"One Second" as written by Nicholas John Holmes and Gregory John Mackintosh....
And for one second
I lost my head and for one second,
I wished that you were dead
For one second,
You wish that you were here all alone

Hold back the tears that could fall for me

And for one second,
I lost my breath
And for one second,
I cherish what you said
And for one second it seemed
That I was here all alone.

Hold back the tears that could fall for me.

And for one second,
I understand
And for one second,
My life was in your hands
And for one second,
You wish that you were here all alone.
Hold back the tears that could fall for me,
They fall alone


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"One Second" as written by Nicholas John Holmes Gregory John Mackintosh

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    General CommentLife passes by at seconds...during those seconds we all think things, sometimes good and sometimes bad. Every now and then, we get a revelation, but it's just for a second
    Snake Doctoron March 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song... such a haunting tune... it really sticks with you.
    Navajolandon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Snake Doctor, life is short and it goes by so quick that when you take the time to sit and relax you realize you don't have any time to do that at all.
    Cabrosaon March 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlol for the words and trying to explain them, yay for the sound...
    patatonicon July 11, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this song is about intrusive thoughts, which is the psychiatric term for unwelcome, involuntary, or unpleasant thoughts, images, or ideas. Intrusive thoughts are often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other personality and social disorders, but they are also something that all human beings experience from time to time. Fortunately they are short-lived experiences which most of us are able to cast out of our minds in 'just one second'.

    The song is written from the perspective of a person whose mind is racing about as he reflects on past experiences, seemingly experiences from a relationship which is either struggling or has ended. But given the theme of intrusive thoughts, it is possible that the song's entire tone of dismay is itself an intrusive thought. It's a very complex and beautiful song when you think about it from this perspective.

    In case my meaning is not clear, here is a more precise explanation:
    In the first verse, the speaker recalls brief thoughts of wishing someone was dead (intrusive thought) and also a fear of himself being wished away by that person (intrusive thought). Then he says don't cry because it was just hypothetical. In the second verse he recalls an intense emotional feeling, brought on by something someone said, which took his breath away, but the feeling is broken by recollection of a time of perceived loneliness (intrusive thought). Again he says don't cry, it was hypothetical. In the last verse he expresses bittersweet but brief feelings of clarity and either dependency or devotion, but again these feelings are broken by that of isolation (intrusive thought). He finishes by saying one last time don't cry, because the tears are hypothetical. This entire sequence of feelings exists only in his mind, and so any tears shed by the listener/subject will fall alone inside his imagination.
    LRonaldHubbson July 27, 2010   Link

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