There are certain people you just keep coming back to
She is right in front of you
You begin to wonder, could you find a better one
Compared to her, now she's in question

And all at once the crowd begins to sing
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same

Maybe you want her, maybe you need her
Maybe you started to compare to someone not there

Looking for the right one, you line up the world to find
Where no questions cross your mind
But she won't keep on waiting for you without a doubt
Much longer for you to sort it out

And all at once the crowd begins to sing
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same

Maybe you want her, maybe you need her
Maybe you started to compare to someone not there
Maybe you want it, maybe you need it
Maybe it's all you're running from
Perfection will not come

And all at once the crowd begins to sing
Sometimes
We'd never know what's wrong without the pain
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same

Maybe you want her, maybe you need her
Maybe you've started to compare to someone not there
Maybe you want it, maybe you need it
Maybe it's all you're running from
Perfection will not come

Maybe you want her, maybe you need her
Maybe you had her, maybe you lost her to another
To another



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"All at Once" as written by Joseph King, Isaac Slade, Aaron P. Johnson

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  • +3
    General Comment:I’ve been listening to this song and singing it in my head all the time these past few days. I keep playing it over in my head, because I’m trying to convince myself to go for a relationship. This song is pretty much the story of my life right now. There is this guy who likes me.. he’s liked me for about 3 years now. I kinda like him too, but, I would feel weird going out with him. I think kinda embarrassed? I’m just scared. I think I’m stopping myself from liking him. But, I’m trying to figure out if I like him or not.. and this song pretty much explains it for me.

    “There are certain people
    You just keep coming back to
    She is right in front of you.
    You begin to wonder
    Could you find a better one
    Compared to her now
    She's in question.”

    Theres those certain people that you keep liking, even though you won’t get them. Maybe they are taken.. maybe they just aren’t right for you. You are so obsessed with those types of people.. that you don’t even realize that the person for you is right in front of you. You could have them, they are perfect for you… they just might not be the typcial person you would like. You are afraid.. you wonder, if there is a better one out there. You think you could do better. But really.. you can’t. Not that you can’t do better, it’s that, this person is great, there is no need to do better.

    ”And all at once the crowd begins to sing
    Sometimes the hardest thing and
    The right thing are the same.”

    It would be hard to give this person a chance, because people would think it was weird. And you are afraid.. it would be so hard to give it a try. But, it’s right.

    ”Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you started to compare
    To someone not there.”

    Maybe you do want them. You probably need them. But you keep comparing them to the person you think you want. All the things you want in someone. But that person isn’t there. They aren’t real. This one right in front of you is though, so stop comparing them to people who you don’t even have a chance with, because you can have this.

    ”Looking for the right one
    You line up the world to find
    Where no questions cross your mind.
    But she won't keep on waiting for
    You without a doubt
    Much longer for you to sort it out.”

    You are looking everywhere for that person where you don’t have to question if you like them or not. You don’t want to have to question.. you aren’t sure aobut this person. But, they sure aren’t going to keep waiting for you while you make up your mind wether you are going to give them a chance. They will move on if you don’t make up your mind.. and you will be missing out.

    ”Maybe you want it
    Maybe you need it
    Maybe it's all you're running from
    Perfection will not come.”

    You are scared of what this relationship might bring. It’s so different, that you are scared. So you are running from it. But, nothing is perfect. You aren’t going to find a perfect love.. go for it. Stop running away from them.

    ”And all at once the crowd begins to sing
    Sometimes
    We'd never know what's wrong without the pain
    Sometimes the hardest thing and
    The right thing are the same.”

    If you weren’t capable of feeling pain, you would never know anything was wrong. I don’t really understand this one though. I want to…


    ”Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you had her
    Maybe you lost her to another
    To another.”

    If you don’t go for it, if you don’t stop being scared of what people are gonna think, if you don’t stop running from it.. they are going to give up on you and move on to someone else.
    waitingonyouon June 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:This song is very personal to me. I listened to this song after a whole year of liking this girl. We flirted constantly and she even told me she liked me but I never did anything about it. I bought the album for christmas and sat down and listened to it. This song struck me straight away. To me it's about doubting whether you like a girl or not. You keep questioning and from the questioning you lose her. "Maybe you lost her to another". That line gets me every time. Coz that's how I felt. I felt like she was mine but I screwed it up and lost her to someone else.
    shoallaon March 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:aw man this song is awesum. im a youth pastor and i've tried to explain this to so many guys n finally there is a song that jus perfect. it doesnt really relate to me but i hav had heaps of buddies in this situation ;) they fall in 'love' with all these different girls for long periods of time, one breaks there heart so they go back too the other one. back n forth. when really the chick that is probabaly best suited for them is right there in front of them but instead they neva see her or when they think bout it for a sec they do just like the song 'start to compare...' i jus think there is so many of us guys out there doin this and wats gonna happen is like the last part of this song>>>Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you had her
    Maybe you lost her to another
    To another.

    the chick who is probabaly like a close buddy or sumthin is goin to realize that we're gonna go after the same girls who will never love us, she'll lose respect, and then she is gonna fall for sumone else 'maybe you lost her to another' so cum on guys n check out a new perspective :)
    blaineandjesuson October 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is obviously a love song. but to me, it's about losing a best friend to another friend. I feel that way lately. My best friend ditched me for another one of my best friends. ANd doesn't talk to me. I lost her to another.
    Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.
    I need to let it go. But it's hard.
    gilmoreloveeeon March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Really I think it means he has this girl thats always there and he likes her for now but when you finally have what you wanted in the first place you suddenly start wondering if there may be something better out there.
    this confessionon April 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:im sorry, but i cant agree with callire, kanzen, or gilmoreloveee

    (but this is just an opinion)

    to me, i think that this is a song about when you have already dumped/been dumped by a girl (from a guy's point of view) but you realize you were a fool

    You begin to wonder
    Could you find a better one
    Compared to her now

    it says compared to her "now." This now shows that you more than likely already dated her, and after you had already dated her and broken up in one of those lulls in the relationship in which the relationship is not as strong as it could be.

    Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you had her
    Maybe you lost her to another

    so now, after realizing you were a fool for dumping her, you also see that someone else is already dating her, and that you cant have her back because you "lost her to another." Th key here is the phrase "maybe you had her," showing that this girl was one you dated previously

    (the only reason this is my opinion is because it has proven eerily similar to my life, where i broke up with my gf of 1 yr 3 mo because i wanted more, but then after i had my little 1 month flings, i realized that i was a moron for leaving her. oh wait. whats that? she found a boyfriend and theyve been dating for 2 months with no signs of stopping? well... shit.)
    Johnde08on May 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It’s so A typical of human nature to reject a good – but not amazing – person. We all long for person that is always present in other dreams yet gone in real life. By delaying the moment in which you realizes this, you jeopardize the chance you have at this person. The hardest thing is to let go of illusions and return back to reality. Sometimes we need pain to realize the positive aspects of life. Equilibrium is present through every aspect of our lives, it’s just hard balance our ying and yang.
    michelle.boghossianon June 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:to me this song is kinda likee, settling for less , but not really that much less, this person "you keep comming back to " is really the person you like, but your always looking for more. and soo you think, i can probably do better, soo you look and search for someone whos better, but you can't find her, soo maybe you do want *her* and you do need *her* and by the end of this song, you already lost her to another, you were too late to go in and get what was right in front of you, the girl thats for you.
    shortysincon July 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:To me, it's about a guy who falls for this girl. Maybe out of his ego, he wants to find a better girl maybe in looks to impress his friends. Then by the time he's figured it out that he's meant for her all along, she's fed up with waiting and she has moved on and it's just too late.
    Ulingon September 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song could mean a lot of different things ive seen but when I heard it. It directly applied to me and my life right now. Its about a guy and a girl who have always loved each other and are now dating other people so he can figure out what he wants and if there is someone else out there for him. And this guy is finally realizing that he thought he needed to date other people, but everyone he dates dosent even compare to this girl. He realizes finally that she is who he wants and who he needs. Its hard for them to be together though because their families hate each other but he realizes that the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. Meaning he should be with her, no matter what their families think. He also knows that she wont always be waiting for him to come back, and that she is the perfect one he’s been searching for.



    There are certain people
    You just keep coming back to (the girl he loves and left)
    She is right in front of you.
    You begin to wonder
    Could you find a better one (dating other people to see if theres someone else out there)
    Compared to her now (comparing all the girls to The One girl)
    She's in question.

    And all at once the crowd begins to sing
    Sometimes the hardest thing and (dosent matter what the families think, if its right)
    The right thing are the same.

    Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you started to compare
    To someone not there. (no one else is out there, the one he wants is The One girl)

    Looking for the right one
    You line up the world to find (he dates tons of different girls)
    Where no questions cross your mind. (no one even came close to Her)
    But she won't keep on waiting for
    You without a doubt
    Much longer for you to sort it out. (She cant wait around forever for you to figure it out)

    And all at once the crowd begins to sing
    Sometimes the hardest thing and
    The right thing are the same.

    Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you started to compare
    To someone not there.

    Maybe you want it
    Maybe you need it
    Maybe it's all you're running from (dating other people to see if someone else is out there)
    Perfection will not come. (he wont find anyone else, because SHE is perfection to him)

    And all at once the crowd begins to sing
    Sometimes
    We'd never know what's wrong without the pain (without trying he wouldn’t have figured SHE was the one he wanted to be with forever)
    Sometimes the hardest thing and
    The right thing are the same.

    Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you've started to compare
    To someone not there.

    Maybe you want it
    Maybe you need it
    Maybe it's all you're running from
    Perfection will not come.

    Maybe you want her
    Maybe you need her
    Maybe you had her
    Maybe you lost her to another (at one point because of him trying to figure out things and he took too long, but since its right all he has to do is go find her and she’ll come back to him)
    To another.
    kayvwilliamson October 16, 2006   Link

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