"I'm Sorry" as written by and John (deutschendorf)/denver Denver....
It's cold here in the city
It always seems that way
I've been thinking about you almost everyday
Thinking about the good times
Thinking about the pain
Thinking about how bad it feels all alone again

I'm sorry for the way things are in China
I'm sorry things ain't what they used to be
But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself
That you're not here with me

My friends all ask about you
I say you're doin' fine
I expect to hear from you almost any time
They all know I'm lying
I can't sleep at night
They all know I'm dying deep down inside

I'm sorry for all the lies I told you
I'm sorry for the things I didn't say
But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself
I can't believe you went away

I'm sorry if I took some things for granted
I'm sorry for the chains I put on you
But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself
For living without you


Lyrics submitted by Jillian04

"I'm Sorry" as written by John Denver

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    General CommentYou idiots. Its so much more than a sad song. For the first time EVER in alternative rock music Mark Kozelek has put to lyric the true motivation for all alternative rock music in a single verse. "I'm sorry for the way things are in China, I'm sorry things ain't what they used to be, But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself--That you're not here with me."

    I think these are the greatest alternative rock lyrics ever written! He makes an insincere apology about China being screwed up--which we all know is true. But then FINALLY comes clean--He's sorry for himself!!! ITS SO AWESOME that the true motivation behind the song is admitted, I can hardly stand it! What courage…What gusto.

    The only thing that would have made the song better is if he apologized for a bunch of things wrong with the world, like manifest destiny, starving children in Africa, colonialism, imperialism, etc....and then followed it up by saying, "but more than anything else....I'm sorry for myself."

    It paints a true picture of how each of us feel. We know there are horrible problems out there, that people are suffering. Yet, each of us is individualistic and have put ourselves in the center of our universe. It is part of our human nature that our misery, no matter how it compares to the misery of others, will always be “more than anything else” in our own eyes. Sad, but true.
    jenniferjferrison October 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is the saddest song in the whole world. it's a john denver song. but this version is way sadder and makes me want to cry.
    lmr0329on February 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this version. This is one of the saddest songs i've ever heard.
    "They all know I'm lying
    I can't sleep at night
    They all know I'm dying deep down inside"
    daydreamer82on July 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks, Jennifer. I could never figure out that part of the lyric until now, and now it seems so obvious. You are absolutely right.
    steverhodeson May 26, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSad.
    laurengrc08on January 19, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentoh cielos...
    this is. pure. tragedy.
    slinkstersarson February 28, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentoh cielos...
    this is. pure. tragedy.
    slinkstersarson February 28, 2006   Link

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