"Just Once" as written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil....
I did my best
But I guess my best wasn't good enough
Cause here we are
Back where we were before
Seems nothin' ever changes
We're back to being strangers
Wondering if we ought to stay
Or head on out the door

Just once

Can't we figure out what we keep doin' wrong
Why we never last for very long
What are we doin' wrong

Just once

Can't we find a way to finally make it right
To make the magic last for more than just one night
If we could just get to it
I know we could break through it
(Hmm hmm)

I gave my all
But I think my all may have been too much
Cause Lord knows we're not gettin' anywhere
Seems we're always blowin'
Whatever we've got goin'
And it seems at times with all we've got
We haven't got a prayer

Just once

Can't we figure out what we keep doin' wrong
Why the good times never last for long
Where are we goin' wrong

Just once

Can't we find a way to finally make it right
To make the magic last for more than just one night
I know we could break through it
If we could just get to it

Just once
I want to understand
Why it always comes back to goodbye
Why
Can't we get ourselves in hand
And admit to one another
We're no good without each other
Take the best and make it better
Find a way to stay together

Just once.

Can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
I know we could break through it
If we could just get to it

Just once

Whoa oh, we can get to it

Just once


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"Just Once" as written by Roger Lavoie Jerry Foster

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentAbout a guy who did everything he thought he should to win a womans love but it just didnt work out. He can't understand why it keeps happening but it does. He can't figure out why she doesn't love him the way he loves her. He put all his heart into it but thinks he told her he loves her too soon.
    Story of my life.
    brad519on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commenta CLASSIC.
    deludedon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have to disagree with Brad. I used to interpret the song that way, and then I both listened to it again and read the lyrics.

    This song is one of hope. It's actually about reconciliation.

    The combination of the bridge:


    Just once
    I want to understand
    Why it always comes back to goodbye
    Why
    Can't we get ourselves in hand
    And admit to one another
    We're no good without each other
    Take the best and make it better
    Find a way to stay together

    and the last lines:

    Whoa oh, we can get to it
    Just once

    Say to me that this couple is willing to do the work to be the exception. I'm picturing one of them, standing at the door, about to walk out, and instead they turn around and stay.
    cycworkeron July 17, 2014   Link

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