I swear I know your face
I wish I knew your name
I wish I could take you by the hand.
If I could name it, if I could just explain it.
If I could only help you, help you understand.

I can see that you're hurting
Weighed down like a beast of burden about to break your back.
God only knows that you're human so what are they trying to do then?
Believe me, they don't understand that you have the weight of the world today.
It's on your back.
A heavy load like that is gonna hold you back.
It's gonna drag you down.
You know it just can't last, you know it just can't last.

They thought they could use you
Push you down and abuse you
And what's so sad is you've decided to hide all your feelings
Got more pain than you can deal with but ask yourself, how can this last?

I know you have the weight of the world today, it's on your back.
A heavy load like that is gonna hold you back, it's gonna drag you down.
You know it just can't last, you know it just can't last.


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    General CommentNatalie is a genius!...A cheer-up song, like she's talking to you to show you that there are persons who understand you, though you might think nobody does. This song is a great consolation for me, when you listen to the song you can imagine her really, that she's talking to YOU though she doesn't know you ("I swear I know your face, I wish I knew your name, I wish I could take you by the hand..."). She feels with you, the pain and fear you have to handle ("I can see that you're hurting", "Believe me, they don't understand that you have the weight of the world today")... And then this: "They thought they could use you
    Push you down and abuse you
    And what's so sad is you've decided to hide all your feelings
    Got more pain than you can deal with but ask yourself, how can this last? " - stunning. She expresses her 'condolences' but at the same time she tells you that you HAVE to go on, not to give up. This comes even more intensive when you listen the end of the song where the fade-out with "They don't understand...they don't understand". Here she wants to make clear to you: well, ok, i admit they don't understand you...but, anyway go on with life...masterpiece
    AgathaKavkaon May 30, 2002   Link

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