All relationships come to either one of two possible ends: either stay together (till one dies?) or come apart. And this song is the dread and desperation one feels about the latter end, and not wanting to accept that. It’s a familiar feeling to me, that sense of wanting to hang on but your hands are slipping, you can’t hold on.
Relationships are fragile. I have a number of long-lasting ones and I’d like to think that I take good care of people close to me — but I also am keenly aware that any of them could be completely destroyed at any time. It only takes a single devastating act to obliterate whatever trust you built. Not that I live in a constant fear that I could screw things up so badly any moment, I don’t — but I strive to remain diligent. For example, that cliché about telling people that you love them — well, I do. I hug and tell them that I love them, if something were to happen to one of us, I am hopeful that my loved ones know that I do love them.
I am grateful that for the most part, I don’t have to experience this feeling in my real life. But I’ve felt it, and I carry with it, and it’s good to be able to feel it in the safe confines of a song. It’s like being able to express my private feelings to a trusted friend. I am grateful.