"If It Means a Lot to You" as written by Thomas H Jr Denney, Alexander Thomas Shelnutt, Jeremy Wade Mckinnon, Neil S Westfall and Joshua Steven Woodard....
Hey darling, I hope you're good tonight
And I know you don't feel right when I'm leaving
Yeah, I want it but no, I don't need it
Tell me something sweet to get me by
'Cause I can't come back home 'til they're singin'

La, la la la, la la la
'Til everyone is singin'

If you can wait 'til I get home (I get home)
Then I swear to you that we can make this last
(La la la)
If you can wait 'til I get home (I get home)
Then I swear come tomorrow, this will all be in our past
It might be for the best

And hey sweetie, but I need you here tonight
And I know that you don't wanna be leaving
Yeah, you want it but I can't help it
I just feel complete when you're by my side
But I know you can't come home 'til they're singin'

La, la la la, la la la
'Til everyone is singin'
La, la la la, la la la

If you can wait 'til I get home
Then I swear to you that we can make this last
(La la la)
If you can wait 'til I get home
Then I swear come tomorrow, this will all be in our past
It might be for the best

You know you can't give me what I need
And even though you mean so much to me
I can wait through everything
Is this really happening?
I swear I'll never be happy again
And don't you dare say we can just be friends
I'm not some boy that you can sway
We knew it'd happen eventually

La, la la la, la la la
Now everybody's singin'
La, la la la, la la la
Now everybody's singin'
La, la la la, la la la (If you can wait 'til I get home)
Now everybody's singin'
La, la la la, la la la (Then I swear we can make this last)
Now everybody's singin'

La, la la la, la la la
If you can wait 'til I get home
Now everybody's singin' la, la la la, la la la
Then I swear we can make this last
Now everybody's singin' la


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"If It Means a Lot to You" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon Alexander Thomas Shelnutt

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  • +10
    General CommentI think this can applied towards any relationship. (That's actually one thing I love about ADTR. Their songs allow you to drift and think of your own meaning for the song.) This can be someone in the military, away at school, traveling for a job, touring (in this case), etc...

    "I know you can’t give me what I need
    And even though you mean so much to me
    I can't wait through everything"

    I think this means that she is going to move on, even though, she really just wants to be with him.

    "Is this really happening?"

    And this Jeremy saying, "Come on? Just stay with me... Do you know what this will do to me?"

    "I swear I’ll never be happy again
    And don’t you dare say we can just be friends
    I’m not some boy that you can sway
    We knew it’d happen eventually"

    And this is Jeremy saying, "Ok fine, do what you want. Just know I'm not going to be around anymore if you follow through with this."
    KevinSTL4on January 23, 2009   Link
  • +8
    My InterpretationPretty straightforward song. Here's my (kinda detailed) view on it:

    "Hey darling, I hope you're good tonight
    And I know you don't feel right when I'm leaving
    Yeah, I want it, but no, I don't need it
    Tell me something sweet to get me by"
    The guy is probably in a band and is leaving his girlfriend to go on tour maybe?

    "'Cause I can't come back home 'til they're singing
    La, la la la, la la la
    'Til everyone is singing"
    He won't come back until his band is succesful and their fans are singing for them.

    "If you can wait 'til I get home
    Then I swear to you that we can make this last
    If you can wait 'til I get home
    Then I swear come tomorrow this will all be in our past
    Well it might be for the best"
    Pretty obvious. As soon as the guy makes it with his band, he's gonna get with her. lol

    "Hey sweetie, I need you here tonight
    And I know that you don't want to be leaving me
    Yeah, you want it, but I can't help that
    I just feel complete when you're by my side
    But I know you can't come home 'til they're singing
    La, la la la, la la la
    'Til everyone is singing
    La, la la la, la la la"
    The girl telling him how she feels about the whole thing. Seems that right now she's kinda okay with him leaving.

    "I know you can't give me what I need
    And even though you mean so much to me
    I can't wait through everything"
    Eventually, the girl is fed up with all that.

    "Is this really happening?
    I swear I'll never be happy again
    And don't you dare say we can just be friends
    I'm not some boy that you can sway"
    Guy is desperate, kinda tries to convince her to stay with him.

    "We knew it'd happen eventually"
    Still they both knew it would end this way.

    And in the end, when the crowd is singing, that means he finally made it with his band but it's over between them.
    and stuff.
    :3
    xuniapon September 24, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI probably feel this way simply because it applies to my life, but it reminds me of going off to college. You leave behind the one special person, swearing you will be back soon and often. However, as time goes on, coming home isn't as simple as you thought it would be. It sounds to me like she is saying I can't continue to watch you leave, and I can't continue to dream of you being here next to me.

    It feels like a few days after a huge fight and the night before he's coming home when she suddenly realized she can't do this any more. Life is taking them in two separate directions, no matter how badly they just want to be together. He swears he can't go on without her and realizes they could never just be friends, but she has herself to take care of and enough faith in him to know that he will be okay.

    The truth of it is, they both knew when he went off, it wouldn't work. It hardly ever does. I think the end is saying "We've done what's right, and in some crazy, messed up way, it's brought harmony back into our lives and the lives of everyone we know."
    Alaskaaon March 09, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDamn, I was just about to post this lyric too... Beat me to it...
    This song features Sierra Kusterbeck of VersaEmerge.

    To me this song's another one about touring.
    Girlfriend back home,
    can't take the touring lifestyle of her boyfriend,
    Breaks up with him etc.
    DCswindleon January 16, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song was able to keep me and my girlfriend together because it made us realize that our relationship was important. And i'm still with her! that's the best part.
    metalkia666on February 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsoo fucking good.
    fightoff__yrdemonson February 08, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song! :)
    I really think this could just be about a long-distance relationship and it's hard for them. Either long-distance, a band touring, or even the armed forces.
    HadMeAtHelloon October 15, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"‘Cause I can’t come back home ‘til they’re singing
    La, la la la, la la la"
    Obviously he can't come back home till his band has made it.

    The whole song he's asking her to wait for him, and she says "I can't wait through everything"

    The song ends with "Now everybody's singing La." Symbolising that he's come home, because he couldn't come home until everyone was singing La.
    Srayon April 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love versaemerge, and i love adtr.

    amazing song.
    operateon February 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWOW fits my life perfectly right now.
    chelllseeeaaon February 26, 2009   Link

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