"Do You Wanna?" as written by and Joshua Ryan Radin....
I've been down this road before
I walk out the door
Leave you on the floor
Sometimes you run and hide
Your foolish prides
What keeps me from giving you more

[Chorus]
So the best thing
I can give to you
Is for me to go
Leave you alone
Cause you got growin' up to do

Some day I'll return when it's time
For payment in kind
The church bells'll chime
You'll stand before me surrounded by lights
Dressed in white
You'll throw flowers in the air
This night

[Chorus]

Looks like the rain's pouring down on me
It's drowning me now
All I want is to come back home
This old corduroy coat
It's not keeping me dry
But I can't think of what else to try

[Chorus: x2]


Lyrics submitted by aj_100

"You Got Growin' Up To Do" as written by Joshua Ryan Radin

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    General CommentThis a really beautiful song, and it reminds me greatyly of Elliott Smith.

    I don't know what this song is about, really, but I would venture to say someone is so distraught over something that they want to hurt themselves.

    "You're sitting in your chair/no ones around/your lights are turned down low/and your skin feels about to tear/and you is no sound" is where the person is feeling despair and the singer is scared for them because they don't talk about how they're feeling ,"and all I am is frightened for you now/'cause you run and"

    The singer wants to show the person all the good things about their life and though they are having a hard time now, they want to tell them how many good things are still to come, but the other person focuses on the bad "how can I show you that you're done/you're on your knees/picking up the pieces from your past/but there's nothing more to gather/holding on to moments that won't last/or would you rather end it all/do you wanna?"

    I think this next part is about the other person having a son, "sitting there is him/he has your eyes/calling you to somehow join them and you're writhin' in your skin and buyin' his lies/not realizing that you're home/won't you come home and" I think that this son has died and that is why the person is grieving, they want to join the son in heaven.

    The next bit is unclear to me and doesn't fit in to what I think the song is about, per se, unless it's the person calling like a suicide hotlin trying to get past the feelings, "no one believes you smile alone./you wanna retrieve your high on the phone/but when you hang up all I wanna do is help you to..."

    Then it finished again with wanting to help the person over this hard time in their life by reminding them "Would you rather end it all... Do you wanna?" to show them that life goes on, and it does get better.

    That's what I get.
    it_girl_ragDOLLon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgood explaination, i'll keep mine short, but i think its about someone who still loves someone but theyre relationship is basicly over, and they need to end it, and the singer is telling them that.
    music*ismyboyfriendon September 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlthough i agree with rag doll i also agree with music* that this song is abotu someone who is still in love with a person but their relationship is over and he is asking od you wanna end it all??
    Burn2Shineon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about a guy who is friends with a girl, but the girl is into some other guy who keeps breaking her heart. And she is trying to get over him and move on but she can't. Meanwhile her friend see's what going on, and tries to comfort her and help her through the tough time because he cares about her so much. He wants her to be his, but at the moment, all he wants is for her to be ok. He's a good guy and it breaks his heart when the girl is sad, and so he just wants her to be happy. "you wanna retrive your high on the phone/ but when you hang up all I wanna do is help you to..." As long as she's happy with the other guy, the friend is happy, but he'll always be there to help her because he loves her.

    "not realizing that you're home
    won't you come home and
    how can I show you that you're done
    you're on your knees
    picking up the pieces from your past
    but there's nothing more to gather
    holding on to moments that won't last
    or would you rather end it all
    do you wanna? "

    He's saying that he is her home. He is everything she could want. Her past was heartache, and she can't get over it. But there's nothing left to pick up. She's holding on to something that doesn't matter. So why not stop being sad and start making new memories that will matter, at "home"?

    it's incredible because everything i just wrote is what i'm going through RIGHT now. And i hate it, because i love the girl so damn much.
    nospe54321on April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song could be about someone who is trying to get out of a relationship, that she feels tied to, prehaps by a child.
    "sitting there is him/he has your eyes/calling you to somehow join them" - She wants to go but when her child cries she feels he's calling for her to stay with them as a family. The singer is someone who can see what she's going through and wants to help her break out. Prehaps the relationship is abusive? "and your skin feels about to tear/and you is no sound/and all i am is frightened for you now."
    Becka_on November 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOkay. I have two completely biased interpretations because they both tie into my life right now.

    *First: It could be about a good friend/ lover trying to help someone work through a drug addiction.
    "your lights are turned down low
    and your skin feels about to tear
    and you is no sound
    and all i am is frightened for you now
    'cause you run and"

    Kind of reminds me of withdrawals and the struggle with addiction. "How can I show you that you're done?" He wants to show her that it's enough. That the superficial connections she's made with artificial chemicals isn't worth it and it's not everlasting. Love is everlasting. And that's what he has to offer her. "holding on to moments that won't last" - Like a high. It only lasts a little while.

    "Picking up the pieces from your past
    But there's nothing more to gather"
    -She wants things to go back to the way they used to be before all the turmoil. But you can't undo what has already been done. And her life is too shattered to piece back together at this point.

    "holding on to moments that won't last
    or would you rather end it all
    do you wanna?"
    -Do you want to hold onto this high? This moment? This superficial connection with drugs or people that don't care for you at all? Or do you want it to end? Is death the only solution? Or can you at least try to reverse the damage as best you can and start over?

    *Second: It could be about a girl that's stuck in a committed relationship that is kind of working out okay except for the fact that she's falling in love with the singer.

    "picking up the pieces from your past
    but there's nothing more to gather"
    - Could be a reference to how she's trying to save her relationship and isn't allowing herself to accept the fact that maybe someone else can make her happier.

    "no one believes you smile alone"
    -People are beginning to suspect the girl of cheating perhaps.

    "you wanna retrieve your high on the phone"
    -The high she gets from talking to the singer on the phone is what pulls her through the situation.

    "but when you hang up all I wanna do is help you to
    pick up the pieces from your past
    but there's nothing more to gather"
    -The singer is happy to be that important to her and holds on to the tiniest slimmer of hope that maybe she will choose him. But in the end all he wants is for her to be happy... So he wants to help her pick up the pieces of her doomed relationship so that she can at least be at peace with herself and know that she tried.

    "sitting there is him
    he has your eyes
    calling you to somehow join them
    and you're writhin' in your skin
    and buyin' his lies
    not realizing that you're home
    won't you come home and"
    -Quite easy to relate both of my interpretations to this particular verse.

    Anyway. Like I said; Both my interpretations are extremely biased. But, they work I think.
    Either way... It all comes down to one general interpretation.
    It's about a person that is faced with a very important decision and they have someone to rely on and trust to help them through.
    AnarchyAndion December 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with nospe54321. This song is absolutely beautiful.
    beil35on January 20, 2011   Link

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