"Forgive Me" as written by and Missy Higgins....
Oh my son look at what I've done

But I am learning still

Learning still

Know that I am learning still

And oh my wife you are my life

And I am burning still

Burning still

Know that I am burning for you still


And all, all, all of my light is for you

And home, home's anywhere you are to

So take this one fallen man on his knees

Saying please forgive me


Oh my God how you make it hard

Not to pick the apple

Pick the apple

And Lord I long to give it back


And I was on shakey land

Lost and unsure I opened my hand

And she held it like sinking sand


And all, all, all of my light is for you

And home, home's anywhere you are to

So take this one fallen man on his knees

Saying please


And all, all, all of my light is for you

And home, home's anywhere you are to

So take this one fallen man on his knees

Saying please forgive me

Forgive me

Forgive me


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"Forgive Me" as written by Melissa Higgins

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    General CommentA man who has cheated and is seeking forgiveness from his family and God. He couldn't resist the apple, just like Eve.
    schbeccaon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPersonally I think this song may be a carry on from “the river” I think it is the aftermath of domestic violence. The dads back saying please take me back you are my family my life, and at the beginning of the song I’m pretty sure she writes “oh, my wife you are my life.” Which would make more sense. Just a thought but let me know what you think.
    thingyyoon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthingyyo, I can see where you are coming from here, however, i will have to disagree this time. I think reference to the "apple" is a strong indication of a husband, who has cheated on his wife, and is begging for forgiveness from his wife and family, as you said, schbecca.
    letheredgeon May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere is apart of a verse missing, and some of the words are wrong... Otherwise an amazing song. She has such an amazing voice...very powerful...and i love it how she is live on the album!

    "So take this one fallen lad on his knees"
    Its Man not Lad


    Not to be the apple, be the apple
    Its "Not to pick the apple, pick the apple"

    "And oh, my God
    How you make it hard
    Not to be the apple, be the apple"

    And this is the carry on from the verse..
    And Lord I long to give it back
    And i was on shakey land
    Lost in and unsure i opened my hand and she held it like sinking sand.

    Cheers
    AirNewZealandon July 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen missy played this song live at the tivoli(i was there omg awesome)
    she explained this song was about a man seeking forgiveness... which is self explainitory i guess.
    its a beautiful song and i love how missy sings songs from a mans perspective as well. it just shows how she treats everyone as equals and is willing to be a bit androginous
    moonshine-memion August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me think more about "special two" than "the river", because its all about temptation. i definitely think its about cheating as opposed to domestic violence, especially with lines like the one about how he "opened his hand and she held it like sinking sand" and all the apple references are biblical references about temptation. probably more likely to be tempted to cheat on your wife than to hit your family? i love the fact that despite the references to eve, its the man who's been unfaithful.
    LOVE this song soo much.
    arya_elf_girlon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI definately think it's about a man seeking forgiveness from his wife and family for his infidelity.

    "Oh my God how you make it hard
    Not to pick the apple
    Pick the apple
    And Lord I long to give it back"

    This part of the song portrays the man's desire to undo what he did wrong, as he obviously regrets it and feels ashamed of himself.

    He has either told his wife of his affair or she has found out, but either way he is dying for forgiveness, because now that his relationship is in jeopardy he suddenly realises just how important his wife is to him.
    Evidence of this is shown in the line "And oh my wife you are my life".

    And as they say, you learn from your mistakes. I think this mistake he has made has helped him learn how important his wife is to him.

    The use of biblical references like "pick the apple" suggests the temtation he had, which he could not overcome.
    The apple is a metaphor for the other woman he consorted with.

    But, now that he realises his relationship may come to an end and he could possibly lose the most important person to him in his life, he expresses how he longs to give back the apple (which is a metaphor for undoing what he did - wishing he could rewind to the point where he decided to be unfaithful, and change that).

    In the beginning of the song there is the sense that he is talking to his child ("Oh my son look at what I've done"). He wants forgiveness from his child.

    Then comes the sense that he is talking to his wife ("And oh my wife you are my life"). He needs forgiveness from her too.

    The line "And home, home's anywhere you are too" tells us that without them he will have no home, not in a literal sense exactly, but in a kind of emotional sense - they are his family and his home.

    "So take this one fallen man on his knees
    Saying please forgive me
    Forgive me"

    He has "fallen" in character I think, he knows what he did was wrong, but he begs for forgiveness in an effort to save his marriage.

    I think the reason he cheated on his wife is explained here:
    "And I was on shakey land
    Lost and unsure I opened my hand
    And she held it like sinking sand"

    ...to me is sounds like the "shaky land" is a metaphor for problems his marriage had, and he was "lost and unsure".
    Perhaps he reached out to another woman because of this, and ultimately it led to his affair with her.

    When he says she took his hand, this could be taken both literally and metaphorically. Perhaps the woman he had an affair with understood him, and perhaps at first her concern was like a friendly concern where a friend might often take the hand of another friend to show companionship, but perhaps the man and this woman had a once-off connection and one thing led to another.

    Anyways she obviously wasn't meant for him, because after the affair he realises his one true love is his wife, and what he did to her was wrong, so he begs for her forgiveness to save his marriage, because the thought of losing her is unbearable.

    This song is so sad, I can't help feeling disappointed in the man, but at least he knows what he did was wrong and asks for forgiveness - a true sign he wants to make amends with his wife because he is in love with her.

    Beautiful, amazing, perfect song!
    McMuffinon January 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i saw missy live she said it was about a man having an afair with his wife with the happy endings massage lady and comming back begging for forgiveness from his wife and showing his son what not to do.
    moniqueleilaon January 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me chills every time I hear it, and almost makes me cry. I think it signifies the inner torment a person who has cheated on his wife and family. It expresses this mans true and inner feelings of the pain he has caused his family and how much love he truly has for them. He is no better than Eve was in the Garden of Eden and that he is fallible.
    Abosherpaon December 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love how it is the man, and not the woman who takes the apple in the song. The woman who suffers because of what her husband did, it's strong imagery. As for what it means I'm not sure, however he has caused great pain by his actions to himself and worst of all to the one's he loves.
    peter110022on October 03, 2012   Link

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