"One Thing" as written by Mark Owens, Daryl Leeric Black, Adrian Parker and Mark Glasco....
Restless tonight
Cause I wasted the light
Between both these times
I drew a really thin line
It's nothing I planned
And not that I can
But you should be mine
Across that line

If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn't that be something

I promise I might
Not walk on by
Maybe next time
But not this time

Even though I know
I don't want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds

If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn't that be something

If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn't that be something

Even though I know
I don't want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds


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"One Thing" as written by Daryl Leeric Black Mark Owens

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Reservoir One Music

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  • +4
    General Commenthes beating himself up, he cant sleep because he didnt do what he wanted to do
    he spent the day ignoring her and pretending nothing was going on
    and he wants to be with her so bad
    but has gotten up the courage
    what if she says no
    anipiccolojron April 29, 2004   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationIf you want to take it to an extreme, it could be about infidelity. Someone who is married falling in love with another. If your heart was somewhere it shouldn't be.. the lyrics are suitable... noone really "plans" to fall in love.. especially when they've already made a vow to another. A situation such as that, would be a fine example of drawing a really thin line... and if you break that line, if you walk over it, that person could be yours.

    "Between both these times
    I drew a really thin line
    It’s nothing I planned
    And not that I can
    But you should be mine
    Across that line"

    And trading it all for one thing... maybe this person is considering trading their current situation because they realized they found true love, "If I sorted it out, if I knew all about this one thing". Almost makes it sound as if they married too early. It also fits where they are talking about not walking on by, passing it up.

    "Even though I know
    I don’t want to know
    Yeah I guess I know
    I just hate how it sounds"

    Coming to a realization you never thought possible would result in this. You can't bury your feelings, your emotions, as much as we sometimes may want to pretend they aren't there, and not acknowledge them. Imagine telling someone else your situation... wouldn't you hate how it sounds?
    Calisummerson January 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song was close to my heart when my dad was going through chemo and radiation for lung cancer. I sold my home, put everything in storage, and rushed to be by his side. I was always trying to learn more about his illness in the hopes of trying to find that magic cure and I planned on using the money from selling my home to save his life. I would have traded it all for that one thing. I often find myself wishing I could visit him in the after-life or whatever.
    Even though I know
    I don't want to know
    Yeah I guess I know
    I just hate how it sounds
    amabsheron November 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentu dont know good music
    creed_stnd03on June 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI used to think he got his girl pregnant. He'd have to give up his whole life for that baby.
    waxpoeticon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm from australia and recently visited canada and america, and witnessed the huge hype about finger eleven.

    and then i heard this song on one of my scrubs dvd's, season 4. when you think about the scene in which the song is played, it's all focused around J.D wanting what he can't have.

    Sort of the whole "you don't know what you've got till its gone" theory i think, yeah?

    awesome song, amazing voice/lyrics
    kimmy21on January 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has special meaning to me. If you review the lyrics, you'll understand. I fell in love with a girl named Gio. She fell in love with me too. But we couldndn't be together because I was caught up in a bad marriage and she was committed to taking care of her mother. For eight years we maintained a strict email only friendship, no phone calls, no physical contact. Her mother passed on a year ago and recently she finally seemed ready to start her life. I was prepared to move beyond my marriage. (The side effect of all of this is that I am still going to end my marriage because it's clearly not healthy.) In any event, we never connected because she died two months ago at the age of 36. It was a freak accident. She dropped a can of food on her foot and it created a blood clot that hit her pulmonary and killed her. I guess "the line" could be the one that separates here from the afterlife. In any event I guess I know, I just hate how it sounds. I love you, Gio.
    GiosStringon April 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a pretty different interpretation of this song. To me, it's about the envy we sometimes feel towards individuals who have a single, all-consuming passion in life. Some people are born to do a certain thing, and they don't need to be a "well-rounded" person in order to be happy: their life is their passion. It probably wasn't intended to be interpreted this way, but that's what I get out of it.
    BIGBOOMBAon February 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think song is good but thats because i like this kinda stuff i didnt even know that finger eleven was a band till this song
    creed_stnd03on June 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude lando shut the f up
    creed_stnd03on June 17, 2004   Link

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