"You Give Me Something" as written by Francis Eg White and James Morrison....
You want to stay with me in the morning
You only hold me when I sleep
I was meant to tread the water
Now I've gotten in too deep
For every piece of me that wants you
Another piece backs away

'Cause you give me something
That makes me scared, alright
This could be nothing
But I'm willing to give it a try
Please give me something
'Cause someday I might know my heart

You already waited up for hours
Just to spend a little time alone with me
And I can say I've never bought you flowers
I can't work out what they mean
I never thought that I'd love someone
That was someone else's dream

'Cause you give me something
That makes me scared, alright
This could be nothing
But I'm willing to give it a try
Please give me something
'Cause someday I might call you from my heart
But it might me a second too late
And the words I could never say
Gonna come out anyway

'Cause you give me something
That makes me scared, alright
This could be nothing
But I'm willing to give it a try
Please give me something
'Cause you give me something
That makes me scared, alright
This could be nothing
But I'm willing to give it a try
Please give me something
'Cause someday I might know my heart
Know my heart, know my heart, know my heart


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"You Give Me Something" as written by Francis Eg White, James Morrison

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  • +1
    General CommentAm suprised no one has commented yet, i think this is a beautiful song. The music that plays just before the first verse and at the end is really nice, it's a v. romantic song.
    Jessopson July 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's saying that there are two people together, but the guy doesn't know if he loves the girl or not. He's young and not too sure if this is the real thing or not. Doesn't know if this is love or not. I saw an interview with James Morrison and he said that many people mistook this for a beautiful love song, but if you listen to the lyrics it's not quite so ideal anymore.
    carrie89on August 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes you realize that even men are hopeless romantics.

    According to what I read, "When James Morrison was in New Zealand, and appeared on the New Zealand Idol show, the two finalists asked Morrison what the meaning behind the song was, and Morrison said that it was intended to be a 'harsh love song', and the lyrics mean that the protagonist of the song does not love the person as much as she loves him, but is willing to give the relationship a try."

    I guess people perceived the song in a completely different light. But hey, it worked too.
    WeAreLikeGiantson January 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song Is so beautiful and I just love it!

    To me its saying that he knows someone likes him but he's not sure if it will work out between them because he's never really thought about love.

    When he does think about love though the concept scares him a little and although he wants to be with this girl he's still scared of love.

    Then he realises that he wants to be with the girl and wants to grasp the chance before its too late (But it might me a second too late,
    And the words I could never say
    Gonna come out anyway.)

    Then he realises that he might really truely love the girl if he has enough time to get to know his heart. ('Cause Someday I might know My Heart)

    Thats all Lol :p Peace out!
    FinalPrincesson March 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can totally see his point of view for this song.
    "You already waited up for hours
    Just to spend a little time alone with me,
    And I can say I've never bought you flowers"
    Here you see that the guy does not love the person as much as she loves him, like WeAreLikeGiants said.
    PS: how do you relate the video to the song ??
    rockouton April 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYou want to stay with me in the morning
    You only hold me when I sleep,
    I was meant to tread the water
    Now I've gotten in too deep,
    For every piece of me that wants you
    Another piece backs away.

    first two lines have to do with his uncertainty, does she or doesn't she want him. second set of two refers to how he's liking her more than he intended to, maybe too much to be comfortable with hence the last two lines. he wants her but he's hesitant for whatever reason


    You already waited up for hours
    Just to spend a little time alone with me,
    And I can say I've never bought you flowers
    I can't work out what the mean,
    I never thought that I'd love someone,
    That was someone else's dream.

    first two lines, her putting effort... she gives a lot to receive a little. second set is him not trying so much and giving his "valid reason" why. the last two are him being conflicted for loving her. she does things that guys would love, and he never dreamt of it (maybe he didn't want commitment).

    But it might me a second too late,
    And the words I could never say
    Gonna come out anyway.

    When he finally reaches out to her to let her know how he feels, he's worried he may be too late. whether he is late or not, he is going to end up telling her things he was never able to before (like when someone has always been too guarded to tell someone they love them, but finally the feeling is overwhelming and it comes out anyway)


    I think the chorus is pretty straight forward. He's scared of the way he feels but he hopes she continues giving her love cause maybe one day he'll be able to reciprocate.


    hope I did a good job, this is my first interpretation =)
    decipherthison June 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe acoustic version is absolutely exquisite.
    saundraaaon April 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgree totally with Jessops, I just cat stop playing this song, its A-Mazing! Anyways, I think this song is pretty straight forward, the guy only wanted a casual relationship with this girl, yet he finds himself falling for her. As he learns more about her, he learns more about himself.

    My favourite lyrics just have to be:
    'I never thought that I'd love someone,
    That was someone else's dream.'
    precious_mon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is about two people who ahve unintentionally fallen for each other...
    "I was meant to tread the water
    Now I've gotten in too deep"
    maybe they are friends or it was meant to be a one night stand or whatever. but he feels like there is more than to it but hes scared by the feeling and very confused by it, he doesnt know what to say to the other and he knows that this is not what he wanted, 'for every piece of me that wants you, another piece breaks away'.

    this feeling scares him, the way hes begun to feel about the person. he wants them to give him something, a sign that the other feels the same because 'this could be nothing but im willing to give it a try'.

    i love the line
    I never thought that I'd love someone,
    That was someone else's dream.
    because it really sums up the song, he never meant to fall for them because they were someone elses dream, leading me to question that maybe the one hes fallen for is already spoken for? and oh god how i can relate to that situation! beautiful song
    little_miss_failureon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is really beautiful. i agree with the comments made already. he didnt think that it was going to become serious with this girl, but he has completely fallen for her. this feeling scares him because he didnt intend to feel like that. the line "this could be nothing but im willing to give it a try" shows that even though he knows that it may not last forever and although he didnt mean or want to fall in love with her, he cant let his opportunity to be happy paass him by.
    its all about musicon July 29, 2006   Link

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