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Released: 2022

“Missing Piece” by Vance Joy is a tender expression of yearning and incomplete fulfillment. It’s an intimate narrative that plunges us into the ocean of love’s struggle with distance, real or metaphorical, and the strong bond that keeps the flame alive amidst uncertainty.

The song opens with the line “I’ve been waiting for the tides to change, for the waves to send you my way.” Vance Joy portrays an image of himself waiting by the sea, symbolizing a longing for a shift in circumstances. He’s waiting for that perfect wave (or moment) that will bring his beloved back to him. He sees his love, but they “pixilate”, signifying the disjointed, imperfect nature of their communication – perhaps a nod to digital communication’s inadequacy when physical proximity is absent.

The chorus, “Because when I’m in a room with you, that missing piece is found”, lays bare the song’s essence. Regardless of the challenges and changes, he feels complete when they are together. The missing piece could be taken literally as his loved one’s physical absence or metaphorically as an emotional void that they fill in their togetherness.

He continues, reflecting on the “happy wasted days,” and “summer’s golden haze” lifting his beloved above the breaking waves. It’s a nostalgic gaze back at a joyful, carefree time when they were together, before they were separated. These memories serve as an anchoring point, strengthening his resolve to “hold the line” and wait for the day they can be together again.

The line, “When you’re far away from me, I get lost in the crowd,” underlines his sense of disorientation and loneliness in her absence. Conversely, when she’s by his side, “nothing can bring them down,” emphasizing the power of companionship against adversity.

In conclusion, “Missing Piece” beautifully captures the aching longing of distance, the silent strength of waiting, and the exultation of being together. It’s a testament to the enduring power of love and the indomitable human spirit in the face of temporal and spatial separation.

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