"What I Didn't Say" as written by and Eliot Sloan Marti Dodson....
Secrets told in the pictures on your skin
Hours fade into days that never end
I see myself reflected in your eyes
And I hate the way I'm wearing all these lies

[Chorus]
So I let you go
And I watch you leave
And I hold my breath
So you don't hear me scream
When you walk away
But the words are only in my head
It's not what I said
It's what I didn't say

Is she everything you wanted her to be?
Yeah, I bet she never breaks your heart like me
So it's one more night I cover up with you
And I hate myself for what I didn't do

[Chorus]

Should've known better, now
All I have left is a permanent stain
The only part of you I get to keep forever
To prove I lived this pain

Maybe I was never as smart as I thought
Maybe we can never be as good as we want
Maybe you just didn't need me enough
Maybe we're too clever to be falling in love like this
Like this

Secrets told in the silence of my sin
And I'm the one who loses in the end


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"What I Didn't Say" as written by Holly Spears Eliot Sloan

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    General Commenti think this song is about holding on to self pride and not telling someone you love them for fear of being rejected..
    chsbandgeek09on October 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. She's hurting so much inside, but she doesn't say anything. And the words she didn't say are haunting her.
    katy_47on September 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is incredibly relateable for me. There was a guy I was sooo close to telling I liked him, but seriously, the day I was going to say something, he picked someone else. So the bitterness you can hear in her voice throughout the song is exactly how I feel (especially in the second verse).
    icesk8ngurlon January 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so relatable to me. i think the worst part isn't what you did say, but what you didn't say. i wish i told him i loved him :/ i can feel her hurt. it's horrible. the guy i loved chose his ex girlfriend over me. he loved her the whole time. and i wish i could tell him i would care for him so much.
    jamie3478on June 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like a guy broke up with her and she's thinking back. She remembers just letting him walk away even though she clearly had something to say but she chose not to say it. Now, looking back, she realizes that the 'not saying anything' is what's eating her up inside cus she'll never know what would've happened had she just spoken her mind. It also suggests that there were multiple occasions where she kept her mouth shut, but now she regrets it as 'what ifs...' keep popping up in her mind. The whole verse where she sings about 'maybe I was never...' makes it seem like those are all the things she wished she had said or asked cus now she'll never know. She'll never know if he did love her or whether it was just a hoax. And now, the silence is what caused her own pain hence the 'Secrets told in the silence of my sin And I'm the one who loses in the end'.
    XphysicsXangelXon August 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis basically describes every attempt I've ever made at romance, I say the wrong things, and I'm too afraid to say the right ones.
    "Maybe I was never as smart as I thought
    Maybe we can never be as good as we were
    Maybe you just didn't need me enough
    Maybe we're too clever to be falling in love like this,
    Like this"

    Sounds like everything that goes through my head after I screw up.
    volatilewerewolfon December 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBased on the line "I bet she doesn't break your heart like me" I think this song is about a girl breaking up with a guy, even though she still loves him for whatever reason. And she lies to everyone else and pretends she's really over him, but it kills her to see him walk away and find a new love.
    reptar104on July 13, 2011   Link

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