"No Longer What You Require" as written by Stephen William Fiore and Howie Day....
We had it all we were, young lovers, we were full of trust and faith
We were dead set on makin' it last forever, forever and a day.
I recall it was fall last year when, it started to die.
You standing still as the temperature kills, the summer's thrills that were keeping it alive.
The days got colder so I held you closer, in an effort to save us from time,
Almost like a wind came and ruined the spark and left us in the dark.

But hey, I coulda told you that I loved you and stayed,
Around to rekindle the fire but I was late,
On my return and now you've lost all faith.
And I am the liar,
I'm no longer what you require.

I still feel you at night, turning in the sheets when I turn out the light
That's how it goes, the ghost of your first love wont ever leave you til the day that you die
I wont ever live down leaving her behind even if the choice was the right one
It was a good thing staring me right in the face but I turned and ran away.

Hey, I coulda told you that I loved you and stayed,
Around to rekindle the fire but I was late
On my return and now you've lost all faith.
And I am the liar,
I'm no longer what you require.

Back then the days were so much faster,
We were young, stubborn, and in love with disaster.
You know you can't go back even if you try,
You better just forget her won't you close the door on me
Cause it'll never be the same
It'll never be the way it was before

Well hey, I coulda told you that I loved you and stayed,
Around to rekindle the fire but I was late,
On my return and so you've lost all faith.
And I am the liar,
Oh hey- I woulda told you that I loved you and stayed
Around to rekindle the fire but I was late
On my return and now you've lost all faith.
In the dying light, I'm no longer what you require.
I'm no longer what you require
No longer


Lyrics submitted by ghostafteryou45, edited by Devilsbane

"No Longer What You Require" as written by Stephen William Fiore Howie Day

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    General CommentI think there are some small mistakes with the lyric, correct it if ya can.

    "Standing still
    As the temperature killed
    The summer's thrills..."

    "And I still feel you ignite turning in the sheets when I turn out the light" (I could be wrong at this part)

    "I won't ever look down leaving her behind
    Even if the choice was the right one..."

    "Hey I could of told you that I loved you and stayed
    Around a kindle of fire but I was late..."


    MEANING OF THE SONG IMO:

    He's telling us a story about his, possibly, childhood love or his relationship with a girl he loved and everything went so well.
    "We had it all we were, young lovers, we were full of trust and faith"


    Then suddenly he had to leave for something (moving, military or a career) so the connection between him and the girl started to die. That fact totally paralyzed the girl, but the decision was already made...he couldn't do anything but held her close as though it would stop time from passing:
    "You stand still as the temperature kills...The day got colder so I held you closer, in an effort to save us from time..."


    There love was so strong that it was burning like a spark. The wind stands for the decision he made (leaving her behind), and it totally killed their relationship. The death of their relationship is described as the dark:
    "Almost like the wind came and ruined the spark and left us in the dark."


    Now he's back, but he realizes it's too little too late now. He wishes he could have told her how much he loved her and stayed with her before he made the decision of leaving. He apparently had promised her that he'd be back in a short time before he left. But it seemed that he couldn't make it, so he's now described as a liar. And the girl was frustrated, it hurt her, she lost all the faith she had in their relationship, so he feels that she doesn't need him anymore, no longer what she requires:
    "But hey- I coulda told you that I loved you and stay,
    around to rekindle the fire but I was late,
    on my return and now you've lost all faith.
    And I am a liar,
    I'm no longer what you require."


    Now what he did to their relationship comes back to hurt him. The pain is horrible for him since it was his first love, and he perceives that it won't ever leave him be. It will haunt him forever. He can't go for another girl, since obviously she's the only one he loves. So instead of moving on, leaving everything including the girl behind, which he thinks will be the right choice, he keeps on trying. Now he remembers the time that he was about to leave, the girl looked right in his face as a hint that she wanted him to stay. But he turned around and left.
    "It's how it goes, the ghost of your first love wont ever leave you til the day that you die
    I wont ever live down leaving her behind even if the choice was the right one
    It was a good thing staring me right in the face but I turned and ran away."


    Now he knows that he made a big mistake so he wishes he could have stayed...so here comes the chorus again. (I like how every line of this song comes along very well together, Howie Day is a great writer)


    At the moment, he's reminiscing the times they had together back to the time when the relationship was still going well. No matter what he does, he cannot make it go the same way as it did, that's his perception for their relationship now. Now all he wants the girl to do is forget about it and close the door of hope on him as though it would help him move on...
    "Back then the days were so much faster,
    we were young stubborn and in love with disaster.
    You know you cant go back even if you try,
    you better just forget it wont you close the door on me
    cause it will never be the same
    it will never be the way it was before"

    milovemyloveon June 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti hate that there aren't more comments on this song, because it is SO amazing, but i think the commenter before me is pretty much right. the only thing i'm not sure of is that the leaving wasn't by choice. i think when he talks about when he left, i think it's because he was scared of the love turning into what it was, and just ran, and then by being "late" on his return, i think it's because he had been gone so long that she had moved on.

    the great thing about this song, is that it's happened to us all, whether we were the one running from someone or someone ran from us. it's very relatable, but not cliche and overdone like so many songs are about this kind of thing. i loveee howie day! :)
    babyimadreamerrron May 13, 2011   Link

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