"Trust Me" as written by Joseph King and Isaac Slade....
Looking for something I've never seen
Alone and I'm in between
The place that I'm from and the place that I'm in
A city I never been
I found a friend or should I say a foe
Said just a few things you should know
We don't want you to see we come and we go
Here today, gone tomorrow

We're only taking turns
Holding this world
It's how it's always been
When you're older you will understand

If I say who I know it just goes to show
You need me less than I need you
Take it from me we don't give sympathy
You can trust me trust nobody
But I said you and me we don't have honesty
The things we don't want to speak
I'll try to get out but I never will
Traffic is perfectly still

We're only taking turns
Holding this world
It's how it's always been
When you're older you will understand

And then again maybe you don't
And then again maybe you won't

When you're older you might understand
When you're older you might understand


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"Trust Me" as written by Joseph King, Isaac Slade

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  • +6
    General CommentTo me,
    this song talks about not knowing who you are.
    It's like he's trying to tell someone younger than him, that when you reach a certain age you start to question things. You start to really evaluate everything you thought was important and if it really is anymore. It's like he's questioning every fiber of his being, and a younger person is trying to understand, wants to understand even, but can't. Because he'll never understand until he's there. This song really means a lot to me, I found it at a point in my life when I really was questioning everything in my life, who i was and who I am going to be. Thank God for The Fray and this song.
    bahamasmackson March 14, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about a parent trying to explain to their child why they are getting a divorce with the other parent. When it says 'we're only taking turns, holding this world" the parent is trying to say that they are going to be taking turns taking care of the children, and its how its always been anyway, because the family never did anything together. They are sayng that the child might not understand it right now, but when they are older they will understand. Also when the song says,"if i say who i know it just goes to show you need me less than i need you." the parent has probably cheated, but they need their child, and are afraid if they tell them that they have cheated, then the child wont trust them anymore, and hate them.
    wow...ive been wanting to say what i thought of this song forever. I iove this song. its amazing! =]
    xoxsongfreekxoxon January 12, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song means that there's really no one out there. Friends come and go, and nothing ever lasts forever. Not everyone understands it, but when their put through situations they will. It's really about having no one.
    gojcajgirl313on July 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi know that this is not what the song is about but i feel like telling this anyway..i had to do this project 2 years ago in 10th grade english where we read a book and had to pick a song that related best to it..and my book was about a jewish girl who tried to hide from the nazi's during the holocaust with her family by traveling to another country and becoming like a slave or worker for other people in that country..and she befriends the familys daughter who is about her age and i felt these lyrics spoke exactly that story.

    "the place that i'm from and the place that i'm in, a city i've never been"

    obviously her moving to this new country and all of these new things so different from what she is used to

    "i found a friend or should i say a foe, said there's a few things you should know"

    sometimes the family's she lived with were nazi familys almost, or people who would turn her in if they knew she was jewish..so she found a "friend" or so they thought, but in reality an enemy.

    "we dont want you to see, we come and we go, here today gone tomorrow"

    if at all her family thought the family they were working for might be onto them, they would quickly leave that house and move on to a new one and change their image completely. there one day, gone the next.

    "if i say who i know it just goes to show you need me less than i need you"

    the girl thinks she needs her as a servant and to help around her house but in reality the jewish girl needs her more, to hide her there and keep her safe, she just doesn't know that

    "take it from me we don't give sympathy, you can trust me, trust nobody"

    maybe she feels bad cause she is lying to the girl about who she is, but then again gives no sympathy because look at what is happening to her and her family, they are getting killed for no reason except that they're jewish. she is saying she can trust her but then again..her whole idea of her is a lie so, trust nobody.

    i think the chorus "were only taking turns holding this world" relates to how some different race or religion is always targeted, whoever is "on top" is always changing..taking turns.

    anyway that is about it i know the song is about any of that but i thought it just related too well to go unsaid.
    lilsportzkiddon July 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe closing song, "Trust Me," off of "How to Save a Life," is one of King's favorites to play during live sets. "It's such a beautiful song. I kind of lose myself in it. It's the story from the early days of The Fray -- when we didn't have a label, and you didn't know who to trust, and people were telling us which direction to go in. It's a song about the feeling of almost being alone, despite there be a lot of people around.
    meiguoren787on October 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat's what I love about this site; everyone can personaly relate to these songs and give their opinions on it. Okay, my turn.


    I love this song. It's one of those songs that when you first hear it, you're like "Omgosh, that is such a beautiful song in more ways than one".

    I love the lyrics, "If I say who I know, it just goes to show, you need me less than I need you"

    and

    "But I said you and me
    We don't have honesty
    The things we don't want to speak
    I'll try to get out but I never will
    Traffic is perfectly still"


    I'm not sure why I love those lyrics so much, but I know that a few months back when I first accidently stubbled on this song (I downloaded the wrong song) it really touched me because I was in this mixed up, sort-of relationship and it spoke exactly what I was feeling and couldn't sum it up in words. Trust me (sorry for the cliche lol) that's such an awesome feeling when you find a song like that.

    So anyways, onto my interpretation. I feel it's about a girl and a guy in this weird relationship and don't really know what to do about it. Things have gone wrong between them and one of them (from whoever's perspect you are looking at this from) see's the differences between them and realises that maybe they can't be together after all. Maybe there is no happy ending for them.

    lol Yeah, I'm seeing deep into this song.
    Kahliaon March 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song can be broken into several different themes both literally and figuratively. I think the first verse is about being in a new city while on tour. "I found a friend or should I say foe..." possibly referring to all the people in the music business wanting a piece of you while your on top. Many artist write about this. The rest of this verse fits well with this idea.

    As for the chorus... "We're only taking turns, holding this world" - a beautiful way of saying...we're here and then we die.
    "It's how it's always been" - generation after generation no matter the high's and low's the world keeps spinning.
    "when your older you will understand" - a phrase we have all heard and can relate to...fit's beautifully to the rest of the chorus.

    Second verse. "If I say who I know..." beautiful and true. Both "Take it from me we don't give sympathy..." & "But I said you and me we don't have honesty..." a look at the bitterness of life that we all face. "I try to get out, but I never will"... we all get ourselves stuck in situations that we can't seem to get out of.

    And finally the end "Then again maybe you don't/won't" - Life is hard...some learn from their mistakes, some get it, and then again some don't!

    Beautiful song...reminds me of "Wheel" by John Mayer. Another modern-day-poets' look on life!
    labradogson June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteverytime i listen to this sing i cry. its my favorite fray song right now and has been for a while.

    We're only taking turns
    Holding this world

    those lyrics are so powerful and im not even sure why. it means that as you get older you take on responsibilities but for some reason i feel like is so much more behind what he is trying to say.
    sarahrellion July 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok so i read all these comments just to see if anyone interpreted it the same as me so i know this is probably wrong butit may help some in the same situation as me ,
    the day my brother left for iraq this song came on to me and to me it is an older soldier who has been there for awhile tlaking to a new soldier.
    Looking for something I've never seen
    Alone and I'm in between
    The place that I'm from and
    The place that I'm in
    A city I never been
    I found a friend or should I say a foe
    Said there's a few things you should know
    We don't want you to see
    We come and we go
    Here today, gone tomorrow.

    this is the new soldier in a new place all alone and he meets a bitter older soldier who he doesnt knwo whether to trust and how the soldier is explainin dont trust me or build a relationship because there is a good chance of me not making it to tomorrow.
    idk i just always think of my brother holding the world up liek the lyric whenever i hear it .
    jamiedxxon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo far, I've read a lot of good interpretations on the meaning of this song, but I think everyone is looking into it too much. This song is about growth and being exposed to the real world, and let me explain why.

    In the first stanza, the the narrator-(1) describes a desire to be somewhere new and also describes his setting in a new city with all of the independence that the new experience entails. One day narrator-(1) comes into contact with a person who apparently has life experience and is willing to offer some advice. However, this advice is a little callous and pessimistic, which is why the narrator-(1) isn't sure if this other person is a "friend" for offering advice or a "foe" for being somewhat negative in the advice.

    The narration quickly changes to this other person for the rest of the song, whom I will now refer to as narrator-(2). From this point on, the narrator-(2) describes how the whole life experience will turn out to be anonymous and stagnant. People come and go taking turns holding this world, and you can't get out... the "traffic" is still.

    In my opinion, the coolest part of this story is that the narrator-(2) needs narrator-(1) more than the other way around. I take this to mean that the older guy wants to validate his existence in his meaningless life by giving the younger guy a head start so that the younger guy doesn't fall into the traps of life. By offering valuable advice to the younger guy, the older guy can leave knowing he did something meaningful. But alas, the older guy (narrator-2) realizes that the younger guy (narrator-1) may not understand the pitfalls in life until he has experience them, by which time it is too late. When you are older you might understand.

    If any of you remember the Dr. Seuss tale titled "The Lorax," then you might better understand the narration of this song.
    border142on January 06, 2009   Link

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