If I had to
I would put myself right beside you
so let me ask
would you like that?
would you like that?

and I don't mind
if you say this love is the last time
so now I'll ask
do you like that?
do you like that?

No

Something's getting in the way
something's just about to break
I will try to find my place in the diary of Jane
so tell me how it should be

try to find out what makes you tick
as I lie down
sore and sick
do you like that?
do you like that?

there's a fine line between love and hate
and I don't mind
Just let me say that I like that
I like that

Something's getting in the way
something's just about to break
I will try to find my place in the diary of Jane
as I burn another page
as I look the other way
I still try to find my place in the diary of Jane
so tell me how it should be

Desperate, I will crawl
waiting for so long
no love, there is no love
die for anyone
What have I become

Something's getting in the way
something's just about to break
I will try to find my place in the diary of Jane
as I burn another page
as I look the other way
I still try to find my place
In the diary of Jane..


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  • +7
    General CommentAlright, well this song to me is talking about this guys past relationship with his girlfriend.


    If I had to
    I would put myself right beside you
    So let me ask
    Would you like that?
    Would you like that?

    ((He's saying that he is willing to change everything about him and be just like this person and is asking if that would be good enough for this person.))

    And I don't mind
    if you say this love is the last time
    and now I'll ask
    Do you like that?
    Do you like that?
    No

    ((He's saying that he doesn't mind if this is his last love or chance. And he's asking if the person likes that. And the answer is no.. so he goes on to the next verse to explain why))

    Something's getting in the way
    Something's just about to break
    I will try to find my place
    in the Diary of Jane
    So tell me how it should be

    ((Something messed it up and he knows it, yet he's still trying to be everything this person has ever wanted in someone.. Diary of jane refers to this girls "perfect person".. and thats what he strives so hard to be))

    Try to find out
    What makes you tick as I lie down
    Sore and sick
    Do you like that?
    Do you like that?

    ((He's exhausted from trying so hard to find out what is making her hate him so bad.. and again asking if she likes what he's doing yet..))

    There's a fine line
    Between love and hate
    And I don't mind
    So let me say that
    I like that
    I like that

    ((He's slowly realizing that he doesn't have to try soo hard for this person and is more focused on his own happiness))

    Something's getting in the way
    Something's just about to break
    I will try to find my place
    In the Diary of Jane

    ((again, something is always screwing up and he's still trying to be everything that she's ever wanted.))

    As I burn another page
    As I look the other way
    I still try to find my place
    In the Diary of Jane
    So tell me how it should be

    ((Now this is where it shifts. "as I burn another page, As i look the other way" refers to the fact that he's given up plenty of times.. but when it's continued with "I still try to find my place.." It shows he's still willing to do anything for her.))

    Desperate I will crawl
    Waiting for so long
    No love, There is no love
    Die for anyone
    What have I become?
    ((He's saying that no matter if he is shoved down, he'll crawl to her. And that he's been waiting so long that he doesn't want to give up. He's also realizing that he's sacrificed everyone for someone who has "killed" him..))


    Something's getting in the way
    Something's just about to break
    I will try to find my place
    In the Diary of Jane
    As I burn another page
    As I look the other way
    I still try to find my place
    In the Diary of Jane

    ((all in all. Even though this whole experience has killed him.. he's still willing to do whatever and be whatever for this girl.))
    suicidalxromance09on June 29, 2007   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI don't think this song is about trying to get closer to the girl. I think he is trying to get away from her. He says, "If I HAD to, I'd put myself right beside you." He doesn't mind if this love is the last time. He's burning the pages in Jane's diary... He's trying to leave her behind.

    Just my opinion. I love the song though. I also see how people can take it as him wanting to get closer, but that's not how I see it.
    emmmaluon July 19, 2010   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationWithout looking at the other comments so they don't influence my opinion (they usually end up doing that in some way or another) I think the dude has a crush on a girl, and he wants to make it into her diary. Basically, he wants to stand out to her so she at least thinks about him. "Something's getting in the way," might be another guy, especially since she says, "this love is the last time."
    JustFrickinAshleyon November 06, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI think this song is about someone who becomes obsessed with another person who is either not aware or not available in any sense. And the obsessed person goes through extraordinary pain and frustration because of this obsession.

    It's typical for an obsessed person to rationalize why their dream can't come to fruition, "Something's getting in the way, something's just about to break" are things obsessed people tell themselves to keep the fantasy going. You don't see the obvious red flags telling you things are not as you think they are, instead you "look the other way" and tend to deny any reality that threatens your obsession (burn another page).

    Interestingly enough, there is a website janedoe.org that deals with crime of stalking, why it's dangerous behavior and what you can do about it.

    Of course they never really do get closer to the object of their desire because subconsciously they can't. The person they think they see isn't real but wears the form of their fantasy. Confronting reality would destroy the fantasy and the obsessed person can't generally handle that. That's why some stalkers end up killing their victims.

    I never killed anyone but I know what it's like to be obsessed and how it consumed my life. Whenever you try to find your identity in another human being you run this risk. You think you would do anything or be anything to have that person's affection but you don't know the real person. You are "in love" with someone you made up and gave their face to a very real person who is probably nothing like your dream. One of the hardest things in the world to face is the realization that you spent so much time, energy, tears, agony over someone who was never real in the first place.
    Shadras9on June 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt is totally about a condition that a lot of people get when they put too much of themselves into a relationship called Co-Dependency. He just loves her so much that he is willing to put anything and everything into it for her, and yet, something keeps his efforts from making any difference. That something is her because she doesn't love him as much as he loves her. What ends up happening is he gets in a pattern of putting all of himself into a relationship, thus the "die for anyone, what have I become?" line. That's just my interpretation though. and although it is TOTALLY cliche, i really do like the accoustic version better than the full band version. It just caters to the lyrics so much better

    -DarkSky48
    darksky48on November 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI could be completely off, but i think this song is about a guy who has been in so many relationships where he is in love with the other person meanwhile the other person has no real feelings for him.

    "If I had to
    I would put myself right beside you
    so let me ask
    would you like that?
    would you like that?

    and I don't mind
    if you say this love is the last time
    so now I'll ask
    do you like that?
    do you like that?

    No"

    Basically hes telling the girl his true feelings and she obviously doesnt feel the same way hence "NO"

    "try to find out what makes you tick
    as I lie down
    soaring sick
    do you like that?
    do you like that?

    there's a fine line between love and hate
    and I don't mind
    Just let me say that I like that
    I like that"

    Hes "trying to find out what makes her tick" because he wants this girl to really fall in love with him, but hes soaring sick because she doesnt love him and hes been through it so many times before.

    "Something's getting in the way
    something's just about to break
    I will try to find my place in the diary of Jane
    as I burn another page
    as I look the other way
    I still try to find my place in the diary of Jane
    so tell me how it should be"

    the chorus is about how hes so sick and tired of never having his feelings returned, yet hes still "trying to find his place in the diary of jane" "Jane" being really a "Jane Doe" because there's been so many relationships like this one that its like a routine and her identity doesnt matter. "as i burn another page" refers to another relationship ending and him moving onto the next girl and he keeps trying because hes desperate.

    "Desperate, I will crawl
    waiting for so long
    no love, there is no love
    die for anyone
    What have I become"

    Saying that there he is never loved back yet hes been trying so hard and waiting so long. "die for anyone" it seems like he falls in love with almost anyone because hes been through it so many times. He doesnt know what hes become because he doesnt know what to do anymore other than to continue the pattern.

    thats just my take on it, may be a long shot
    LuckySoupon November 30, 2012   Link
  • +2
    MemoryI was driving to class one night while listening to this song's acoustic version on their CD and it hit me. i burst into tears as I heard the lyrics on a deeper meaning. There's a girl i've been 'in love' with for years and she just doesn't have the feelings for me. If I had to, i would put myself right beside her. but i know she wouldn't like that.
    "as I lie down, sore and sick" is how i would try so hard just to get her to give me a chance, to see the real me, and knowing i've failed i would lay in my bed sick to my stomach
    "there's a fine line between love and hate" i would get angry becasue of her unrequited love and hate her for a week or so, then be back to loving her.
    "I still try to find my place in the diary of jane" i got to the point where I could accept she didn't want me as her lover but I needed to find my place in her life.
    "something's getting in the way, something's just about to break" i'd always feel like maybe tonight she'd give in and just give me a chance, hopefully let me into her heart, but there was always something in the way.
    "desperate I will crawl, waiting for so long" i've been 'in love' with her for years, and it seems like the only progress i make is a desperate crawl
    "die for anyone, what have i become" this is the line thaat hit me like a ton of bricks. i still cry now when I hear these words. for most of my senior year i highschool i would pray something horrible would happen, like a terrorist came into my class with a gun. I wanted to confront the gunman, and either save the day and be a hero so she'd notice me, or die to end the suffering and misery of my life. I would never commit suicide, i feel it is a signof weakness and i'm not weak. I'd wish for a way to die without killing myself because the pain of not being with the only person i wanted was overwelming me. when I heard these lyrics i realized i've become someone i didn't wish to be. i asked myself "Die for anyone, what have i become?"
    The irony is, this girl's name is jane(elle) :)
    right now, I've been able to accept not being equally loved and for the first time in a long, long time, i can be her friend and talk to her without getting sick to my stomach, angry, sad, or crying. even as I date other women, i still have feelinga for Janelle, and i try to find my place in the diary of Jane(elle)
    R0ck0ut619on December 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdude, this song is not about a vampire. Come on man, thats just stupid. This song is about a girl named Jane who is dead, and obviously, she doesnt know she is dead, which is why she cant see her reflection. Im not quite sure what the whole song is about, but i know its not about a vampire, and its about a dead girl, thus why ben is standing at a tombstone marked "Jane" at the end, and leaves the rose on it.
    heaven.help.youon June 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song.

    I believe that the lyrics are about a guy who is in love with a girl who has died. The first line...If I had to, I would put myself right beside you...sounds to me like he is considering killing himself to be with her in the afterlife...put himself right beside her in the graveyard. If you see in the video, he is visiting her grave in the beginning of the song and the end.

    I think what is driving him mad is that he knows that Jane didn't love him during her life. He tries to fool himself by 'looking the other way' and burning the pages of the diary that are not about him, but there's a fine line between love & hate, meaning that when he allows himself to see that she didn't love him, he hates her.

    When he realizes that he is thinking about killing himself to be with the one he loves (even though she doesn't love him), he starts wondering what he has become, contemplating killing himself for someone who does not think he is special.

    "No love, There is no love
    Die for anyone
    What have I become?"

    That's what the song means to me...very powerful lyrics. Amazing song...Amazing band.
    AcesUpSleeveon December 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJane died and now hes determined to prove to himself that she loved him.
    5avannaon April 26, 2008   Link

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