"On My Shoulders" as written by Olivia B. Merilahti and Dan Levy....
Why would I carry such a weight on my shoulders?
Why do I always help you carry your boulders?
You wonder why I carry such a weight on my shoulders
And why would I t-t-t-t-t such a load?
'Cause someday you'll see, next time I'll try it another way

Why would you try to make me friends with them soldiers?
When you know that I've never been familiar with orders
When you know that my heart is in a pretty disorder
And you should know that in my heart you fill every corner
And someday you'll see that all I want is to please
Oh, next time I'll try it another way

How long will I sit and wait like a soldier?
How many summers will it take?
How many summers will I wait?
How many shoulders will I break?

Why would I carry such a weight on my shoulders?
Why am I always by your side when you're down?
Why did I help you build a beautiful house?
And why did I break my back for you in the cold?
And someday you'll see, next time I'll try it another way

Why would I have to quit if time makes me older?
Why do they wonder why I never get bored?
And how could I tell them that I'll never let go
But hey, you're my man but they just won't understand
Someday you'll see that all I want is to please, oh
Next time I'll try it another way

How long will I sit and wait like a soldier?
How many summers will it take?
How many summers will I wait?
How many shoulders will I break?

Why would I carry such a weight on my shoulders?
Why do I always help you carry your boulders?
You wonder why I carry such a weight on my shoulders
And why would I t-t-t-t-t such a load?
'Cause someday you'll see, all I want is to please, oh
Next time I'll try it another way

How long will I sit and wait like a soldier?
How many summers will it take?
How many summers will I wait?
How many summers will I wait?




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"On My Shoulders" as written by Olivia B. Merilahti Dan Levy

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    General CommentI think it ends with "How long will I sit and wait like a soldier How many summers will I wait"

    This seems to be about sacrifices people make or are expected to make in life. Whether it's for a family member, a friend, a lover, a corporation or one's country, the sacrifice does not seem to be reciprocated or appreciated.
    wraton March 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRight wrat : "How many... I wait" is even repeated 2 times at the end of the song, and I can't hear the "boulder" part written above.
    I would say that the last words are :
    --
    How long will I sit and wait like a soldier?
    How many summers will it take?
    How many summers will I wait?
    How many summers will I wait?
    --
    But there may be different versions for the song...
    About the meaning , IMO, it's about sacrifice you make for a lover ("in my heart you fill every corner"), for which you get nothing in return, neither the grateful nor even the love you could expect. Could last, but not long : "Next time I'll try it another way". Clear now ?
    dmolon April 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I would interpret it as being a song about two friends. The girl does everything for the guy and secretly loves him, but he doesn't seem to realize it.

    Why would I carry such a weight on my shoulders?
    Why do I always help you carry your boulders?
    You wonder why I carry such a weight on my shoulders
    And why would I tttts such a load
    - Here she's asking herself (or other people are asking) why she always helps the guy out. Why she's always there to listen to his problems, even though they're not in a relationship.

    Why would you try to make me friends with them soldiers
    when you know that I've never been familiar with orders
    When you know that my heart is in a pretty disorder
    And you should know that in my heart you fill every corner
    - This could be about the guy trying to introduce her to other guys (referred to here as soldiers). She's not interested in other guys though and she thinks he should know that he's the one in her heart.

    How long will I sit and wait like a soldier?
    How many summers will it take?
    How many summers will I wait?
    How many shoulders will I break?
    - She's asking herself how long she still has to wait and how much hurt and disappointment she still has to go through.

    Why would I have to quit if time makes me older
    Why do they wonder why I never get bored?
    And how could I tell them that I'll never let go
    But hey, you're my man and they just won't understand
    - People are telling her she has to get over him and find someone else, but she doesn't want that. She'll never give up on them being together.

    I think it fits well with the entire song, but that's just my view on it of course...



    californiakingon July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe ttts in the first verse is actually "why would I at-ta-ta-ta-tempt such a load?"
    dnbb08on July 21, 2011   Link

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