"What If You" as written by and Joshua Ryan Radin....
what if you could wish me away
what if you spoke those words today
i wonder if you'd miss me when i'm gone
it's come to this, release me
i'll leave before the dawn
but for tonight, i'll stay here with you
yes, for tonight, i'll lay here with you
but when the sun hits your eyes through your window
there'll be nothing you can do

what if you could hear this song
what if i felt like i belong
i might not be leaving (oh) so soon
began the night believing
i loved you in the moonlight
so for tonight, i'll stay here with you
yes for tonight, i'll lay here with you
but when the sun hits your eyes
through your window
there'll be nothing you can do

i could have treated you better, better than this
well i'm gone, this song's your letter:
i can't stay in one place
so for tonight, i'll stay here with you
yes, for tonight, i'll lay here with you
but when the sun hits your eyes through your window
there'll be nothing you can do.


Lyrics submitted by sandshine, edited by Parksborn

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    General CommentActually, I think this song is about a person in a relationship where the other person doesn't love him/her.
    He/She thinks that if the other person could do it, they'd wish him/her away ("What if you could wish me away/ What if you spoke those words today), and how, if he/she were gone, the other person wouldn't miss them ("I wonder if you'd miss me when I'm gone)
    Another line that has me think this is ("What if I felt like I belond").

    So yeah, I think this is about someone who is finally accepting the fact that the person they are with doesn't really love him/her.
    PPbarkeron March 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a woman and a man who are in love and know both in their hearts that they belong to each other and no one else. but something has happened, perhaps the girl feels overwhelmed or something, she is afraid of commitment, despite her heart telling her he is the one, she wants him to leave her. and because he loves her so much, he does, and he understands, and knows that she loves him no matter what, but doesn't want the heartbreak to be so sudden. so for now, he is saying, ok, i'll go, but in the morning, let me spend one last night with you, but i promise, by dawn, i will be gone and ur wish will be granted, and when the sun rises, i will be gone for good. the only line in the song that contradicts this opinion is the line "i could have treated you better, better than this" because it makes the story less devastating in that we see the guy wasn't the perfect prince charming we want him to be, the one that's singing this song to his lover. other than that, i think its the onset of the realization that their relationship is really ending, and they are easing into it.
    haalilioon July 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. it's about wanting to end a relationship but not wanting to hurt the other person. he's kind of waiting for the her to end it, but instead he just leaves.
    she19on August 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy has no one else commented on this song? It is so beautiful, so heart-breaking. I absolutely adore it.
    Your_Hand_In_Mineon March 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about a one-night stand. he's afraid of what might come of it the next day, so he'll leave at sunrise, to skip the awkward day-after formalities. he thinks maybe she'll fall for him, or maybe he'll fall for her, and he doesn't want to complicate anything...anymore than it already is. maybe i'm wrong. thats just what i think.
    jo-el-uhon May 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree with PPbarker. its about knowing and finally excepting that the person you are in love with is no longer in love with you. for whatever their reasons maybe. i think that is most evident in the first lines of the song (what if you could wish me away,what if you spoke those words today,i wonder if you'd miss me when i'm gone, it's come to this, release me) wanting to stay but accepting that it's not going to work. it's tragic and beautiful. without a doubt my favorite song on the album.
    badlyraisedon June 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree with PPbarker. its about knowing and finally excepting that the person you are in love with is no longer in love with you. for whatever their reasons maybe. i think that is most evident in the first lines of the song (what if you could wish me away,what if you spoke those words today,i wonder if you'd miss me when i'm gone, it's come to this, release me) wanting to stay but accepting that it's not going to work. it's tragic and beautiful. without a doubt my favorite song on the album.
    badlyraisedon June 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about a couple who love each other very much. but the man does something wrong, and the woman, even though she doesnt want to, knows that she needs to end it. but the stall if for one more night and after that its over.
    imallmexion June 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment'what if you could wish me away?
    what if you spoke those words today?
    i wonder if you'd miss me when i'm gone.
    it's come to this, release me,
    i'll leave before the dawn.
    but for tonight, i'll stay here with you
    yes, for tonight, i'll lay here with you.
    but when the sun hits your eyes through your window
    there'll be nothing you can do.

    what if you could hear this song?
    what if i felt like i belong?
    i might not be leaving (oh) so soon
    began the night believing
    i loved you in the moonlight
    so for tonight, i'll stay here with you
    yes for tonight, i'll lay here with you
    but when the sun hits your eyes
    through your window
    there'll be nothing you can do

    i could have treated you better, better than this
    well i'm gone, this song's your letter:
    i can't stay in one place
    so for tonight, i'll stay here with you
    yes, for tonight, i'll lay here with you
    but when the sun hits your eyes through your window
    there'll be nothing you can do.'

    just a tiny correction.

    i don't think it's about a lack of love.
    it's about too much love.
    both know it's destined to end, for whatever reasons.
    they're both just quietly waiting.
    she doesn't realise it's come to this..
    & hence his 'what if you could hear this song?'
    as in she'd try to make him stay, she wants him there..
    despite the knowledge that it shouldn't be.
    i think they've talked of him leaving before...
    but it's all been false alarms until now.
    & the next day when she wakes and finds him gone,
    she's going to want to find him like nothing else.
    but it'll be too late & it'll be for the best.
    -Amz-on June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know it's not the original intent, but I have a completely different meaning for this song.. To me.
    The night after my father died, this song came on. I'd never heard it prior.

    My father slipped into a comatose state... It lasted the entire day and night... And when the sun rose in the morning he died.

    ...It's come to this, release me. I'll leave before the dawn..

    Yea.


    Signed up just to comment on this song.
    Zaeydeon July 04, 2007   Link

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