"Bittersweet" as written by Eicca Toppinen, Ville Vallo and Lauri Ylonen....
A little light looks through her bedroom window
She dances and I dream, she's not so far as she seems
Of brighter meadows, melting sunsets
Her hair blowing in the breeze
And she can't see me watching
And I'm thinking love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
It's bittersweet more sweet than bitter
Bitter than sweet
It's a bittersweet surrender

It's bittersweet more sweet than bitter
Bitter than sweet
It's a bittersweet surrender

I said I'm older now
I work in the city, we live together
But it's different than my dream
Morning light fills the room, I rise
She pretends she's sleeping
Are we everything we wanted
And I'm thinking love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
It's bittersweet more sweet than bitter
Bitter than sweet
It's a bittersweet surrender

It's bittersweet more sweet than bitter
Bitter than sweet
It's a bittersweet surrender

I said I know we don't talk about it
We don't tell each other
All the little things that we need
We work our way around each other
As we tremble and we
As we tremble and we bleed
As we tremble and we
As we tremble and we bleed

It's bittersweet more sweet than bitter
Bitter than sweet
It's a bittersweet surrender

It's bittersweet more sweet than bitter
Bitter than sweet
It's a bittersweet surrender


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"Bittersweet" as written by Todd Park Mohr

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about marriage or at least a long-term relationship. The first verse was when he first knew her before they were even together, and speaks about catching a glimpse of her dancing where she did not know he was watching. He implies that she is far away in the sense that they have no relationship, but he wishes for more. He was falling in love, and had visions of them being together in the future happy in the sunset/meadow/breeze.

    Then he fast forwards in his life (I'm older now), talks of living in the city (implicating that in the past they lived in the suburbs, maybe she was his neighbor even?) and that they live together. At some point between verse 1 and 2, they came together.

    But things are different than he had originally dreamed. He wakes up in the morning and she pretends to be sleeping. I can relate to this, because my wife and I met when we were very young (16 years ago) and we have been married for 10 years now, with 3 children. I wake up in the mornings early to go to work, and although she hears me rise, she isn't jumping out of bed to see me off to work like she once did when our relationship was still new (she even used to make breakfast for me). Reality has set in, and life and marriage is more bittersweet now. With jobs, and children, you can sometimes become more like business partners than two people madly in love.

    Heljon June 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI became turned on to BHT by a friend and fellow bartender in Bar Harbor, Maine way back in 1996,..he went to school in Boulder, Colorado,..so he knew a lot about them. This song gave me chills,..each version,..I've heard like 4 or 5 versions. At the time, I was in the relationship being described in so many ways. We went to beer bar in Portland, and I struck up a convo with an older, very attractive lady, Mary,..who was married to some rich lawyer/state congressman,..her marriage wasn't lasting.....she wanted to go out to the airport and make out (I'm not kidding...lol)...we left the bar and got in her red BMW,..and guess which song was playing on her stereo....very once in a lifetime type of thing...awesome stuff!!
    souse131on June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, this song is about the way a relationship starts in the beginning. You see her in your dreams, and you want to make the dream real. The reality finally comes, and now you can't wait to wake up out of it because it's not what it seems. It's a slow death of a relationship, dodging the questions and situations while going throught the motions. We've all been there, and it's more bitter than sweet.
    buffstuff34on June 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a man who has met a girl who is different from all other girl's he's ever met. He thinks that he loves her but he doesn't know if he's ready to change. He's conflicted. What if he changes and it is not true love? Or what if he changes and it is true love? Will it be everything he thought it would be in his dreams? Either way, it's a bittersweet surrender. Should he surrender to love or should he surrender to Fear?
    That's just the way I see it...doesn't mean I'm right.
    tinkerbirdon June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe only two people have posted songs for BHTandM. Todd Park Mohr is in my opinion the greatest new guitarist out there.
    Tmo2199on April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that more people should listen to this song!!!
    tunemaster30on December 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI came across this song on a late night and immediately told myself I had to have it and get to know more about BHTM. What I take from this song is love is surrendering to one of your worst fears, that being you just don't know how a relationship will work out, and so many times it ends up being bitter, after having started so sweet......
    paladin7on June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of marriage. It all exicting and fun in the beginning. Later you realize that it isn't easy. It requires work. You have to decide if you are going to do the work. It isn't all fun...there is a lot of things that are bitter. You have to find the balance...more sweet than bitter (you hope)
    Phadedjadedon March 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMakes me think of all those old country couples in my extended family. The love they share loses its passion, but burns steady through the years. They wouldn't know a life without the other.
    Jordo013on July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought that it would have been better in the second section to have lie, lie, lie, lie.


    When she asks have we everything we wanted, after many years together he realizes that he is stuck, unhappy, and has to lie and say yes.

    in the early years, he loves, but later in life, has to lie about the "love" and happiness
    beacherN32931on March 26, 2014   Link

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