"American Love" as written by Benjamin Berger, Ryan Mcmahon, Sean Scanlon, Mike Kammerman, Beau Kuther and Joseph Intile....
You see, I got this American Love
A brand new planet in the solar system
I kiss her neck, but I just can't look her in the eye
You leave for college at the turn of autumn
I spent the winter diving to the bottom
I'll kiss your neck, but I just can't look you in the eye
Yeah

[Chorus]
Big hearts, big hearts
Big hearts are for breaking
(Big hearts are for breaking)
Big hearts, big hearts
Big hearts are for breaking, yeah

You see, I got this critical conscience
A brand new black hole in the solar system
I dig my grave, but I just can't stand to step inside

And when they find out, they'll sound every siren
Break the door down to find a baby crying
You thought I knew, it's just not right to tell a lie

[Chorus]

And now there's no turning back
In the face of the sweat we share
There's nowhere to run, we're so unprepared
It's a new heart attack
Brand new bricks on my back to bear
Don't say a word or they might find us there

You see, I got this American love
A hidden planet in the solar system
But keep your eyes shut, I just can't stand to say goodbye

[Chorus: x2]

Big hearts are for breaking
Big hearts are for breaking


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"American Love" as written by Beau Kuther Michael Kamerman

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    General Commentyay! first comment!!!! is this about a relationship where neither person, or, just he doesnt have his heart in it? maybe a superficial one night stand if that makes sense. either way, maybe the couple got pregnant.
    And when they find out theyll sound every siren, break the door down to find the baby crying
    you thought i knew its just not right to tell a lie... and now theres no turning back,
    in the face of the sweat we share.
    makes sense i think! :]
    ErCaLaon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think personally that this song is about knowing the consequences of a relationship based on pure sex and nothing more, and just not caring.
    CarrieWithoutSoundxon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"big hearts are meant for breaking" i think that is such a simple relateable lyric.
    mind_explosionson August 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmaybe a lie that weighs heavily on someone in a relationship...and they worry of when the lie will be discovered? He 'dug the grave' by telling the lie...but 'can't stand stepping inside' by telling the truth after the deed....the sirens could be his worry of things having gone too far in the relationship when its found out. Dunno...but its beautiful and sooo catchy i can't stop listening to it!! :)
    Kristall888on August 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I kiss your neck but I just can’t look you in the eye"
    Woah, fantastic line. Really takes ahold of what most superficial relationships feel.

    But, I agree with all of you. This song must be about a superficial relationship based on mostly sex. Maybe they're hiding their relationship? Maybe he can't take it anymore? He needs to say goodbye?
    Maybe we're all heart breakers when we can't turn back.
    Maybe this is what most American love is all about...
    *sigh*
    foxteen8on September 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentokay i don't know if anyone else is as crazy as i am, but at like 2:45, right before the chorus, there is this drum thing going on that i am absolutely in love with.

    and i love the line "big hearts are for breaking"
    klawansie8on September 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthaha yeah i just got the glass passenger cd today and this is one of my favorite songs.

    i agree with the whole sex based relationship idea.

    "You see I got this critical conscience
    A brand new black hole in the solar system
    I dig my grave but I just cant stand to step inside"
    From Dawn to Duskon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGosh I feel so weird commenting on these things!! Haha, But the way I perceived this was, this random like hook-up type relationship, where he knows it means nothing but feels bad. She gave her whole big heart to him, but again deep down he knows by continuing this sexual based relationship he is leading her on, but doesn't stop.

    And now there’s no turning back
    In the face of the sweat we share
    There’s nowhere to run
    You’re so unprepared
    It’s a new heart attack
    Brand new bricks on my back

    That part reminds me of the fact, that they've already been carrying on this way for a while so there is no turning back, but it is just become a burden for him to carry and think about.

    i love this soooong :)
    manderwaalon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about cheating
    Ldubbon October 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto me, two lines really speak the most and are beautifully written:

    You leave for college at the turn of autumn
    I spent the winter diving to the bottom

    i just love that part. i'm not really sure what the song means but this part makes me think about how his girlfriend is going to college and he's not and he misses her and is depressed without her - "diving to the bottom"
    watchtheskyxxon October 11, 2008   Link

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