"Before The Worst" as written by Glen Power, Mark Anthony Sheehan and Daniel John O'donoghue....
It's been a while since the two of us talked
About a week since the day that you walked
Knowing things would never be the same
With your empty heart and mine full of pain

So explain to me, how it came to this
Let's take it back to the night we kissed
It was Dublin city on a Friday night
With vodkas and coke, I was Guinness all night

We were sitting with our backs against the world
Saying things that we thought but never heard
Who would have thought it would end up like this?

But everything we talked about is gone
And the only chance we have of moving on
Was trying to take it back before it all went wrong

Before the worst
Before we met
Before our hearts decided it's time to love again
Before today
Before too long
Let's try and take it back before it all went wrong

There was a time that we'd stay up all night
Best friends, yeah, talking til the daylight
Took the joys alongside the pain
With not much to lose but so much to gain

Are you hearing me? 'Cause I don't wanna miss
That you would drift on memory bliss
It was Grafton street, on a rainy night
I was down on one knee and you were mine for life

We were thinking we would never be apart
With your name tattooed across my heart
Who would have thought it would end up like this?

But everything we talked about is gone
And the only chance we have of moving on
Was trying to take it back before it all went wrong

Before the worst
Before we met
Before our hearts decided it's time to love again
Before today
Before too long
Let's try and take it back before it all went wrong

If these clouds don't clear
Then we'll rise above it, we'll rise above it
Heaven's gate is so near, come walk me through
Just like we used to, just like we used to, yeah

Let's take it back before it all went wrong

Before the worst
Before we met
Before our hearts decided it's time to love again
Before today
Before too long


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"Before the Worst" as written by Glen Power Daniel O'donoghue

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThis is about a guy one week after a break-up, trying to cope with the loss of a girl (his fiancée). He is replaying in his head the moments in their relationship when it seemed that they were destined to be together, at a time when it was unforeseeable that they could "end up like this", and he is trying to find out where it went wrong, and wishing that could go back to that point with her and take back all the things that eventually lead them down the path to the end of their relationship.

    He is talking to her in his head and trying to come up with answers - "are you hearing me?" And toward the end of the song, he seems to be imploring her to give it another chance by taking back the things that they did to hurt each other. This is a guy who is desperately holding on to hope that he can repair things: "if the clouds don't clear then we'll rise above it", which is to me a form of bargaining (one of the stages of grief). Throughout the song he is trying to remind her of all of the sweet moment in their relationship when their future was full of promise, in the hopes that he can draw her back in to give it another try.

    It is basically a song about regret and loss, and someone who is trying to come to terms with those things. His method of coping is to grasp at the hope of changing the past rather than looking forward to the future. And he is allowing himself to wallow in what are now bittersweet memories of past happiness.

    I feel like there should be a sequel to this song, about two months into the break-up, when he has moved on, regained his equilibrium, and sees that they probably made the right choice by moving on. Obviously this has happened to me...
    Keliyahon March 25, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy goal in life: Propose on Grafton Street on a rainy night

    I just love visualizing them in Dublin with the 2 situations of their first kiss and then him asking her to marry him. I do know that this is a song about break up, but there is still amazing beauty & romance throughout it... my favorite by far from The Script.
    SamZ15on February 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI freakin' love this song, fits the past couple months of my life perfectly.

    However, it appears that some of the lyrics are missing.

    After that last verse listed up there:

    "If the clouds don't clear
    Then we'll rise above it, we'll rise above it
    Heaven's Gate is so near, come walk with me through
    Just like we used to, just like we used to

    Let's take it back before it all went wrong

    Before the worst
    Before we met
    Before our hearts decided it's time to love again
    Before too late
    Before too long
    Let's try and take it back before it all went wrong"

    Sacithon April 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's "you were vodkas and coke, i was guinness all night"
    great song
    vintagesparkleson August 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti am hooked on these guys..breath of fresh air..ths is my fav song on ths album,could listen to it ten times straight..
    he basically saying lets take back evey bad thing we did to eachother and try to maybe be friends..before they reach th point of no return..love it
    gunner-chicaon September 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGunner-chica. They are a breath of fresh air! When I heard We Cry and The Man Who Can't Be Moved, I thought catchy songs, I'll give the album a go. I was just blown away when I heard the other tracks on the album. This band for me are like old school Coldplay, with not so 'lullaby, put me to sleep' songs! This band have the most AMAZING lyrics, and they're Irish which is always a plus with me!

    I agree with you vintage, THE best lyrics in this song are:
    "Let’s take it back to the night we kissed
    It was Dublin city on a Friday night
    You were vodkas and coke, I was guinness all night"

    That for me explains how we look back on either current or past relationships, on the day(s) we first met. Those lines are completely wistful! I both love and hate that feeling at the same time!

    I don't know when this band is going to get old for me, my iPod shows that I've listened to some tracks at least 100 times! I can't say anymore really!
    blessbabeon October 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFelq, I believe what they mean is that it has been about a week since they walked away. Away from the relationship, the situation....

    I happen to love this song (and The Script). They are simply amazing. I love every line in this song, but I think I'd have to say my favorites are:
    "We were sitting with our backs against the world
    Saying things that we thought but never heard"
    and
    "There was a time that we’d stay up all night
    Best friends, yeah, talking til the daylight
    Took the joys alongside the pain
    With not much to lose but so much to gain"
    godgigoddenon January 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was the second song I'd heard by them (after We Cry) and I heard the acoustic version fist.. I absolutely love this song acoustically - it's on Youtube

    I'm gonna get kinda picky..
    "But everything we talked about is gone"
    I think it's
    "Where everything we talked about is gone" .. it would make sense as the line before it asks "Who would have thought it would end up like this" and then goes on to explain what "this" is

    I really hope The Script is recognized for their music.. it's amazing!!
    JustForNowon August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. But when they say 'About a week since the day that you walked' are we supposed to believe that the person the song is being sung to couldn't walk or should it not be taken literally?
    felgon January 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe in the chorus the words are "Before the worst. Before we mend." Instead of "Before we met."
    And instead of "That you would drift on memory bliss" it's "Set you adrift on memory bliss"

    Sorry. That was my musical OCD right there.

    To me this song means a lot because it's practically the story of my last relationship.
    I love the Script.
    My mom and I saw them on a trip to Ireland.
    They were amazing!
    bethasaurusrexon June 28, 2009   Link

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