It's been years
Since you've crossed my mind
And I'm ashamed of what I've
Learned from all this time.
You were more than good to me,
And I was far less than
The man I've come to be.

I see you and think of all that I'd change
If I could go back
Go back and say:

I don't wanna be
Your sweet talking man
No, I don't wanna be
The place that you land.
I don't wanna be
Your sweet talking man
No, I don't wanna be
The place that, the place that you land.

It's nice to know
You're doing fine;
And I thank God
You didn't let me ruin your life.
We forgot and we forgave
All mistakes and stupid
Choices that we made.

I see you, I think of all that I'd change
If I could go back
Go back and say:

I don't wanna be
Your sweet talking man
No, I don't wanna be.
The place that you land
I don't wanna be
Your sweet talking man
No, I don't wanna be
The place that...

[Harmonica]

It's all right
Shine, shine, shine.

It's all right
Shine, shine, shine.

It's all right
Shine, shine, shine.

It's all right
Shine, shine, shine...


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Sweet Talker song meanings
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    General CommentAnother early one - the similarities between this one and 'Shine On' are really glaring, especially at then end. (But in a good way.) It's cool to see the evolution of a band, I think.

    They play this at all the live shows I've seen, I'm not sure why. It's a fan favorite, apparently.
    cloudy eyeon October 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song! they've played it everytime i've seen them live (3 times =]). I'm not really sure on the meaning because i never understood the line, "I don't wanna be the place where you land"
    MatchboxTwentyon January 18, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningWhat I think is going on is the song is telling a story.

    "It's been years
    Since you've crossed my mind
    And I'm ashamed of what I've
    Learned from all this time.
    You were more than good to me,
    And I was far less than
    The man I've come to be.

    I see you and think of all that I'd change
    If I could go back
    Go back and say:"

    What I think is going on here is he and a girl broke up and went their separate ways. And in the time apart he realized how good she was to him and how he could have been better to her. Years go by and they bump into each other by chance. When he sees her he starts to think about if he could go back in time what he would say to her.

    "I don't wanna be
    Your sweet talking man
    No, I don't wanna be
    The place that you land.
    I don't wanna be
    Your sweet talking man
    No, I don't wanna be
    The place that, the place that you land."

    Here he's saying he doesn't just want to be a man who tells her sweet things he wants to show her those sweet things and be more than just a sweet talker. He doesn't want to be the place that she lands because he never wanted to see her fall in the first place.

    "It's nice to know
    You're doing fine;
    And I thank God
    You didn't let me ruin your life.
    We forgot and we forgave
    All mistakes and stupid
    Choices that we made.

    I see you, I think of all that I'd change
    If I could go back
    Go back and say:"

    What I think is going on here is they are catching up after not seeing one another for all these years and she has told him how wonderful she is doing. He is saying he's happy for her and how well she's doing. He is thanking god that she didn't let him ruin her life because had she not broken up with him and had they stayed together he never would have lost her therefore he never would have realized the wrong he had done and she wouldn't have done better for herself the ways he had. So now she is forgiving him for not treating her better.
    KissOnTheNeck85on December 27, 2009   Link

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