"Not Falling Apart" as written by and Adam Levine....
Danced all night, and slept all day
Careless with my heart again
Fearless when it comes to playing games

You don't cry, and you don't care
Afraid to have a love affair
Is that your ghost or are you really there?

Now, I can't walk
I can't talk anymore since you walked out the door
And now I'm stuck living out that night again
I'm not falling apart

Weather on a sunny day
Time slows down; I wish you'd stay
Pass me by in crowded, dark hallways
Mmm

I try my hardest not to scream
I find my heart is growing weak
So leave your reasons on the bathroom sink

Now, I can't walk
I can't talk anymore since you walked out the door
And now I'm stuck living out that night again
I'm not falling apart

I heard you say you needed me now
What's the problem? I can't see
You destroyed me; I won't fall apart again
I'm not falling apart

Take what you wanted
I will be just fine
You will be better off alone at night
Waiting and falling
Constantly calling out your name
Will it ever change?

Now, I can't walk
I can't talk anymore since you walked out the door
And now I'm stuck living out that night again
I'm not falling apart

I heard you say you needed me now
What's the problem? I can't see
You destroyed me; I won't fall apart again
I'm not falling apart

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh


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"Not Falling Apart" as written by Adam Levine

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  • +3
    Song MeaningOne of my all time favorite songs and lyrics.

    The worst feeling is when you lose someone who is not coming back - you just feel shattered. This song is about someone trying to not fall apart - holding themselves together. But that is just the thing you can't hold yourself together - no one can under those circumstances. You just feel paralyzed. You feel like you can’t talk or walk.
    leonspruceon September 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about 2 friends who've ended up sleeping with each other. One develops feelings for the other, whereas the other doesn't want anything more. They continue to have a sexual relationship, and to the singer's dismay, the "friend" has not developed anything and just sees it as sex.
    Throughout the explanation, I've put friend in parenthesis, because this friend isn't really a friend. A friend is someone who doesn't use another, especially when such deep feelings are involved.

    Please excuse the super long explanation, by the way. This may not all be accurate, I may just be projecting. But, whatever. That's what music is for, people will interpret things differently.

    "Danced all night and slept all day/Careless with my heart again/Fearless when it comes to playing games"
    - I don't think he's describing himself at the moment. I believe the line 'danced all night and slept all day' describes his "friend" as someone who is a free spirit. 'Careless with my heart again' is how he feels in the situation, that his friend knew there was something there, that he has feelings for them, however they didn't mind it. 'Fearless when it comes to playing game,' again describes how the "friend" is a free spirit. They're fearless, careless and don't mind playing games, making him feel like there's a chance that they can be together.

    "You don't cry and you don't care"
    - The "friend" doesn't show any emotion to his feelings.

    "Afraid to have a love affair"
    - I don't think this necessarily means that the "friend" is currently seeing someone. I believe it just means a new relationship with him. He's pursuing something, and he feels like it's love. The "friend" is the one who is afraid to purse anything, especially since the singer feels so strongly for them.

    "Is that your ghost or are you really there?"
    - Once again, the "friend" is emotionless. They don't care.

    "Now I can't walk, I can't talk anymore/Since you walked out the door/And now I'm stuck living out that night again/I'm not falling apart"
    - He can't function properly, he's lost. He wants to be with the "friend" so badly. He continues to relive that moment the "friend" walked out on him, because it's something they always do. He then tries to be sarcastic and says, 'nah, I'm not falling apart.'

    "Wither on a sunny day/Time slows down; I wish you'd stayed/Pass me by in crowded, dark hallways"
    - See how a rose or a plant flourishes in the sun? It's happy and getting all the rays it needs to live. Well, this is the opposite for him. Often, people are at their best on beautiful, sunny days. But, for him, although it's a sunny day, he's sulking. "Pass me by in crowded, dark hallways," he'll be sulking in the darkness on his own.

    "I try my hardest not to scream/I find my heart is growing weak/So leave your reasons on the bathroom sink"
    - He's trying his best to compose himself, but he's slowly losing. He's upset, and nothing can make him feel otherwise until she feels the same, so he tells her to leave her excuses as to why they can't be together on the sink - the drain. The drain is where waste/garbage goes, so to him, her excuses are garbage.

    "I heard you say you needed me now/What's the problem; I can't see"
    - His "friend" has come around again, now that they see he's slowly moving on. They're showing interest, saying they need them as "friend" now, because they're going through problems. But, the singer is being a bit vengeful, saying "yeah, whatever. I don't see a problem."

    "You destroyed me, I won't fall apart again"
    - He's finally told his friend, "you destroyed me. I was once this confident, happy-go lucky guy. However, I'm onto you. I need to fix myself. I'm not gonna let you destroy me again."

    "Take what you want/And I will be just fine"
    - Once again, he's telling his "friend" sarcastically, 'take whatever you want from me,' which is sex and that he'll be fine. There's a little sadistic pleasure in it, though. Because, it's the only way he'll be able to spend time with his "friend."

    "You'll be better off alone at night/Waiting and falling/Constantly calling out your name/Will it ever change?"
    - He's telling his "friend," that they'll be OK regardless what happens. That at night, when they leave to go back to their place, they won't feel anything, whereas he'll be destroyed. He'll long for them some more. He'll be waiting for them, still falling for them. Constantly thinking about them. He then asks, "what the fuck? Is it ever gonna change? This cycle is exhausting."

    mad about the boyon November 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomething about this song is so pleasant yet disturbing. For the most part I think it's about a relationship gone astray. By astray, I mean that both parties involved got to a point where all they could do was argue-- One that cares too much and someone else who doesn't care enough.

    He's obviously caring too much in the song. It's not so much that he'll be fine, he'll be okay, but he's trying to convince himself that everything will be alright. He doesn't want to replay that final argument they had because it'll hurt him again. She's left and all he can do is sit and convince himself nothing is wrong, that he's alright, that he's literally, not falling apart.
    notlovelyon May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Kill us with my heart again
    Feel this when it comes to playing games" ???

    I mean, seriously, so wrong. Try this:
    "Careless with my heart again
    Fearless when it comes to playing games
    Jayemelon May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about two people in a relationship and he was in denial that anything was wrong and he was just kind of careless. eventually she got tired of it and left and then he realized how much he really needed her. and he just cant forget the night she left him when he realized how much she meant.
    totheendmcr04on May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's singing about how a girl left him.
    He's totally heart broken and "falling apart", but he's trying to convince him self that hes not. He's having a hard time still though.
    grefrangeron June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about adam being lonely because his girlfriend left and trying to keep it together
    Pinkbutterflyon June 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think they're making a reference to The Police with this song. I think it's just about trying to keep it together when someone leaves a lot of damage.
    AthenAltenaon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's in denial..he loved this girl but she didn't love him back..
    he's trying to forget about her but he cant..
    he basically heartbroken and trying to convince himself that he's not falling apart..
    I love the part
    "u destroyed me..i won't fall apart again"
    kind of like his declaration that he won't have it again
    peyton1124on June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI do like this song. He's just trying to tell himself, "Don't fall apart, man! Keep it together over this chick!"

    The chorus is my fave, and I've even grown to like the parts where he's like "Oooh oooh ooh ooh" between lines.
    purelove80son June 27, 2007   Link

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