"Learning To Live Again" as written by and Stephanie/schlitz Davis....
I burned my hand, I cut my face
Heaven knows how long it's been
Since I've felt so out of place
I'm wonderin' if I'll fit in

Debbie and Charley said they'd be here by nine
And Deb said she might bring a friend
Just my luck, they're right on time
So here I go again

I'm gonna smile my best smile
And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style
Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see
That learning to live again is killing me

Little cafe, table for four
But there's just conversation for three
And I like the way she let me get the door
And I wonder what she thinks of me

Debbie just whispered, "You're doin' fine"
And I wish that I felt the same
She's asked me to dance, now her hand's in mine
Oh, my God, I've forgotten her name

But I'm gonna smile my best smile
And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style
Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see
This learning to live again is killing me

Now here we are beneath her porch light
And I say what a great time it's been
A kiss on the cheek, a whisper goodnight
And I say, "can I see you again"

And she just smiles her best smile
And she laughs like it's going out of style
Looks into my eyes and says, "We'll see"
Oh this learning to live again is killing me
God this learning to live again is killing me


Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned

"Learning To Live Again" as written by Don Schlitz Stephanie Davis

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    General CommentIt sounds like someone that's been set up on a blind date after loosing someone close that they cared very deeply about about.
    There's another couple that have arranged it and at the end it almost seems if he rocognises the same feelings he has in his date..
    There's a sad irony in the lyrics "learning to live again is killing me" sometimes we have to go through dark spells so we can learn again to appreciate the light.
    Lollyliciouson October 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah lollylicious is right on track there,
    he's really hurt from his past relationship that recnetly ended and is having trouble dating again and 'learning to live'
    losthnon July 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else think that The girl is also learning to live again, and that this is revealed after she says "we'll see"
    pilongoon July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI got kind of a different meaning from it, not that she is learning to live again, but that she is forcing the smile and the laugh in an attempt to let him down easy. Since she probably knows his previous relationship problems she doesnt want to just say no, but she doesnt want to lead him on either, so the forced smile and ambiguous "we'll see" is her way of turning down an emotionally injured and obviously depressed individual who might not be able to handle rejection well in his stage of recovery.
    Promon October 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLearning to live again is something that we do when we find ourselves with a broken heart. Often times when we have been with someone for a long time. As he is on this blind date he wishes to hide the lose of his hurt or Broken heart. This is so common with me. ( NOt that I have had many broken hearts) it speaks the words that I have a hard time saying to myself. Leanring to live again is just the vary thing I do, when going on a first Date again with someone new.
    mintorb505on December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about either breaking up with a long time lover or loosing them through death, and trying to be able to get over that person and act like that nothing is wrong. By doing this "I'm gonna smile my best smile And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see
    That learning to live again is killing me. " One part that I am not to sure about is when he says "Oh my god I have forgotten her name" I have always wondered if he forgot the persons name he was dancing with or a deeper meaning that he has forgotten that person's name that he has lost or had died.

    Either way this is a great song one of Garth's Best
    CuriousGeorge170on February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with pilongo! It does seem she is Learning to Live Again because "She just smiles her best smile and she laughs..." This is a sad song but I love it!
    kissfreak93on December 30, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI have a different interpretation...

    It would seem that this song is set back after the War (due to phrases like 'cafe', and it just gives me a vibe that it's set in the mid 40's - early 50's). The man has come back from the war and is trying to fit in again.

    The woman, on the other hand, seems to have lost someone in the war, and is trying to learn to live again just like the man, which explains the last verse. The last verse stands out and add a bunch of meaning to the song...
    booper90on August 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA great song by Garth! It's about a guy who broke up with his wife/girlfriend. He took a long time away, being depressed, etc. THEN his friend Debby said she may hook him up with a friend of hers, a blind date. He meets her and he likes her, and it seems like she likes him. When he asks to see her again, she says, "we'll see". Maybe that's not the answer he wanted to hear. He wanted to hear "yes!" Then he sang, "God, this learning to live again is killing me!"
    snafuoneon December 06, 2015   Link
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    General CommentTwo young teenagers from 2 different states. Oklahoma and New Mexico. The Front porch is PLAINS st Clovis New Mexico.
    Karla Joon April 25, 2017   Link

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