"All We Are" as written by Marshall Altman and Matt Nathanson....
I tasted, tasted love so sweet
And all of it was lost on me
Bought and sold like property
Sugar on my tongue

I kept falling over
I kept looking backward
I went broke believing
That the simple should be hard

All we are we are
All we are we are
And every day is a start of something beautiful

I wasted, wasted love for you
Traded out for something new
Well, it's hard to change the way you lose
If you think you never won

All we are we are
All we are we are
And every day is a start of something beautiful

And in the end the words won't matter
Cause in the end nothing stays the same
And in the end dreams just scatter and fall like rain

All we are we are
All we are we are
And every day is a start of something beautiful

All we are we are
All we are we are
And every day is a start of something beautiful


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"All We Are" as written by Matt Nathanson Marshall Altman

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    General CommentHe didn't appreciate the relationship when he had it. It's kind of the theme of the newer album.

    He knows now in retrospect what he didn't realize in the moment. He tasted love so sweet, but it was lost on him.

    The part about going broke believing simple was hard basically states he lost love by overanalyzing everything when he was in the relationship and making it difficult. He should have just gone with it and enjoyed it.

    "It's hard to change the way you lose if you think you never won" goes back to how in the moment, he didn't realize what he had. Maybe it was his first love. But now he definitely knows what he lost and what he had "won" when he had her.
    cubbyblueson September 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing.
    pjc1190on November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard Matt say this song is about seeing people as they really are and not just as what role they play in your life.
    osumarkoon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite on the new album. So true
    johny4304on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou forget to witness your triumphs even though you desperatly need to. you don't because you are captivated by a sense of loss. So you linger in your loss. Someone wonderful sits in your lap and you don't notice or realize that that person is great. Any lessons learned class...acknoladge small improvements in yourself and ultimately love your self by living life fully.

    Out with the old, in with the new.
    Guarimnon March 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBy him saying "Bought and sold like property" I think he is saying that love comes and goes all too quickly these days. It just seems to be passed on to one another without the full appreciation like when it was pure. Also when he makes a reference to "looking backward," I think that he is talking about having their pasts come back to the present. So they aren't litterally looking backwards but they are thinking of the past. When he starts to talking about the end, I think that he is talking about how no matter what someone says, when the end come, it's done. Nothing will ever be the same no matter how hard you try. That would lead to the dreams "scattering" and "falling like rain" there is no organizatoin to rain, it just falls and you can't gather it back up. When it falls, it's gone.
    rightmid23on June 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnd all we are, we are.
    Every day is the start of something beautiful

    I think it's a lot like, no matter what the shit is you go through, its what it is, its you and yours... In the end, it's life. And life is beautful, or at least has the potential to be something really beautiful....

    but i'm kind of an optimist so yeah...lol....
    jenshack21on October 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"It's hard to change the way you lose if you think you've never won"

    Matt Nathanson is so good at putting his deepest, most insightful lyrics in the middle of his songs.
    Allthewordson March 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds as though it's regret from a break up but despite that life goes on and he's accepted it. He still sees everyday is beautiful and that's pretty awesome given something so heart breaking and heart felt
    Claytoon March 17, 2014   Link

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