Song of the Day #1,802: ‘Little Talks’ – Of Monsters and Men

my_head_is_an_animalLast week I wrote about the dilemma of posting a year-end favorite song before the year-end recap. Today’s song is an example of the opposite problem — not realizing a song is a favorite until the recap has come and gone.

The most noteworthy example is Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ which I encountered in late 2011 without fully recognizing its charms. Fortunately, the song’s official single release came in early 2012 and I was able to sneak it onto that year-end list (in the top spot, no less).

‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters and Men has a similar history. I first discovered the song when looking up candidates for the best videos of the year. This song has a nifty one, featuring animation of a band of warriors fighting a giant mythological beast. But I passed on it, and somehow missed the fact that the song itself is freaking awesome.

I encountered it again in an unlikely place — the several seconds before commercial break during an ABC broadcast of a Miami Heat game. The horn part stuck in my mind and I became obsessed with finding out what song it was.

Many Google searches later, I found it, and was surprised to realize it was the track I had dismissed months earlier.

Because this is a 2012 song through and through, I’m not going to wait around and pass it off as one of the best of 2013. I’ll just give it its due now.

In addition to sounding terrific, ‘Little Talks’ is lyrically poignant, depicting a conversation between a man and his wife who is starting to lose her mental faculties. If it weren’t so upbeat it could have been on the soundtrack of Amour.

Hey! Hey! Hey!
I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you, my dear
The stairs creak as you sleep, it’s keeping me awake
It’s the house telling you to close your eyes

Some days I can’t even dress myself
It’s killing me to see you this way

Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore

Hey! Hey! Hey!
There’s an old voice in my head that’s holding me back
Well tell her that I miss our little talks
Soon it will all be over and buried with our past
We used to play outside when we were young
And full of life and full of love

Some days I don’t know if I am wrong or right
Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear

Cos though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore

Hey!
Don’t listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore

You’re gone, gone, gone away
I watched you disappear
All that’s left is a ghost of you
Now we’re torn, torn, torn apart
There’s nothing we can do
Just let me go, we’ll meet again soon
Now wait, wait, wait for me
Please hang around
I’ll see you when I fall asleep

Hey!
Don’t listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore

Don’t listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,802: ‘Little Talks’ – Of Monsters and Men

  1. Dana says:

    You missed this song? Really? My lord, it was a huge hit with mega radio play. You really need to turn on the radio at least once a week or month or year! The band was also on SNL doing this song and sounded great.

    While I, unlike you, have heard the song dozens of times, it still feels fresh to me. I liked the other song they did on SNL as well, so this may well be an album worth picking up.

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