"Tragedy" as written by and Brandi M. Carlile....
Sorry I'm only
Human you know me
Grown up oh no guess again

My days always
Dry up and blow away
Sometimes I could do that too
But make no mistake that

When you need a friend
You could count on anyone
But you know I'll defend
The tragedy that we knew as
The end

Progress, changing
Growing then giving up
Somehow we're never quite prepared
But I understand it

When you need a friend
You could count on anyone
But you know I'll defend
The tragedy that we knew as
The end

So taking you with me would be like
Taking all your money to the grave
It does no good to anyone especially
The one you're trying to save
But it's so hard not to save

When you need a friend
You could count on anyone
But you know I'll defend
The tragedy that we knew as
The end


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"Tragedy" as written by Brandi M. Carlile

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is easy to realte to.

    You were friends.Then you were a couple.Then you were just friends again :'(
    cut_and_bleedingon July 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the song meaning is as follows;
    this person felt it was necessary to let someone go for their own good because this person wasn't good for them. "I'll defend the tragedy we knew as the end" so she doesnt regret the ending because she knows it was for the best no matter how much it hurts the person right now. She is telling them 'you can count on anyone, you have friends who are still there for you even if i cant be'. and she may also be saying that the friends might tell the person 'you guys will patch things back up' but she is saying this will not happen because 'i defend the tragedy that we knew as the end'.
    it was hard to let the person go but 'its harder not to save' someone you love.
    orangetr3on June 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think she is trying to say, "kill yourself, kill yourself now, just end your sad miserable existence as soon as possible...don't think...just put the gun in your mouth and squeeze..cause life sucks and you are dying anyway."

    Well, maybe she is just talking about the loss of a friend...and impossible situations to solve in relationships...but when I listen..I just think,
    if I ever try to kill myself...this shall be the song I'll play during the termination...or if maybe I'm contemplating it, and I just need one final push...I can look to this song..and know what to do.
    bdl1411on June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think she wants you to kill yourself,God knows if anybody actually wants their songs to come out as that. I feel like this song is about losing someone and knowing that something in your own life will never be the same. Possibly true tragedy such as an accident or something, or just a fallen apart relationship.
    LiveUrLifeon June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe this song has only received two comments. its a lovely song featured in grey's anatomy.
    so_fetch!on July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the moment you realize that something is over. The moment you have to let go end go on even if you dont realy want to.
    bemenowon March 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song, especially with the cello.
    cassandralynnxoon April 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, the song is about loss and grieving, over something that can no longer, no matter what you do, be the same again. Be it a death or the end of a realtionship. She's talking about the feeling of loosing something that can't be replaced.
    i like bemenow's interpretation of it - when you realize that something is over and you end up having to let go of it, even if you don't want to and not prepared to do so either.
    Beautiful song, so sad, but beautiful
    CoinXOperatedXGirlon April 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor me, it is a song that stands for support. I've been a part of a supportchat where depressive people talk to each other and support each other.... This song to me stands not only for feeling sad yourself, and fighting through your days, it also represents the thought of not wanting others to go down..... The singer understands the other person, in a way others can't.....
    NCvicsfriendon June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song really speaks to personally because it reminds me of one of my good friends. Like coinxoperatedxgirl said, I think it's about the loss of something; for me, one of my best friends. No matter how much I wish it could go back to the way it used to be, I have to accept that it won't because we've drifted apart. And yet if she ever needed anything, I'd always be there for her.
    whyyesitscaron September 17, 2007   Link

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