"Known For Years" as written by and Rachael Amanda Yamagata....
I'm so good at running away
You'd think I'd grown up on a train
And you're so good at leading them on
Who am I to bring you down?
I wonder why I'm still hanging around
Was it the sound?

'Cause I've known for years that we'd get here
And I can't make believe that we're not seeing the same thing
And I've known for years that we'd get here
And it'd be a shame to make believe, it's better to leave

And it's so cruel, the way I recall
I ran out of lies to take it all
My questions tell whether I am just afraid
But who are they to stand in my way?
I wonder if I just soldier the crown
Was it the sound?

'Cause I've known for years that we'd get here
And I can't make believe that we're not seeing the same thing
'Cause I've known for years that we'd get here
And it'd be a shame to make believe...

It'd be a shame to make believe it's better to leave
It'd be a shame to make believe it's better to leave
It'd be a shame to make believe its better, better, better, better to leave

'Cause I've known for years that we'd get here
And I can't make believe that we're not seeing the same thing
'Cause I've known for years that we'd get here

And it'd be a shame
It'd be a shame, shame
It'd be a shame to make believe
It'd be a shame to make believe
Oh it's better to leave


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"Known for Years" as written by Rachael Amanda Yamagata

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    General CommentSounds to me like it's a situation she saw coming a mile away. She always felt how things would turn out, and they did indeed turn out the way she anticipated...except for one thing. It meant a lot to her, and the way things suddenly turned, she thinks she's about to lose it all. But all of her feelings about it made her think it was something that should last, because it was important. It meant the world. It felt like something permanent.

    So "it's a shame to make believe it's better to leave" than to try to make it work, pretty much. Sometimes no matter who much one person believes they can get over a rough patch, if the other person involved feels it's best to give up(because of how much work it would take to move past the problem), then you can lose something amazing no matter how priceless it is.

    The way she delivers the chorus is so genuine.

    Edited by delial on April 28 2008, at 09:17PM

    delialon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me this means that she has "known for years" that this is not going to work out and that she has been holding out hope. I think that she is describing her feelings as she is at her wits end.
    BELLA83on September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentShe probably wrote these lyrics for her former band, Bumpus. I think this song can be interpreted beyond the break-up/broken relationship perspective. I just resigned from my job and I can totally relate with the song. Same goes with "Reason Why".
    paralumanon November 14, 2007   Link

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