The xx – “Chained”

By Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 12:31 pm

The xx’s insanely anticipated sophomore album Coexist comes out next month, and we’ve posted opening track “Angels,” as well as a few videos of the band playing new songs live. And now the studio version of “Chained,” the album’s second song, has made its way to the internet. It’s a hushed but rhythmically tricky song about lovers drifting apart, and it’s just as gorgeous as you’d hope. Stream the song below.

Here are the lyrics:

I watched you breathe in
And I wished you’d stop
Only for long enough
Long enough

It’s
Hard
To
Say

Separate or combine
I ask you
One last time
Did I hold you too tight
Did I not let enough light in

Oooh-oooh-oooh
Oooh-oooh-oooh
Oooh-oooh-oooh
Oooh-oooh-oooh

If a feeling appears
If your mind should sway
It’s not a secret you should keep
I won’t let you slip away

We used to be closer than this
We used to be closer than this
We used to get closer than this
Is it something you miss

We used to be closer than this
We used to be closer than this
We used to get closer than this
Is it something you miss

Winged or chained
I ask you
Would you have stayed
Did I hold you too tight
Did I not let enough light in

Oooh-oooh-oooh
Oooh-oooh-oooh
Oooh-oooh-oooh
Oooh-oooh-oooh

Coexist is out 9/11 on Young Turks.

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