"My Best" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
Mm-mm-mm-mmmm-mm-mm
We scream and shout
And try to make it last
Though it didn't work out
I don't love you any less

My lover or friend
I won't ever tell
Our secrets safe
An unspoken citadel

And in these broken times
Well, it's so easy to forget
So I sing to remind
Upon my shoulder you can rest
'Cause I'll always give you my best

A sidewalk's path leads me to you
Though we don't look back
We hold on to a truth

And in these broken times
I promise I will not forget
Though you're not mine
Upon your shoulder I can rest
'Cause you always give me your best

It's like a promised kept
It's like you never left
It's like you never left

Mm-mm-mm-mmmm-mm-mm
Ah-ah-ah-ahhh-ah-ah

I know it's been so long
I can't ever seem to forget
All it takes is a song
And I could swear I hear your steps
Down the hall that goes up past
That leaves an ache
It's never left
'Cause I gave you my best
Ahhhh

It's like you never left
It's like you never left

Ah-ah-ah-ahhh-ah-ah
We scream and shout
And try to make it last


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"My Best" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentThis song is about a broken up couple ("in these broken times" and "though it didn't work out") that is still in good terms with each other. Even though they're not lovers anymore ("though you're not mine"), they both are there for each other. "You always give me your best" and "I'll always give you my best" show that it is a mutual acceptance. Because of this great relationship they continue to have, she still seems to feel like they are together. ("It's like you never left")
    chip19on October 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its actually
    "My lover, our friends,
    I won't ever tell..."
    As in, she wont tell their friends...
    lilirozeon December 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't see much sense if it's "My love, our friends". It's been referred to a break up song, and girls rarely won't tell their friends when they break up.

    I think it is about a break up. Though they might not have some aspects of a relationship, their friendship is a mirror of what it once was. They might not have intimacy, or they might not let their hearts be as involved, but in the end they still love each other. They are still close friends.
    LNikkyon January 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can relate to this song so well. It describes the relationship between my ex-boyfriend and I so perfectly. Before we were together, we were the best of friends, and when we broke up it took me a long time to get over losing him in both aspects. As a friend and as a boyfriend, our relationship ended so abruptly. We talk every now and again and I know that he still cares for me and will always be there for me no matter what. Great song.
    m829on January 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentokay for me i see this song as a breakup of two bestfriends. even though it couldnt and didnt work they will always in a way be there for eachother and both gave eachother their best of themselves. i could be wrong but thats just how i take it.my favorite part is

    "All it takes is a song
    And I could swear I hear your steps
    Down the hall that goes up past
    That leaves an ache "

    i really relate to this.meaning they were close for so long that everything reminds them of eachother.and even tho its different the pain still remains.
    hazy772on February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is "my lover or friend"
    The lyrics are correct. I have the CD and the inside cover thing has the lyrics. She is saying that it doesn't matter if they are friends or lovers, because she won't tell the secrets.
    LunaZolaon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGah it's a break up song...But they still want to be close friends .I'm going through that with my previous boyfriend right now..It's kinda difficult.
    shelby_lhon July 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAight.. let me break it down for you mufuckas lol

    This is how i see it. Its two people that love each other a lot, but never actually dated because she wasnt available or something. but they're still in love and will always be there for each other.


    "We scream and shout
    And try to make it last"
    They argue.. assuming that he is jealous of her dating or something

    "Though it didn't work out
    I don't love you any less"
    They didnt go out.. but she still loves him

    "My lover or friend
    I won't ever tell
    Our secret's safe
    An unspoken citadel"
    She loves him as more than a friend but cant tell anybody

    "And in these broken times
    Well, it's so easy to forget
    So I sing to remind
    Upon my shoulder you can rest
    'Cause I'll always give you my best"
    He is heart broken that shes with someone else and shes reminding him she still loves him

    "A sidewalk's path leads me to you
    Though we don't look back
    We hold on to a truth"
    Idk about the side walk.. maybe its how they met.. or he lives near by.. but they dont look back on how things didnt work out, they hold on to the fact that there still together as friends

    "And in these broken times
    I promise I will not forget
    Though you're not mine
    Upon your shoulder I can rest
    'Cause you always give me your best"
    She still loves him.. even though she has a boyfriend.. and hes still there for her

    "It's like a promised kept
    It's like you never left
    It's like you never left"
    Im not sure about this part.. maybe he promised not to leave her..? idk

    "I know it's been so long
    I can't ever seem to forget
    All it takes is a song
    And I could swear I hear your steps
    Down the hall that goes up past
    That leaves an ache
    It's never left
    'Cause I gave you my best"
    She thinks about him and what could have happened if everything worked out. and they might of had a song or there is a song reminds her of him for some reason.. and shes hurt that it didnt work out

    It's like you never left
    It's like you never left

    "We scream and shout
    And try to make it last"
    They might still have little confrontations from time to time
    mario867on August 12, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation I always thought tht the song was about friends that end up dating, but that it did'nt work, they fighted, they broken up and he's left to somewhere.
    But after all they were still friends, and they never give up of the friendship, like they had promise always give their best to weach other, and they still keep touch besides he's away.
    SamCTAon July 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA little trivia for you guys, this song was written by Vanessa after she had broken up with her long time boyfriend Stephan Jenkins who help produced some of her songs for new album. Also "I don't want to be a bride" was also written for Stephan, before or after the break up no idea.
    MeganLovesMusicForeveron August 18, 2011   Link

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