"You & A Promise" as written by Jay Clifford and Howie Day....
She was nervous she was late
She left it up to fate
Standing at a phone, oh
And she knows what she wants
And she came here to take it
How perfect it could be
You and me

And she met him at the door
"I don't want you anymore"
"Remember what you said?"

You and a promise
You and a promise
You...

Turned and he didn't wait
He walked right through the gate
So glad to be alone, mmmm
And he knows who to call
"I'll always be there for you,
call me anytime"
"I don't mean to offend,
the voice on the other end
is a stranger to me"

You and a promise
You and a promise
You...

And they say to themselves
And they say to themselves
How could I ever let this happen

You and a promise
You and a promise
Take me back
Or let this happen


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"You & a Promise" as written by Jay Clifford Howie Day

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    General Commenti think this one is about how a woman either kicked him out or broke up with him and now he wants her to remember that she made a promise to him and he wants her to keep it
    walker6153on February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis talks about a girl being pregnant, and her partner not committing to her and keeping their "promise". So now she doesnt know him anymore. . .
    christine731on February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Mz.Christine731. The whole "being late" thing really clued me in on the pregnancy. Being late with her period what was I thought of it as.

    And the phone call with him saying "I'll always be there..." I think the boyfriend wants to help, but from afar. It seems like he's treating the unborn child like it isn't his, but he wants to act like his girlfriend's close friend and still help out with the child. "I'll watch him while you get groceries, but don't expect me to pay for his daycare bills."

    ...At least, that's how I see it...
    pen.in.handon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was at a Howie Day show in Atlanta in July and Howie prefaced this song by saying it was about an abortion.
    schultzie02on October 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI saw Howie for the 3rd time a couple months ago when he came to the ATL too. Not the best show I've seen by him, but still pretty damn good.
    He mentioned before he performed this song that this is actually about a girl who has an abortion.
    I thought it was a little twisted, but the more I listened to it the more it made sense.
    Just goes to show you how crazy some of Howie's songs are.
    I mean, come on, I love him, but he's a little off the wall.
    Either way, thought fans might appreciate being able to understand another one of his amazing songs.
    GrafetePympon November 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI know this is not right, but cosidering its about abortion... it sounds like he says "I dont want it anymore" instead of "I don't want you anywmore"- but I know that's not right. Selective hearing, I guess.
    MHSL82on January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI guess this song could be about an aboriton...but i think it can also be about any relationship..for when you are together intimately your bodies make a promise and that promise binds you and when someone feels differently it brings about nervous tension.l..and i think that this song has a sort of nervous feeling to it,.
    lacunacoil86on July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhoo! That just gave me goose bumps! I mean, I've always loved this song but it never really made any sense to me.

    Thanks for mentioning abortion. It all ties together so perfectly now. I could never really understand who he was talking to or what that whole last little conversation was about.

    "I'll always be there for you, call me anytime" [The man is calling since the woman has rejected him from her life.]

    "I don't mean to offend, the voice on the other end is a stranger to me" [This is the woman answering with only one line. In this one line, she summarizes their relationship. She wants nothing to do with him.]

    How he sings that last line is just so powerful. Man, awesome delivery and lyrics!
    noy-zon May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhoo! That just gave me goose bumps! I mean, I've always loved this song but it never really made any sense to me.

    Thanks for mentioning abortion. It all ties together so perfectly now. I could never really understand who he was talking to or what that whole last little conversation was about.

    "I'll always be there for you, call me anytime" [The man is calling since the woman has rejected him from her life.]

    "I don't mean to offend, the voice on the other end is a stranger to me" [This is the woman answering with only one line. In this one line, she summarizes their relationship. She wants nothing to do with him.]

    How he sings that last line is just so powerful. Man, awesome delivery and lyrics!
    noy-zon May 18, 2009   Link

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