A summer's drive away from dying
A broken heart, nothing to lose
I know it hurts so bad just trying
To please the ones you hate to love
And I wrote this note
About someone I used to know
So I remember how life can be so short
When you're left alone to wonder
How it is someone opens and shuts the door

And I know you're cold, come home
It's a shame how short we all have come

You set your mind on cruise control
Knuckles grip the wheel
And fear to let it go
Love is empty, love is cruel
Love, it blindly breaks the rules
How could you have been a fool
It's something all of us go through
You choke back tears and swallow lies
But those wiper blades won't fix your eyes
Count on having clouded vision
For at least a little while

And I know you're cold, come home
It's a shame how short we all have come
And I know you're cold, come home
Please don't face the headlights
Of oncoming cars alone

We won't forget the past
We won't forget the past

And I know you're cold
Say all the answers and I will let you go
I won't look back, I won't look back
Say all the answers and I will let you go
I will let you go, I will let you go
Say all the answers and I will let you go
I won't look back, I won't look back
Say all the answers and I will let you go
I will let you go, I will let you go
Say all the answers and I will let you go
I won't look back, I won't look back

Come home
Please don't face the headlights
Of oncoming cars alone
And I will let you go


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    General CommentI definitely agree with Matchbox
    This is an amazing song...
    "When you're left alone to wonder
    How it is someone opens and shuts the door"
    Very beautifully written and sung.
    Neskicks7272007on November 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is SO amazing. I listened to it the for the first time and didnt really pay any attention.... But know that I've heard it.... WOW.

    I think that basically Matt is reminiscing upon a former love who has died. He is remembering how they "faced the headlights of oncoming cars alone" and wishes that he could have been there.

    So he asks them to come back home so he can face it with them, or to give him answers so he can "let you go"....

    Think im on the right track folks?
    UberGeetaron June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the "say all the answers..." part is about how he doesn't want to leave a certain time in his life, and is saying "If you can prove to me this is over, I will move on"
    eltroyo11on June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone that was in a bad break up and doesn't want to live they're life anymore or face they're problems anymore

    "A broken heart, nothing to lose
    I know it hurts so bad just trying"

    "Love is empty, love is cruel
    Love, it blindly breaks the rules
    How could you have been a fool
    It's something all of us go through
    You choke back tears and swallow lies
    But those wiper blades won't fix your eyes"

    and the person singing this song is very good friends or cares a lot about the preson in the bad break up and he's trying to help his "friend" get over it but his friend doesn't want help and just wants to give up or commit suicide

    "Please don't face the headlights
    Of oncoming cars alone"

    And the
    "Say all the answers and I will let you go
    I won't look back, I won't look back
    Say all the answers and I will let you go
    I will let you go, I will let you go"

    is about if you can "say all the answers" and work everything out yourself i won't bother you and you can go on with your life as long as you don't give in
    MatchboxTwentyon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmatchbox, i think you're completely dead on. I'm going through a bad heartbreak, and this song completely hits every note.

    "say all the answers" - the guy is basically asking her to answer the question of whether they'd be together again and he already knows the answer. he just needs to hear it for her to let it go.

    "Please don't face the headlights
    Of oncoming cars alone"

    is definately a suicide plea...
    hurleyguy06on August 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyup i agree with matchbox and hurleyguy

    beautiful song. and his voice when he sings it is so emotional.
    entrelesligneson January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about this friend/girlfriend... this guy has.... the girl is going through a hard time... and he wants to help her ut everytime something happens... she draws into herself, making a distance between them... so she goes for a drive to get away when she is upset... all he wants her to do is stay or let him go with her so he can help her....
    "don't face the headlights of oncoming traffic alone."

    "Say all the answers and i will let you go." he wants her to talk to him... and not just take off again...
    shibby_shoeson March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah I agree with what a lot of you said, but I want to point out a few other things I've seen that back this up. First of all, The Classic Crime is a band that presents hope in a lot of their lyrics. In order to offer someone hope there must be a them of hopelessness in a lot of things they write. "I know you're cold, come home." really hits this point. When something is empty, it's cold. After you've lost someone you care about, and it's pushed you to the point of suicide (which the song makes apparent at the very beginning with "A summer's drive away from dying.") When someone is going through something painful you want them to know you're there for them. He says the note is about someone he used to know, and that he knows life can be short.

    So this is a revelation I haven't seen anyone piece together. This song is a song offering hope to people who are hopeless, and I feel that the person he wrote the song about did indeed kill themselves.

    So the song is so emotional because he's lost someone, and he wants the world to know that you don't have to take it to that level when there's pain.

    He also offers hope to someone who's going through this pain by saying "Please don't face the headlights of the oncoming cars alone."

    It's like saying, "I'll be there for you and with you, no matter what." which is more of the religious aspect of the song I believe. Something present in most of their songs.

    This is my first post here, btw, so I hope that analysis made sense.
    MBSowardson April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with many of the things said in the above comments but i'd like to add one point that i don't think anyone else mentioned. the line "please don't face the headlights of the oncoming cars alone" doesnt seem to me as a literal standin front of a car suicide plea...but instead metaphorical. the person in the song is going through a lot of issues in their life and whether they are contemplating suicide or did indeed commit suicide is uncertain though it is possible because of the line "i will let you go" but anyway i digress...back to the point, when he sings "don'te face the headlights of the oncoming cars alone" he is saying "don't face life alone because it is overwhelming and often frightening much like staring into the headlights of an oncoming car, but if we face this together we can make it through"
    thatguy517on September 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of a sucky period in my life...especially the second verse...more specifically the line "how could you have been a fool?" for i was a fool. anyway...just a few things that spark in my mind when i read the lyrics:

    "i know you're cold" = the person he's referring to is dead...
    "come home" = the person is (hopefully) in heaven but he wants them to come back...so they won't be "cold" anymore
    "it's a shame how short we all have come" = maybe a reference to the verse romans 3:23...for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

    "it's something all of us go through" = we all either experience losing a loved one (in his case) OR we all have moments of depression and suicidal thoughts (in the other person's case)

    i could go on but the song is actually pretty self-explanatory. i think it's meant to evoke hope in the face of depression even though it does carry a suicidal tone.
    MattEllaon December 05, 2007   Link

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