"All I Need" as written by Carl Perkins, Teomeka Perkins, Isaiah Perkins and Karl Thomas....
Everywhere someone's getting over
Everybody cries
And sometimes you can still lose even if you really try
Talking about the dream
Like the dream is over
Talk like that
Won't get you nowhere
Everybody's trusting in the heart
Like the heart don't lie

And that's all that I need, yeah
Someone else to cling to, yeah
Someone I can lean on
Until I don't need to
Just stay all through the night
In the morning let me down
Cause that's all that I need right now

Everywhere someone's getting over
Everybodys life is someone
People still use other people with a crooked smile
And all around the world there's a sinking feeling
Out there right now someone's feeling
Down on themselves and don't know why
Every night

And that's all that I need, yeah
Someone else to cling to, yeah
Someone I can lean on
Until I don't need to
Just stay all through the night, yeah
In the morning let me down
Cause that's all that I need right now

And life ain't no beauty show
We don't know where tomorrow ends
And when we're sad
It's kind of a drag

Just stay all through the night
In the morning let me down
Yeah, cause that's all that I need
Yeah, that's all that I need
Yeah, that's all that I need
That's all that I need right now
Right now



Lyrics submitted by ruben

"All I Need" as written by Jack Alan Fairbrother Gregory Michael Day

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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  • +4
    Song MeaningI feel that this song is mostly about the lie that is love. The Guy has realized that
    A) You can still lose even if you really try and B)Everybody's trusting in the heart
    Like the heart don't lie.

    I feel like this attacks the idea that their is some foolproof plan that prevents people from getting hurt or from failing.

    To me this is more about the general message that the world offers us about love than an specific relationship.

    So in the end we might just be better off cutting our losses and just taking what we can get and settling for the basic need of having someone to cling to at night, that will leave in the morning, because at least that is certain.

    Rob is amazing, I wish I could ask him about all his songs!
    WordsAreOnlyWordson April 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti'm gonna disagree w/ diegorocksusa... given the tone of the song, and the line "just stay all through the night and in the morning let me down" i think Rob is sorta being sarcastic... all i need is someone to cling to who'll let me down all the time. right. especially when you take into account how he's talking about people using each other... maybs somebody used him and he finally realized how little he really needed that and sorta mocked it.
    Zaraiyaon May 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised more people have written on here because its such a great song. I think its talking about the sorrows that people endure and that life isn't always fair like you think it should be. And sometimes the things that you believe to be true don't always hold up and surpass everything else which is sad. I like where he says "talk about the dream like the dream is over, talk like that won't get you nowhere" to me that means that you shouldn't expect something to happen the way you want it without putting any effort into it. Talking about doing things is easy but you have to actually go out there and make it happen. And sometimes when you expect something to go one way it doesn't but it turns out totally unexpectedly. Thats whats weird about life...it alway knows how to twist and make things unexpected and interesting. That can be good - or bad. But its always exciting seeing what actually happens after you wait for so long to see the results.
    Chantayon May 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRob says this song is about "the creature comforts in life"
    mb20lifehouseon April 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti kinda agree with lasombra; i always thought this song was about how he just wants somebody for the night. when he says "and in the morning let me down", he knows they're gonna leave & he's ok with that because he was never looking for love in the first place.
    radfulon January 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat this song says is that the only constant in life is change; there are no guarantees, but that's no reason to ever give up; sometimes things go wrong, sometimes things go right; everyone goes through sad times, and everyone needs someone else to lean on every once in awhile. Bottom line: life is unpredictable, but we're all in it together.
    Texasteardr0pon June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLovely song, makes me smile when I don't even feel like. I think it does express some real facts, life ain't easy...people lie, get depressed...And my favourite line, which I quote a lot: "You can still lose even if you really try": it's like saying, let's be realistic, some things are out of our hands, but still we only can try and do the best of ourselves.
    Gabigson August 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with everyone here.
    Everywhere someone's getting over
    Everybody cries and sometimes
    You can still lose even if you really try
    Talking 'bout the dream like the dream is over
    Talk like that won't get you nowhere
    Everybody's trusting in the heart
    Like the heart don't die
    : )
    ilovemusic124on December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is MY LIFE. i LOVE this song, i don't think you can get much better. first of all i love matchbox twenty, second, this song is so very true. i love the line "Everybody's trusting in the heart Like the heart don't lie". i feel you can't really get any truer than that. the heart has such power over our mind and although it always seems to know the right way it rarely ever turns out the way you think it will. another AMAZING line is "But that's all that I need Someone else to cling to Someone I can lean on until" i think that is all we need, love. to me it seems as though the meaning of life is truely love, that's what we need to survive this crazy world, and matchbox twenty hits it right on the spot
    someon3on March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, no matter how down or low I'm feeling, it kinda reminds me that I'm not the only person feeling that way. Its a really comforting song
    Caitlinhill24on January 14, 2007   Link

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