Little Talks

Album: My Head is an Animal (2011)
Charted: 12 20
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Songfacts®:

  • Of Monsters and Men is a six piece indie folk/pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland. The group comprises Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (vocals, guitar), Ragnar Þórhallsson (vocals, guitar), Brynjar Leifsson (guitar), Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bass), Árni Guðjónsson (keyboards, accordion) and Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drums). This catchy folk song was released as their debut single in Iceland in September 2011 and went to the top of the charts in their native country. The following April the tune became their first entry on the US singles chart, when it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #92.
  • Speaking with Interview Magazine, Hilmarsdóttir explained the song's meaning: "How we usually make our lyrics is, Raggi and I, sometimes we come up with stories or situations. That one is about a relationship. Sometimes we haven't wanted to give too much away. We like people to read their own things in the lyrics. I guess I could share it. It's about a couple and the husband passed away and it's from the conversation between the two of them. We don't know if she's going crazy or if someone's actually there. We've kind of been inspired by people that lived in my house. This old couple that lived there for 30 years. The woman passed away, so it was kind of different."

Comments: 30

  • Katniss Everdeen from District 12Why is this exactly like the deal with Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games?!? I love it XD
  • Hello from HolleThis song reminds me of the 4th Maze Runner Book - The Kill Order, 1 bc I loved this song and played it on repeat while reading the book, and 2 now that I have finished the book it creepily resembles the book’s story. I searched up this website to see if it was based off this book or not, but I guess it wasn’t.
  • Yeeeee from America I use to hate this song when I was young before I was damaged and could understand meaning behind lyrics. Going through a huge separation with someone I loved and lived with right now and it’s relatable. He wants me back but I simply cannot go back because it was too toxic and made me depressed. I feel as if I’m the girl and he’s the guy because this is equivalent to our conversations now.
  • Who Cares? from Again Who Cares?To me this song feels like a widow who knows she needs help and these conversations with her husband's ghost are actually her telling herself that everything will be okay
  • MelIt reminds me of schizophrenia and it makes me think of my mother, who has it. it’s a great song though
  • Steven from Boston MassThis is my favorite song, and I cry everytime I hear it because of how I interpret it. Reminds me of my grandmother who raised me, lost her shortly before this song was made, feel like the woman is suffering from dementia or alzheimers, just like my grandmother and I had to watch her waste away slowly to the point where she didnt even know who I was. This is the most beautiful song ever made.
  • Andy from Americawhy did he commit suicide?
  • Andrew from AmericaWhen I listened to this song, I felt like it was a suicidal woman and a man trying to help. This may not be what it was about, but it really resonated with me because my best friend committed suicide recently. Strangely, this song gave me strength. It's been my favorite for years and still is.
  • Beatriz from BrazilI can't listen to this song and don't think about therapy, every single word sound to me like the therapeutic process
  • Alh from Usa To listen to it back when it first came out meant the novelty song. At a personal level, Now that the years have gone by, I have one parent with Alzheimer’s. At a global level...I can only imagine what people are going through with the pandemic.
  • Someone from From Noneshe has scizophrenia thats clear
  • Six from SomewhereI always used to listen to this song when I was younger, and thinking it was a really fun song with a positive vibe because of the music. Boy, was I wrong
  • Just Me from Somewhere This is funny because when I first heard this song I did not pay too much attention to the lyrics I just knew that I like the song. Fast forward to 2014 and my father passed away. My parents have been married for 54 years when he died. My mother was left behind. This is the conversation that they have with one another. Every time I hear it it makes me think of them.My father passed away in Alzheimer’s. My mother still mourns him. She talks to him she has conversations with him and she tells him to wait for her.
  • Someone from Nonebut if its depression why does she hear things
  • Someone from NopeI feel like it is about a wife who is very depressed. Her husband is trying to help her, but eventually it just gets too much, and she decides to end it.
  • Someone from Noneits abut the girl having a major case of schizophrenia a disease that makes you in most cases see and hear not real stuff but in some cases it can be only through hearing or the opposite you can tell this cause its clear the man doesnt hear the sound and she says she hears it
  • AnonymousThis is my interpretation of the song (this may be very off but this is just what I think): It's about as an old couple who had recently moved to a new house which ended up being haunted. The couple is a woman who either got possessed by a ghost (not in a scary way, either way it basically has the effects of a mental issue) in the house or has a mental desease and a man who was trying his very best to help her as much as he can.
  • Jessi always tried thinking about what it talked about, but could never come up with an exact response. i just sort of related to it in a way, "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" i ended up with the conclusion about it being about someone looking back at times, how everything was so simple and it fell beyond reach.
  • Cat from Placei am pretty sure its more like a woman and her therapist having a session
  • AnonymousI kinda thought this song was something about. How death is always closer than we hope, so take the time to enjoy the good and small stuff even of they are just words
  • AnonymousI never knew the song was based on a sad story, though there were a bit of sad vibes in it. It gave me a nostalgic feeling that makes me happy and want to be in the clouds
  • Lizzy from Los AngelesThis song resonates SO MUCH with me as a depression song. The husband is trying to help the wife feel better. Having trouble sleeping and the "Some days I can't even dress myself" are things I struggle with when I'm feeling depressed. I just really feel this song as a description of MY depression and my husband supporting me.
  • Jake from New YorkThis song always makes me sad because the man on the front cover looks just like my grandfather who taught me guitar.
  • Carmaletta from Illinois I went through some very difficult times. When my Grandson saw this video at around 2 he told his mom that was me. What an awakening for me. This little guy understood much more than anyone gave him credit for! It formed an immediate bond, stronger than we had before. He is my hero!!!
  • Lemon Boy from Nywhy does everyone think this song is about Alzheimer's disease?
  • Jacs from SavannahI would have definitely guessed it was about Alzheimer's. The way the song plays out... Anyone who has dealt with someone who has this horrible disease, would have guessed this.

    I'm really surprised this wasn't the case. Huh.
  • Sue Paca from Riverside, CaI KNEW it was about a haunted house! Love ghost songs, this one is just pure brilliance.
  • Mikey from CaliforniaThe song, to me is describing Alzheimer's. Took care of mom and pops through it.
  • Mfernflower from NyIsn't this song about Alzheimer's disease?
  • Reyos from Windsor, OnI happen to think the video would have been much better if they had showed the story told by the lyrics, of the woman with her late husband. Much better than the progression of monsters being so easily destroyed.
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