This year, I’ll light the candles alone.
A year ago today I was a fool.
And I believed in heroes,
and dragons,
and us.

We were laying out under the night sky. You and me, we’ll never die.

Huddled there we lied in the dark.
I tried to figure out who you are.
All along the car ride home,
Promises and broken bones
And things I wish I’d said.
Oh to do it all over again.

This year, I’ll light the candles alone.
A year ago today I was a fool.
And I believed in heroes,
And dragons,
And us.

And now the scent’s returned.
Snow has thawed,
I have learned.
What’s too good to be true most always is.
I never wanted to be like this.

I’ve got to get out, I’ve got to get out. We’re starting this thing over right now. Keep this for your scrap book of memories,
take it out and remember me someday, and know I’ve never changed.

This year, I’ll light the candles alone.
A year ago today I was a fool.
And I believed in heroes,
and dragons,
and us.

[x4]
Surprise, surprise I’m still alive
Your birthday wishes all just died.
You closed your eyes blew out the candles,
Prayed to God that I’d be strangled, Anything to never hear me again.


Lyrics submitted by cucci67

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    General CommentThe meaning of this song is pretty much laid out in front of you.

    A guy and a girl were together, and exactly one year ago they separated. Now the guy is stuck between wanting her back or forgetting she existed.

    He recalls the good memories, like them "laying under the night sky", and how when together they claimed it would never end, "you and me, we'll never die".

    Now he realizes that the whole time it wasn't real, he was living a false reality, he makes the reference to heroes and dragons as they are mythical, just like the two of them were.

    "And now the scent's returned"
    He is going back to the thoughts of trying to fix the relationship.

    "Snow has thawed, I have learned, what's too good to be true most always is"
    But since they separated, its easy to see that it was too good to be true. Their infatuations with each other were being compared to snow, which covers the ground (the truth).

    "I've got to get out..."
    He needs to forget it ever happened, or else he will be stuck looking back his whole life. He says "keep this for your scrapbook of memories, take it out and remember me someday, and know I've never changed". If she has a memory of him without thinking of him all the time, it's inevitable that one day she will consider going back to him, and he wants her to know that he will always have love for her if she chooses to love him in return.

    The last verse is him going back to wanting to get the situation out of his head, he wants her to completely forget about him, act as if he had died.
    cucci67on September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI freaking ADORE this song. My absolute favorite by The Hoodies.

    I agree with cucci67 on the meaning.

    Classic guy and girl break up, guy wants girl back, but he cares about her enough to just want her to forget the pain he might have caused her.
    Only, I think this song spins that tale in a very poignant way.
    This song is just so...beautiful.

    "Keep this for your scrap book of memories,
    take it out and remember me someday, and know I’ve never changed. "

    and


    "Surprise, surprise I’m still alive
    Your birthday wishes all just died.
    You closed your eyes blew out the candles,
    Prayed to God that I’d be strangled, Anything to never hear me again."

    Those parts almost made me cry, no ioke.

    I dunno, I just adore this song :]
    moyruhJOon July 01, 2008   Link

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