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Riff: The xx – “Chained”

Aug 7, 2012

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

from Chained lyrics by The xx

Jamie xx’s mellowed club beats seem an odd backbone for a three-minute meditation on growing apart, but it gives the song’s refrain an almost accusatory tone. Seldom do such simple lyrics carry such psychological weight – and yet the song is still fit to dance to.

Riff by Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman is a Chicago-based staff writer for SongLyrics. Born and raised in the Carolinas, he recently finished a graduate degree in the humanities at the University of Chicago.

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