"Before You Were Young" as written by and Francis Healy....
In the days before you were young
We used to sit in the morning sun
We used to turn the radio on
What happened?
We'd see our lies in the eyes of fate
And take our cradles to the grave
But even then we're never saved
From danger

And if you ever leave me come
I will be there waiting
Waiting for you know I will
I love you for ever
I'll never say never

But I've only got two hands
And I'll never learn to dance
I'll never get a second chance
Whatever
I'll take the breath away from your sighs
And wipe the tears away from your eyes
And hope the fire never dies
Inside you

And if you ever leave me come
I will be there waiting
Waiting for you know I will
I love you
I love you
I love you...

In the days before you were young
We used to sit in the morning sun
We used to turn the radio on
What happened?


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"Before You Were Young" as written by Francis Healy

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    General Commentthis song explodes my heart.
    it's about commitment. something happended between them and he doesn't understand what. it's just the time, the routine. and he still loves her, desperetely
    Iheton October 05, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm pretty sure the line "If you ever leave me come" (which makes no sense) is actually "If you ever need me, call"

    My favorite part of this song is the three "I love you"s followed by that great drum part.
    Trafonyon November 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe the line is:

    And if you ever need me call
    I will be there waiting when you fall
    You know I will
    Trafonyon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh wow..
    karmaxon November 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe phrase "before you were young" is a weird one. What does it mean? I actually get the feeling the whole J Smith album is a story told in reverse, starting with his suicide and going back to this point where a happier time is referenced. Maybe that's why the reference to things being reversed here: "before you were young", "take our cradles to the grave", "if you ever leave me come"...
    sper12on March 22, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye every time I listen to it.

    My interpretation is that he has lost his girl who he desperately loves as she has decided that she feels younger than she actually is and wants to go off into the wide world.

    She feels bored by her existing life with her partner so leaves her besotted lover behind.

    He is devastated and will wait for ever for her to return to him as he will never love any other girl.
    Blacknylonon May 01, 2014   Link

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