"Who's Gonna Save My Soul" as written by Thomas Callaway, Brian Joseph Burton and Francesco De Masi....
Got some bad news this morning
Which in turn made my day
When this someone spoke I listened
All of a sudden has less and less to say
Oh how could this be
All this time
I lived vicariously

Who's gonna save my soul now
Who's gonna save my soul now
How will my story ever be told now
How will my story be told now

Made me feel like somebody
Like somebody else
Although he was imitated often
It felt like I was being myself
This is a shame that someone else's song
Was totally and completely depended on

Who's gonna save my soul now
Who's gonna save my soul now

I wonder if I'll live to grow old now
Getting high 'cause I feel so low down
I may be just a little selfish
All I have is the memory
Yet I never start to wonder
Was it possible you were hurting worse than me
Still my hunger turns to greed
'Cause what about what I need,

An' oh who's gonna save my soul now
Who's gonna save my soul now

Oh I know I'm out of control now
Tired enough to lay my own soul down


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"Who's Gonna Save My Soul" as written by Thomas Callaway, Brian Joseph Burton, Francesco De Masi

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  • +1
    General Commenti think the lyrics are supposed to be:
    gettin high cus i feel so low down
    mOOdymellOwon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfirst off lemme just say that i am a big fan of Gnarls Barkley. that said... i rly should stop watching their vids. the songs are great but the music videos always put me off. like i get the point, its actually quite clever, but... eew. ne way, its a great song, basically i agree w. Spudly.. i dont think the "which in turn made my day" line fits with the rest of the song, unless maybe its sarcastic?
    jazzy06792on November 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i listen to this song i think of my sister. she is a struggling drug addict and i just feel her everytime i hear this.

    in the first verse i think of when i learned my sister lost custody of her son. she cried. everyone cried. i try to be the strong one in the family usually and be the one to give advice but at that moment all i could do was stand and listen. i had spent the past year and a half trying to help her go clean and keep my nephew but at that moment i realized that i had failed. i tried to be vicarious and strong for her but it wasnt enough. i dedicated so much to her and lost faith in myself for not saving her soul in time.

    second verse. i didnt feel like i was the real me. i had lived my life believing that everything works out for the best but the news shattered that beleif. my sister couldnt fix her self and now it is to late. she has lost her son and will be in prison for over a year. for years i have told people to stay strong and positive and eventually everything will be fine. people believed me ( i was imitated often). mine and my families lives(songs) have depended on my sister for so long. she affects all of us.

    the last verse i realize that as bad as i am feeling right now and everything ive been through is nothing compared to her. i realize that i blame her too much for what has happened becuase for some reason i think it would just be easy for me if i were in her shoes. i turn to greed becuase i hate her for taking so much of my time,effort,patience,and so much more and done nothing with it when i feel like i could have accomplished so much more in that time if she were just a stronger person and could take care of herself. (selfish)

    chorus. im tired of feeling this burden to save the people i love. nothing ever improves. nobody ever gets better. but if i cant go on supporting them even when i know their end is inevitable then whats the point to living. i might as well lay my own soul down. whos gonna take some of this pressure off of me and save my soul now.
    ceedog76on February 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI do think it's just about loss, be it by death or break up. You feel hopeless and you're angry because you just feel like you go the short end of the stick.
    whatserekimon June 23, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's funny but when I heard this song I got the impression Gnarls was either accused of or admitting to depending too much on another person's music (stealing). Now that I read it was after James Brown died I wonder if I'm right. If you're an artist and you even think you've stolen from another artist you would definitely feel your soul was lost but also somehow, the death of Brown would allow Gnarls to step into the spot that is now empty and that happiness at finally being the King is what would make him feel so guilty. Weird, I know, but that's what I got out of it. Probably 100% wrong. Gnarls is awesome
    dantelilyon June 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think hes talking about the devil in his mind and hes about to sell his soul after losing his lover.
    slinkyzooon February 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis composition of this song is beautiful. It's haunting.

    It's about losing someone close that you looked up to, a mentor, maybe a family member or a lover, someone that was so much a part of you that you don't know how to go on without them. Also sounds like that person was good for you, protected you from dangerous behavior or was just a good influence.

    But it sounds like that person may have taken their own life (Did I never stop to wonder, was it possible you were hurting worse than me?) We can be so selfish when someone dies, because even if they are in a better place, the living still mourn the loss. We feel bad for ourselves instead of happy for them.

    It sounds like a very personal song, maybe a fellow musician that inspired the band (duo?)
    susiestentoron March 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written after James Brown, the Godfather of Soul passed away, or so I read.
    MikeBrew328on March 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti am in love with this song. i totally second what suslestentor said with the interpretation, but i don't think it's so much that they've killed themself, i mean it could be, but i just interpreted it that they broke up, yakno?

    my favorite line:
    "Still my hunger turns to greed,
    'cause what about what i need?"
    it's filled with so much emotion
    caitlin376on August 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just watched the video, seems to be about heartbreak and the consequences. Brilliant, look it up.
    As an aside... just went, am going through, this... very spot on... hurts enough to make you question everything... makes you greedy and it makes you feel lost. I think it talks to a certain kind of person though. Someone who when they get tossed they feel like they've lost their significance...
    ~
    nosoulboy13on August 29, 2008   Link

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