"Let Your Troubles Roll By" as written by and Carter Gravatt Terrell H. Clark....
Love endures, it clings away
When asked to leave, it begs to stay
Like the perfect song, at imperfect times
It's the way the chords struck with the rhymes
So let your troubles roll by...

He knows he can help himself
He can tell by a look at the books on his shelf

And someone, somewhere loses her son
Before her own sunset is said and done

And she dreams of sunflowers bent-over
Frozen in snow, and thinks 'Colorado.. ?'
But then plays her life back in slow motion
To keep in touch with that raw emotion
In the night, crushed empty can
Olive Oyle is waiting for her man
To come in from the fight
That will change their life
'For good this time...'

When all of your tears dry, let your troubles roll by

Like New Year's Eve, tonight's underway
But tomorrow you'll wake up afraid of the day
'Cause underneath the scars of your broken dreams
An undone war still wages and stings
You fear the year will blow
Like a breeze through a rainbow
You swear it's there, but you can't grab a hold
So you sit and cry and wonder why, why...

When all of your tears dry, let your troubles roll by

So many cities and windows and lives
And through each one there's a soul that strives to survive
So pay no mind, my sorrow's fine
The day is a live and that's why I cry
It's a New Year's toast, grab your list to conspire
The last snake hissed as he was thrown in the fire
You've come far, and though you're far from the end
You don't mind where you are, cause you know where you've been

Like a culture vulture sprawled out on the floor
Like a dead devil soldier washed up on the shore
With nothing of note but the ole' Capt.'s coat
And a burning boat you just sank with your salty tears...


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"Let Your Troubles Roll By" as written by Carter Gravatt Barry Thomas Privett

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    General CommentFirst of all let me just say I don't think he is simply saying, as secondhandsmoke put it, "cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it." He talks about a mother having to get through the death of her child, and I don't think he'd be telling that mother to just "get over it".

    That being said, I like how the first stanza kind of introduces us to the song. The tune and tempo is even a little different than the rest of the verses. He opens it by basically telling us that love is infinite, and I think that is something we should keep in mind while listening to the song and the misfortunes he sings about in it. Everybody has experienced that one song come on while you've been miserable, and it describes how you're feeling perfectly, and helps you feel like maybe you aren't alone after all. When he says, "Like the perfect song at imperfect times, It's the way the chord's struck with the rhymes" I think he's saying that even in the worst parts of your life, you will never be alone. I think he also purposely portrays this song as being one of those "perfect songs", and that's what makes the rhyming in the song so unique.

    Just a few more things real quick, each verse describes a crappy situation to be in, but he always follows it up with "When all of your tears dry, let your troubles roll by." I don't think he's saying to get over it, like some have suggested, but rather he's saying that you can get through this, and after you have cried, mourned, been sad or depressed enough, then pick your self up and leave your worries behind. Because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and love will always be with you, whether you know it or not.

    Lastly, I don't think this is what he was intending, but the line, "The day is alive and that's why I cry", a lot of people when they are mourning feel guilty that they are living while their loved one is not, and just seeing things like flowers bloom makes then sad, because everything else in the world is moving on, but the deceased isn't.

    Sorry if that was too long. Like always, it's just my opinion and nothing more.
    scammaj12on January 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfave carbon leaf song

    I don't think its so much about getting over greif but about accepting the pain, and all the other crap that comes with life, because thats what makes life even worth living. Pain and grief suck, but they let you know your alive.
    secretagent00elfon May 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti can't believe i'm the first person to comment on this song! this is one of my favorite carbon leaf songs. to me, its about being at that stage of sadness where you're almost ready to stop crying and let go, but not quite. you want to feel happy again but you still feel pain and its not over and you cant quite get to the point where you're happy again
    paper_hearts13on April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst let me just say that I love the way this song ryhmes, it's perfect.

    As for analysis I agree that this song is about being able to just kind of shrug off and accept sadness as a way to get over it and move on.
    mcooneyon August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst let me just say that I love the way this song ryhmes, it's perfect.

    As for analysis I agree that this song is about being able to just kind of shrug off and accept sadness as a way to get over it and move on.
    mcooneyon August 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes, it's basically saying : cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it. Everyone goes through sadness. It is a way of life, but it's too short to dwell on something that you can grow stronger from.
    the syntax and use of words in this song is great.
    secondhandsmokeon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes, it's basically saying : cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it. Everyone goes through sadness. It is a way of life, but it's too short to dwell on something that you can grow stronger from.
    the syntax and use of words in this song is great.
    secondhandsmokeon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite line is "he knows he can help himself, he can tell by a look at the books on his shelf" I just picture an insecure, 30ish man sitting at home on a Friday night looking though his self-help books, and selecting one called "How to attract a wife." or something.

    Also, "You don't mind where you are cause you know where you've been" sort of tells me that it's important to see how our past has led us up to our present conditions, and that even though things may seem bad, we can look ahead and know that it's simply the foundation of something else.
    zucchini1822on January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song because of some messages and moods. My friend likes this band and I think I found out why. He has trouble in school and gets stressed and I think when he hears " he knows he can help himself he can tell by the look of the books on his shelf." he gets motivated for homework. This song is so uplifting that whenever ur not in a good mood it makes you happy. Carbon Leaf owns. nuff said
    YoCarbonShinson March 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The day is alive and that's why I cry" i think that talks about having a bad day or experience and wanting to dwell on it but the rest of the world isnt going to wait for you. so just move on.
    Mitchious05on May 14, 2007   Link

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