"All I Need" as written by and Mathew ...
Here it comes it's all blowing in tonight
I woke up this morning to a blood red sky
They're burning on the bridge turning off the lights
We're on the run I can see it in your eyes
If nothing is safe then I don't understand
You call me your boy but I'm trying to be the man
One more day and it's all slipping with the sand
You touch my lips and grab the back of my hand
The back of my hand

Guess we both know we're in over our heads
We got nowhere to go and no home that's left
The water is rising on a river turning red
It all might be OK or we might be dead
If everything we've got is slipping away
I meant what I said when I said until my dying day
I'm holding on to you, holding onto me
Maybe it's all gone black but you're all I see
You're all I see

The walls are shaking, I hear them sound the alarm
Glass is breaking so don't let go of my arm
Grab your bags and a picture of where we met
All that we'll leave behind and all that's left
If everything we've got is blowing away
We've got a rock and a rock till our dying day
I'm holding on to you, holding on to me
Maybe it's all we got but it's all I need

You're all I need
And if all we've got is what no one can break
I know I love you
If that's all we can take
The tears are coming down
They're mixing with the rain

I know I love you, if that's all we can take
A pool is running for miles on the concrete ground
We're eight feet deep and the rain is still coming down
The TV's playing it all out of town
We're grabbing at the fray for something that won't drown


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"All I Need" as written by Mathew Kearney

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    General CommentThis song was on grey's anatomy the other night - absolutely gorgeous.
    To me, this song is about a guy who is in love and wants the girl to see him as a strong person - he's "trying to be the man." Initally, the stronger person in the relationship is the girl, as she grabs the back of his hand. When you take someone's hand, you usually clasp fingers, but in this case, she's pulling him forward like a little kid. As the song progresses, the guy sways from professing his strength, to telling her not to let go, and then to reminding her that "he meant what he said when he said until his dying day." He realizes that the girl is afraid of something, but she's trying not to show it. Instead of calling her out on it, he tells her that the love they have for each other is all HE needs, instead of what "we" need. He tries to make himself look weaker for the sake of making her feel stronger. At the end, it should be "I'm grabbing at the fray for something that won't drown." This could be the realization that he's the stronger person, or possibly that he's already lost her and has to be on his own. Whatever the situation, he knows that loving her and knowing that the love existed was all he needed.
    amyamyamyaon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt a concert in Houston in 2006, he revealed that his song All I Need was written based on two of his friends from New Orleans and their story during Hurricane Katrina. After re-reading the lyrics, that makes perfect sense.
    jtosa15on September 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Glass is breaking so let go of my arm"
    is actually "So don't let go of my arm"
    Little_Earthquakeson June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard this song on a kyle xy episode and i liked it...
    take it 2 the limiton September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat kyle xy episode was it by any chance i love this song too!!!
    Zanziron September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentum i'm pretty sure it's 'dive in' or something along those lines. it's like the fourth episode.
    take it 2 the limiton September 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentamyamyamya, that's a very good interpretation.
    I heard it on Grey's as well. A lot of the show's songs catch my ear.

    Given Mat's genre of music, I think this may be about faith; and (like as said above) love is the main theme. The opening lines tell of an apocalyptic scene. If it was the end of the world--THE day--and all anyone can do is run from destruction, this person he's talking to will be all that matters. Companionship is key. There is no time, and if nothing is certain, this pure devotion speaks truth from the heart. It's as if he's saying, "You're it. You're my life. Like I said, always until the end. Stay with me, because I'll stay with you." Love is the ultimate sacrifice, and his faith in love and in that person will get them through.

    -HBG
    handsbehindglasson September 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, it makes better, perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.
    handsbehindglasson September 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjtosa, did you happen to get the info from wikipedia by any chance? going back to the tangent, this song is definitely profound and quite moving. I love the piano works.
    bluengreenMKon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhen i heard this song i immediately didnt over-think the lyrics for a deeper meaning...just like jtosa15 said, its about the hurricane and how as long as they have each other and their love that's all they need and their personal possesions arent as important as having each other, duh people!
    JanineProLoveon January 20, 2007   Link

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