you liked it so much in the city
you know i could not stand it there
you loved to get lost in the people
and pretend that they really cared

you know you're such a bad imposter
hiding your wings beneath your coat
i watched your footprints making patterns
away from me into the snow

now i don't believe in nothing anymore...
cuz love is permanent and i'm temporary
and it's driven straight into our chest
and buried much too deep
to just pull out like we didn't guard it
it's permanent
well i'm sorry

so lately i've been going crazy
trying to get you off my mind
cuz thoughts of you hang just like pictures
and gather dust over the time

we hung them up just like real lovers
and drove our nails into the wall
cuz we thought they'd be there forever
we weren't permanent at all

and it's getting much too hard to see it now...
cuz love is permanent and i'm temporary
and it's driven straight into our chest
and buried much too deep
to just pull out like we didn't guard it
it's permanent
well i'm sorry


Lyrics submitted by jennijam

Permanent (w/ Colbie Caillat song meanings
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful. i didnt think i would like it, but it is so beautiful. sdkjlf8apiofj
    paradisewidowson October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing!! It is about two people who love eachother, but their lives are not going the same direction, one is moving away and one is staying.. and the distance is what tears them apat..but they still love eachother..they just can't make it work.. it's bittersweet
    lartch44on November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think these are the correct lyrics. I think it's 'like weeds in a garden' not 'like we didn't guard it'. You can clearly hear the S. And also, it's not 'and I'm temporary' it's 'not temporary'. That one is incredibly clear.
    But anyway, this song is absolutely amazing. The first time I heard it I was just mesmerized, in a complete daze. It's so beautiful and perfect, yet so simple. I've been practicing it all day trying to get it down on the guitar, and I can't wait until I can play it without thinking :)
    onomatopoeiaon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with onomatopoeia, the lyrics are definitely "weeds in a garden" and they are DEFINITELY "love is permanent, not temporary"
    buttercup6969on May 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentso beautiful. love is such a strong connection and pulling it out is so painful, they will always have the memories of eachother and their time together, and will always feel it.
    loveisforever8on December 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is talking about how he thought their love would last forever but it didn't and to him this isn't something that goes away. He's going to love her even if he's not with her cause "Love is permanent, not temporary." He can't help the way he feels.

    My favorite part of this song is,
    "we hung them up just like real lovers
    and drove our nails into the wall
    cuz we thought they'd be there forever
    but we weren't permanent at all."

    They thought they'd be together forever but he knows now that it wasn't the case. They weren't permanent.
    lovelyloveson February 26, 2011   Link

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