"I can't wait forever", is all that you said
Before you stood up
But you won't disappoint me, I can do that myself
But I'm glad that you've come

Now if you don't mind leave, leave
And free yourself at the same time leave, leave
I don't understand, you've already gone

I hope you feel better, now that it's out
What took you so long?
And the truth has a habit of falling out of your mouth
Well, now that it has come

If you don't mind leave, leave
And please yourself at the same time leave, leave
Let go of my hand
You said what you came to now leave, leave

Let go of my hand
You said what you have to now leave, leave, leave, leave
Let go of my hand
You said what you have to now leave, leave


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"Leave" as written by Glen James Hansard Glen Hansard

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    My InterpretationI actually think this song is really about after she leaves. What he's singing about now is how she hasn't left his mind yet. In the first verse it deals a lot in the past tense, showing how it could have possibly have happened a while ago. What he is telling to leave is his memory of her, because no matter how far away she is, she is always on his mind. He wants her out of his head so he tells her to leave. If you look at it that way, the outbursts of emotion toward the end are completely justified and really makes you feel his pain. I think that initially telling someone to leave could not cause that kind of emotion so I believe its his way to cope with the memory of her.
    Tunhizzleon October 24, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis. Song. Is. Amazing.
    mockorange13on July 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAn old Glen Hansard song that deals with someone, at last, facing up to the problems in a relationship and just saying "Just leave..." instead of dodging the issue.
    niteflite01on November 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcollaborated w/ damien rice on this song...
    envync18on January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. The lyrics aren't Hansard's best, and the vocals get way too over-the-top toward the end, but it's got a little certain something.
    raffishtenant2on March 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI disagree with raffish.

    I think the vocals are incredible. they are so raw, and you can tell he means everything he sings.

    I love this song. I love the soundtrack to 'once' in its entirety. I don't know if this song was on any albums before that, I feel ignorant not knowing though.
    heartshotsupernovaon April 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are so simple yet they completely sum up what needs to be said. and as heartshotsupernova said, the feeling in his voice is amazing, makes you feel just what hes feeling. the pain!! when you know that its over and it has been for a while yet its still so hard to tell someone to leave.
    ouestashon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo pure and raw!!!
    Guarimnon March 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLeave, make the memory of her leave, she is already gone, her memory still resides, but that memory just causes pain, so he is saying it to the memory, the part of her that remains with him to leave, go away.
    ShubhamShuklaon January 14, 2015   Link

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