I'm checking your pulse
I'm giving you air
But your body disagrees
And no it don't care at all
I'm wasting my time

Now your eyes roll awake
You're looking at me
You say Darling what happened
Did I fall asleep?
And you carry me home
Cause I know I wasn't here

I'm closing your blinds
I'm shutting your eyes
And now I
I'm afraid I have to go
Whoa

I'd sing you a song
But i'm feeling quite off
In my heart
It's occupied
And now's not the time

Let's try this again
And this time don't laugh
Cause I'm working on my sentences
I'm working on my play on words
I'll get it this time

If I am a clock
Than your are the time
I'm patiently waiting
When you're out of line
And i'll be the question
If you'll be the answer

I'm closing your blinds
I'm shutting your eyes
And now I
I'm afraid I have to go
Whoa

I'd sing you a song
But i'm feeling quite off
In my heart
It's occupied
And now's not the time

If I am a clock
Than your are the time
I'm patiently waiting
When you're out of line
I'm counting the times
When you've lied to my face
My hands were full
Not a second to waste

If I am a clock
Than your are the time
I'm patiently waiting
When you're out of line
I'm counting the times
When you've lied to my face
My hands were full
Not a second to waste

I'm closing your blinds
I'm shutting your eyes
And now I
I'm afraid I have to go
Whoa

I'd sing you a song
But i'm feeling quite off
In my heart
It's occupied
And now's not the time
The time


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  • +2
    General Commentwow this song is beautiful!..
    i think in this song there probably each others first loves but it ended they're still close to each other and know they love each other but it just doesnt work when there together....she probably passed out at someones house or a party and he couldnt just leave her there so he carried her home to her bed hoping she would not awake and he could just get out before she woke up then she wakes up and is surprised to see him but happy...he realizes he just cant stay ...he just wants to tuck her in get her set and leave...well that not what he wants to do because as he stares at her tired self he just wishes with all his heart he can be with her again so in his mind hes questioning how it could work...but then the chorus kicks him which is him denying her and just realizing he just needs to leave his "reality check" but then it goes back and forth between him loving her and what he wants to do vs. what he "should" do
    cassloveon June 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is sooo pretty.
    i love it.
    halighhalighalieon August 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it means he was in love with his significant other at one time, but they didn't really love him. And then they're starting to fall in love with him but they're falling out of love with them; and he's trying to make it work between them. Make any sense...?
    angellleyeson June 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a guy trying to "revive" the life back into the relationship (first verse) but the girl is oblivious to what is happening in the relationship (2nd verse). So he wants to leave her cause he knows its not getting any better and there is another girl that is interested in him. But even though he wants to leave and this other girl is into him, he still cares so much for the girl that he cant leave her yet so he wants to wait for her to change (If I am the clock then you are the time), though he knows she wont
    SkateboardCon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt first I didn't know what to think. I think the girl was dying and he loved her. Like she is sick and she doesn't know it. I think she passed out somewhere and he was trying to save her. And he's just saying that his heart is soo full with love or heartbreakness (?) that he can't manage to tell her that she is dying or something. And then when he says im afraid I have to go I think he's just telling her that she's not going to see him anymore because she is dying. Then he says I'd sing you a song but nows not the time. I think he is saying shes dying and he doesn't have a second to waste because she is almost gone.

    It could also be a metaphor for their relationship coming to an end. Her being the relationship.
    brittaniaon September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with all the comments about it being a story.
    Pretty much I see a girl who has issues with partying, and alcohol probably got the best of her and she passed out. This guy who she had a relationship with before was at the same party, and he knew something was wrong. He brought her home, and tried to keep her alive, but she's not responsive. She opens her eyes finally and sees him and doesn't remember a thing. He tries to get her to go back to sleep, but she wants him to stay, as they both have feelings for eachother. He has someone new now, and things are complicated. He then remembers all the lies and bullshit she put him through and leaves because he know this isn't the right thing to do.

    I also agree with everyone who thinks this song is metaphorical.
    "I'm checking your pulse, I'm giving you air. But your body disagrees, no it don't care at all. I'm wasting my time." Their relationship. He does everything for her, to get nothing. That's why they broke up.

    "Now your eyes roll awake, you're looking at me. You say 'Darling what happened? Did I fall asleep? And you carry me home, because I know I wasn't here." She finally starts listening to him. She wants to know what happened between them that caused everything to go downhill. She wants to know how they got back to being even on speaking terms.

    The rest of the song is him debating whether or not he still wants her or not, as he probably has another girl; "I'd sing you a song, but I'm feeling quite off in my heart. It's occupied. Now's not the time."

    "If I am the clock, then you are the time. I'm patiently waiting when you're out of line." He's always stuck with her through everything.

    "I'm counting the times you lied to my face. My hands were full, not a second to waste." He wants to be with her but he knows everything ended for a reason. And he leaves.
    heydeborahon November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe there is only one other comment besides my own for this song.

    It's amazing. The first time I heard it I spent like 20 minutes trying to find out who sang it; and when I finally figured it out I couldn't stop listening to it. I still can't stop listening to it. Such a beautiful song.
    XxteenxheartsxXon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdear god, this is beautiful.
    one of my favorite songs.
    liesarelieson September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    :)
    fatkiddon September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing!
    Ezrawron September 25, 2007   Link

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