"By The Way" as written by Brian Howes, Michael Rodden, Austin Winkler, Lloyd Garvey, Ross Hanson, Mark King and Joey Moi....
In the winding down hours
I let your heart down again
(What did I do to make a scene so gory?
I'm no better than the ones before me)
Old habits die hard
I always end up hating the end
(What did I do to make a scene so gory?
I'm no better than the ones before me)

I'm in the middle of a breakdown
Watching you scream
In the middle of a breakdown
Screaming at me

And by the way
By the way
What made you think you'd have it your way?
And by the way
By the way
Don't say I didn't warn you that I'll always stay the same

Speechless and frozen
Uncomfortable silence again
(What did I do to make a scene so gory?
I'm no better than the ones before me)
I'm in the middle of a breakdown
Watching you scream
In the middle of a breakdown
Screaming at me

And by the way
By the way
What made you think you'd have it your way?
And by the way
By the way
Don't say I didn't warn you that I'll always stay the same

Battered and bruised
Broken, confused
It's time we both knew, oh
Can't stop what I started
This time we both lose, lose

And by the way
By the way
What made you think you'd have it your way?
And by the way
By the way
Don't say I didn't warn you that I'll always stay the same
The same, the same
I'll always stay the same
(Battered and bruised)
The same, (broken, confused), the same
I didn't warn you that I'd always stay the same


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"By the Way" as written by Brian Howes Austin Winkler

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    General CommentPersonally i think this song is about a guy and a girl who were maybe good friends before and decided to go out or whatever.. and maybe either she was abused by previous boyfriends or he was abused as a child or maybe even abused a past girlfriend("im no better than the ones before me") and she is determined to help him not to be that type of person ("what made you think you'd have it your way".."don't say i didn't warn you that i'll always stay the same") and he really wants to change too but he had a breakdown and ended up abusing her too ("I'm in the middle of a breakdown, watching you scream") and he knows he let her down and hates that he did that to her ("In the winding down hours.. i let your heart down again") and he tried to change and be better but in the end he gave up because he thinks he can't ("it's time we both knew, can't stop what i started.. this time we both lose".. "i'll always stay the same")

    which i geuss makes the song more literal than everyone thinks.

    but idk im probably wrongg..
    El Beeeon September 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis Song to me means im not gonna change... I already told you who i am you can either except me as i am or not
    But then he falls for her and cant stand to see her hurt

    thats what i think

    but no matter what it is i absolutely love them
    and one day i am going to meet them
    without their songs i dont know what i would do
    it would be horrible
    katina_luv_hinderon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis Song to me means im not gonna change... I already told you who i am you can either except me as i am or not
    But then he falls for her and cant stand to see her hurt

    thats what i think

    but no matter what it is i absolutely love them
    and one day i am going to meet them
    without their songs i dont know what i would do
    it would be horrible
    katina_luv_hinderon March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Memorywhen this kid i was supposed to marry cheated and i broke up with him hinder was all i listend to for like a month ... it's a great break up cd..
    jennsayskcufon January 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Memorywhen i broke up with my bf this was all i listened to cux i loved him but we werent gonna change so it had to be.. .
    jennsayskcufon January 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood song!
    HELENzon March 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaww i love this so SO much!!
    amazingxOxOjeSS19o2on March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me sooo much of my ex. he was so goddamn stubborn

    "by the way, by the way, dont say i didnt warn you that ill always stay the same"

    but it wasnt his fault. hes been hurt and it made him that way.
    wrekked xjelouson March 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the song...but it kinda confuses me. Can someone explain the meaning to me?
    toast23_08on June 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't really understand this song, but I love it. I guess maybe he just keeps letting girls down time after time, its always the same.

    They're in a fight I guess... at the end he completely changes his words around, which just confuses me more. Great song though.
    your-my-starron June 28, 2006   Link

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