Well when you go
Don't ever think I'll make you try to stay
And maybe when you get back
I'll be off to find another way

And after all this time that you still owe
You're still the good-for-nothing I don’t know
So take your gloves and get out
Better get out
While you can

When you go
Would you even turn to say
"I don't love you
Like I did
Yesterday"

Sometimes I cry so hard from pleading
So sick and tired of all the needless beating
But baby when they knock you
Down and out
It's where you oughta stay

And after all the blood that you still owe
Another dollar's just another blow
So fix your eyes and get up
Better get up
While you can

Woah, woah

When you go
Would you even turn to say
"I don't love you
Like I did
Yesterday"

Well, come on
Come on

When you go
Would you have the guts to say
"I don't love you
Like I loved you
Yesterday"

Ow

I don't love you
Like I loved you
Yesterday

I don't love you
Like I loved you
Yesterday


Lyrics submitted by AbsolutionAgent_gMs, edited by SmashingDestiny


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    General Comment(sorry, accidentally pushed the stupid tab key and it posted prematurely... lol)

    this is the story that i got from both the song and the video combined:

    a boy with a fistful of issues and demons (in the video he is symbolically the color black) meets a girl who embodies everything that he is not (white= pure, innocent, virginal, etc). they both fall in love intantly. it is not long before his own head begins to get in the way of the realationsip, as he fears that he is a toxic influence on her and may ultimately ruin her life/promise. he begins to push her away, though he does so out of desperate love for her. he tells her things like "when you go, don't ever think ill make you try to stay" implying that he thinks she will evenually come to her senses and leave him. in the same breath, he seems to be telling himself that in the event that this should happen, he would have no choice but to move on and go "off to find another way" for her own good before she "gets back" (realizes that she loves him and cannot fathom to be without him).

    in the second verse, they seem to get in a fight over this notion. he is pushing her away, and she sees this. she asks him how he can do this "after all the time that you still owe" (we're supposed to have a long life together. you promised) and tries to insult him only to find that she cannot find any flaw with him, contrary to what he sees in himself, "you're still a good-for-nothing i don't know."
    he tells her "baby take your gloves and get out, baby get out while you can." meaning that she needs to leave him for her own sake before she gets in too deep and really, REALLY loves him, which would make it even harder and probably impossible for her to leave. needless to say, she doesn't leave, and he continues to self-loathe and feel guilty. despite this, he does not have the guts to leave her, even though he is beginning to think it is the only way to 'save' her. he loves her.

    the third verse is a little more tricky. (btw, i've always heard "pleading" rather than "pleasing"

    he keeps making himself (and her) incredibly upset by always insisting that she should leave him, hence the first stanza, "sometimes i cry so hard from pleading". she is gettig "sick and tired of all the needless beating," meaning that she has grown very ill of him constantly making her sad and confused. he is sending her mixed messages, needlessly emotionally "beating" her. he says he loves her and his actions SEEM to prove that, but he is always, ALWAYS insisting that she should leave him. he simply will not accept the fact that she loves him and has made up her mind to stay with him through thick and thin. she confronts him about it.
    he replies "but baby when they knock you down and out is where you oughta stay." by saying this, he is talking about himself. he has always heard bad things about himself and has come to the conclusion that he is nothing, so he is basically telling her "if i've never seen or heard about anything but the evil in me, perhaps that's what i really am and where i should stay." i think he is an addict of some sort, or maybe he is at least in he process of becoming one... presumably, they go on to have the same old argument about how she deserves better and such.
    "but after all the blood that you still owe-" she says, implying again that they are supposed to spend their life togehter (blood = life, owe = promise)
    and he retaliates "another dollar's just another blow" (i'm an addict, im not good for you, i'm never going to do anything right, going to blow all of our money on drugs. blow = street term for cocaine)
    he also says "baby fix your eyes and get up, baby get up while you can." (stop crying and go, baby.)
    he continues on "when you go, would you have the guts to say 'i don't love you like i loved you yesterday." he needs to hear her tell him that she doesn't love him, doesn't want him etc so that both of them will have closure to move on. regardless of whether or not the words are true, he needs to hear them no matter how bad they hurt.

    well, the song ends and i can't really be sure whether she leaves him or not. however, the video implies that he eventually takes her innocence(her dress gets shorter & he leaves black marks on her everytime they touch). he stuggles even harder against his own conscious, his self hatred, and above all his love for this girl. i think that he finally realizes that she will never leave him, and faces the fact that if he truely feels like she is better off without him then he himself has to man up and be the one to leave. look at the guy in the video's face when he looks at her for the last time before he, racked with guilt, drops her hand and walks away. there is so much feeling and agony there. she, on the other hand, watches him leave in numb disbelif, probably thinking that this is not really happening and that he is going to come back.
    the last thing that he says to her is "i don't love you like i loved you yesterday." of course, he does not mean this. in fact, he means just the opposite, but he could not live with himself under the pretense that he could/did 'destroy her life and her beautiful innocence.' he desperately loves her and thinks that she will be happier without him, so in a final act of love and sacrifice he goes off by himself to live in misery, his only comfort being that he has 'kept her safe from him.'
    the girl now stands alone, and black drops begin to mar her flawless white skin. this is symbolic of how he inadvertently corrupts her by trying to save her from that very thing; he exposes her to heartbreak in its worst form. at the very end of the video, a black tear comes from inside her and slides down her face, symbolizing the wound inside of her that he created.

    several frames show the couple holding hands as they crumble. a sick, trgic part of me wants to interpret that as a kind of 'romeo and juliet' ending; the two cannot live without eachother, and both end up commiting suicide after their seperation. maybe they do not know about the others fate, but it looks to me like the girl in the video is the first to crumble. perhaps she ends her life first, and when word gets back to the boy he realizes his fatal mistake and claims his own. the end.

    sorry, i didn't really intend on writing a novel, this is just the story that has always played out in my head whenever i hear this song/see this video... enjoy i suppose

    pOppierafaelleon December 04, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"So fix your eyes and get up
    Better get up
    While you can."

    His voice is so beautiful in that part, and also at the end when he says "Would you have the guts to say..." slower and more instense...my god it gives me the shivers. Simply amazing.
    illBeJustFine22on June 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou can hear a snippet of this song in the "Future" section of Life on the Murderscene.
    Alpha and Omegaon September 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is about someone he fell in love with deeply but had to leave her but still keeps in touch, he said hed stay nd love forever but she wasnt sure so delayed it for too long while he was in pain from no love in return. he gave her his feeling nd all she did was give him a hard time, he gave his life(blood) to heal that person with his own time(money). this girls probably big headed so she shud be kept down, coz wen shes down, she remembers him and feels guilt. deep down she does love him and he loves her too but when its time to leave after being around each other so long and pretending to be friends. living the truthe in the past nd living a lie today, really hes teasing that person coz they both kno the truth thats y a tear drop falls from her eye at the end
    AKAZEBon March 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. ^^
    xgunsxgoxbangxon September 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo cool! I am buying that CD the day it comes out!
    riddle_of_revengeon September 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing! just like all the others! The cd drops the day before my brithday and I'm so excited!!!! They're back!!!
    eat_more_oreoson September 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMCR does it again. I 'll be the first in line here to buy their new cd when it comes out.This song is so beautiful because I feel that everyone can relate to this song.
    Broken_city_skyon September 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep. It's called pre ordering. I love Sam Goody.
    mcr_tbp_rockeron September 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnever heard this
    B12on September 18, 2006   Link

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