"How Do You Love Someone" as written by and Billy Steinberg Josh Alexander....
Mama never told me how to love
Daddy never told me how to feel
Mama never told me how to touch
Daddy never showed me how to heal

Mama never set a good example
Daddy never held Mama's hands
Mama found everything hard to handle
Daddy never stood up like a man

I've walked around broken, emotionally frozen
Getting it on, getting it wrong

How do you love someone without getting hurt?
How do you love someone without crawling in the dirt?
So far in my life, clouds have blocked the sun
How do you love, how do you love someone?
How do you love, how do you love someone?

I was always the chosen child
Their biggest scandal I became
They told me I'd never survive
But survival's my middle name

I've walked around hoping, just barely coping
Getting it on, getting it wrong

How do you love someone without getting hurt?
How do you love someone without crawling in the dirt?
So far in my life, clouds have blocked the sun
How do you love, how do you love someone?
How do you love, how do you love someone?

It's hard to talk, to say what's deep inside
It's hard to tell the truth, when you've always lied

How do you love someone without getting hurt?
How do you love someone without crawling in the dirt?
So far in my life, clouds have blocked the sun
How do you love, how do you love someone?
How do you love, how do you love someone?

How do you love someone and make it last?
How do you love someone without tripping on the past?
So far in my life, clouds have blocked the sun
How do you love, how do you love someone?
How do you love, how do you love someone?
Someone...


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  • +2
    My Interpretationi think she's trying to point out the question of how to find the balance of love in a relatioship (parents, frends, lovers) when the past holds memories of pain and unsolved conflicts

    most of us haven't learnt how to process our emotions, rendering us unable to clear the shit and find back to love...
    cresunon November 04, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat I get from this song is that this girl is coming from a situation where her mom and dad do not have a good relationship ("Momma never set a good example, daddy never held momma's hand"), so the only examples of love she's ever had have been really messed up.
    This then affects her own relationships, because she doesn't have good standards of love or what to expect or look for. Most likely she also doesn't have respect for herself, because she was never taught to demand or expect respect. So, she's been in all these crappy relationships (I've been walked around broken, emotionally frozen, getting it on, getting it wrong). Possibly they've all been physically oriented...
    "I was always the chosen child to be the scandal that I became" would refer to people judging her based on her home situation, and her growing up to fit that, probably by throwing herself at guys, looking for love in all the wrong places.
    "They told me I'd never survive, but survival's my middle name" Pretty much speaks for itself. She's had a tough life, she knows things are messed up, but she's spent her whole life fending for herself (probably because no one else cared enough to care for her), and she's going to keep on surviving any way she can.
    That's what I get from it anyway.
    SheOverThinkson April 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song! ♥
    MusicLover23on June 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about how you can't really teach someone to love,
    you just see other people in love. and people that aren't in love,
    and then i can talk about abuse in a relationship, but that's another post.
    but i think it's really about how you can't teach it,
    you just have to experience it to know.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso...
    this song is about a girl that she grews up in a family they never love each other and because of this she never learned to love someone and show her feelings
    this is what i think about this perfect song
    sky0girl0like0a0magicon August 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, for you anime fans, this actually represents Maka's (from Soul Eater) situation with her parents very well. I realize that it's not a shoujo anime (THANK GOD), but this song could still depict how she feels about love and everything.

    At least, this is what I always think of when I hear this song.
    BlacklightTranceon August 24, 2011   Link

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