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The Meaning Behind The Song: Drifting by Nate Eiesland

The Meaning Behind The Song: Drifting by Nate Eiesland

As a Music Technician, I often find myself captivated by songs that hold deep emotional meaning. One such song that has left a lasting impression on me is “Drifting” by Nate Eiesland. I first heard this song on a rainy evening, as I stumbled upon it at a friend’s house. From the moment the melody filled the room, I was instantly drawn to its melancholic beauty.

The lyrics of “Drifting” speak to the longing for a presence that is no longer there, the yearning for connection in a world filled with emptiness. In the first verse, Eiesland describes a dream where he wakes up and finds the person he desires by his side, only to realize that it was just a dream. The hours felt like minutes, creating a sense of unfairness as the dream slips away.

Verse 1

I had a dream that when I woke up, you were finally there
And I believe that all the hours turned to minutes, it’s not fair
And when I turned to look at where you should have been, I started drifting
I tried to stare into your eyes and realized that there was something missing

The chorus conveys the struggle of staying in a state of longing and deception. Eiesland recognizes that it is not the person he desires, but merely a dream. He acknowledges the need to leave, as staying would only lead to sleepless nights and a false reality.

Chorus

And if I stayed, I couldn’t help but lie awake
‘Cause it’s not you, it’s just a dream, it’s only fake
I just gotta leave
I gotta leave

In the second verse, Eiesland paints a picture of driving away, attempting to maintain composure while feeling the absence of the person he longs for. Again, he experiences the feeling of drifting, the inability to find solid ground.

Verse 2

Turn the key, I tried, I tried to drive away into the night
Tried to keep, I tried to keep between the lines and outta sight
And when I looked beside me where you should’ve been, I started drifting
I tried to stare into your eyes and realized that there was something missing

The bridge intensifies the drifting sensation, expressing a profound realization that something significant is absent. Eiesland’s longing grows deeper as he yearns for a connection that seems to slip further away.

Bridge

‘Cause when I turned to look at where you should have been
I started drifting
I tried to stare into your eyes and realized that there was something

The chorus resurfaces, emphasizing the internal conflict between staying and leaving. Eiesland recognizes that even if he were to change, everything would remain the same. He reaches a breaking point, unsure of what he is fighting for, and ultimately decides that he must leave.

Chorus

And if I stayed, I couldn’t help but lie awake
‘Cause it’s not you, it’s just a dream, it’s only fake
Still if I changed, everything would be the same
I can’t take no more, I don’t know what I’m fighting for
I just gotta leave
I gotta leave

The song concludes with the repetition of the dream-like state, emphasizing the longing for the person who is finally there, even if only in the dreamworld.

Outro

I had a dream that when I woke up, you were finally there
When I woke up, you were finally there
That when I woke up, you were finally there

“Drifting” holds a special place in my heart as it encapsulates the bittersweet essence of longing for something or someone who is no longer present. Nate Eiesland’s soulful vocals and introspective lyrics beautifully convey these emotions that many of us have felt at some point in our lives. It serves as a poignant reminder of the complexities of love, longing, and the delicate balance between dreams and reality.

Album Information:

Title: Code 8 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Credits:

  • Produced By: Nygel Asselin
  • Written By: Nate Eiesland, STACEY & Nygel Asselin
  • Copyright: Red Brick Songs
  • Phonographic Copyright: Red Brick Songs
  • Music Video Director: Wood & Wires
  • Mixing Engineer: Nygel Asselin
  • Mastering Engineer: Jeff Dalziel & Nygel Asselin
  • Release Date: July 2, 2014
  • Songs That Interpolate Drifting: Drifting by On An On

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Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Soundtrack, Ambient, Alternative

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