"Sweet Illusions" as written by and John P. Bowersock Ryan Adams....
Let me go I'm only letting you down
I got nothing to say to you now
Lose the feelings that are weighing me down
When I'm sane

It's turning morning all the birds sing
I'm not complicating anything
I'll have another and then I'll go to bed
And dream of you

Cause it's almost over
Yeah it's almost gone

I can feel the sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down
And I ain't got nothing but love for you now

You and I used to shine like a jewel
But time's been nothing to us but cruel
So play it out and never play the fool
Cause you'll lose everytime

We were nothing,we were only the past
Hard times like that don't last
I've been forgiven,I've been surpassed
By my heart
Have you?

Cause it's almost over
Yeah it's almost gone

I can feel the sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down
And I ain't got nothing but love

Love for you that I can't use
Lonely nights multiplied by the blues
I can't resolve

You never knew me but you did you're best
I'm just lonely inside I guess
You gave me everything you really tried
Thanks

If we are nothing and we're only the past
Well I'm just living in a dream I guess
A long black dream that takes me down the river to you

Where it's almost over
And it's almost gone

And I can feel the sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down

Sweet illusion
Sweet confusion
Sweet illusion coming down
And I ain't got nothing but love for you now


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"Sweet Illusions" as written by John P. Bowersock Ryan Adams

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  • +2
    General Comment"Let me go, I'm only letting you down."

    He feels like he wasn't good enough for her.

    "I'll have another, then I'll go to bed."

    He still loves her and he's drinking himself tired and then going to bed at night and dreaming of her. He obviously can't get her out of his mind.

    "You and I used to shine like a jewel ..."

    The relationship was all-encompassing and grand at one point, but it eventually soured, for whatever reason and that initial magic is no longer there ... but the love still is (at least on his part).

    "We were nothing, we were only the past."

    He's lying to himself here, saying that the relationship is done and over with and he's moving on. He's saying it's almost gone, but then admits he's confused and he still loves her. Seems he's trying to justify the end.

    "You never knew me but I did my best
    I'm just lonely inside I guess
    You gave me everything
    You really tried, thanks
    If we were nothing and we're only the past
    Well I'm just living in a dream I guess"

    That's pretty self-explanatory, to me. He finally, again, admits that the relationship couldn't have meant nothing and you can't just chalk it up to "lesson learned." He's obviously still lonely and thinks about her often.
    cubbyblueson June 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFucking amazing. Either this song or Cherry Lane is my life.
    Karinalmon April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanyone who doesn't have respect for Ryan Adams is an idiot.
    like his music or not, you've GOT to say, he's a lyrical genius.
    i adore this song.
    probably the best "i am heartbroken and i totally give up" song ever.
    taylorrr1211on July 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE IT!
    finetineon July 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAND I AINT GOT OTHONG BUT LOVR FOR YOU NOW!!
    one of THE best Ryan songs!
    its so poetic and the music is awesoome, well done the band!!
    tickets to his next show are a must! this song describes almost evey emotion, icant think of a heartfelt emotion that it doesit include, pure life.
    Listen and hum and fall in love with and connect to heartbreak and terror of what once was and what is, it's evertythong
    diameyeon July 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so good so deep what everyone feels at one time in their broken up relationships
    crazyasian14on April 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, I also want to add it sounds like his best wasn't good enough for her, but she tried to make it work.
    cubbyblueson June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You never knew me but I did my best
    I'm just lonely inside I guess"

    Man, what a line!
    RUExperiencedon August 14, 2008   Link

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