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I'm a mess
I guess
It's what I've asked for, It's what I've needed
Well, you know me better than that
Or at least you did then something happened
But once again something's happened
The confidence you held in us
Was the rope we almost hung ourselves with
At times I wonder if we really took the steps to break right through it
I know that there were better days
But to see the light and to feel the rays
Life was always back and forth and we were idling or making useless progress

Waiting for the rain to stop
Destination: beautiful
Seems that I'm still waiting for the sun
Someday will come back to us
If you're willing let it go
Why won't you just let this be your sun?
It seems like yesterday we had the world our way
But some say we're headed for destruction

I'll ask you "what in the world should we do?"
The light is green, our break is through
Are we not trying or we're trying too hard?
You know I never want to miss
I hold on tight and reminisce
But it's bittersweet to me
When time stands still as it's trapped inside the letterbox you gave back to me
But I'm the one who keeps on reading
But I'm the one who wants to let it go
I'm the first to speak and you're the last to know
Another scene that we're creating
I need to know if we're still making useless progress


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    My InterpretationFor me, this song is about a relationship. It could be any relationship, but I believe it’s a lover. I’ve experienced this song, it is so relevant to my life, that I got the piano part at the end tattooed on my arm. This is my favourite song.

    “I'm a mess
    I guess
    It's what I've asked for, It's what I've needed”

    He acknowledges that he’s a mess, quite simply… he deserved it for whatever reason, and sometimes we need to feel pain if we are going to change or move on.

    “Well, you know me better than that
    Or at least you did then something happened
    But once again something's happened”

    He’s speaking to the person he loves, saying that she knows him… or used to, but something happened to them, and she doesn’t know him anymore. Maybe It’s implying that she didn’t think he’d change.

    “The confidence you held in us
    Was the rope we almost hung ourselves with
    At times I wonder if we really took the steps to break right through it”

    Now he’s saying that she had so much confidence in their relationship, and put so much into it emotionally, maybe it became obsessive, or they relied too much upon each other for their stability and happiness, that it ended up destroying their relationship because of how unhealthy it was, and he questions whether they did the right thing to move away from that.

    “I know that there were better days
    But to see the light and to feel the rays
    Life was always back and forth and we were idling or making useless progress"

    Their relationship was really good for a while, they were happy. They were in love. Things weren’t all bad, but it was an emotional rollercoaster, and that never changed. It was either highs or lows.

    “Waiting for the rain to stop
    Destination: beautiful
    Seems that I'm still waiting for the sun
    Someday will come back to us
    If you're willing let it go
    Why won't you just let this be your sun?”

    He’s waiting for things to get better between them, he wants to be happy,
    He wants something beautiful. To me, sun is a metaphor for hope and happiness.
    He’s waiting to be happy, things aren’t good. Someday he will be happy again.
    If she’s willing, they can let it go, why can’t she just be happy with things?

    “It seems like yesterday we had the world our way
    But some say we're headed for destruction”

    Things were good, but now people don’t think it’s going to last.

    “I'll ask you "what in the world should we do?"
    The light is green, our break is through
    Are we not trying or we're trying too hard?”

    They’re questioning at this point whether it’s worth it to stay in the relationship at all, maybe they went on a break, and they’re trying again. He’s wondering if they’re not trying to fix things, or if they’re trying too hard and it’s not working, or they’re not going about it right.

    “You know I never want to miss
    I hold on tight and reminisce
    But it's bittersweet to me “
    He doesn’t want to miss her, he holds on tight to the memories and the good times, but even though things were good the memories are bittersweet because things aren’t the same.

    “When time stands still as it's trapped inside the letterbox you gave back to me
    But I'm the one who keeps on reading
    But I'm the one who wants to let it go
    I'm the first to speak and you're the last to know
    Another scene that we're creating
    I need to know if we're still making useless progress”

    It’s over, she’s moving on, but he hasn’t. He wants to let it go, maybe he’s bitter. “I’m the first to speak and you’re the last to know” Maybe this means that whenever they had a spat, even though he would address it, she never understood. Just another argument, they’re still making useless progress, and even though it’s over, she hasn’t disappeared from his life or his heart.
    Then the chorus again, twice. I believe he’s talking to himself and us now, telling us to be hopeful, telling us to be happy with the way things are, even through all of our hardships.

    -Jennie
    musemusiqueon January 21, 2012   Link
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    General Commentwow!! need some more mae songs on here...heh. well this song makes me think of a relationship i had that went absolutely nowhere.
    skylinedriveon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure of a meaning for this song, but i personally think it's the best track on the entire cd.
    Wannabejenon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song one of my favs. They are so good live. The lyrics to "This Time Is The Last Time" should be added.
    BlackHeartValentineon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHi! Does anyone have the cover of this CD? I can't find it! Please send me a message if you have it! Thanx!
    bjorkellinaon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti seen them like 10 times at the norfolk norva and they played this song acoustic when i seen them and its like the best song i ever heard live by them. mae is awesome!
    Xbright_eyesXon April 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti just saw mae, too... at the norva (and by just saw i mean in january).... they were opening for some girl band.... that i didn't stay to see... AND they put mae with some hip hop band... weird
    AncientMelodieson June 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti'm glad there's others out there who think Mae are amazing. i saw them last week with Elliott at The Middle East in Cambridge Mass. and they were amazing. the music is so beautiful and the lyrics are as well, always with a sparkle of hope somewhere in the lines...just increddible.
    xSadderStarxon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI saw Mae at Swayze's. Amazing.
    punkcesson June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmae is absoultely amazing..this kid in my gym class told me about them a few days ago and ever since then ive been obsessed with them. not many stores have their cd though so im still tryin to find it. Waiting for the rain to stop
    Destination: beautiful
    Seems that I'm still waiting for the sun...
    what a great line. or lines rather. sun is one of my favorite songs, dunno really what it means though~
    star_9on April 09, 2004   Link

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