"Trade Yourself In" as written by Anthony C. Battaglia, Brent Smith and Brad Stewart....
Deal with me
Don't even think about leaving yet
I'm not a part of some false regret
Even though I believe in fables
Come reset
A part of life that you'd soon forget
And maybe think about who you hurt
In the process

I don't think they know, that's my heart exposed
From the fearing of the endless lies

Trade yourself in for the perfect one
No one needs to know that you feel you've been ruined
Trade yourself in for diamond eyes
Watch the stars collide as you're lifted from your burden

You see me
And you know I am not the same
Can't pretend to just fake a smile
Cause you know I feel every ounce of
Pain combined
With the loss of a youthful mind
You need to look at what you've become
And try to figure out where you came from

I don't think they know, that's my heart exposed
From the fearing of the endless lies

Trade yourself in for the perfect one
No one needs to know that you feel you've been ruined
Trade yourself in for diamond eyes
Watch the stars collide as you're lifted from your burden

I know you can't feel a thing
It hurts to feel anymore

Trade yourself in for the perfect one
No one needs to know that you feel you've been ruined
Trade yourself in for diamond eyes
Watch the stars collide as you're lifted from your burden
Trade yourself in for the perfect one
No one needs to know that you feel you've been ruined
Trade yourself in for diamond eyes
Watch the stars collide as you're lifted from your burden


Lyrics submitted by N0 C0DE 79

"Trade Yourself In" as written by Brent Smith Tony Battaglia

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Trade Yourself In song meanings
Add your thoughts

16 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song! Anyone have any meanings for it?
    xx 3DD Fanon March 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOOHOO 1st to comment...that's a little sad...anyway...awesome song. His voice owns!
    BreakingBenAddicton August 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was listening to this song today and wondered if anyone had the real meaning of it

    after seeing no one did, I thought about it and it kind of seems like it's about a person that's giving up either their entire life or something important to please another person, even though it's ruining them, they're giving it all to make another person happy

    I'm not 100% sure thoughm because it almost sounds like he's talking about either signing himself to the Devil or to God, not sure
    kozak0085on December 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about how people act like someone there not to be excepted. They put on a mask and do whatever it takes to please other people even though they hate themselves for doing it.
    PearlJamRuleson January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby the way, why do people make comments like "i love this song its so amazing" all the time. we dont come to this site to see who else likes the song. just put what you think of the song we dont really care if you like it or not.
    PearlJamRuleson January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh ho, ho. A good song.

    The meaning is someone who is in love with another. He's slowly being forgotten and written off by the girl he loved. He was so emotionally invested in a girl, and it has ruined him, because he thought she was perfect, and now he's covering up how devastated he is.

    The last part is a bit iffy. He's either saying that the one he loved has become something worse than he could imagine and he tells them how much it has hurt him, or he's saying that he's being changed from this experience and can't give a smile and doesn't give a damn.

    This band is better than a lot of them.
    Occams_Harmonyon January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter listening to this song a few times i guess to me it seems that the singer is yelling or talking to someone who has wronged them in some way.

    "Deal with me
    Don't even think about leaving yet
    I'm not a part of some false regret
    Even though I believe in fables
    Come reset
    A part of life that you'd soon forget
    And maybe think about who you hurt
    In the process"

    He confronts them about trying to forget about what they did, trying to walk away and trying to hide away from what happened. Telling that person that even though they'd rather forget about it, they should think of how they hurt the singer and not be selfish and just try to hide away.

    "I don't think they know, that's my heart exposed
    From the fearing of the endless lies"

    He doesn't think that anyone else realizes that he's just been torn into and that now he's emotionally weak and is scared to trust again because of all the lies he was fed before.

    "Trade yourself in for the perfect one
    No one needs to know that you feel you've been ruined
    Trade yourself in for diamond eyes
    Watch the stars collide as you're lifted from your burden"

    He's sarcastically that they should just try and cover things up, turn into something thats not them, but rather something that fits society's view, aka to conform. again sarcastically, no one needs to know that they have been ruined. in reality they haven't been ruined, they're trying to escape the ruin that they've left him in. Sarcastically, again the idea of trading themselves in for something they're not. And finally saying sarcastically that after they have traded themselves in that they will finally be lifted from the burdens of their past, and will be free of what they've done.

    "You see me
    And you know I am not the same
    Can't pretend to just fake a smile
    Cause you know I feel every ounce of
    Pain combined
    With the loss of a youthful mind
    You need to look at what you've become
    And try to figure out where you came from"

    Every time that they see him(singer), they are reminded of what they have done and how its forever changed him. They're so consumed with guilt that they cant even pretend to smile because they know that they are the cause of so much pain. I believe that the loss of a youthful mind refers to the lost of an easily trusting point of view. Children believe what you tell them and accept it as the truth as the singer apparently did, but now life whatever happened has made him loose his innocence. They then go on to say that they should reflect on what they've become...liar, traitor, whore, etc. and try to remember what they used to be like before they changed, when the singer and this person were friends/lovers.

    "I know you can't feel a thing
    It hurts to feel anymore"

    Because of what they've done, they've probably been left in a world of loneliness, doubt and insecurity, and have probably been abandoned by they're friends for whatever they did. Now, in their own hell, It even hurts to feel.

    Thats my 2 cents about it.
    El Cidon February 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the sound of this sound, but it kinda sounds like he's preaching at someone. I don't know though, maybe that's just me.
    Aadriaon March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's not preaching anyone.. its like hes letting all his thoughts of out of his head .. this song means alot to me .. God i wish i can face someone with this..
    RoseRose15417on June 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's not preaching anyone.. its like hes letting all his thoughts of out of his head .. this song means alot to me .. God i wish i can face someone with this..
    RoseRose15417on June 25, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain