"Buttons" as written by Natalie Lauren Sims, Torrance Anton Esmond, Charles Dunlap, Le Crae Devaughn Moore, Latasha Williams and Jenny Ingrid Viktoria Norlin....
I said, 'darlin', why so blue?'
She told me, 'I've been missin' you.'
We's a-leaving
She said, stay
She kissed my lips and quickly ran away

Lost some buttons to my overcoat
Pull your knife away from my throat
She said, 'smoke your cigarette, I hope you choke'
Kissed my lips and quickly ran away

I shake, I shake
I can never see
How good a young love could really be
I know, I know
It's not that bad
Take a look at what we had

Walked you home from the park
I held your hand, it was after dark
Hold me closer, she'll always stay
She kissed my lips and quickly ran away

Lost some buttons to my overcoat
Pull your knife away from my throat
She said, 'smoke your cigarette, I hope you choke'
Kissed my lips and quickly ran away

You shake, you shake
I could never see
How good young love could really be
I know, I know
It's not that bad
Take a look at what we had


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"Buttons" as written by Jenny Ingrid Viktoria Norlin Charles Dunlap

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    General CommentI think this is about a young couple who wants to break up but just can't manage to take that one step to really do it. well actually it seems to be the girl who wants to end the relationship - they both know it's gonna happen but neither of them wants to really admit it, they still you out and stuff ("i held your hand it was after dark")...

    it seems to be one of those love/hate kinda relationships.. she kisses him, then runs away quikly, she say "smoke your cigarette, I hope you choke".. but on the other hand misses him when she's not with him.

    he probably still loves her but knows they are gonna end up seperated.. he says he never realises how good and passionate young love is and he askes he to "take a look at what [they] had" so she might change her mind.

    don't know, i could be wrong though :D
    Razorlight=Lifeon February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a song about a couple who's in liv and not sure if they are really dedicated or not. It sounds like he has a guy telling him to leave her but she's telling him to stay, but in the end he figures out that they really love each other and that's the sweetest thing. So it's kind of a sentemental love song. Great song I really like it
    Grungemusician87on March 30, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is about a break up, but it's not the breakup the man wants, but that he thinks they need. They both care for each other a lot, and she still is in love with him, and although the guy loves her back, he doesn't feel like he's in love with her anymore.

    The first part, he notices her really down so he asks her what's wrong and she was missing him a lot. Something he doesn't really notice. The "We's a leaving" part means that he knows they're going to break up. When she says stay, it means she still wants to try to get the relationship to work. She kisses his lips and runs away to try to get him to chase her again. Maybe it'll bring back the affection.

    The second line is likely when he's trying to break up with her. It's hard for him so he tries to put his mind somewhere else, he notices his buttons are missing. Something that sticks with him as a memory of the break up, likely why the name of the song is Buttons. He tells her to "Pull your knife away from my throat". This is likely her anger towards him for giving up on the relationship without trying harder, but he tries to tell her that it was inevitable and it was going to happen one way or another. Her anger flows over into the next line, likely cigarettes are something she's been wanting him to quit. Again, she kisses his lips and runs away. Something to remind him of her, and maybe get him to chase her.

    The line after is most likely the middle of the break up. He's shaking because he's nervous. He claims he can never see how good young love can be. It's present tense. The last three lines, she's trying to convince him that it isn't bad. He agrees that it's not that bad, and reminds himself of the good times they had. You can tell there's doubt in his break up, but he feels like it needs to be done, even if there were good times.

    The line after, I think is the setting of the breakup. He takes her to a park, a neutral area, to break up with her. It's only fitting that as they walk in together, they walk out together. She's likely all broken up, so he holds her hand to support her as they walk out of the park. He knows that she loves him enough that she'll always be there, whether or not he wants it. Her kiss is another sign of her constant affection and devotion towards their relationship.

    Same lines as second part.

    I feel like this line is after the break up. He feels all torn up about the whole situation and maybe even realizes his mistake. He's less selfish and more selfless as he realizes what he put her through. He was focusing on how he was shaking during the breakup but never quite realized how she was feeling. She was shaking just as he was. Now the words are past tense. He realizes that at the time, he could never see how good young love could be. He's starting to realize what he's missing. Again, the doubt flows in as he says he knows its not that bad, look at what they had. His doubt again sounds itself when he repeats the last line.


    I guess this is my interpretation of it, maybe because I'm hurting from my own break up. But whatever.
    zareox7on November 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis could be about a guy who never really took his relationship serious, until it was over. He could have also cheated on his gf.
    "Lost some buttons to my overcoat,
    Pull your knife away from my throat"
    I feel like him saying he lost some buttons, was just him trying to cover up hooking up with another girl. In reality, maybe some other girl ripped his jacket off and happened to bust off a few buttons. Losing one button, I can understand happening, but more than one tells me something is up. Especially after the song is in fact named "buttons.
    The whole knife to his throat part also shows some pretty intense anger coming from the girl in the situation.
    The guy here seems pretty unfazed about the whole thing, and seems to really realize what he lost when he looks back on it. "Take a look at what we had".

    Just my quick spin on it.
    mojo1987on February 19, 2013   Link

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