"Learn My Lesson" as written by Christopher A. Daughtry, Mitchell Allan Scherr and Chris Tompkins....
Tonight the sunset means so much
The one thing that you know you'll never touch
Like the feeling, the real thing
I reach out for the sweet dream
But somehow the darkness wakes me up

And I've felt this emptiness before (I've felt this emptiness before)
But all the times that I've been broken
I still run right back for more

You'd think that I'd learn my lesson by now
You'd think that I'd somehow figure out
That if you strike the match
You're bound to feel the flame

You think that I'd learn the cost of love
Paid that price long enough
But still I drive myself right through the pain
Yeah, well it turns out I haven't learned a thing

Sometimes I think I'm better off
To turn out the lights and close up shop
And give up the longing, believing in belonging
Just hold down my head and take the loss

You'd think that I'd learn my lesson by now
You'd think that I'd somehow figure out
That if you strike the match
You're bound to feel the flame

You'd think that I'd learn the cost of love
Paid that price long enough
But still I drive myself right through the pain
Yeah, well it turns out I haven't learned a thing

You'd think that I'd learn my lesson by now
You'd think that I'd somehow figure out
That if you strike that match
You're bound to feel the flame

You'd think that I'd learn the cost of love
Paid that price long enough
But still I drive myself right through the pain
(Still I drive myself right through the pain)
Yeah, well it turns out I haven't learned a thing

You'd think that I'd learn my lesson by now
You'd think that I'd somehow figure out
I haven't learned a thing
I haven't learned, I haven't learned
I haven't learned a thing


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"Learn My Lesson" as written by Christopher A. Daughtry Chris Tompkins

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    General CommentI love this song. Every word is true for me too.
    We somehow repeat our mistakes when it comes to falling in love.
    faceofanaon September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs on the new album! Probably because I can relate to every word in it. It's about not really learning from your own mistakes. He's saying that he should have known better but he still makes the same decisions, knowing that it is going to cause that same pain that he knows all too well from previous experiences. And he ultimately hasn't learned a thing even throughout everything that he has been through.

    "Tonight the sunset means so much
    The one thing that you know, you never touch
    Like the feeling, the real thing
    I reach out for the sweet dream..."

    I think in those lines, he realizes that he can have so much more than what he's putting himself through. And he truly wants to believe that, but something keeps drawing him back to "running right back for more [pain]."
    forever_dreameron July 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song means so much to me. Every word in it I can relate too. It's like with my ex, he leads me on everytime. And I know going into it I'm going to get hurt, but I do it anyways. And each time it turns out the same. But hey, what can I say?
    'No one can promise you that they won't hurt you. Cus at one point everyone does. The real promise is if the time you spent together will be worth the pain in the end.'
    LindseyBabyyyon May 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou know that its over, bt you keep holding on just cant deal with the loss.
    Outlaw1on June 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this song is less about going back to someone who keeps letting you down, but more about not giving up on the idea of love just because you've been hurt.

    The "emptiness" is the feeling of loss as the old relationship ends, but "run right back for more" is about finding a new one.

    In my opinion it's a positive message and the "lesson" he's talking about is actually one you shouldn't ever learn.
    PabloMuiron April 11, 2013   Link

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