"Winter" as written by and Joshua Ryan Radin....
I should know who I am by now
I walk the record stands somehow
Thinking of winter
Your name is the splinter inside me
While I wait

And I remember the sound
Of your November downtown
And I remember the truth
A warm December with you
But I don't have to make this mistake
And I don't have to stay this way
If only I would wake

The walk has all been cleared by now
Your voice is all I hear somehow
Calling out winter
Your voice is the splinter inside me
While I wait

And I remember the sound
Of your November downtown
And I remember the truth
A warm December with you
But I don't have to make this mistake
And I don't have to stay this way
If only I would wake

I could have lost myself in rough blue waters in your eyes
And I miss you still

I remember the sound
Of your November downtown
And I remember the truth
A warm December with you
But I don't have to make this mistake
And I don't have to stay this way
If only I would wake


Lyrics submitted by woodendogz, edited by alice.peacock

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  • +4
    General CommentGreat song. I heard it off the episode of "Scrubs" where the brother-in-law played by Brenden Fraiser dies. Suffice to say, it brought tears to my eyes.
    woodendogzon November 04, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about losing someone who you are very close to. One of those situations where you are really in-sync with the person (which makes the loss more difficult.
    The rest is just about reminiscing. Remembering the person, their voice, presence etc.
    webb girlon March 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMakes me cry every single time without fail, it's so beautifully written. His voice is utterly enchanting. Also a convert to Joshua after seeing the montage with this song and the death of a characters best friend on Scrubs. Don't be listening to this when feeling down
    -Imo-on January 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationYea, this song is fantastic, most def. First off, I think it's meant to be sad. Winter is a sad season after all.

    1. "the splinter inside me" - their voice, their name just digs into them
    2. "I remember the truth" - remembering the good and bad moments, as they are
    3. "I don't have to make this mistake, and I don't have to stay this way" - being with them is wrong, for whatever reason, and he has a choice, no matter what
    4. "I could have lost myself in rough blue waters in your eyes" - almost lost who they were, values, everything, to that person

    Might just be I'm coming off of a bad break up, but this song seems melancholy to me, bittersweet about what they are losing, but they know what they have to do.
    vertigogoon December 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a brilliant little EP this guy Joshua Radin has composed. I actually didn't hear this song first on "Scrubs" but I like Zack just the same. The first line, "I should know who I am by now", really fits into that Garden State feeling he captured so well in his film.

    I agree it's about losing someone close to you, perhaps forever, but only then realizing how much you miss that person you can never get back.

    As for the uncertainty in the lyrics, I most definitely hear him say "if only I would wake...", drawing parallels to "Girlfriend in a Coma", suggesting perhaps (if it is a metaphor) that he's the one who's heart has stopped working, not hers.

    I really like that idea, and so I've held onto it. If you own the EP, try playing the tracks in this order:

    2-4-5-3-6-1
    davidecoyoteon August 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's a really fantastic song, this guy really is great. It's just an excellent song by my standards, very impressed. The way he sings it, it makes it even better. It's simply, well, great.

    I love this live version:
    youtube.com/…
    Dylanison March 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the line "i should know who i am by now"...always makes me feel like bcos of all the stuff ive been thru i should be sure of myself but yet i stil have no clue...
    i think after a relationship is over, it just takes time to get over it. but the hardest thing is to just wait while all u can do is think about them and the things they did. the lines "Your name is the splinter inside me
    While I wait" sum that up perfectly if you ask me.
    another line that gets me everytime..
    "But I don't have to make this mistake
    And I don't have to stay this way"
    this helps me whenever i think that im in a situation i cant get out of, im acutally not. its like i dont have to be living in this bad stuff.
    anyway...yeah. sweet. this song is awesome. jr is awesome.
    argeemayon October 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI cried for about an hour while this song was on replay. One of the most incredible songs with beautiful lyrics, vocals and melody.
    I was crying because I understood it to be about a lost love. I interpreted it in my own situation, where I loved this person, we tried hard for 4 years to make things work and then we couldn't fight for it anymore. At the end of everything, I remember how much I still love him and how things were and could've been, but they are not. I remember all of the "Warm Decembers" and they make me cry, but I also understand that we can't be together and this song gave me my peace.
    EZ Breezyon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentScrubs has introduced me to some great obscure or unappreciated artist, Josh Radin being one of them. I really thought this song, along with his entire album, was really good, and i hope he has more to be released. I also have to add, hearing this song makes me tear up like a baby.
    twoXhededXboyon December 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me cry everytime. Without fail. I connect it to my last relationship. We were together for 3 years, when he cheated and left me for one of my friends. He didn't even have the guts to tell me, I had to hear it from her, when she was rubbing it in my face.

    I want so much to be over the pain, I want to be better again. But all I can do is remember how happy I was, and this song pretty much captures what I'm feeling. It hurts so much to listen too, and yet I feel compelled to listen to it over and over again. I feel if I'm sad enough times I'll feel better. But I'm slowly realizing that there are no quick fixes to a severely broken heart. He wasn't just my boyfriend, he was my best friend.

    This song is slowly healing me, I don't feel so alone anymore. It's practically perfect in every way.
    DuckieFlipFlopson June 23, 2008   Link

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