You could stay a while longer
We could stay up and talk about last summer
We could go down to the water
Watch the sunset going under
It's not that I'm a stranger to lonely moments
I've had my share of those
Please don't go
Please don't leave me alone
A mirror is so much harder to hold

I could try and point the finger
But the glass points in my direction
Sure you've got your sharp edges
But my wounds are for my own reflection
You've got nothing I could ever hold against you
I've got fatal flaws to call my own
Please don't go
Please don't leave me alone
A mirror is so much harder to hold

I met a man who's looking for perfection
Said he'd never met a girl who's good enough
His eyes are getting old like they'd love to love again
Such a lonely man
Such a lonely man

I see him in my reflection
Taking steps towards me these days
So I hold you that much closer
And pray we don't throw this away
It's not that I'm a man who couldn't love you
I know what these arms are for
Please don't go
Please don't leave me alone
A mirror is so much harder to hold
A mirror is so much harder to hold
Please don't go
Please don't leave me cold
A mirror is so much harder to hold


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    General CommentUm, wow.

    This speaks really profoundly to me right now as I'm about to leave a place that I've spent a year in and that I probably won't ever return to. I have to say goodbye to people all over again, and I'm realizing more and more that even when people drive you crazy, it's better to have them around. None of us are perfect. We all need to be accepted. A mirror is so much harder to hold.
    crystalynn84on June 21, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I met a man who's looking for perfection
    Said he'd never met a girl who's good enough
    His eyes are getting old like they'd love to love again
    Such a lonely man
    Such a lonely man

    I see him in my reflection
    Taking steps towards me these days
    So I hold you that much closer."


    Please don't leave me alone with my sin. Everyday when I look in the mirror is see more and more sin, enormous and tiny.

    I must say that I personally am at a point where my will to strive for perfection only draws out more and more sin to the point where nothing I do is good enough. I would love to love God the way I used to...
    jdd35on September 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJon might be talking about someone more personal to him, but I can relate. The feeling of being alone. Everyone leaves eventually. I have some really close friends that I may never see again and even before they leave, I can't help but cry. I try to keep them as close as I can so they don't want to leave either. It's impossible to find someone to fill their spots, so you sink to the bottom thinking you could never have anyone else.

    I guess the mirror being hard to hold is his friend or girlfriend's help finding himself or his purpose, but now that she's gone it's difficult to tell.
    CardboardKnighton December 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen we're not alone, we're a little ignorant of our imperfections because we can focus more on other people. but when we're left alone, there's nothing that a "mirror" can reflect but ourselves. we see that we have more flaws than we realized, and that's hard to accept. a mirror is so much harder to hold. i'm not sure if that was jon's intent with the song, but that's what i got from it.
    mleighjon April 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this song has two real meanings behind it.

    #1: Jon is saying that many times in our lives, we are dissapointed with the way things are playing out, so we seek to blame others, and "point the finger". The answer isn't in pointing the finger, but looking in the mirror, we are responsible for our lives.

    #2: Sometimes, a relationship has to end, even if we don't want it to. So we strive to keep that person as close to us as possible, even though we know it will all be in vain.


    Jon Foreman is an unbelievable musician and songwriter, and there is a lot to learn from his songs, and the songs of Switchfoot.
    Joshcubaon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA mirror is so much harder to hold.
    CaitlinCanon June 26, 2009   Link

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