"It's All Over but the Crying" as written by Douglas Elwin Erickson, Shirley Ann Manson, Steve W. Marker and Bryan David Vig....
Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong
And everything you think you had baby
Is gone

Certain things turn ugly when you think too hard
And nagging little thoughts change into things you can't turn off
Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong

It's all over but the crying
Fade to black I'm sick of trying
Took too much and now I'm done
It's all over but the crying

Do you really think I'm made of stone baby?
C'mon!
That we only love the things we own?
Baby you're wrong

Certain things just happen when you make no plans
And love can really tear you up and it can break you down
Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong

It's all over but the crying
Fade to black I'm sick of trying
Took too much and now I'm done
It's all over but the crying

Baby we're done

If I could I would
I'd change everything
Cause I can't forget you though you don't believe me
Now I can't walk back
I can't leave behind
Where does it go all the light that we had?

Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong
And everything you think you had baby
Is gone

Baby we're done


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"It's All Over But the Crying" as written by Douglas Elwin Erickson Bryan David Vig

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    General CommentI reckon it's definitely about the end of a relationship...they've tried and tried, and cried and cried...and now it's all over...except the crying, of course. It's finally admitting the relationship needs to die.
    missmeon August 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song.
    killstaron April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is basically about a relationship gone bad...

    "Certain things just happen when you make no plans
    And love can really tear you up and it can break you down "
    Relationships fall apart when they're aimless, and love- love is so harsh. It tears apart your insides with a simple goodbye.

    "Everything you think you know, baby
    Is wrong "
    Everything you think about your relationship, all the dreams for the future you have, may never come true. Lost, meaningless dreams.

    "Fade to black, I'm sick of trying
    Took too much and now I'm done
    It's all over but the crying "
    She's been trying so hard, but it's just pointless, the relationship is going nowhere. Everything about the relationship is over, except the tears, which never seem to diminish.

    Pretty straight forward song, as I see it. But so sad...
    killstaron April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is really pretty.. i really like it sooo much ..
    i agree with killstar on their meaning of the song.. so many things in this song i can relate to... you want to turn back time... but you can't...

    ---"Everything you think you know, baby Is wrong ..And everything you think you had, baby
    Is gone "
    This part makes me this that... she's in a relationship .. and you know when you think everything is perfect... and then you get a slap in your face, and everything just hit rock bottom... and what you had is gone. so many she was sick of her bf or cheated on her .. or she cheated on him...

    "And nagging little thoughts change into things you can't turn off "
    not so sure about this part ... but it could be like.. the "what if" factors... you know when you want to make a decision you always have the what if toughts like.. what if i did this or that would it make things better.... or maybe it's the nagging thoughts that like.. what she's or he's done.. and she just wants to hide from the fact that it's happened

    It's all over but the crying
    Fade to black, I'm sick of trying
    Took too much and now I'm done
    It's all over but the crying
    ---this part is so self explanitory... like you try so hard... but in the end, you realize that theres no point anymore, and the only things thgat is left is the tears and pain that remain ...

    sometimes you try so hard to make things perfect... or you think things are a certain way... and then you realize one day that everything is a mess.. and lost.. except for the tears .. and pain...
    x0_ju1cyon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy (ex)boyfriend broke up with me two weeks ago and this song ireflects my throughts and feelings so well. A year ago things were perfect and we had this great thing but over the past few months something had changed.

    "Certain things turn ugly when you think too hard
    And nagging little thoughts change
    Into things you can't turn off
    Everything you think you know, baby
    Is wrong "

    This reminds me of the times over the past couple of months where I kept thinking about breaking up but I didn't want to. I was afraid of what might be coming, but I didn't think it would really happen. I thought we could make things better but it didn't work like that. He didn't want to be committed anymore. He finally ended things and it ended pretty bitterly.

    "If I could I would
    I'd change everything
    Cause I can't forget you
    Though you don't believe me
    Now I can't walk back
    I can't leave behind
    Where does it go all the light we had?"

    These are exactly the thoughts that were going through my head. Maybe I could have changed things, I have all these memories and things that remind me of him so I can't forget what was--that "light"" we had. The happiness, love and joy we saw in eachother that dissipated into short tempers, annoyance and tears. Something changed between us that caused things to crumble.

    "Fade to black, I'm sick of trying
    Took too much and now I'm done
    It's all over but the crying."

    This represents the end [of the relationship] for me. The light rescinded to black loneliness and sadness.

    I wish I had this album two weeks ago. This song would have been perfect for my week as the human sprinkler.
    Undeniably Nikkion April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"It's all over but the crying
    Fade to black, I'm sick of trying"

    I've been a Garbage fan since the beginning but no lyrics ever hit me like those

    --beautiful garbage =)
    SageLFNon April 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt describes life at it's lowest ebb (in this case, when Shirley's relationship has failed). I've been a garbage fan since Stupid Girl came out. I was only 5!
    Xo Beyond Repair oXon May 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is beautiful. It's one of their very best songs. I love Garbage!!! These lyrics are just so powerful and sad.
    HappySoulon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is my favourite from the blm cd, especially the lines;
    Do you really think I'm made of stone?
    Baby, c'mon
    That we only love the things we own?
    Baby, you're wrong
    muffinheadon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, I've always thought that this song describes the emotions of having had an abortion.

    "Everything you think you know, baby
    Is wrong
    And everything you think you had, baby
    Is gone"

    * Here it talks about thinking they were doing what was best, but realizing everything (the baby, maybe their relationship, their innocence, etc. is gone.)

    "Certain things turn ugly when you think too hard
    And nagging little thoughts change into things you can't turn off
    Everything you think you know, baby
    Is wrong"

    * Here it talks about the decision they made and all the prior thinking about what they should do, and perhaps, regretting it now, can’t stop replaying it over and over.


    “It's all over but the crying
    Fade to black, I'm sick of trying
    Took too much and now I'm done
    It's all over but the crying”

    * Now everything is over and there is nothing left to do but cry and grieve and wonder if they did the right thing, and it’s too much to bear.

    “Do you really think I'm made of stone?
    Baby, c'mon
    That we only love the things we own?
    Baby, you're wrong”

    * Here she is talking about the fact that it’s breaking her up, and she is mourning the loss of something she doesn’t even have and technically never did.

    “Certain things just happen when you make no plans
    And love can really tear you up and it can break you down
    Everything you think you know, baby
    Is wrong”

    * She is trying to rationalize it, and explain it to herself. The pregnancy was unplanned and she thought she made the best decision. She’s trying to remind herself of this now that it’s over.


    “Baby we're done”

    * Here she could be referring to the lover or to the baby.

    “If I could I would
    I'd change everything
    Cause I can't forget you though you don't believe me
    Now I can't walk back
    I can't leave behind
    Where does it go all the light we had?”

    * This lyric shows how that part of her wishes she could take it all back. She can’t go back or change it now, but she can’t get over it/let it go either. Now that it’s all over, she’s changed by it, which is the reference to the light being gone.
    itwasaprilon May 03, 2007   Link

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