"If You Only Knew" as written by Brent Smith and Dave Bassett....
If you only knew
I'm hanging by a thread
The web I spin for you
If you only knew
I'd sacrifice my beating
Heart before I lose you
I still hold onto the letters
You returned
I swear I've lived and learned

It's 4:03 and I can't sleep
Without you next to me I
Toss and turn like the sea
If I drown tonight, bring me
Back to life
Breathe your breath in me
The only thing that I still believe
In is you, if you only knew

If you only knew
How many times I counted
All the words that went wrong
If you only knew
How I refuse to let you go,
Even when you're gone
I don't regret any days I
Spent, nights we shared,
Or letters that I sent

It's 4:03 and I can't sleep
Without you next to me I
Toss and turn like the sea
If I drown tonight, bring me
Back to life
Breathe your breath in me
The only thing that I still believe
In is you, if you only knew

If you only knew
I still hold onto the letters
You returned
You help me live and learn

It's 4:03 and I can't sleep
Without you next to me I
Toss and turn like the sea
If I drown tonight, bring me
Back to life
Breathe your breath in me
The only thing that I still believe
In is you, if you only knew


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"If You Only Knew" as written by Dave Bassett Brent Smith

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  • +3
    General CommentBrent said this was the first love song he has written, and he wrote it to his girlfriend to tell her how much she means to him.
    zionboyz4lifeon June 28, 2008   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI honestly don't see how this song could be based off of anything other than a breakup. Those of you insisting it's about his son should seriously take a look at the lyrics. Half of the depictions in this song are completely unlike a parent-child relationship.

    She left. He was heart broken. He wants her to KNOW how much he actually cared about her and how much he still DOES care about her. If she only knew how much he loved her, how painful it was to have her gone, than maybe she'd change her mind.

    That's what the song's about.
    Rstegson February 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs on the new albums I cant get enough of it. I love the chorus. I was looking on youtube and there was a video where Shinedown did an acoustic show and Brent said it was for his son.
    aproberts35on June 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti absolutely love this song. it has alot of meaning to mee
    bbygrll05on October 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrent Smith had a phone call from his wife telling him that he's gonna be a father, and he wrote this song for his wife and son. That's the true meaning of the song. But the greatest thing about music is no matter what it's truly about, it can have so many different meanings. It can be depicted in any way possible. And in Brent's words, "it is not biast."
    ftrcubby21on November 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno one commented this song yet...and this is my first comment too lol
    anyway i heared this song a few days ago, my "ex" she sent it to me...the lyrics are pretty clear its about missing someone so much even though things have changed and their no longer together but he knows shes always in his heart....but thats just me lol...still its a wonderful song.
    arabianpharoeon June 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's no way this song is about his son...Unless, he has a bad relationship with him ("I still have the letters you returned?"). I'm pretty sure it's just a straight-up love/loss song.
    laynestaleyiscoolon July 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could have been for his son, just not about him. you know? Good song tho. I can't get enough of this new album!!!!
    trn3ngoon July 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNa guys Aproberts is right. He says its >>about
    Gally08on July 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAH just kidding, I kept looking and found this. "while Smith counts "If You Only Knew" as his first straight-up love song, a tribute to his girlfriend Ashley and a relationship that led to the birth of their son, Lyric, in late 2007" listenin.org/artists/Shinedown/… thats where the article's from and it goes on a little more into detail. So both of you guys were right :)
    Gally08on July 10, 2008   Link

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