No thanks
No more
No love

I'm done
I've had enough

You're going off with her
And I wish I was
But there's a "never can be"
Just because

All right
Be on your way
The kindest thing to say
Is not that you have fallen for me
Say you'll come back to my arms again
Someday

Baby, write some words
About how you can’t shut me out
How you must find a way
To see me one more time
One more time

And please call up all your friends
And tell them it can't end
You don't know what you'd do
If you lost her
(And lost me, too)

That's fine
That's good
That's nice

I understand the price
The cost of craving dark instead of light
I flip a coin to see if you still care tonight

My blood
My hand
My soul

I've thrown them onto you without control
The things I freely give, you stole
And now I'm left in pieces

Baby, tell the world about me
The way you won me over
In a city you can't remember
You think it was September
Sweet September

Oh, baby
Oh, it's all right
I know she needs you more than I do
And I wouldn't win this fight
But there is one thing that you've gotta do
You've gotta tell the world
About a girl you once knew
Oh, she wasn't meant to be

But you fell
So very deeply
In love
With me

To all the girls he's loved
To all the girls he's loved...


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  • +2
    General CommentShe's in love with him. He's in love with her... and another woman. He wants to be with both of them, but it hurts the singer too much when he goes off with "her," and she feels betrayed by his inability to commit. She knows that if she forces him to choose, he won't choose her... so she's walking away.

    I don't think this is a typical "you cheated on me and I'm leaving you" song-- the situation seems far more complicated, either an open relationship or an affair (he's married and the singer is "the other woman"). It seems as if he really does love her deeply and will be heartbroken when she leaves, but he's unable or unwilling to give up the other woman he's with, and the situation just hurts her too much for her to stay. Painfully beautiful.
    fromadistantsunon February 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this song is about a loose guy having found a new interest. I think the lyrics imply that the guy used to have a relation with another girl. They broke up and in the meantime he met and fell in love with the singer.

    However, the previous girlfriend realised how much she misses him and that she can't live without him, leaving him in quite a dilemma.

    The singer in this case lets him go, realizing that her 'rival' loves him sincerely and needs him. She lets him go so that he won't have to suffer under a dilemma. Thats how I've always interpreted the song. Its one of my favorites, so pure, noble and beautiful.
    Nisshokuon September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I really love it.

    It's for a boy she fell in love with. and he fell in love with her, but it didn't work. maybe because of the circumstances, maybe because of something else - it doesn't matter.

    and now she's telling him that she just wants a line in a song. a thought a day. that he tells the world about her. nothing else.
    madrigalon October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, fantastic song. it gives me the chills.
    apollo IVon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree with gabbyownsme's comment. I love the way she chose to sing this. To me I think she's talking about a somewhat hypocritical guy who is somewhat of a player. Basically he wants to have his cake and eat it too. He doesn't want to make the commitment to have an exclusive relationship with her because he's also interested in another girl, but at the same time, he can't bare the idea of completely losing the singer. He also tries to make himself feel better about his actions by makins tons of crappy excuses. In doing so, he plays around a lot with her emotions, and thus, we have a gorgeous song.

    "Baby tell the world about me
    The way you won me over
    In a city you can't remember
    You think it was September"
    FauxPunkFatigueson April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. im surprised more people haven't written. I think that it's about a boy she loved, who fell in love with another girl, and she ended up saying "I give up, she can have you". that really means alot to me, because i've done the exact thing.
    tragic_beautyon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me sounds so much like it's about the singer being secretly involved with a guy who's in a relationship with someone. The singer herself is actually a friend of the guy and the guy's friends, and probably even know the guy's girlfriend/wife, yet they manage to go on without being found out.

    "You're going off with her" means that the guy ends up choosing to be with his girl and leaves the singer. And even though the singer is still deeply in love with him, she knows that they "never can be, just because".

    "And please call up all your friends
    And tell them it can't end
    You don't know what you'd do
    If you lost her
    (And lost me, too)"

    This means that the singer wants him to admit to his friends and tell them about her, and that secretly she's tired of being a secret in his life. But she also had the hope that he would admit that he couldn't leave her as well.

    "I understand the price
    The cost of craving dark instead of light
    I flip a coin to see if you still care tonight"

    The singer knows what she was getting into, being involved with a guy who already has a girlfriend. She knew it was going to hurt but she took it anyway. And she could only "flip a coin" to know whether or not he actually cares about her, or whether or not he's going to end it soon.

    "Baby, tell the world about me
    The way you won me over
    In a city you can't remember"

    The singer wants him to "tell the world about her", to admit that they are close and how it all had come to happen.

    "Oh, baby
    Oh, it's all right
    I know she needs you more than I do
    And I wouldn't win this fight
    But there is one thing that you've gotta do
    You've gotta tell the world
    About a girl you once knew
    Oh, she wasn't meant to be

    But you fell
    So very deeply
    In love
    With me"

    This part makes me think that the singer knows the guy's girlfriend personally, like she knows the girlfriend is going through something terrible and needs him but he was with the singer most of the time instead and she's telling him that it's okay if he's leaving her for this girl. She knew he wasn't going to choose her over this girl anyway, but she still wanted him to at least admit about what they have done, maybe because of the guilt. However, it seemed that she was hoping that while confessing to what he has done he would say that he couldn't help but falling in love with the singer even though he knew he shouldn't.
    Carusoon September 12, 2012   Link

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