Hide And Seek Lyrics - Imogen Heap

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Where are we?
What the hell... is going on?
The dust has only just begun to fall
Crop circles in the carpet
Sinking... feeling

Spin me round again, and rub my eyes
This can't be happening.
When busy streets, amass with people
With stop to hold their heads heavy

Hide and seek
Trains and sewing machines
All those years
They were here first

Oily marks appear on walls
Where pleasure moments hung before
The takeover... the sweeping insensitivity
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Of this still life

Hide and seek
Trains and sewing machines
(Oh, you won't catch me around here)
Blood and tears (hearts)
They were here first

Mmm whatcha say?
Oh that you only meant well
Well, of course you did.
Mmm whatcha say?
Mmm that its all for the best
Of course it is.
Mmm whatcha say?
Mmm that it's just what we need
You decided this.
Mmm whatcha say?
What did SHE say?

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs (paper word cut outs)
Speak no feeling no, I don't believe you (I don't believe you)
You don't care a bit,
You don't care a bit.

(Hide and seek)
Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth,
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs.

(Hide and seek)
Speak no, feeling no, I don't believe you
You don't care a bit,
You don't care a (you don't care a) bit

(Hide and seek)
Oh no, you don't care a bit
Oh no, you don't care a bit

(Hide and seek)
Oh no, you don't care a bit
You don't care a bit,
You don't care a bit.






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This song is crap | Reviewer: Max | 4/26/13

Dont burn your ear drums with this bland, ear numbing song. No instruments, random crap (trains and sewing machines... WTF?) The only part that you can take your ear plugs out is when she goes MM WHATCHA SAAAAAAAAYYY!! This song put me to sleep. This song is about her using the sewing machine, then she steps on a toy train and cuts her foot and runs out to a field and sees a crop circle. Aliens abduct her but deafen her in the process. So when the question her all she says is "MM WHATCHA SAY?". So all in all, crap song, 4 minutes of my laptop's battery and my life wasted. Also when she says "Hmm that it's just what we need you decided this" it sounds like HMM LEMON JIZZ IS WHAT WE NEED!

Oh and did i mention that the song is crap?
Crappy crap crap garbage egabrag parc parc ypparc GARBage THEageOFgarb


Crap song...

Imogen's plea for awareness | Reviewer: Kim | 4/21/13

It never occurred to me that many would not understand this song as a hurting for what we did as a nation to the Native Americans (they were here first) We determined their outcome. We brought deseases and watched them die. We wanted their land and justified massacres even when there was no resistance. We hid behind our greed and desires watching the few survivors search for shelter. Despicable, inhumane but ever-rewarding to the conquerors, We were, after all, of superior mind with our "gadgets" and newsprint. Rounded em up, gave them an unworkable piece of land with nothing for food. Yessir we were generous.Cheated them at every opportunity. How do generations carry forth,uncaring, with the sins of their fathers?

Truth | Reviewer: Shay | 3/28/13

There is more than a million ways to take this. Everyone and no one is correct, depending on how you care to view so. This song is LIFE, pure and simple truth.
A house, a broken family, 9/11, suicide, murder, cheating couples, busy cities, accidents, loss, love... this is for you to interpret.

Honestly, I would not bother finding meaning. I would take the song for how it makes YOU feel and love it for that alone.

personal | Reviewer: empty | 2/26/13

I have always been intrigued by not only the unique qualities of the song, but of course the lyrics too. I have never fully associated them with one particular scenario or another...until recently. I "witnessed" a relative commit suicide through a series of text messages (newspaper word cut outs) that were meant to ask for forgiveness for failures no one else saw. It was unbelievable...this can't be happening. Suicide is so selfish; we are left to pick up the pieces, to move on in anguish. Even though he believed he was doing everyone a favor by choosing this moment to die (that it's just what we need, you decided this), no one thinks we are better off without him. He left behind parents, children, wife, brother, friends, coworkers...all with heads held heavy through a funeral procession...what a wonderful person he was, a contagious smile, so full of love, passion for life. Such sweet talk, and so why? For all that we all invested in this person's life, the years, the memories, plans for the future- Why would he do this to us? We loved him so much. But, oh yeah, I forgot: It's all for the best. Of course it is.

the purpose | Reviewer: maya | 1/2/13

Well my schools year 10 drama class did a piece on the twin towers collapsing to this song and it made me cry. The song just sounded so right. I thought with the talk of dust beginning to fall and newspapers and busy streets with all those people who stopped and stood there in awe. It just worked. O dont know, my opinion i guess.

.02 | Reviewer: Spitfisty | 12/23/12

This song sounds a lot like a woman(wife) that has been hurt by her husband's cheating. The song describes a house in disarray. She is describing how she feels in such a way that even people going about their busy lives would pause and hang their heads. Trains(toys) and sewing machines(domestication) were there first as in his FIRST priority. To me the last "what did g'ya say" sounds more like "what did SHE say?"

Well heh heh! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/4/12

Now what would Oscar, in the trash can say! Well, dissassociative ... ness, ... is fine as it exists, stays, moves, inspires, expires, bores, scores, snores & then bores some more. Why do you fear the well of dissassociative ... ness from which all reality comes (& goes, though it's only comes that we are concerned about), ... from which all inspiration & possibilities are born. why, why why do you fear it and want to teach everyone to fear it? Even Jesus tried to express this when he cried \"God forgive them for they (the mundane & bland masses) know not ..." critical of the ignorant sinners of this world. It is disaasociative ...ness that expresses itself in finite associativity. That's all. & we make mountains out of mole-hills claiming our own prizes in a forlorn world as the infinite desert of a universe watches the finite and seemingly inconsequential corner our blue world-ball is. diss .. associative ...ness! Don't fear it. It asks the question, the answer to which is the ignorant you.

Trains & Sewing Machines | Reviewer: brimstone | 7/9/12

"Trains & Sewing Machines/All those years/They were here first." This lyric seems to inspire the most attempts to interpret it, none of which I believe are the intent of co-writers Imogen Heap & Ciaran Hamilton. "Trains" are the mechanism of pulling people, places and things apart. "Sewing Machines" are the machines of stitching things to together. So the eternal actions of leaving and fabricating togetherness, of departing and imparting, of pulling away and sewing together, are the arcs of existence that a relationship cannot hope to escape from underneath. Also, this "underneath" imagery is echoed in the oblique reference to 9/11: "This can't be happening/when busy streets amass with people (not "a mess," as most lyrics sites quote)/would stop to hold their heads heavy" (as when destruction rains from the sky; a physical description of a figurative emotional state, which is what the writers use with the phrase "Trains & Sewing Machines").

Routine | Reviewer: Sparky | 6/2/12

My 26 year old son turned me on to this song. I am 62 years old, still teaching children. Every morning, I play "Hide and Seek" before leaving for work for my own personal motivation. It gives me the perspective I need to look at every one of my students and remember where we came from.

Love your reviews, thanks! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/21/12

Hello, I've read many of your reviews and I really loved learning more about the way this song touched a lot of you to express your deepest emotions/experiences/points of view, because in the end we all have a lot to deal with and we all at any random moment in our life can relate to the certain pain this song exerts and take a different meaning from it. And since I had been listening to it for so long I thought that that was just what it was meant to do...untill I became a father and I started feeling the real pressure of what the modern world wants from me in order to provide for my kids so that one day I could have them end up in the exact same position that I am in right now...and then I started looking at that concept through the eyes of my children, do I really want to sell myself to eventually take away that innocence that makes them so magical in my life? Do I have a choice? Did we eventually end up losing the essence of what we really need, to a system that was put up a long time before we were even mentioned of? Did we lose track of the big picture? Is this really what's best? And yes...who the fuck decided this? I don't know about the rest of you but as this came to mind it became clear to me that all those years, at the heart of all my problems, there had always been a bigger issue that we seem to ignore because we were born into it and have become so oblivious to the great effect it has on our lives. It has limited us people who are born with an unlimited imagination to live lives we never really chose to live...So now what? Should I give up? Should I try harder? I think I'm gonna try to remember and hold on to my dreams and start looking at my life through my kids eyes because at least that way, things still seem to make sense.

Relates to all | Reviewer: Nico | 1/12/12

When I hear this song I picture an old house. Maybe a house a group of college friends or a young couple shared, where countless memories and pictures filled each room, but time passed and they all found their own place. This is returning to that house. furniture gone and it looks empty and unfamiliar.

(Where are we?
What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
sinking feeling...)

This says that it has not been too long since they all moved out.

(spin me round again
and rub my eyes,
this can't be happening
when busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads heavy
hide and seek
trains and sewing machines
all those years
they were here first)

The sudden realization what all used to be is now gone. Where people that were so busy now don't know what to do, and are ashamed of forgetting. (Hide and Seek) was the 'play time' they all had together and how they all changed with the fashion, and had different destinations.(Trains and Sewing machines, they were here first.)

('Crop circles in the carpet.' From the legs of the couch or furniture) The pictures of all of them together are off the walls. (Oily marks appear on walls where pleasure moments hung before...)

The rest of the song is generalizing everything that happened. The good, the sweet, the bad, and the ugly. A part of each member is feeling both a want to go back to that time again, the other is telling them to 'get over it' and 'move on'.
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Also, it can also be a reflection of someones entire life. We first played 'Hide and Seek', as children... before us, were Trains, before them were sewing machines. The photos capturing us growing, and the memories of blood, tears, and love.

Her Own Words | Reviewer: Buttershark | 1/2/12

Heap states that her song lyrics come from personal experience, but are not straightforwardly confessional. She has stated "Most of the time, the lyrics are kind of like my secret messages to my friends or my boyfriend or my mum or my dad. I would never tell them that these songs are about them or which specific lyric is about somebody. Often, when I sit down to write a lyric, it is in the heat of the moment, and something has just happened." I suppose that if you attempt to really know these lyrics, you'd have to take it to the source. Her mind. It's personal, but shared with the world. She never really meant anything to the world by them, but they mean something to HER nonetheless. ^_^

LES POINTS SUR LES I LES BARRES SUR LES T | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/27/11

I AM BREATHING AGAIN ! I AM FREE AND NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO NO ONE , BELONG ONLY TO THE ONE UPSTAIRS! I'VE BEEN CHEATED AND MY TRUST HAS BEEN BROKEN AND NOW SEE THE CONSEQUENCES!!! I AM ACCOUNTABLE TO MY OFFSPRING AND SO SEEK THE BEST FOR THEM! AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THANKS GOD I FIND MY SOULMATE FULL STOP.NO PLATONIC LOVE ANYMORE !!! JUST CONCRETE AND REAL!!!

YEP...I GOT IT | Reviewer: jSON | 12/18/11

IT COULD ALSO BE ABOUT A PERSON THAT KNEW ANOTHER PERSON'S PAIN AND FRUSTRATION AND HOW TERRIBLE IT WAS TO LOSE THAT PERSON TO A CORRUPT BLAMEFUL SOCIETY. I THINK THE SONG IS MORE A EULOGY...A CRY FOR CHANGE. AND THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATROCITIES REFUSE TO LISTEN AND TAKE BLAME FOR THEIR MISTAKES. IDK....ITS JUST THE HYPOTHETICAL MUSIC VIDEO I HAVE IN MY HEAD EVERYTIME I HEAR THIS SONG.

For the Reviewer Blah | Reviewer: Blah_is_dumb... | 10/17/11

I get what you were trying to say, but you said it in the most close-minded manner. It kind of made you sound very... uhm... stupid. What he meant was that songs shouldn't be about what the writer intended it to mean, it's about what the listener perceives the meaning to be. Don't take anyone else's word on it, just take it in and let it mean whatever you believe it to mean as an individual. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder kind of thing.













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