"Nineteen" as written by and Tegan Quin Sara Quin....
I felt you in my legs
Before I ever met you
And when I lay beside you
For the first time I told you

I feel you in my heart and I don't even know you
And now we're saying bye, bye, bye
And now we're saying bye, bye, bye
I was nineteen, calling me

I felt you in my life before I ever thought to
I need to lay down beside you and tell you
I feel you in my heart and I don't even know you
And now we're saying bye, bye, bye
And now were saying bye, bye, bye

I was nineteen
Calling me
I was nineteen
Calling me

Stayed inside I was so upset
Flew back home to where we met
Cooked up a plan for success
I was all alone you were all I had
You were all I
I was yours right?

I was nineteen
Calling me
I was nineteen
Calling me


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by kkkaycee, Nellie373, b3hr, Ajjaxe

"Nineteen" as written by Tegan Rain Quin Sara Keirsten Quin

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  • +5
    General CommentTo me, this song is about looking back on your first great love. They will always have a place in your heart... but you were young.. and you have since moved on and away. ("flew home back to where we met") Part of the song is reliving how you left and moved on... said goodbye to something that was once so important to you on your path to growing up. In many ways, you're still insecure about what you had back then, wondering if it had the same importance in their life as yours. But you've grown up. You don't even know the person anymore ("I feel you in my heart, and I don't even know you") You know that you've changed so much, and they have too. Part of you wants to reconnect, but the other (larger?) part of you knows that who you were back then was so different than you are now. You've changed so much from the scared girl who clung to someone because she felt so alone... I know I have. This song is absolutely beautiful and it means so much to me. To me, it is about looking back on the journey to where you are now... and wondering about someone who was once so important in your life. Also, wondering if it was ever real, or if you were too young and too screwed up when you still lived in your hometown to have anything real.
    karaeron December 11, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI feel like along with the long-lasting relationship, there's a moment of sexual realization. There's hints of a confused person thinking back on the girl/boy and the moment that led him/her at age nineteen (an age many people are finishing their first year of college) to explore/discover/accept this queer sexuality that they "felt in their legs and heart" "calling" for them long before they met/knew/named it. Maybe it wasn't meant to have that element but the emphasis on uniqueness and pained inevitability makes it feel like something beyond just a deep romantic relationship.
    eljavion June 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I felt you in my legs before I even met you"

    Funny. I never thought of Tegan as overtly sexual. Anybody else think that maybe she meant something other than feeling (her) between her legs? Maybe the girl made her weak in the knees? Maybe the girl made her stay rooted to the spot w/ shock...?

    This song is definitely about a first. Maybe love. Maybe it has to do w/ sex. She's remembering a person that impacted her greatly when she was nineteen. Just my opinion anyways.
    yesterdaystomorrow1on June 17, 2007   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI know it sounds weird, but the first time I heard that song i thought its meaning is about motherhood.

    "I felt you in my legs before i ever met you" matches to the relationship between a mother and her unborn child.

    "and now we're saying bye, bye, bye" could describe the situation when her child is grown up (or dead? a stillborn?)

    with the line "I was nineteen" she remembers the pregnancy when she was nineteen.

    P.S.: I'm a man and not pregnant. And I know the actual meaning won't be about motherhood (since tegan and sara are both homosexual).
    Banjospeedon August 16, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's probably about a fling between two people who don't know eachother. And of them is heart broken when over.
    Brilliant song with brilliant lyrics. I love Tegan and Sara. =]
    lostinhollywoodon May 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"i felt you in my legs before i ever met you"

    i think that they're intentions weren't sexual at all. it was meant that it was like a nervous feeling when you lust after the person you just met. kinda like Shaggy from Scooby Doo when he gets nervous or scared.
    idk i could be wrong but just rememeber
    she says, i felt you IN my legs..not i felt you IN BETWEEN mys legs..
    uspeak2slowon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI guess I'm the only one who thinks this song is about a miscarriage
    imwhatshesaidon October 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm retarded
    I meant "And one of them is heart broken when it's over."
    lostinhollywoodon May 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about when you first meet a person and feel so deeply about them without any real reason. It sounds like they talked, were intimate, but she doesn't know if she took it too seriously. "I was yours right?" is like she's asking this relationship wasn't just something I blew up, was it? We were together, right, even if it wasn't made official? Then they just fell apart without any words or warning. She fell apart.
    zion_roseon July 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsooo...
    Tegan has said that she used the number nineteen in a metaphorical sense...she was actually writing about feeling 19 again...and falling in love at the age of 26...which she apparently didn't think could happen.

    after listening to this song a million plus 5 times, i think that it's simply about meeting someone and finding yourself deeply connected to them...and it all happening very fast. then they have to part ways and neither knows where the relationship is going.

    btw, the drums in this song are AMZING!!! *thumbs-up*
    yesterdaystomorrow1on August 16, 2007   Link

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