"When I'm Alone" as written by and Barry Thomas Privett Carter Gravatt....
I opened up the music box
I wish you would have changed the locks
To keep me from replaying
All the feelings I've been saving
I did not keep them locked up inside
I did not take my steps in stride
Thought you were bluffing, trampled on you
Went from friends to nothing
Radio turns to gold
And paves the way
To find my home
When I'm alone

Overeager and underway
I risked it all, I had to say
What opened me up for the beating
But the heart is for bleeding
With scraps of songs I paste along
The seams of my clumsy tongue
In hopes of creating the golden notes
That might bring you back to me

Radio turns to gold
And paves the way
To find my home
When I'm alone

Like phantoms on the highway
After holiday, gritting their teeth
Racing to find a place for their soul
Or at least a place... that's less familiar
We offer up our heart before
The heart's invited or asked for
Oh no, here I go my friend, I'm repeating
But the heart is for bleeding...
And I've said all I can say
I am retreating, on my way
Music box, play my song I'll sing along
To that bitterly sweet tone
When I'm alone...


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"When I'm Alone" as written by Carter Gravatt Barry Thomas Privett

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    General CommentBeautiful song about how you relate to music and different songs when you're feeling down. Embodies what music means to a lot of people.
    sanitysgoneon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI ordered Indian Summer, and this is now my new favorite Carbon Leaf song.

    To me, this song shows how listening to music can affect your mood, whether happy or sad.

    I like the lyric "The heart is for bleeding". Singing that line as hard as i can lets me let out a lot of emotion that's built up over the years :)
    Lugalidon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI guess he wishes that she would've taken his feelings with her when she left or at least changed the locks to his "music box" because he thinks of her when he plays certain songs I suppose. He had strong feelings for her of some kind and did not keep a leash on them and trampled on her despite her hints of disapproval. Now she's gone so he resorts to music for comfort. He knows the heart is for bleeding and it sounds like he has no regrets because to find out, one has to act out. Then he rambles about piecing together a serenade for this woman. He explains what had happened in the last part of the song. He offered up his heart to a girl he liked before it was asked for or even just simply invited. He continues to play his favorite songs for a broken heart.
    singlebarrel94on July 17, 2010   Link

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