"Keep You" as written by Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles and Bobby Pinson....
We said goodbye. Tried her hand at magic.
But we couldn't make us disappear.
Not a day goes by I don't wish I had you.
So in a way, I'm glad you're still here.
It's a bitter sweet victory.
Lovin' the ghost in front of me.

[Chorus]
Now I can't laugh, can't cry.
And I can't run, can't hide.

What do I gotta do?
What do I gotta do to keep you?
What do I gotta do to keep you from doing this to me?

I wrote a couple of notes.
One in love, one in anger.
They're lying there dying in the dresser drawer.
Lived louder than my voice. Struggled through a stranger.
He loved me until I loved you even more.
It's a bitter sweet victory.
Knowing someone else wanted me.

[Chorus]

You get used to the pain, and numb to the sting
Till you can't feel anything.

You tried to explain, but I couldn't hear it.
As if your words were my tears.
Flowing freely, warm and quiet.
From the edges of my eyes and my ears.
Then all that disappears.

[Chorus: x2]

What do I gotta do?
What do I gotta do to keep you?
What do I gotta do to keep you from doing this to me?


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"Keep You" as written by Jennifer Nettles Bobby Pinson

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    General Commenti think this song is about a relationship where at first they loved each other SO much. and things have changed and now he isnt in love with her anymore, but she stills loves him so much. i think that shes trying to do everything to keep him... "what do i gotta do, what do i gotta to keep you, what do i gotta do to keep you from doing this to me." i think she is holding onto a love where she knows theres nothing in it anymore. she doesnt know what to do... leave him or keep holding onto to him... because either way her heart is going to hurt.

    its weird... going through this right now. i love her voice. makes me cry. music video is sad too. :(
    girlwithoutherboyon January 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of my favorites on their new album
    its pretty self explanatory in my opinion
    and its really relatable for me and many other people too

    they ended a relationship and she doesn't know what to do
    she's been hurt so bad shes numb to all emotion
    its a terrible feeling
    and she wants to know what she has to do to stop it from feeling this way

    its actually a really sad song
    letsmakeasceneon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"he loved me til i loved you even more
    it's a bittersweet victory
    knowing someone else wanted me"

    I love this song and take its meaning to be something a bit different from others (from personal experience I suppose). To me it sounds as if she was falling for another man and gave that up for her steady relationship for some reason, even though secretly she wishes she could have been with the other man.

    now i can't laugh, can't cry
    and i can't run, can't hide
    what do i gotta do
    what do i gotta do to keep you
    what do i gotta do to keep you from doing this to me

    Now that she has reconciled her relationship she has a fear of the man in her life hurting her like she hurt him. I know it's a bit of a different interpretation from what I've seen, but to me it fits perfectly.
    Sara0283on December 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti LOOOOVE this song. so amazing. i definately think it has such a deep meaning and it is so beautiful.

    to me the song begins with how she loves this man so much. he is her everything and cant imagine life without him there with her. however he has made her change for him or he has changed since the relationship began (hence: loving the ghost in front of me) now she feels like she cant show her real feelings for fear of disappointing him. she wonders what it will take for her to be able to be herself again and make him stop molding her. she tries to express her feelings through writing but she never showed them to him. they show her true feelings but she cant tell him the truth. another man fell in love with her which only made her love her current man more. she feels victorious that she stayed..
    then her man cheated on her. he tries to explain but she begins to let her real self leak out. now she cant find the person she was and still sees the traces of the person he has created
    PointePerfecton December 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwell i think this song "keep you" is about a woman who is treated like dirt by her man. She had a guy that was very interested in her and it made her feel good about herself but she was still in love with her man. She can't leave him because she loves him so much but she knows the way he treats her is killing her. I watched the video and this help with my interpretation. also some of my own history may have influenced my take on it. She wants him to disappear so she can start living again yet she can't bring herself to leave him
    newhope1967on February 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorites on their new album
    its pretty self explanatory in my opinion
    and its really relatable for me and many other people too

    they ended a relationship and she doesn't know what to do
    she's been hurt so bad shes numb to all emotion
    its a terrible feeling
    and she wants to know what she has to do to stop it from feeling this way

    its actually a really sad song
    letsmakeasceneon August 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song. she has such a good voice. i saw them in concert last year, awesome.
    i heard this when watching the CMA's. soo glad i saw that.
    Aubrey Bobreyon November 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt first I thought it was about a relationship where they broke up, and ended up back together. "Struggled through a stranger. He loved me til I loved you even more." After watching the video, I think she is singing to herself. I think she tried to be someone else for a man, lost herself, and is tired of pretending to be someone she's not. She slowly removes all of the things that masks who she is, like the jewelry, the makeup, fake eyelashes, and finally cuts her hair. It seems like this is a pattern of pretending to be someone she's not, "what do I have to do to keep you from doing this to me?" I can relate to this song. I used to try to make myself whoever others wanted me to be. Now I'm trying to figure out who I am.
    JenaRon March 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningLike many others this song has a personal meaning to me... I was married and went to someone else for the things I needed because my marriage had become dust. When I left my marriage for the person I ran to and then that ended it was difficult. I still run to her. She still kills me a little more each day but I keep running back because this is what I am in love with. "Loving the ghost in front of me." I may be just a piece of ass to her but she is more to me than that. I am still just in love with her now as I was years ago when we first began. "What do I gotta do to keep you from doing this to me." This hits deep with me because no matter how hard I try to get away from it all she still keeps me holding on. "you get used to the pain and numb to the sting til you can't feel anything." one day I'm sure i will get to this point and the pain will stop. But as for now I play this song and think of what we had and wonder how she does this to me without knowing...
    EricaLynn83on April 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful lyrics and beautifully sung. i can easily relate to this song, i had a very serious relationship with a guy and he was getting too deep into it and i was scared that if i let all of my heart into as he did that i would eventually be left heartbroken, so i dumped him & dated another guy which goes with the lyrics "struggled through a stranger
    he loved me til i loved you even more
    it's a bittersweet victory
    knowing someone else wanted me"

    in the end, i knew i needed the serious one and that's still what i'm going after. please pray for me.
    xcaughtinablondxon May 18, 2010   Link

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