"Maybe You're Right" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
It was often talked about; it was often raised
But nothing was ever done about it
To hear the way they talked about it, no one could be saved
But nothing was ever done about it

Shall I take back everything I've ever said
And live my whole life in silence instead?

It was oversimplified; it was under-thought
And nothing was ever done to stop it
Everything was fortified by all the lies we bought
And nothing was ever done to stop it

Shall I take back everything I've ever said
(Shall I take back all my attacks? All of my accusations?)
And live my whole life in silence instead?
(All my mistrust - we never discussed anyone's reservations)

There was a time when a crime was a crime
But now I think I'm losing my mind
Or taking it all too hard
Taking it all too hard
Taking it all too hard

Shall I take back everything I've ever said
(Shall I take back all my attacks? All of my accusations?)
And live my whole life in silence instead?
(All my mistrust - we never discussed anyone's reservations)
Keep to myself

Maybe you're right
Maybe you're right
Maybe you're right
But I don't think so


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"Maybe You're Right" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentPersonally, I always viewed this song as a break-up/ending of relationship song, where the narrator is looking back on everything that happened. Kind of a hindsight is 20/20 situation.
    The lyrics hint that the relationship was doomed from the start, and everyone knew but never did anything about it.
    'It was often talked about; it was often raised
    But nothing was ever done about it'
    When I hear those lines, I imagine friends and family talking behind a couples' back, saying how it won't work out or how the couple is always fighting. But, despite always talking about it, no one really does anything.
    "It was oversimplified; it was under-thought
    And nothing was ever done to stop it
    Everything was fortified by all the lies we bought
    And nothing was ever done to stop it"
    This makes it sound like excuses were made for the relationship. Like, when people say 'Oh, we're just going through some rough times' or 'We've just been under a lot of stress lately' rather than admitting that something deeper is going wrong. They "oversimply" the problem.
    The narrator also reflects on all the things he did and said.
    "Shall I take back everything I've ever said
    And live my whole life in silence instead?"
    To me, this line seems to say 'I can make this relationship work. All it will cost me is my voice and opinion on everything, even if I'm right.' Something which is out of the question, of course.
    And finally, my favorite line(s) of the song.
    "Maybe you're right
    Maybe you're right
    Maybe you're right
    But I don't think so"
    These lines are so simple, but they seem to hold so much meaning in them. The narrator is tired of the fighting, and fed up with the whole ruined relationship, and is finally giving up. It's like when you're in a heated argument with someone, and you get so frustrated, you finally throw your hands up and yell 'Fine! Whatever!' The narrator is doing the same thing. He no longer has the will to fight, but at the same time, he's stubborn and won't admit he's wrong.
    So...that's just how I see it. I don't really see it as being political or about the war, but I can see whoson1st0's view on it being about an abusive relationship. Never thought of it from that angle before. :3
    MelDaCaton May 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song on "Are Me". I just don't like how it's before "Take It Back" because they each mention taking back something and it confuses me.

    Meaning? I'm not sure. Someone regretting what they said when they are sure they were right, and seems willing to take back what he said and admit that the other person was right, but no, he secretly doesn't want to, or at least that's what the last line tells me.
    And no one bothered to solve anything in the end.
    Sanjuroon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone who had a great, great plan (or so he thought) but then he didn't listen to the advice of others, or he refused to accept that he didn't think things through, or that maybe his great, great plan wasn't so great after all. At the end of the day, he realizes he has had a complete disaster of everything, but, he will REFUSE to EVER admit he was wrong. Maybe they were right, but he will ALWAYS think he was right. It's about pure, utter stubborness.

    And Iraq. I'll throw in Iraq.
    Occams_Harmonyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a political song. "Over-simplified" and "lies we bought" sounds like a complaint regarding the US administration's handling of the war in the Middle East. The atmosphere in the nation is very much like, agree or shut up. This person is wanting to speak out, to recognize the "crimes" but he understands the futility of it. He's hurt that people can discuss their "reservations" or debate "accusations." He's wondering what's the point since no one is listening. So he is half-heartedly wonder if he should live "his whole life in silence insead." He wants to speak out, to open a forum for discussion. It clearly reads, "Maybe you're right, but I don't think so." As if saying, I don't agree with you but atleast address my concerns if you think what you're doing is right.
    truefictionon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about an abusive relationship from the point of a friend of that couple.
    All of their friends knew something was wrong but it was always ignored or excuses were made. They bought all the lies they were told by this couple (obviously the guy won't admit to doing anything and the woman is usually too scared or ashamed to admit anything either).
    Finally this friend can't hide his feelings anymore and confronts them, or goes to the police...basically makes what he knows is happening public. This results in the couple breaking up, maybe the guy going to jail. Many times when this happens in an abusive relationship, the woman feels it is her fault, or is so brainwashed that there is nothing wrong that she is distraught over the relationship ending.
    The singer's friends think he shouldn't have done anything, saying that he should've left everything alone, everything was fine.
    This drives him crazy and he can't understand how no one can see the crime being committed.

    I like the political angle as well though.
    whoson1st0on October 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSong discusses the Bush Adminstration's policy and design on how they went to war. "It was often talked about, it was often raised, but nothing was ever done about it" When Bush went to war, it was debated and talked about it, but nobody really did anything to STOP it. "It was oversimplified". We thought when we invaded Iraq that we would be greeted as Liberators and our democracy would have a positive effect on Iraq, and we would be out of the war in a matter of months. This was obviously false, as the song reflects this. "There was a time when a crime was a crime. But now I think I'm losing my mind". It was an obvious 'crime' for Bush to lead this country into War. There was a time when this would be a crime, ( to indirectly be responsible for the thousands of American soldiers killed in Iraq). "But now I think I'm losing my mind" "Shall I take back everything I ever said, and live my whole life in silence instead". All this talk about he war, has gotten us no where. Four years into the war, we are still no where. I think he means, that even if he speaks out against the war, it will have no effect. "Shall I take back, all my attacks, all my accusations, all my 'mistrust'". Maybe you're right, but I don't think so.
    smith4567on April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI tend to agree with whoson1st in that the song feels like it's of a very personal nature to me. I personally am less inclined to think it's about the war in Iraq since the Ladies are Canadian for one, although that certainly doesn't rule it out
    killtheradiostaron April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGah, I just had a huge disagreement with some friends and I think it's led to the ending of a friendship. Then, this song comes on and it's meaning seems clear --

    I take the song as, well, now.. The first verse: A guy talking of his friends and some kind of topic that came up a lot. It always ended up in arguments and petty feelings, but 'nothing was ever done about it'. So the guy, somewhat sarcastically, asks if everything would be better if they'd just shut up about it.

    Second verse talks about the problem of the fighting in question, and the friends tried to convince themselves nothing was wrong. Still, nothing was done to stop it.

    The chorus.. "All my mistrust - we never discussed anyone's reservations", meaning the friends wanted others to understand where they were coming from but that didn't happen. The narrator is again wondering if all would be solved if these things were never brought up.

    The bridge mentions "there was a time when a crime was a crime" - sometimes his opinions of the matter were probably viewed as wrong, but he can't take it anymore. Everyone is blowing the topic up when it's nothing, but it can't be seen as nothing because for some reason it isn't that easy. That brings us to the end - Maybe they're right, but he still denies it. He's probably no better than his friends, but that's the way it goes.

    Ugh, this speaks to me so much right now. I always liked Maybe You're Right before, but I didn't fully realize the meaning til now.
    shikonaorion November 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"All my mistrust - we never discussed anyone's reservations"

    I feel that this line points to this song being of a more personal rather than political nature.

    Fantastic song regardless
    scohil67on June 16, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI would respectfully disagree with all of the other comments here. I can see the abuse angle, but I feel like the political angle is stretching it.

    I think this song is about rape. I think this song is from the perspective of a rape victim, and the whole world is doubting her and telling her it wasn't that bad and that she's ruining the man's life, when all she wants is for the person who hurt her to go to jail.

    The first verse says "It was often talked about; it was often raised, but nothing was ever done about it. To hear the way they talked about it, no one could be saved..." This is talking about the arguments that "boys will be boys", that men can't help themselves. Nobody can be saved, nothing can be done. You should know that already, it's your fault if you expected something else.

    And then comes "It was oversimplified; it was under-thought, and nothing was ever done to stop it." People are treating it like no big deal. I get the feeling that this wasn't an attack-her-in-an-alley rape, this was a date rape, where he pressured her into sex. And now people are calling her a slut and saying she should have stopped him, and oversimplifying the issue. "Everything was fortified by all the lies we bought" could be talking about a lot of things, but I think it's talking about the nature of rape, how unless the man grabs a woman off the street and rapes her while she screams "NO" and kicks at him it's treated as vague and maybe-it's-not-really-rape. The man's obviously saying that he didn't rape her, he thought she was into it, and maybe it's true or maybe it isn't. But the real lie is that rape is violent and loud, not something that can happen quietly when you just don't want to argue anymore.

    There's a sinister few lines that run through the whole song: "Shall I take back everything I've ever said and live my whole life in silence instead?" and "Shall I take back all my attacks? All of my accusations? All my mistrust - we never discussed anyone's reservations." She wants her rapist to go to jail, but she's sick of having to prove to people that she was raped. She wants to put the whole thing behind her. Maybe it really was nothing. Maybe she should just let it go, pretend it never happened. Maybe it's her fault, for not saying "No".

    And that idea that maybe she's blowing this out of proportion comes up in the next verse, too. "There was a time when a crime was a crime, but now I think I'm losing my mind, or taking it all too hard." Rape is terrible, and they should just be convicting him, but instead they're focusing on her, on how it was nothing and she's just crazy and trying to ruin his life, and it's weighing on her. She was already raped, and now she has to deal with this backlash of people telling her she wasn't. It's messing with her head.

    And then at the end, making her decision on whether she's going to keep trying to convict him; "Maybe you're right. But I don't think so." She's decided that she really is in the right, and that she wants him to go to jail for what he did to her, regardless of whatever everyone else is saying.

    Of course, I'm using a male-on-female rape as an example because it's the most talked about kind. It could just as easily be male-on-male or female-on-male or female-on-female. And maybe it was statutory rape. Who knows.
    TheOverThinkon April 23, 2014   Link

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