"All We Are" as written by Timothy John Myers and Ryan B Tedder....
I tried to paint you a picture
The colors were all wrong
Black and white didn't fit you
And all along

You were shaded with patience
Your strokes of everything
That I need just to make it,
But I can see yeah

Lord knows I failed you time and again,
But you and me are alright

We won't say our goodbyes
You know it's better that way
We won't break, we won't die
It's just a moment of change

All we are, all we are
Is everything that's right
All we need, all we need
A lover's alibi, yeah

I walked a minute in your shoes
They never would've fit
I figured there's nothing to lose
I need to get

Some perspective on these words
Before I write them down
You're an island and my ship
Has run aground

Oh Lord knows I failed you time and again,
But you and me are alright, yeah

We won't say our goodbyes
You know it's better that way
We won't break, we won't die
It's just a moment of change

All we are, all we are
Is everything that's right
All we need, all we need
A lover's alibi, oh oh ooh

Every single day that I can breathe
You changed my philosophy
I'm never gonna let you pass me by

So don't say your goodbyes
You know it's better that way
We wont break, we won't die
It's just a moment of change, yeah
ooh, ooh

So don't say your goodbyes
You know it's better that way
We won't break, we won't die
It's just a moment of change

All we are, all we are
Is everything that's right
All we need, all we need
A lover's alibi, yeah, ooh, ooh.

So don't say your goodbyes
You know it's better
We won't break, we won't die

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh-whoa,
ah, ah, ooh, ooh-ooh

Won't die, wont die this time
Won't die, won't die, oh


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"All We Are" as written by Ryan Tedder, Tim Myers

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  • +2
    General Commentcorrect lyrics-

    I tried to paint you a picture, the colors we're all wrong
    Black and white didn't fit you, and all along
    You we're shaded with patience, and strokes of everything
    That I need just to make it, and I can see that...
    Lord knows I've failed you, time and again
    But you and me are all right

    We won't say our goodbye's, you know it's better that way,
    We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need, a lover's alibi

    I walked a minute in your shoes, they never would have fit
    I figured there's nothin to lose, I need to get
    Some perspective on these words, before I write them down
    You're an island and my ship has run aground
    Lord knows I'll fail you time and again,
    But you and me we're alright

    We won't say our goodbye's, you know it's better that way,
    We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need, a lover's alibi

    And every single day that I can breathe,
    You change my philosophy,
    I'm never gonna let you pass me by

    So don't say our goodbye's, you know it's better that way,
    We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need, a lover's alibi (x2)
    Wulfe87on June 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProbably my favorite song between this and Goodbye Apathy. The quiet intensity at the beginning is rather amazing.
    banerkblueon May 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentas i continued to read the lyrics.. i noticed a lot of parts were wrong (no offense or anything)

    NOTE: THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THIS SONG... THIS VERSION IS ONE I GOT FROM LIMEWIRE... DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE ON ONEREPUBLIC'S MYSPACE

    the lyrics are:

    I tried to paint you a picture
    The colors were all wrong
    Black and white didn't fit ya
    And all along

    You were shaded with patience
    You're strokes of everything
    That I need just to make it
    And I believe that

    Time could tear you apart
    But it wont break
    Everything that you are, you are

    We wont say our goodbyes
    You know its better that way
    We wont break, we dont die
    It's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are
    Is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need
    A lover's alibi

    I walked a minute in your shoes
    The never would have fit
    I figured there's nothing to lose
    I need to get
    Some perspective on these words
    Before I write them down
    You're an island and my ship has run aground

    Time could tear you apart
    But it wont break
    Everything that we are, we are

    We won't say our goodbye's
    You know it's better that way,
    We won't break, we won't die
    It's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are
    Is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need's
    A lover's alibi

    Every single day that I can breathe
    You change my philosophy
    I'm never gonna let you pass me by

    So don't say your goodbye's
    You know its better that way
    We won't break, we won't die
    It's just a moment of change

    So don't say your goobye's
    You know its better that way
    We wont break, we won't die
    It's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are
    Is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need
    A lover's alibi

    The lyrics of the version on their Myspace:

    I tried to paint you a picture
    The colors we're all wrong
    Black and white didn't fit you
    And all along

    You we're shaded with patience
    And strokes of everything
    That I need just to make it
    And I can see that

    Lord knows I've failed you, time and again
    But you and me are all right

    We won't say our goodbye's
    You know it's better that way
    We won't break, we won't die
    I's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are
    Is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need
    A lover's alibi

    I walked a minute in your shoes
    They never would have fit
    I figured there's nothing to lose
    I need to get
    Some perspective on these words
    Before I write them down
    You're an island and my ship has run aground

    Lord knows I'll fail you time and again
    But you and me we're alright

    We won't say our goodbye's
    You know it's better that way,
    We won't break, we won't die
    I's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are
    Is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need
    A lover's alibi

    Every single day that I can breathe,
    You change my philosophy
    I'm never gonna let you pass me by

    So don't say your goodbye's
    You know it's better that way
    We won't break, we won't die
    It's just a moment of change

    So don't say your goodbye's
    You know it's better that way
    We won't break, we won't die
    It's just a moment of change
    All we are, all we are
    Is everything that's right
    All we need, all we need
    A lover's alibi

    So don't say our goodbye's
    you know its better...
    We won't break, we won't die
    yeee_sonon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits "And all along" instead of "You're all alone"
    yeee_sonon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally love this song...

    I've looked and listened a thousand times, and i've decided it's describing how all they need is each others love and they'll be alright. They've realised that they are so different, but they cant escape one another - " You're an island and my ship has run aground" - they're stuck... but they love each other and decide they shouldn't say goodbye because the best thing is to be together...

    I know this situation....its awful and amazing all at once.
    zdavison July 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song!!! I love one republic
    claire_bearon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite on republic song, very good. think it's about a guy who went thorugh a breakup, but is realizing that him and his ex were meant to be. Not sure if she feels the same way, almost seems like he is trying to convince her this.

    And every single day that I can breathe,
    You change my philosophy,
    I'm never gonna let you pass me by


    my favorite part
    the34truthon November 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell this totally about a guy that needs this ex to come back or change her mind in not leaving him...

    "We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change" - In his eyes although they fight, it's only for a while and that they are going to be okay.
    kiepieon December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change"

    I don't know, I see this more as a line about him saying that this break up is just a "moment of change" and it is not going to kill them, be that literally or in terms of their relationship. To me it is about a couple in trouble and I think they need to spend time apart and he is asking for that, and trying to say it without hurting the girl and without making it seem like he never wants to see her again.
    TBFGhoston December 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't see it is a breakup, I got it as he has to go and move away for a while and he's reassuring her that they're love is strong enough to last the time apart.
    teddabear625on December 27, 2007   Link

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