"Live and Learn" as written by Peter Anders Svensson and Nina Persson....
I came home in the morning
And everything was gone
Oh what have I done
I dropped dead in the hallway
Cursing the dawn
Oh come on son
Why must I burn
I'm just trying to learn

I stared into the light
To kill some of my pain
It was all in vane
Cause no senses remain
But an ache in my body
And regret on my mind
But I'll be fine

Cause I live and I learn
Yes I live and I learn
If you live you will learn
I live and I learn

God kicked you in the head
So I started a fight
Cause I knew I was right
But I learned I was wrong
I remember a slaughter
I remember I fought
For the money I brought
I got blistered and burned
And lost what I earned

But I live and I learn
Yes I live and I learn

I got, I got it now
She's got, She's got it now

I came to one a corner
With some help from a man and goddamn
I don't see to have learn
That a lady in need is guilty indeed
So I paid and got laid in return
And I don't know what I've learned

Well you get what you give
And hell yes I lived
But if you live as you learn
I don't think I'd be learned
Oh with the sun in my eyes
Surprise, I'm living a life
But I don't seem to learn
No I don't think I can learn

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"Live and Learn" as written by Peter Anders Svensson Nina Persson

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    General CommentThis song is about her yearning for a meaningful relationship, but finding shallowness instead. It seems that she comes close at times, but figures out a way of screwing it up.

    "I came home in the morning and everything was gone oh, what have I done!"

    Her husband/boyfriend left her because she was unfaithful and she feels regret.

    "got kicked in the head, so I started a fight 'cause I knew I was right, but I learned I was wrong"

    Her stubborn, head-strong ways led to her walking out after an argument instead of staying and dealing with it. This likely led to her indiscretion, which led to the break up.

    Unlike the one-night stand, this was a real relationship, but she threw it away....then she goes back to the one-night stand guy, or some other guy, with whom she's really not in love, because of a false sense of security in this physical relationship.

    "a lady in need is guilty indeed so i paid and got laid in return"

    Her desire to in a relationship is what she means by "lady in need." But, she's just jumping from one relationship to another without addressing her problems.

    The lesson cost her ("I paid") and now she's in a meaningless relationship ("and got laid in return") with her next boyfriend who picked her up when she was down, but for whom she has no real love.

    She knows better, but keeps getting stuck in this cycle. She "lives" but she doesn't "learn" from her mistakes. The reference to looking into the sun could mean her trying to come to terms with her issues, i.e. spiritual/religious enlightenment, counseling, etc, but it doesn't seem to help because she gets "blistered and burned" and doesn't "learn".

    In summary, she's being hard on herself because she has a history of screwing up good relationships and falling back into bad ones. But, mistakes are a part of life. And, that she wrote this song is a step in the right direction. This song will resonate with many single women over 30.
    Sufjanfanon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs. to me, it expresses the utter flatulence of "open mindedness" and all the alternative lifestyles that go along with it.

    Here's what I think. She's been a cosmo woman, cohabitating with her bf, but gets left. and it's not the first time, either. it always hurts her, so she trys to find enlightenment. but it turned out to be empty.

    Then, she goes on to prove the point of the song (i.e. not learning): "but I'll be fine 'cause / I live and I learn"

    It's only in the last frame she concedes the truth. It may be impossible to really learn by "living" in the way that she has been. one of my coworkers said she had to stop having "relationships" for two years before the right guy came along (one who she knew would stay with her).

    Read the sociology research... cohabitation (and all that it entails) is more emotionally destructive than staying single. So either get married, and /stay/ that way (else what's the point?), or stay single!! oh, you didn't hear me. well... fly on little bird.
    macronymon September 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm surprised there are no comments on this yet, it's the best song on the album. Great lyrics: "I don't seem to have learned
    that a lady in need is guilty indeed
    so I paid and got laid in return"

    Love the way they sing "and hell yes, I lived!"
    BarryKardonon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does "I came to on a corner" mean??! (Im german...)
    marymolynnon May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, this girl really had a terrible night! Well, she probably thought she would have a fun night with the money that she earned, however she was stolen, hurt and forced to have sex with the 'kind' man who helped her, since a 'good' girl never would be in trouble... In fact, it's impossible to take some teaching from this life after facing so much injustice in one only night! Except for this one: "Some men really deserve to be called as pigs!!!".
    circusjuggleron September 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti feel like this song is basically the aftermath of the night before. she comes home all confused and dillusional, perhaps due to drugs or a drinking binge. she's trying to kill the pain inside, regardless of how physically/mentally numb she actually is. "senses" could mean either reasoning skills (like common sense) or touch, taste, etc... when she talks about getting kicked in the head, it could just be her acting all freaky from the drugs, causing her to misbehave and make bad decisions.

    "a lady in need is guilty indeed so i paid and got laid in return"

    ^ i think her state of mind was all off from substance abuse and she got taken advantage of, which would probably teach her a pretty big lesson about using drugs and drinking. great song, nice hook, wonderful message.
    frankenberryon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim in love with this right now. "oh come on sun why must i burn?" i think we've all had those mornings where we are just like what the fuck is happening to my life right now.

    im having hard time placing the meaning of this song because she says she lives and she learns and then she says that she didnt learn anything and she doesnt know what she learned. so what is she really saying?

    and does anyone know if she has a drinking problem?
    A_quarter_2-9on September 29, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAll in the context of the line "I paid and got laid in return" which may be a reoccurring thing cause she doesn't learn...

    "I came home in the morning and everything was gone
    oh, what have I done!
    I dropped dead in the hallway
    cursing the dawn
    oh come on sun, why must I burn?"

    She paid to get laid, brought the guy back to her apartment, woke up, found out he robbed her, cursed her self for "burning", as in with lust.

    "I stared into the light to kill some of my pain
    it was all in vain, 'cause no senses remained
    but an ache in my body
    and regret on my mind
    but I'll be fine 'cause"

    maybe "the light" is referring to the light of religion, so she tries to not be a sex addict, but she has an ache in her body (for sex) but regret on her mind (cause of how she's going about relieving said ache), but shes thinking that maybe she'll learn.

    "got kicked in the head
    so I started a fight
    'cause I knew I was right
    but I learned I was wrong
    I remember a slaughter
    I remember I fought for the money I'd brought
    I got blistered and burned"

    This one's a little weird. I think maybe someone who cared for her found her looking for another guy to lay her, and fought with her about it saying it was wrong and it was bad for her, she fought with them they proved she was wrong but she still fought with them so she could buy some sex with the money she brought to the place where she'd pick up a guy. and yet again she got blistered and burned.

    "I came to on a corner, with some help from a man
    and goddamn, I don't seem to have learned
    that a lady in need is guilty indeed
    so I paid and got laid in return"

    the previous night's endeavors left her in this condition, lying on a street corner. she knows she hasn't learned that a lady in need (of sex) is guilty (when she pays for it??), and she does it all over again

    the rest of the song...she admits that she never learns
    megjohon December 19, 2006   Link

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