"Photograph" as written by and Antonio Carlos Jobim Ray Gilbert....
Fear falls hard like rain again
Washing over me
You say nothing will ever change
What do I believe?
You fall deep inside again
Nothing left to see
Weakness fills your heart again
You put it to rest

Forfeit everything
Because you were never strong enough
Close my eyes again
And pray that life will not give up

I try to see your face again
A photograph for me
Your voice calling out again
Nothing left for me
You try to find your place again
Waiting just to breathe
Weakness takes your heart again
You put it to rest

Locked inside again
Locked inside again
Locked inside again

Forfeit everything
Because you were never strong enough
Close my eyes again
And pray that life will not give up
Forfeit everything
Because you were never strong enough
Close my eyes again
And pray that life will not give up

Did you forget about the things I said?
Fight the lies inside your head
Deny those who try to bring you down
Kill the pain and emptiness
Find a love and lose yourself
Without this life you're just a memory

Locked inside again
Locked inside again
Locked inside again

Forfeit everything
Because you were never strong enough
Close my eyes again
And pray that life will not give up
Forfeit everything
Because you were never strong enough
Close my eyes again
And pray that life will not give up


Lyrics submitted by Mourningstar74

"Photograph" as written by Anthony Mccoy Kevin Dorr

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC

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    General CommentI hope I get this right...

    This song was written about someone he knew that killed himself. (think it was a friends brother or something like that) It basically says not to take the easy way out of a problem by killing yourself.

    "Weakness fills your heart again You put it to rest"
    Put it to rest = kill yourself

    "Forfeit everything 'Cause you were never strong enough " talks about how you weren't strong enough to face the problem so you were weak and killed yourself.

    Not the average approach to suicide, but I like it. Don't be weak.
    rnjholleyon January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG
    the way its slow but fast..... Its just great!!!!
    12 Stones kick-ass!!
    escenceon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree.... real good song
    nohopz4sureon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfucking amazing song.
    i think it has something to do with some guy not being able to handle things in his life. he needs to sort out his life, find a girlfriend and whatever, otherwise he's just a memory to everybody because of something he could do to himself.
    tortured_soulon January 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a great song! it rocks!
    SimplePlanRockson January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI actually think this is a Tragic story put into a song...
    I think that its a friend of his that he cares for, and he doesn't wanna lose this person or anything but the person keeps getting worse and worse until they end their life...

    "Fear falls hard like rain again
    Washing over me
    You say nothing will ever change
    What do i believe
    You fall deep inside again
    Nothing left to see
    Weakness fills your heart again
    You put it to rest"
    This pretty much means that the person he is talking about has alot of problems and alot of depression, loneliness and such, he tries to convince them that he cares for them but they refuse to listen because things just keep getting worse and worse, and this person must have a low self esteem and believe that no one cares for them, and is too blinded by this theory that he won't realize that the singer is telling the truth.

    "Forfeit everything
    'Cause you were never strong enough
    Close my eyes again
    And pray that i will not give up"
    Here he is saying that this person wasn't strong enough to survive, and it hurt him really bad seeing his friend in this shape, and then his friend killed themselves so now he is very sad and this really hurt him, but hes trying to not give up and not end up like his friend...

    "I try to see your face again
    A Photograph for me
    Your voice calling out again
    Nothing left for me
    You try to find your place again
    Waiting just to breathe
    Weakness takes your heart again
    You put it to rest"
    Once again he says that this person couldn't handle the pressure so they "put their heart to rest" because they could not find happiness anywhere, so now hes looking at a picture of this person and he misses them and it still saddens him, he wishes he had not lost his friend at all like this.

    "Did you forget about the things i said
    Fight the lies inside your head
    Deny those who try to bring you down
    Kill the pain and emptiness
    Find a love and lose yourself
    Without this life you're just a memory"
    Okay in this line, he tries to reach out to this friend of his and try to convince them that things will get better, and also give them some advice but they didn't take it and ended it all...

    So in a nutshell his friend commited suicide and now its really hurting him.
    My theory anyway, I wonder if I'm right....
    Furiokuon February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes Paul said it himself on an interview at christianalitytoday.com this song is about one of his mates siblings suicide
    hackychipon February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomebody PLEASE check out my lyrics under the artist Nothing Final.
    NothingFinalon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, This song is about one of Paul's Sisters Friends who committed suicide over a failed relationship..paul's sister came to him and asked him if he would write a song to kinda help people who are in the same situation..so they have something to kinda look to...and "Photograph" is the end result..paul sit down and he was sad yet angry that someone would take their life in a weak way over such a trivial matter...this song basicly says step up...and don't be stupid it's not worth killing yourself over. ..I also believe to my understanding is was supposed to be writtin from the point of view of the ex-girlfriend
    obsessivemusicfreakon August 31, 2005   Link
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    General Comment... tragically beautiful song
    yakasushiion January 09, 2006   Link

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