"Broken strings" as written by James Morrison, Nina Woodford and Fraser Smith....
Let me hold you
For the last time
It's the last chance to feel again
But you broke me
Now I can't feel anything

When I love you
It's so untrue
I can't even convince myself
When I'm speaking
It's the voice of someone else

Whoa it tears me up
I try to hold on, but it hurts too much
I try to forgive, but it's not enough to make it all okay

You can't play on broken strings
You can't feel anything that your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real
Oh the truth hurts
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

Oh what are we doing
We are turning into dust
Playing house in the ruins of us

Running back through the fire
When there's nothing left to save
It's like chasing the very last train when it's too late (too late)

Oh it tears me up
I try to hold on, but it hurts too much
I try to forgive, but it's not enough to make it all okay

You can't play on broken strings
You can't feel anything that your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real
Well the truth hurts
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

But we're running through the fire
When there's nothing left to save
It's like chasing the very last train
When we both know it's too late (too late)

You can't play on broken strings
You can't feel anything that your heart don't want to feel
I can't tell you something that ain't real

Well truth hurts
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before
Oh you know that I love you a little less than before

Let me hold you for the last time
It's the last chance to feel again


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"Broken Strings" as written by Fraser Lance Thorneycroft Smith James Morrison Catchpole

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  • +4
    My InterpretationDamn! This is the soundtrack of someone's life at this very moment! (mine..) hahaha..
    I think this song is about two people who loved each other, initially thinkin' what they had was meant forever when it really wasn't..

    He definitely loved her deeply since he frequently mentioned how much he tried to hold on, but when he tried to salvage what was left from the relationship, it eventually comes to a reality when he realized what they once had was no longer there..

    Evidently, what had happened (the circumstances may vary, in my case was the difference in our priority) made him loved her a little less than before..
    Massacriston November 08, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt does make sense that it could be about her cheating on him, although I think it's just about a sad, dying relationship. I don't think they'd sing the middle verse & chorus together if it were about cheating.. They both seem to mutually agree that they're 'turning into dust' and the relationship's just not what it used to be.

    'The truth hurts' because they've been trying to tell themselves they're still deeply in love, when in reality they aren't.

    One of the saddest songs I've heard in a long time, very moving and very relatable for a lot of people :( Thumbs up to James Morrison.

    hello_ilyon February 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnyone else think that she's been cheating on him and he tried to forgive her but can't?

    "But you broke me..." "I try to forgive but it's not enough to make it all okay"
    mrtinomanon January 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBeautiful song about the end of a relationship and trying to let go because hes done all he could but it just cant be repaired..."broken strings"

    EmmaIsCoolon January 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwatch the music video if you haven't!
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    ItEndsTonighton July 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a definite contender for a single - I love that this is a 'i think we need to break up' song, where they're both realising that they're not 'IN love', and whilst there is still love - there are broken strings, and they just don't care to repair them anymore. Beautiful, I can't stop listening to this!
    missgigglyon October 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an awesome duet with Nelly Furtado. I think it's pretty much about the end of relationship and just deciding that they are done and they can't do anything to fix what's happened. They are broken and there's no way to go back and they both are realizing that it's finally over.

    Beautiful song.
    heartsrhythmon January 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is definatly the saddest song I've heard in a long time. The lyrics are so real and raw and I can't listen to the song without wanting to cry. This is what happened with me and my ex, we'd been together for 4 years and then we realised enough was enough. I don't think the song is about cheating but I can understand why people may see it like that because of the line;
    "But you broke me, now I can't feel anything."
    I think this song is more about a long relationship where nothing in particular has gone wrong, they've just slowly drifted apart and are falling out of love. They don't want to admit it because they're remembering the love they once had but the longer they lie to themselves the worse it's going to get, hence the lyric
    "The truth hurts, lies worse"
    It's their way of telling each other that although it hurts to admit that they're falling out of love, in the long run it'd be better than a lie. This just seriousley reflects mine and my ex's relationship and it is a sad thing. People do fall out of love and grow apart and sometimes it's too late to fix it like in this song. I really do give a thumbs up to James Morrison as this really is the most moving song I have heard in a long while.
    LinguisticChickon February 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the song of my life right now TT__TT

    i think its about a dying relationship
    masochisticlion11on March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally, my opinion of the song's meaning is this.

    Two people loved each other a lot, staying together for quite some time. But, as time goes by, minute by minute and hour by hour, they slowly drift apart further. He then finds out she cheated on him, but he still loves her and tries to forgive her but he can't as she had broke his heart and his trust in her yet he still stays together with her, hoping that they could go back to the way it was before eventhough he already realized they're falling out of love as time passes swiftly yet slowly. She loves him and regrets cheating on him and there's still love but it's slowly deteriorating day by day. He knows this as well but because he couldn't trust her again because of what she did to him he just can't fix it all the while longing for the way it was before because its like he's wondering 'Will she do it to me again?', fearing that she would. And some part of him still can't accept the fact that she loved him yet she still cheated on him.

    It's like you have five strings, and one by one, it breaks.

    Hence the title "Broken Strings".

    It's one of the most beautiful, sentimental songs out in the world. Eventhough certain people may not like this song, the lyrics are true and moving and they can relate to it although they wouldn't really want to admit the fact.
    MusicxAngelzon March 16, 2009   Link

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