"The Wrong Man Was Convicted" as written by and Steven/duffy Page....
Who's lonely now? Which one of us is suffering?
Who's in his cups? Which one of us recovering?
Who likes to look at pictures and cries, but way too late?
Who doesn't want to change a thing, accepting it was fate?

The wrong man was convicted, you know I did the deed.
I thought that you would wait for me, your wants I needn't heed.
The wrong man lies beside you and waits for you to wake,
And all because I lacked conviction, the judgment's my mistake.

Who's breathless now? Who only hyperventilates?
Who'd die for you? Who's dying inside anyway?
Which one of us is sunshine and which one's growing dim?
When two men dream of you at night, do you just dream of him?

The wrong man was convicted, you know I did the deed.
I thought that you would wait for me, your wants I needn't heed.
The wrong man lies beside you and waits for you to wake,
And all because I lacked conviction, the judgment's my mistake.

Who's lonely now? Who's reaching out to no one?
Who's lonely now? It takes one to know one

I changed my mind, you said that I could change it back.
I wanted space, and now change has fallen through the cracks.
If I'm again beside your body, don't tell me where it's been,
It's cruel, unusual punishment to kiss fingerprinted skin.

The wrong man was convicted, you know I did the deed.
I thought that you would wait for me, your wants I needn't heed.
The wrong man lies beside you and waits for you to wake,
And all because I lacked conviction, the judgment's my mistake.

It's my mistake

It's my mistake.


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    General Commenti love this song. i girl like two guys, and the one (the singer) loved her so much and knew she'd be happier with the other guy, and let her go. told her he needed space when he really wanted nothing more than to be with her. and he thought that she'd see this and choose him anyways... but she didn't. and now he's stuck with that decision.
    wrionon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow, i had this song in my playlist for a long time but never really "listened" to it.... it is awesome. it's pretty self-explainitory. i agree with wrion's interpretation. a beautiful song...
    Redlighton December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI had a similar experience to Redlight this fall... incredible hidden jewel in BNL's catalog.

    I also recommend War on Drugs for a similarly hidden beautiful song.
    jnb987on December 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not completely sure about the above interpretation.

    "I thought you would wait for me" makes it sounds like he really DID need space.

    I once had a relationship like this. My first one. We got so close we did absolutely everything together. I loved it, but eventually I developed doubts. Did she love me or just the idea of being in a relationship? Did I love her or was I so used to having her around that I didn't know anything else.

    I grew distant from her, trying to figure out my feelings. She eventually broke up with me, saying that I didn't seem to care enough about her and I didn't pay enough attention to her, but I figured we'd get back together in a month or two once I had time to figure things out. She found someone else a month later and married him.

    An experience like THIS I think is what the song is talking about. You need space, you expect your loved one to be there for you when you are ready. But they've moved on.

    "And all because I lacked conviction, the judgment's my mistake"

    Because if the person just believed in the relationship more, had conviction, they wouldn't have been trying to figure out their own issues.

    "Who's lonely now? It takes one to know one"

    During the relationship, HE was the distant one and she felt lonely all the time. Now, their roles are reversed.

    "I changed my mind; you said that I could change it back"

    Same thing happened for me. We discussed our breakup after a while and she said that she could see us being together again in a while, after she had some time to be alone. A week later, she found someone else.
    Zamrodon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOnce again, Zamrod has it nailed.

    It is about breaking off a relationship, and realalizing later what a stupid decision it really was.

    This is not BNL most popular song, but I think it is their best. Or at least the one with the best message.
    Running Out Of Inkon May 02, 2007   Link

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