I, I want to wish you well
I didn’t watch you go
Cause I suppose I don’t know how
I, I will remember you
Not the way you left but how you lived
And what you knew

I, I want to feel your hands
I want to feel your fire burning
Right from where I stand

I’ll find my way
Cause you showed me how

I, I want toknow it’s you
When I hear your voice inside my head
Inside my room
I, want to touch the sky
I want to see the stars twinkle
Like they were your eyes

I’ll find my way
You showed me
I’ll find my way
Cause you showed me how

I, I want to smell your scent
I want to breathe the air I did before
Before you left

I, I want to wish you well
The only reason my heart beats
Is cause you showed it how

I’ll find my way
You show me
I’ll find my way
You show me
I’ll find my way
Cause you showed me how
You show me how
You showed me how


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    General CommentI lost my partner of 10 years in November 2011. So I could be biased here but to me this sounds like she's singing to a partner who passed away. She wasn't in the room when they passed as she didn't know how to watch them leave and now she's singing about the loss of who they were and the hope and strength that knowing them has given her.

    The tone is hopeful yet mourning and to me the past tense speaks deeper than someone walking out of your life. It has a finality, a yearning for something forever lost, that isn't just gone because of circumstances but gone because they are impossibly out of reach. The following line to me doesnt speak of memories only, but the references classically indicate someone who has passed:

    "I, I want toknow it�s you
    When I hear your voice inside my head
    Inside my room
    I, want to touch the sky
    I want to see the stars twinkle
    Like they were your eyes"

    She states she wants to know its him, present tense, thus indicating its not the memory of his voice she hopes for but the soft sound of his soul speaking to her when she's alone. The reference to the stars is a common reference to people after death, found in poetry worldwide.

    I think its a romantic interest because of three lines:

    "I want to feel your fire burning
    Right from where I stand"

    and

    "I, I want to smell your scent
    I want to breathe the air I did before
    Before you left"

    and

    "The only reason my heart beats
    Is cause you showed it how"

    To me these lines speak of romantic love rather than familial. The reference to fire in this sense normally references some form of passion, the inhaling the scent could be familial but the desire to breath the air she did before he left, indicates a yearning not only to smell him again but has a sense of personal longing that I think can only reference ones partner and the desire to feel so incredible close to them.

    I do think the song can have personal meaning for everyone and to me its a very powerful song indeed, but imho I think it has to be about the passing of a partner. (but then as said, im biased)
    Atienoon February 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is Amazing on its own- with Brandi, I have no words!
    BBaker32on January 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a person that wasn't ready to "be left"..it's like she didn't get enough of the person, and even if she says goodbye now, all she really wants is things to remain the same. even when she talks about the futur "I will find my way", she keeps him in it like the last link she could still have with him : living as he taught her ...

    she is missing everything about him, but she is still trying not to be selfish by wishing him well, and trying to comfort him about leaving her .. how she will go through it ..
    beatmess66on February 21, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI don't believe she was left by a guy in a break-up sense. I feel that someone in her life has passed away. It doesn't have to be a significant other. It could be a relative or close friend. Anyone can inspire us and "show" us how to live a stronger life.

    She misses this person dearly, but is happy they were ever in her life to teach her how to move on. It ends on "I'll find my way 'cause you showed me how"

    meshellhathawayon September 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningAlso, she is connecting memories of this person to things in the that are seen but hard to reach, such as stars, the sky, things felt. The alludes to the person being passed away. There is never any bitterness from her. Generally, a break-up would have SOME form of bitterness.
    meshellhathawayon September 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with beatmess66, I don't think that this is a breakup song at all. I think it's about someone who passed away who was close to her, maybe a relative.
    fallnislikethison September 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis definitely sounds like someone passed away. This lyric really makes me think that.. "I will remember you, Not the way you left but how you lived, And what you knew"
    hedwig1121on November 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think this is a breakup song. There doesn't always have to be bitterness in a breakup, sometimes it is just the way it is. And this song describes how you want to let the person that left you know that you'll be ok, if not today then someday.

    I think that when she says, "I,I will remember you. Not the way you left but how you lived," she is referring to her desire to keep happy memories of their time together. She does not want to remember or dwell on how they left her alone.

    But this is just totally how I interpret it. I may be biased as I am going through a breakup right now and this song has been my source of comfort. She is a genius.
    emkindelon November 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI also tend to agree with all the arguments that this sounds like someone has passed away, but I can also see the break-up logic. In fact, I'm tempted to lean towards the latter, because I can't quite reconcile wishing someone who has passed "well". It's not really a traditional sentiment...

    emkindel offers excellent points about how breakups can be just the way it is, and not bitter, and it sounds a bit like this.
    kimbeeon December 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI am graduating this year and I have to leave my best friend behind. For me, this song is about being so close and connected to someone and one day it is time for one of you to move on. This song is sad, but also accepting to the fact that everyone must move on at some point. I could see how people interpret it as death or a breakup, i think it's entirely based on what you're going through and what helps you relate to the song.
    morganic22on May 07, 2011   Link

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