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if i get lost along the way to meet you
if i'm more than a little late
if i get caught up in circles chasing my own tail
if i trip up and fail you
if i let you down
if i let you down

i can see that injury that accompanies the passage of you
i can try to rationalize the accumulation of fear
and the dreams that draw a song in pursuit of the end of time
and the grace that illuminates the past
if i let you down
if i let you down

in the night the city's quiet
from the rooftop we can see the moon rise high above the clouds
just enough light to see our faces give expression to the words we thought but didn't speak
and then you asked me a question that i won't forget
even if i spend my life trying to live up to what it means
if i let you down
if i let you down

don't let it break down
don't let it break down
don't let it break down



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    General Commentthis song encompasses for me that feeling of insecurity and worry that someone cared deeply for is going to leave at a moment's notice. the feeling as if all you do is make mistakes and make things go wrong, miss out on opportunities and meet failure after failure. and in the end, you're just begging them to help you up if you should fall along the way... though his tone of voice implies he figures the person won't. which is an even worse feeling. being disappointed all the time has that effect on a person, though.


    "in the night the city's quiet
    from the rooftop we can see the moon rise high above the clouds
    just enough light to see our faces give expression
    to the words we thought but didn't speak,"

    i love the imagery i get from these lines. and i know how that feels... so obviously expressing in every way what you mean, and yet not verbalizing it. it's strange conversing with someone in that way...and never uttering a word.

    Edited by delial on May 28 2008, at 06:38AM

    delialon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful.
    aj_100on January 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just laughed right now after reading the lyrics to this song. Because though I like the band for years, I hadn’t heard it until last year. I have to say, that it’s poigiant in ways that I can barely wrap my mind around.

    in the night the city’s quiet
    from the rooftop we can see the moon rise high above the clouds
    just enough light to see our faces give expression to the words we thought but didn’t speak
    and then you asked me a question that i won’t forget
    even if i spend my life trying to live up to what it means
    if i let you down
    if i let you down

    I make fun of this song for the fact that it’s almost too mellow and doesn’t really leave the key it starts in. I always say that it would be more interesting if they changed it, but, when you really sit and look at the words and think about it. It’s just like a conversation. Just like a conversation…that you never really want to have, but, that happens anyway.
    omnivoreronon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentidk wth yall are talking about.
    but i know yall are taking it waaayyy too deep.
    all he is saying is if.
    i take it from this perspective that the guy thinks hes a fuck up.
    and all hes saying is "if i let you down... dont let it break down."
    meaning that if i screw up, please dont let my being a dumbass kill our love [love is the it in dont let it break down].
    2nd of all. i think yall two are looking at this song as if it were sad...
    and the lyrics yall seem to be fans of, i analyzed a little differently.

    "in the night the city's quiet
    from the rooftop we can see the moon rise high above the clouds
    just enough light to see our faces give expression to the words we thought but didn't speak
    and then you asked me a question that i won't forget
    even if i spend my life trying to live up to what it means"

    i say theyre looking at the moon and its such a pretty thing too look at that words dont need to be expressed bc theyre thinking the same thing.
    i say theyre in love and enjoying the moment.

    3rdly this song isnt sad. if you think about it
    she asks him a specific and obviously important question. now what kind of question did she ask that made him feel like he had to live up to?
    idk maybe a like "will you marry me?" or a "do you want to take our relationship further?"
    its definately not a "do you think we should break up?"
    bc why would an ex bf think he needs to live up to the title of ex bf?
    see what im saying.
    anyway this song is totally hot.
    my old bf thinks its a sex song.
    hes sorta silly.
    emmaxdilemmaon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAt a first listen i thought it was a sex song too =] I heard "If i lay you down" hahahah i love it though the imagery the sincere tone of voice everything Ida's a great band though.
    Roundaboutxon September 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAt a first listen i thought it was a sex song too =] I heard "If i lay you down" hahahah i love it though the imagery the sincere tone of voice everything Ida's a great band though.
    Roundaboutxon September 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSince the first time I heard this song, I have felt it as a sad song. I bacame a bit unsecure about this after reading Emma's view, because that part of the song could might as well have ment the start of a relationship. But still I feel there are too many lines in the song that indicates that they are beaking up. Like for instance the line
    "just enough light to see our faces give expression to the words we thought but didn't speak"
    Everything the person indicates to be thinking through the whole song is the fear of failing his/hers love, which gives me the impression that this is what is expressed in their faces.
    Also the lines
    "i can see that injury that accompanies the passage of you
    i can try to rationalize the accumulation of fear
    and the dreams that draw a song in pursuit of the end of time
    and the grace that illuminates the past"
    has a sad impression on me. Like the person is trying to rationalize the accumulation of fear, but doesn't quite succeed, and therefore fears the relationship to come to an end.

    Although, "and then you asked me a question that i won't forget
    even if i spend my life trying to live up to what it means" don't really indicate that something has ended, cause then the person would not have anything to live up to.

    Perfectly written lyrics which leaves it completely up to the listner to enterpent the meaning.
    bard-dupeon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with emmaxdilemma.

    This song is definitely not about breaking up. Whoever is singing this is constantly messing up, but they don’t want there mess ups to "break down" there relationship.

    If it were about breaking up the individual wouldn’t try to "live up to what (the question) means."

    If you think this song means anything other, then your probably a depressive person and to hung up on the mood of the song. Which I will agree is kind of depressing, but it’s to make it feel more like a sincere apology.
    naota845on September 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is way sexy.
    summer nostalgiaon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthese lyrics are perfect except for the second verse.
    the first line of the second verse is
    "i can see the injury that accompanies the passage of years"
    and the fourth line of the second verse is
    "and the grace that illuminates the path"
    Dorkenfarberon March 16, 2008   Link

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