned. I think it’s genuine, but then the last reprise bit undercuts it. You can never be sure what you’re doing really. It’s one of those things I think. It’s probably about convincing yourself to some extent. »
(Tim, Strangers DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I hold you in my hands
A little animal
And only some dumb idiot
Would let you go
But if I’m one thing
Then that’s the one thing
I should know
Can anybody find their home
Out of everyone
Can anybody find their home

I hold you in cupped hands
And shield you from a storm
Where only some dumb idiot
Would let you go

But if I’m one thing
Then that’s the one thing
I should know
Can anybody find their home
Out of everyone
Can anybody find their home
Lost in the sun
Can anybody find their home
Come on, come on, come on
Can anybody find their home

Oh oh-oh-oh-oh
Can anybody find their home
Out of everyone
Can anybody find their home
Lost in the sun
Can anybody find their home
Come on, come on, come on
Can anybody find their home

Oooooh
Can anybody find their home

A PROPOS

[This song is about] « looking after stuff you love » (Tom, Cologne gig – 17th October 2004)

« It was the only song on album written on the guitar. It was written in France, it’s probably got a bit of the French atmosphere in it. … We wrote it out in the garden in France, and then rushed in and recorded it. » (Tim, Undercover interview 2004)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

 

This is the last time
That I will say these words
I remember the first time
The first of many lies
Sweep it into the corner
Or hide it under the bed
Say these things they go away
But they never do
Something I wasn’t sure of
But I was in the middle of
Something I forget now
But I’ve seen too little of

The last time
You fall on me for anything you like
Your one last line
You fall on me for anything you like
And years make everything alright
You fall on me for anything you like
And I no I don’t mind

This is the last time
That I will show my face
One last tender lie
And then I’m out of this place
So tread it into the carpet
Or hide it under the stairs
Say that some things never die
Well I tried and I tried

Something I wasn’t sure of
But I was in the middle of
Something I forget now
But I’ve seen too little of

The last time
You fall on me for anything you like
Your one last line
You fall on me for anything you like
And years make everything alright
You fall on me for anything you like
And I no I don’t mind
The last time
You fall on me for anything you like
Your one last line
You fall on me for anything you like
And years make everything alright
You fall on me for anything you like
And I know I don’t mind

A PROPOS

TITLT is indeed a confusing song, which is actually something i regret, but the meaning is hard to explain quickly and simply. here’s my attempt.it’s mainly about regret. i was thinking about how you can have a huge amount of affection for someone and yet not have that magic spark that makes you feel like you’re in love. whenever i hear the song i feel it’s a snapshot of the moment of two people saying their goodbyes…i can actually see them stood facing each other. what a rotten moment that is eh. anyway so you have a bond with someone but you don’t want to stay with them forever. so you decide to go. but you’re not saying ‘i hate you and i’m leaving’…you’re trying to say ‘i think you’re great but i’ve seen that there’s something more perfect and magical out there for me and i need to find it. but i will always be your friend if you need me.’ does that make sense? so the bridge (‘something i wasn’t sure of…etc’) is about the sense that there’s something more magical to be found. making that decision to leave something comfortable to search for something perfect is difficult, so the alternating lines of the chorus are almost a debate going on in your head…you’re saying ‘this is the last time we’ll share these intimate moments, time will make things better, and of course you can turn to me whenever you want to, i don’t mind.’ if you split the chorus into two parts using alternate lines it makes sense! i guess the feeling of conflict within yourself and the difficulty of making that decision is what the song is really about. it’s not sarcastic or anything but it is certainly confusing. sorry!i like trying to write about confusion and grey areas because life is not normally very clear-cut and simple, especially when it comes to the way people interact. hence the album’s title. how many songs are there at the moment about how you’re not good enough for me so **** you? the eamonn/frankee nonsense being an obvious example but look at any number of recent hits. how often is life really that simple? i guess that’s why ‘dry your eyes’ was such a popular song…it talks about the confusion and mess of breaking up, and that’s a reality that people recognise. » (Tim, messageboard)

« This Is The Last Time is a weird one. I feel that it’s a very well-intentioned song, and the idea behind it is good, but I don’t feel like I really said what I wanted to say in a very clear way, basically. The song is about being in a very comfortable relationship where you feel a lot of affection towards someone. It’s about feeling that’s all great and you don’t want to hurt this person, but at the same time you feel like you wanna get out there and find something that’s more kinda magical, and a real passionate love; it’s not just about being cosy and comfortable, it’s about finding something that really sort of makes you feel alive and lights up your life every day. So it’s about the dilemma of having to leave that person behind, and go off in search of something that’s more kinda unknown, and just a romantic idea. But at the same time it’s having to try and say that to the person you’re leaving behind, and how to explain that – obviously it’s a difficult thing to do. My kinda view of things isa little bit … I tend to always be looking for the more difficult and confusing things. Whenever I start off writing a song that’s kinda quite happy and positive, I always end up starting to undermine it and writing lyrics that undermine that, and by the time I’ve got to the end of the song it’s much more full of doubt. » (Tim, Strangers DVD)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

 

On a day like today
I looked at you and I
Saw something in the way
You stared into the sky
I saw you were sick
And tired of my wrong turns
If you only knew the way I feel
I’d really love to tell you

But I could never seem to say the words I needed to
On a day like today no other words would do

I saw you were sick
And tired of my wrong turns
If you only knew the way I feel
I’d really love to tell you

But I can never find the words to say and I don’t know why
I can’t find the words to say and I don’t know why

A PROPOS

« This song is about not being able to say the right thing, and the more you say, the more you fuck it up » (Tom, UK tour, October/November 2004)

« This is a song about two people, who are completely in love with each other, but for whatever reason just manage to completely fuck it up » (Tom, Bristol gig, 19th January 2005)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

A house on fire
A wall of stone
A door that once was opened
An empty face and empty bones
Who ate your heart?
You’re cold inside
You’re not the one I hoped for
I’ll see you on the other side
I’ll see you on the other side

The wind wouldn’t blow me home
To lie in your heart of hearts
Will I ever see you again
And lie in your heart of hearts

Who ate your heart?
You’re cold inside
You’re not the one I hoped for
I’ll see you on the other side
I’ll see you on the other side

The wind wouldn’t blow me home
To lie in your heart of hearts
Will I ever see you again
And lie in your heart of hearts

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Many’s the time I ran with you down
The rainy roads of your old town
Many the lives we lived in each day
And buried altogether
Don’t laugh at me
Don’t look away

You’ll follow me back
With the sun in your eyes
And on your own
Bedshaped
And legs of stone
You’ll knock on my door
And up we’ll go
In white light
I don’t think so
But what do I know?
What do I know?
I know!

I know you think I’m holding you down
And I’ve fallen by the wayside now
And I don’t understand the same things as you
But I do

Don’t laugh at me
Don’t look away

You’ll follow me back
With the sun in your eyes
And on your own
Bedshaped
And legs of stone
You’ll knock on my door
And up we’ll go
In white light
I don’t think so
But what do I know?
What do I know?
I know!

And up we’ll go
In white light
I don’t think so
But what do I know?
What do I know?
I know!

A PROPOS

« Bedshaped is about feeling that you’ve been ‘left behind’ by an old friend or lover. and about hoping that you’ll be reunited one day so that you can live out the end of your lives together the way you started them. i guess there’s some anger at a friend who wants to move on in search of new, exciting, more sophisticated things, leaving behind the simple things you used to share….and a hope that they’ll eventually want to get away from the bright lights and come back home. it’s a sad and angry song, but also full of hope. i hope that makes sense.

I think i’m right in saying that in hospital when someone is ill or infirm and has to spend a lot of time in bed they can become ‘bedshaped’. it sounds a bit depressing…well i guess it is a bit depressing in reality, but in the context of the song i wanted to suggest old age and frailty, along the lines that i mentioned before about two old friends coming back together in the twilight of their lives. it’s great that you guys like bedshaped…it’s a song that means a lot to us. » (Tim, messageboard)

« I remember the words for Bedshaped; lying in bed one night and they just suddenly all emerged and I wrote them all down, and then it was finished which was really good – I like it when that happens! The word ‘bedshaped’ – I don’t know if it’s a made up word, but my mum’s always talking about people being bedshaped, just from spending too much time being bed-ridden basically. It’s quite a sad image of someone stuck there, stuck in a bed, until they become completely useless and start to lose their humanity. But just that idea of crumbling and being really frail and decrepid is something that eventually happens to everyone. That, I guess was the basis for the song in a way. So whatever happens when you’re younger, even if you go off in search of glamour and ambitious and exciting things; once you get to your really old age, you’ve got all that side of life that just disappears. (Tim, Strangers DVD)

 

 

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

There’s a cold voice on the air
You’ve been looking everywhere
For someone to understand your hopes and fears
Well I’ve thought about that for many long years
So I walk through Mansers Shaw
I don’t see you anymore
We love to think about the way things were
But the time has come and I’m glad it’s over

I don’t know why I waste my time
Getting hung up about the things you say
When I open my eyes and it’s a lovely day
You know sometimes I feel like I’m
Getting snowed under with the things you say
When I open my eyes and it’s a lovely day

Now you think that you’re alone
So you make your way back home
I’d love to greet the weary traveller
But your time has gone and I’m glad it’s over

I don’t know why I waste my time
Getting hung up about the things you say
When I open my eyes and it’s a lovely day
You know sometimes I feel like I’m
Getting snowed under with the things you say
When I open my eyes and it’s a lovely day

I don’t know why I waste my time
Getting hung up about the things you say
When I open my eyes and it’s a lovely day
You know sometimes I feel like I’m
Getting snowed under with the things you say
When I open my eyes and it’s a lovely day

A PROPOS

« This song’s about everything getting on top of you » (Tom, Birmingham gig – 3rd March 2004)

« It’s just a nice way of summing up what you think about in your life. Eventually everything you do is made up of hopes and fears. And that balance between hopes and fears and the fusion between the two we really liked. » (Tim, Billboard.com)

The line « Well now that’s done: and I’m glad it’s over. » (line 252) from T.S. Eliot’s « The Wasteland » helped to inspire « But the time has come and I’m glad it’s over » (Source : old messageboard)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Once there was a great storm
Pushed my head beneath the waves, I was gone
Underneath the walnut tree
Where you said you’d wait for me
And I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time

Why, why do I come here?
Seeking out the memories I handed
Cause you put your spell on me
Made me live a memory
And I’m frozen in just the wrong time

I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time
I waited a long, long time

A PROPOS

 

 

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Up in the old town
When my mind was wallowing
Down empty hallways
When will I be one again?
You’re just
Making it harder for yourself
Making it easy for everyone else
Making it easy for me

In the old time
You’ll never be in and you get never get out
You’ll learn from my family
You’ll never be in and you get never get out
To run to the end of the earth

Under the archways
Where my mind is wallowing
Down to the country
Where will I be well again

You’re just
Making it harder for yourself
Making it easy for everyone else
Making it easy for me

In the old time
You’ll never be in and you get never get out
You’ll learn from my family
You’ll never be in and you get never get out
To run to the end of the earth
To the end of the earth and run
To the end of the earth

Build me a home underground
Free from light and sound
Build me a home in the air
I will run, to the end
To the end of the earth
And run to the end of the earth

You’re just
Making it harder for yourself
Making it easy for everyone else
Making it easy for me

In the old time
You’ll never be in and you get never get out
You’ll learn from your family
You’ll never be in and you get never get out
To run to the end of the earth
To the end of the earth and run
To the end of the earth
To the end of the earth and run
To the end of the earth

A PROPOS

 

 

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Don’t turn your back on me
Conceal and protect me
I need you to stop me from reeling around
The time’s gonna come when
You no longer need me
But stay by my side til the sun has gone down

When I am an old man and live by the sea
Will all your thoughts fly to me

As much as I want to
I can’t hold onto you
When will you return to your old home again
May love lie around you
Good fortune surround you
You know where to turn to when you need a friend

When I am an old man and live by the sea
Will all your thoughts fly to me
When I’m far away from the places we’ve grown
Will all your love bring me home

When I am an old man and live by the sea
Will all your thoughts fly to me
When I’m far away from the places we’ve known
Will all your love bring me home
Bring me home

A PROPOS

« fly to me is possibly
my favourite keane song. maybe that’s just because it still feels quite secret and
stuff, i don’t know. but i was listening to it on a ferry the other day and it
really brought a tear to me eye. i don’t even know why….i think it just captures
a feeling of missing people and wondering why life can’t just be a bit simpler
sometimes. reminds me of the song ‘so far away’ by carole king. »
– Tim –
messageboard

 

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Something in me was dying
And my heart was heavy as stone
Hard as I was trying
I never could find, find my way home
And your voice came out of nowhere
« Be my friend and give me your hand
Let’s take off together
And then we can live wherever we land »

Something in me was broken
And my thoughts were bitter and ill
My world was blown open
And I couldn’t see and I couldn’t feel
You said « Be yourself and think of me
And you’ll know there’s nothing to fear
Let’s make plans together
It’s time to move on and and get out of here »

Girl I need you, don’t know what I would do
Will you see the story through
It’s a cruel world and I need somewhere to hide
But time goes by and you’re still on my side

Something in me was sinking
Cos my heart was heavy as stone
I gave up, was thinking
I never would find, find my way home
And your voice came out of nowhere
« Be my friend and give me your hand
Let’s take off together
And then we can live wherever we land »

Girl I need you, don’t know what I could do
Will you see the story through
It’s a cruel world and I need somewhere to hide
But time goes by and you’re still on my side

Waiting, searching
Turning over
Running round in circles
And I’ve worn myself out
Hoping that we’ll always be together
Yeah we’ll always be together
Yeah we’ll always be together
Yeah we’ll always be together
Yeah we’ll always be together
Yeah we’ll always be together

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

You chewed me up and you spat me out
Foolish boy that I am
So I choose to wander and amble around
And make myself a man

I thought the world could be changed by
A good soul and a song
But it’s been this way such a long time
So maybe I’m wrong

So long ago, it must be
That you’re still the one that’s troubling me
And still so far, so far away
I sat with a tear in my hand
On a day, so long ago

Inside I am an ogre
With the simple thoughts of a child
I say what I think, and I need to be loved
But I guess that’s not your style

So long ago, it must be
That you’re still the one that’s troubling me
And still so far, so far away
I sat with a tear in my hand
On a day, so long ago

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Your face in a dream returns
Once in a lifetime comes
And it passes by

I’m never on your side
And you must be blind
If you don’t know why

“She’ll always take you for granted”
a voice in the back of my mind said
“You could be waiting your whole life
for her to open her eyes”

A PROPOS

 

 

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Allemande, where have you gone?
Did I know anything about you?
Many moons have come and gone
They wane so easily without you
All along I said we’d be sorry…
Sorry, and so we are

And ain’t that the way, that the way that the wind blows
And ain’t that the way, that the way that the wind blows
And ain’t that the way, that the way that the wind…
Blows you home
Sorry, sorry, and so we are

Allemande, your face so long
And all my silly hopes hung on you

All along I said we’d be sorry…
Sorry, and so we are

And ain’t that the way, that the way that the wind blows
And ain’t that the way, that the way that the wind blows
And ain’t that the way, that the way that the wind…
Blows you home
Sorry, sorry, and so we are

A PROPOS

« A dance in moderate duple meter first appearing in the early 16th century and was frequently followed by a more lively dance in triple meter or, in the 17th century, by the courante. In the 17th century it became a stylized dance type that was regularly used as the first movement of a dance suite. These allemandes are in a very moderate 4/4 time. » (Keaneshaped FAQ)

Apparently Tim’s told some fans that he saw some music on the family piano titled « Allemande », so was inspired by the title. (Keaneshaped FAQ)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

When you’re lonely and sad
And you think of the times we had
Just the thought of you
Will bring you back to me
Seen you staring into space
Shadow falling across your face
But it won’t take long to get to you
Whatever you do

And if your heart should melt away
No matter, I’ll find you anyway
Until you look and find a love who doubles
As someone who’ll understand your troubles

When you’re tumbling down
Cast a eye back to our old town
And a heart to hold you won’t be far
Wherever you are

And if your heart should melt away
No matter, I’ll find you anyway
Until you look and find a love who doubles
As someone who’ll understand your troubles

When you’re lonely and sad
When you’re lonely and sad

A PROPOS

« It’s a really lovely song and one that is very close to our hearts. When we were asked to do a Christmassy-type song for Radio 1 there were some awful cheesy Christmas songs and we really racked our brains to think of something we’d be alright covering. But, in the end, we thought we’d do something of our own – it has a Christmassy message of warmth and love and I think that’s a really important thing. » (Tom to Radio 1)

The song was only given a title the week of it first being played on radio (beginning of December 2004), and previously refered to as « The Bing Crosby One », « The Bing Crosby Song » or « The Bing Crosby Number » due to it sounding Christmassy, and Bing Crosby’s assocation with Christmas (because of White Christmas)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

There’s no believing and no reason why
Well I’m superstitious and I can fly
I float through the ceiling
And into your eye
Call me what you like
I just wanna be there with you all the time
Do you wanna be here with me all the time

There’s no believing and no real surprise
Well I am a ghost here, appearing in the night

To float through the ceiling
And into your eyes
Call me what you like
I just wanna be there with you all the time
Do you wanna be here with me all the time

I float through the ceiling
And into your eyes
Call me what you like
But I just wanna be there with you all the time
Do you wanna be here with me-e?

Shoop da, la la da…

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I come to
There will be no more drowning
Help, colourless and cowering
You should understand me
When you’re understanding
And through all the tears
Should you be alone
Right back, I hope he will pull through
Stand back, first aid is useful
You should understand me
How was I so stupid?
And through all the tears
Should you be alone
After all the tears
Should you be alone
Yes, there’s going to be a drowning
Yes, there’s going to be a drowning
Half wasted
Face painted
Hold my hand
There will be no more
Please move along
There will be no more
Please move along, oh

A PROPOS

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I like to wake alone
To lie and turn to stone
Comfort me, come to me
I won’t go on I like to walk along
To keep my head screwed on
Well I’m the best, so well done me
I won’t go on
Believe in a thing, believing
I believe
You might turn from your love, wait around

If I go then I’m alone
If I stay then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It’s the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
And you know that it’s for real
So you leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

Make time to be
All this and more for me
Well you’re the best so well done you
I won’t go on

Believe in a thing, believing
I believe
You might turn from your love, wait around
If you go then I’m alone
If you stay then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It’s the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
And you know that it’s for real
So you leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

I believe
You might stumble and come closer now

If you go then I’m alone
If you stay then it will mean
Waiting on my own
It’s the pattern of my life
When you care and you cannot feel
And you know that it’s for real
You just leave me on my own
To live the pattern of my life

You might stumble and come closer now

A PROPOS

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Wake me, shake me from my sleepiness
Wide-eyed, every tale is taller than the one before
Inside out and upside down
Don’t make a sound
The wolf’s at the door
And all your streetfighting years
Won’t help you anymore

Lead me, guide me home old scatterbrain
Blog it, every smile is wider than the one before

Inside out and upside down
Don’t make a sound
The wolf’s at the door
And all your streetfighting years
Won’t help you anymore

Inside out and upside down
And don’t make a sound
So I live and feel
Oh no, don’t make a sound
The wolf’s at the door
And all your streetfighting years
Won’t help you anymore

A PROPOS

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

From the shelter of your home
As you walk into the rain
Send a message that you know she’ll hear
Though she’s far away
Even though you have been wrong before
She’ll hear now you
You know she will
But you don’t know how

From the shelter of the rain
As you walk into the tube
As you think of how you wonder if
She thinks about you too

Even though you’ve waited so long to see the day
When she will turn to you again
So long my friend, is what you’ll say

And I don’t know why you feel so bad
Where is the life you once had?
And still this horrid feeling grows and grows
The way you want it to

Even though you’ve waited so long to see the day
When she will turn to you again
So long my friend, is what you’ll say

And I don’t know why you feel so bad
Where is the life you once had?
And still this horrid feeling grows and grows
The way you want it to

You’re a fool though, why you feel so bad
Where is the life you once had?
And still this hollow feeling grows and grows
The way you want it to

A PROPOS