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By my side
You’ll never be
By my side
You’ll never be

Cause I’m fake at the seams
I’m lost in my dreams
And I
I want you to know that I can’t let you go
And you’re never coming home again
And you’re never coming home again

By my side
You’ll never be
By my side
You’ll never be
You’ll never be

I wanted to tell you I'd changed
I wanted to tell you that things would be different this time
I see you
You see me
Different
I see you
You see me
Differently

You tell me that you love me but you never want to see me again
You tell me that you love me but you never want to see me again
You tell me that you love me but you never want to see me again
You tell me that you love me but you never want to see me again


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    General Commentthis song is so sad, he realizes he needs her but she doesn't feel the same way, greys anatomy is the best show in the world and this song was perfect for the izzy and dennie scene
    swimgirl711on February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm glad "Grey's Anatomy" gave such a showcase for this song and group. Otherwise, I probably would never have been aware of them, or else I would have "discovered" them months, maybe years, down the road. This is my new favorite song. I watched the show on which it was featured (The one where Meredith “died”.) when it premiered and then watched it again on its encore presentation the next night. Afterward I searched and searched to find the song to download. This song and it being featured on the show may be just what Unkle Bob needs to put them out of the “struggling band” category. It worked for the Frays, didn’t it?

    I think it's a stretch to say that the song is perfect for Izzie and Denny. I can see it if I squinch my eyes and turn my head, not take too literal an interpretation. Maybe if they alternate parts of the song, Izzie taking the first and last, Denny taking the middle.

    I think the song is more appropriate for the Chief and Ellis Gray, Addison and Derek, Addison and Mark, maybe even George and Izzie, at least in the episode in which it was featured, though I think it's more about romantic love.

    My literal interpretation of the song is this, and let's just say -- for simplicity's sake -- it's about a boy and a girl and the boy is the one singing the song. The boy knows in his head that a relationship is over (By my side, you'll never be/And you're never comin' home again), but his heart hasn't caught up to that point ("I want you to know that I can't let you go).

    He looks back, thinking of reasons why she left. He is not as practical or responsible or realistic as she would like him to be (I'm lost in my dreams). They disagree on fundamental things about each other (I see you, you see me, differently) and probably about relationships and life in general. Their disagreements are so big that she sees them as insurmountable or that he was unable to change, though he thinks differently (I wanted to tell you I've changed, that things would be different this time). Apparently, she thought so strongly about this that she won’t even listen to him, since he "wanted" to tell her and either didn’t have the chance or just didn’t do it.

    The girl has made up her mind that the relationship is over, even though she does love him. It's probably because she loves him that she doesn't want to see him again, fearing that the love will overtake her; she'll give into it, to him, and stay in a relationship that is ultimately unfulfilling (You tell me that you love me, but you never wanna see me again).

    It just occurred to me that the guy may have problems with faithfulness, drugs, alcohol, or violence, though I choose to see the couple’s problems as more philosophical, less dramatic but still problems. I guess all breakups are sad, but I think it may be sadder when two people spilt because they just can’t quite get it together. No strong outside forces, no good guys, no bad guys. There’s lots of good stuff there, but the bad or not-so-good stuff outweighs it.

    For some reason, this song makes me think of “Linger” by the Cranberries and maybe OMD or some other 80s UK band.

    I am a sucker for strings, and the way Unkle Bob uses ‘em in this song gives me goosebumps and practically gives me an orgasm. The plucking of the strings in the middle, the way they build up to the crescendo at the end. If they keep this up, I’ll never sing this song to them.
    smellykellyjayon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne more thing -- if you can believe it. What do y'all think the line "I'm fake at the seams" means? That one kinda stumps me. Is he saying that he's not as together as he may appear to be, that he's at risk of coming apart at the seams? Whaddya think?
    smellykellyjayon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhere it says
    "I wanted to tell you I’ve changed"
    it's really
    "I wanted to tell you what changed"
    xoMeghanxoon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto respond to smellykellyjay: to understand the sentence "I'm fake at the seams" you have to look at the following line.."Cause I’m fake at the seams" is followed by:
    I’m lost in my dreams" which to me means he is not sure who he is. He is lost (in his dreams) that are unreal, and therefor he is "fake". I don't think it means he is coming apart, more like he is just someone who is dreaming of what he wants to be but just simply is not.
    ashleybfunon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definately one of my favorites right now after hearing it on Grey's.

    Add on to Ashleybfun:
    I agree with ashley. The guy was too caught up in himself. He wasn't showing his true side, especially during their relationship. However, he's changed now, but it is too late. The girl has had enough. Deep down she still loves him, but right now the best thing for her to do is not have anything to do with him.

    I can definately relate to this song. Beautifully done.
    dvo9985on February 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwords can not explain how much love i have for this song. lets just say i can totally relate to smellykellyjay when it comes to how i get goosebumps and feel like having an orgasm lol. I think the meaning is pretty much covered and i agree with everyone. yay for grey's anatomy. they know their music.
    avooveson March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song was chosen for Ellis and the Cheif, though it would probably fit a multitude of situations.

    But anyway, I *love* this song, and I related it to this theory of two women who are in love but can't be together because one of them is married and chooses not to leave her husband. youtube.com/…
    d3fy_on March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI made a video/slideshow thing using this song.

    youtube.com/…
    d3fy_on March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUm, actually, the lyrics are "I wanted to tell you I'D changed." It's on their site.
    bansheebabyon March 20, 2007   Link

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