"Aubrey" as written by and David Gates....
And Aubrey was her name,
A not so very ordinary girl or name.
But who's to blame?
For a love that wouldn't bloom
For the hearts that never played in tune.
Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing,
Take away the words that rhyme it doesn't mean a thing.

And Aubrey was her name.
We tripped the light and danced together to the moon,
But where was June.
No it never came around.
If it did it never made a sound,
Maybe I was absent or was listening to fast,
Catching all the words, but then the meaning going past,

But God I miss the girl,
And I'd go a thousand times around the world just to be
Closer to her than to me.

And Aubrey was her name,
I never knew her, but I loved her just the same,
I loved her name.
Wish that I had found the way
And the reasons that would make her stay.
I have learned to lead a life apart from all the rest.
If I can't have the one I want, I'll do without the best.

But how I miss the girl
And I'd go a million times around the world just to say
She had been mine for a day.


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"Aubrey" as written by David Gates

Lyrics © DAVID GATES D/B/A KIPAHULU MUSIC

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  • +2
    General Commenti was named after this song and was tortured with it through all my formative years.

    it's still a pretty song though
    zomg_aubrieon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have read about this song in every place possible. I was always lead to believe it was about a miscarriage.

    But where was June.
    No it never came around.
    If it did it never made a sound

    (June being her expected date, but it never came)

    I never knew her, but I loved her just the same,
    I loved her name

    (they had chosen her name and created a life for her in their minds, he never new her but he loved her).
    moochooon February 19, 2011   Link
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    General Commentgates is one of the best ballad writers ever...the one that got away..thet'll hurt forever...that you wont get over til "forever is thru".....

    why dont they write them like this anymore.......david is telling just as much about him, as he is her...
    just4davidon December 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful song, but most Bread songs are. It's an odd thing about humans that we relish ache of loss when expressed in songs like this. No matter how great the day is going, if a song like this comes up in shuffle, I find myself replaying it multiple times, causing a tear or two...it so completely takes me back to a time in my life when I lost one that I love...maybe that's the recipe...you have to still love the one that was lost, for it to still hurt. Oftentimes, I find upon further reflection, that the one lost was the me that I was at the period the song takes me back to.
    sonokenon March 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was going to be named after this song and after i heard i knew in my mind if my first child is a girl this will be her name. Beautiful song!
    Rollingstonesrockon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is reminds one the first love or the "real" one love each of us have had. The part; "If I can't have the one I want, I'll do without the best.", is powerful. Mr.David Gates had a way with words.
    agentelibreon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe only two people have posted their opinions on this song!!! this is such a beautiful, powerful song. i nearly cried when i heard it.
    chellybeanzon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNormally, I don't really like songs with sad lyrics, even if I can connect with them. But there's something about this song that I love, even if the lyrics are sad. It gives me the feeling that even if he has lost his love, he's learned a lot about love itself.
    Beefcubeon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy name actually is Aubrey, my mom and dad both liked the song and named me after it.
    My mom still cries when she hears it.
    I love it though :D
    Anarchesson January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me think of "the one that got away", an unrequited love. Lines like "We tripped the light and danced together to the moon" and "I never knew her, but I loved her just the same, I loved her name" and the fact that it's written in past tense also makes me think it's about a kid in love... or at least that they were very young at the time. The first verse tells you right away that his feelings weren't returned:
    "But who's to blame?
    For a love that wouldn't bloom
    For the hearts that never played in tune"
    I think the lines "Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing, Take away the words that rhyme it doesn't mean a thing" are a metaphor for love. Anyone can fall in love, but if the person doesn't feel the same way about you, then it doesn't mean anything. So, "words that rhyme" would be a metaphor for that "connection" that two people have between each other. I don't really understand the second verse, starting from "But where was June". I agree with agentelibre; the line "If I can't have the one I want, I'll do without the best" is very powerful. It shows how much he deeply loved this woman, to set her apart from every other person and put her above anyone else despite the fact he can't have her. If you read the last two lines of every verse, I think they are the best and put the most meaning into the song. Well, that's my take. It's a bit long, but there aren't that many comments on here anyway. :P
    HausMauson July 02, 2007   Link

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