"Cold" as written by Melvern Rivers Ii Rutherford, Timothy A. James and Joanna Smith....
Looking back at me I see that
I never really got it right
I never stopped to think of you,
I'm always wrapped up in things I cannot win
You are the antidote that gets me by,
Something strong like a drug that gets me high

What I really meant to say
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so

Cold to you, I'm sorry about all the lies,
Maybe in a different light,
You can see me stand on my own again
Cause now I can see
You are the antidote that got me by,
Something strong like a drug that got me high

What I really meant to say
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold

I never meant to be, so cold

I never really wanted you to see
The screwed-up side of me
That I keep locked inside of me so deep,
It always seems to get to me
I never really wanted you to go
So many things you should have known
I guess for me there's just no hope;
I never meant to be so cold

What I really meant to say
Is I'm sorry for the way I am (Is I'm sorry for the way)
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold


Lyrics submitted by erelba

"Cold" as written by Edward Sloan

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  • +6
    General Commentthis song kills me every time i hear it.
    he truly cared for the girl. he just never really showed it. or maybe didn't truly know it.
    and she left, or he let her go. and now he's alone. and realizes how much she was to him.
    i sympathize absolutely with his sentiments.
    MsIndependenton June 23, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy fav crossfade song by far. This song reminds me to never ignore someone who would give their heart to you. You never know when it may happen to you.
    BrokenExistenceon July 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok i agree with tool... valley if ur going to be a dick dont post...

    this song, to me, is great... i enjoy listening to this song and just looking back.. ive hurt people i really care about, although i try so hard not to... i try to make everybody happy and i end up doing the opposite... i cant help but apologize to everyone ive had an effect on.
    Eclipsuson November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsome one being a complete jackass to the person they love and now they're looking back and realizing how completely idiotic they were. They never, once, stopped to think about the other person's feelings before doing/saying something. They've lied and basically made a mess of the whole situation and now they're hoping that person can seem them for what they once were 'in a new light' and forgive them. "what i really mean to say is i'm sorry for the way i am" they're apologizing for what they've done in the past and basically what they have turned into, "i never meant to be so cold" being blunt and cold to the other person's feelings was never their intentions they just got wrapped up in themselves they forgot. The person is their "saviour" of sorts. "I never really wanted you to see, The screwed up side of me that I keep, Locked inside of me so deep" means exactly what it says. the person has a good side and a bad side but at the beginining they tried to protect the one they loved from the bad side but eventually it showed out and the other person got to see what was hidden. And there are many things they've not told the other person about themselves and now they don't have that chance because the person's already had enough and there's no hope any more, 'sorry' is all they can say.
    soca_babyon February 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about someone that doesn't feel emotions. He pushes them out of his mind, and thus doesn't let anyone get close to him. The reason is because of his past. "I never really wanted you to go
    So many things you should have known" But by the time he realizes it, it is to late. So he is trying to get the chance to explain. And say he is sorry. The first time I heard this song it hit very hard. It is me..."And I never meant to be so cold"
    dezz1226on March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is probaly one of my alltime favorite songs. it reminds me so much of my ex-boyfriend, and i really wish he would say these words to me. of course, i know he won't.

    anyway, the meaning is obvious. it's about a guy that was heartless and a bitter in a relationship with the girl he loved, and now he's telling her that he's sorry and he never meant to be that way.
    xx_darling_xxon March 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou've got this song all wrong. It's not about a guy that's sorry and wants to reconcile. It's more about someone who's realizes that he is indeed emotionally numb but is moving on. He's hid it well but its came to light and thats why they're fighting with each other. It's like that final fight before a break up where you finally realize that things weren't as good as you thought they were.

    " Looking back at me I see
    That I never really got it right
    I never stopped to think of you
    I'm always wrapped up in
    Things I cannnot win'"

    he's basically saying that nothing was ever right and he's not going to change who he is to try and keep the relationship together. It's essentially a song about breaking up.
    Beetlon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPlease read, I think I have a really good interpretation:

    I think this song is about the guy falling into a serious depression stage in his life, and becoming cold and nasty to his girlfriend because of how fucked up he feels inside.

    "I never really wanted you to see
    The screwed up side of me that I keep
    Locked inside of me so deep
    It always seems to get to me"

    He never shared his feelings with his girlfriend or the world, and it kept going and going until he erupted one day and she left him. This song is him telling her that he's sorry for being that way. He really loves her and did not want her to leave.

    Overall, this song is amazing. I really think that alot of people can relate to it.
    Anthem515on September 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentconsidering i think everyone gets what the literal lyrics are, i must say this song means the world to me. there are some ppl in my life that ive been cold to which was totally unnecessary, and now that they are out of my life i realize how much i really miss them and how im sorry for the way i acted. and i loveee the acoustics
    frescacitaon April 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the message that the writer was trying to portray, kinda like saying that he knows he's done wrong, but he's seeking forgiveness.

    I also think that he was trying desperately to keep his secret emotions inside, but they managed to seep through.

    "I never really wanted you the see
    The screwed up side of me that I keep
    Locked inside of me so deep
    It always seems to get to me"

    I think he wanted to hide the person he was because he wanted to be perfect but it got blown out of proprtion and she misconceived him as being deceitful when really he was protecting himself and her from the awful side of him that he bears.

    Yeah, that probably sounds messed up, but oh well.
    stagnateon May 25, 2007   Link

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