What is the Mysterious Meaning Behind Kodaline’s 2018 Song “Hide and Seek”?

What is the Mysterious Meaning Behind Kodaline’s 2018 Song “Hide and Seek”?

It’s Sunday and you know what that means: #SundayLyricsSunday! This week’s theme, picked by the host Jim at A Unique Title For Me, is about ” Lost/Found/Hide/Seek”. I thought about using Bananarama’s “I Found Love” for this week’s song. But, to tell you the truth, it’s an awful song. Frustrated, I search for songs on Spotify and Youtube until I found today’s pick: Kodaline’s “Hide and Seek”.

The Brief History Behind Kodaline

Kodaline

To be honest, I never heard of Kodaline until I found “Hide and Seek” on Youtube today. I went around the internet to look up information about this rock band from Ireland. Kodaline is made up of four members: Steve Garrigan (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Mark Prendergast (lead guitar), Vincent May (drums), and Jason Boland (bass). They were originally called 21 Demands when the band first formed in 2006 with Garrigan, Prendergast, and May. They participated in the fifth series of the Irish TV show You’re a Star, finishing runner up.

21 Demands released their first digital single, entitled “Give Me a Minute”, in 2007. This single broke a record as it was the first independently released single to reach #1 on the Irish charts. They wrote a few tracks afterwards, but nothing too big was released.

Kodaline as 21 Demands in 2007
21 Demands

The band changed names in 2012 to their current name when bassist Jason Boland joined the band. Kodaline released their first EP, entitled The Kodaline EP, that same year. “All I Want” from the EP was used in such TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and for Google’s 2012. Many readers will probably remember this song from the movie The Fault in Our Stars.

So far, Kodaline has released three albums, four EPs, and a bunch of singles.

Kodaline’s “Hide and Seek”

Johnny McDaid

“Hide and Seek” is from the band’s third album Politics of Living that was released in 2018. The song was written by Kodaline along with Johnny McDaid. Johnny McDaid is known for being a member of the rock band Snow Patrol as well as former Friends star Courtney Cox’s boyfriend. He also wrote a lot of Ed Sheeran’s songs, including the hit song “Shapes of You”. McDaid also wrote songs from Robbie Williams, P!nk, Tim McGraw, Shawn Mendes, and others.

If you like the pop-rock tunes of Ed Sheeran, Robbie Willaims, or even Shawn Mendes, then you will love “Hide and Seek”. Heck, I think this song could also similar to something from my current favorite: The 1975. The reason why is because Steve Garrigan’s vocals are eerily similar to Matty Healy’s. Maybe it is because the way that “Hide and Seek” is composed and how the vocals are styled. Am I crazy that “Hide and Seek” reminds me of something by The 1975?

Anyways, if you like the modern pop-rock genre, you will surely enjoy “Hide and Seek”. It starts off with a subtle beginning with soft vocals, high-pitched synthesizer playing the main melody, and ghost-like synthesizer vocals. The song can be a bit boring as there isn’t really a crescendo or a change of pace within the song. Even the chorus has the same feeling and beat like the verses, just amplified a bit by the backing vocals. However, “Hide and Seek” isn’t a bad song if you enjoy listening to mellow tunes during your workday or even at home.

What you think of “Hide and Seek”? Tell me in the comments below.

The Lyrics of Kodaline’s “Hide And Seek”

I don’t wanna be the one to try
Being someone else is not my style
There’s a missing piece I’m trying to find
I don’t know how, but you made me look twice

Sleep, I don’t need no sleep
I’ve had such a week
I just wanna take off flying
High, higher than the birds
Words are only words
Take my hand and go there with me

There’s no hide and seek
I see you, see me
What’s the mystery?
Give it up, let go
Somewhere in between
Real and make believe
You’ve got what I need
Give it up, let go

Keep on asking, why is there divide?
I’m hanging on to see if we collide
And we don’t need to know the place or time
As long as I am yours and you are mine

Sleep, I don’t need no sleep
I’ve had such a week
I just wanna take off flying
High, higher than the birds
Words are only words
Take my hand and go there with me

There’s no hide and seek
I see you, see me
What’s the mystery?
Give it up, let go
Somewhere in between
Real and make believe
You’ve got what I need
Give it up, let go

There’s no hide and seek
I see you, see me
What’s the mystery
Give it up, let go
Somewhere in between
Real and make believe
You’ve got what I need
Give it up, let go

Sleep, I don’t need no sleep
I’ve had such a week
I just wanna take off flying
High, higher than the birds
Words are only words
Take my hand and go there with me

There’s no hide and seek
I see you, see me
What’s the mystery?
Give it up, let go
Somewhere in between
Real and make-believe
You’ve got what I need
Give it up, let go

Credits: https://genius.com/Kodaline-hide-and-seek-lyrics


The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
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  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Amy thanks for the introduction to Kodaline,

  2. Thanks, great introduction to Kodaline.

  3. Sometimes I need to listen to the radio more. I never heard the song, but after reading this post, I kinda like it.

  4. Kodaline is one of those bands that I’ve heard their music but I never knew who they were. I love their sound.

  5. Love how you broke this down. Gives new meaning to the lyrics.

  6. don’t know who they are and never heard of them but thanks for sharing this info

  7. Never heard of them before but it’s a great read.

    1. Ooooo I had no idea what this song was about!!! It’s always interesting to find out why artists write certain things

  8. i really enjoyed the interpretation of the song. I have to admit i have not heard it before, but now you have compelled me to check out hide and seek.

  9. I actually love this band! I can’t remember when I first heard them, maybe it was a Youtube recommendation but they make music that stands out. And I’m impressed that you did so much research considering you just found out about them haha! Thank you for doing my homework for me 😀

  10. I’ve not heard of Kodaline… I need to go and check them out – I love listening to bands I’ve not heard before!

  11. Im glad you shared about this group. I liked their song in Fault in Our Stars! I like this song too. I’m checking out more of their songs.

  12. To be honest, I never heard of Kodaline until today! They kinda sound like Coldplay, no?

  13. The band is new to me, too. But I like their sound. It’s different than what I usually listen to, but sometimes that’s good!

  14. OMGGGGG!! I’m a fan of Kodaline actually they already concert here in the Philippines twice! My fovoites songs of them are All I want, High Hopes, Moving on and many more #fangirlhere!

  15. Thanks for the introduction to Kodaline. Had never heard of them, although they sound familiar. Sounds like something I might have heard (or should be in) a movie or show soundtrack.

  16. I’ve never heard of this band before and now I downloaded their album. I love discovering new music through your blog!

  17. Oh I love these lyrics. Being who I am is super important, and it’s lovely finding songs that reflect that.

  18. I don’t know this band. I’m not sure if I have ever heard any of their music. This song doesn’t sound familiar to me. I’m sure they have many fans.

  19. I always love to think about the deeper meaning to songs. I like how you really broke this down!

  20. Never heard of ’em before! currently stalking em noww! haha

  21. I have never heard of this band before, but they sound like they’re worth a listen. Thanks.

  22. It is an interesting interpretation. You create the desire in everyone to make their own opinion after listening to the song one more time.

  23. This is such a fun read! I think I have heard of Kodalines before after listening to some of their music here!

  24. Your posts are like Wiki of songs. Thanks for this info.

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