"The Reason" as written by Douglas Robb, Daniel Estrin, Chris Hesse and Markku Lappalainen....
I'm not a perfect person
There's many thing I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

[Chorus]
I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

I'm sorry that I hurt you
It's something I must live with everyday
And all the pain I put you through
I wish I could take it all away
And be the one who catches all your tears
That's why I need you to hear

[Chorus]

And the reason is you
And the reason is you
And the reason is you

I'm not a perfect person
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

[Chorus]

I've found a reason to show
A side of me you didn't know
A reason for all that I do
And the reason is you


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"The Reason" as written by Douglas Robb, Daniel Estrin, Chris Hesse, Markku Lappalainen

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  • +9
    General CommentHes also trying to say that he was a bad person for hurting his love that he cared about alot....he quoted "I never meant to do those things to you"..."I'm sorry that I hurt You" and hes sorry that she had to be the one he did it to, and now he is totally mad at himself..and he NEVER wants to hurt anyone again or go back to the mean person he was so now he is changing himself all because he never wants to hurt one he loves....and hes sorry that he had to learn his lesson and hurt a beautiful person to him..if that makes sense? its kinda hard to explain
    AndiBabe11on April 20, 2004   Link
  • +7
    General CommentPersonally, I think this song is about a past love interest that he made a lot of mistakes with. One of those "don't know what you got 'till its gone" things. The best part is that he isn't trying to get back or get her to like him, he knows he made a big mistake, but he just wants to let her know before he leaves that she is the reason for his change.
    quickbluron April 15, 2004   Link
  • +4
    MemoryThis song makes me cry.
    My Ex-and I love each other deeply, but we can never seem to keep things together in a relationship for good.
    On our collective 1 year anniversary last september we were getting ready for my homecoming dance and we were sitting in a walgreens just talking about stuff, until we both realized it was our 1 year anniversay. He cursed quietly, and said he felt bad because he had no gift for me. I told him it was okay, that I didn't need a present.

    Then this song came on and I'll never forget the huge grin on his face when he looked up and said "Thank you walgreens!" and he actually grabbed my hand, brought his face close to my ear, and started singing this song to me. (And he is actually pretty good at singing.)
    That memory was the best gift he could have given me. I will never be able to forget it.
    illBeJustFine22on June 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song for it's slow and remorseful qualities. Aside from it's wonderful lyrics the fact that Hoobastank leaned away from the screaming tones of similar songs by other artists is a great quality.

    However, the song is fairly straight forward. Regrettful of past failures and personal faults he is reaching towards his one.
    LikwuidIceon April 12, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is just beautiful.

    I think it's just his way of saying sorry and thanking the person the song is for at the same time.

    Sorry that he hurt her .. but he's changed..because of her.
    xOhon June 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI cant believe noone commented on this song. Wonderful song by hoobastank. I dont really like their sound, but this just makes my day.
    basket__on April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit is strange that noone has said anything. if the music was a little less mellow, it would be really awesome. the video is pretty good. the person the song it talking about must be truly amazing to make someone want to change so much.
    lauraleyeon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me think of the only love in my life. The only one who actually took the time to knwo me and love me. I love you Amii!
    dravencrowon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe ended things with him because he was being a douche for a long time on many occasions. He sounds remorseful and isn't trying to get her back. Just letting her know that ending "it" made him change into a better guy.
    TraViesoon February 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthe song seems to me like a troubled relationship!! when the girl was fully devoted to him, he acted like a jerk, egoistic!! but now she'd had enough now she has left him, he realizes her worth and his mistakes but its too late!! A lesson she taught him!! so now he is regretting but now he is changed!! life teaches lessons in a cruel way!! but life always have happy endings!!
    sah200694on December 11, 2012   Link

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