"Honest" as written by Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson and Matt Hayward....
You gotta be honest
You gotta be guarded
You sure aren't gonna say

Right on the inside
That is the hardest
The hardest game to play

You sorted it all out
And managed to slip through
The night into the day

Life and a soul
Do you ever get lonely?
I'm gonna take you on

Found a way to understand the things I'm learning
Found a way to understand the time you're burning
Found a way to understand the things I'm learning
Found a way to understand the time you're burning

Gotta be honest
You gotta be guarded
You sure aren't gonna say

Right on the inside
That is the hardest
The hardest game to play

Life and a soul
Do you ever get lonely?
I'm gonna take you on

Found a way to understand the things I'm learning
Found a way to understand the time you're burning
Found a way to understand the things I'm learning
Found a way to understand the time you're burning

I'm gonna take you on

Gotta be honest
You gotta be guarded
You sure aren't gonna say

Right on the inside
That is the hardest
The hardest game to play


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"Honest" as written by Matt Hayward Emma Richardson

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    General Commentthis freaking song it's one of the most amazing songs right now!!! you know I don't understand in allout the lyrics but you know it's an amazing song!!
    BuJackieon August 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think I do understand, but you have to know the situation to understand this song..
    BrILjanTjeon September 23, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Life and the soul do you ever get lonely -i'm gonna take you on."

    ^<3

    this is a great track.
    john785on May 06, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI feel like this song is being sung from the perspective of someone who has gone through a lot of hard times but has learned a lot and made a sort of peace with life in all it's good and bad forms. They are singing to someone who they recognize as being a lot like them before they were able to learn their lessons and grow from them, so the singer is helping this vulnerable person by sharing what they learned in a similar situation.

    "You gotta be honest,
    You gotta be guarded,
    You sure aren't gonna say"
    The singer is saying, "I've been there; you want to be honest in everything you do so badly, but you're still vulnerable and feel like you need to be guarded."

    "Right on the inside,
    That is the hardest,
    The hardest game to play

    You sorted it all out
    And managed to slip through
    The night into the day"
    Again the singer is expressing hoe s/he relates to the person being sung to/about. "It's a hard game to play be unsure of everything and to feel like you're just slipping by in life."

    "Life and a soul
    Do you ever get lonely?
    I'm gonna take you on"
    This is the singer having a "deep" conversation with the person about life and how being lonely sucks, but they want to help them with their friendship if they can.

    "(I) Found a way to understand the things I'm learning
    (I) Found a way to understand the time you're burning"
    The singer says s/he understands, but they found a way out through understanding, and believe the person being sung to/about can as well.
    RoseThornon May 20, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI get the feeling that it's about overcoming an addiction or a bad habit. Like most people who have gone through withdrawals know, you spend a lot of time wondering how you're going to make it through to the next day. Also, something I personally do is repeat the same phrases over and over again to myself.....Like, "If you can make it another minute, you can do another hour." And being honest with yourself is the most important part, because if you tell yourself that you don't have a problem that needs to be fixed, you won't fix it. I get the sense that a lot of their song lyrics are about addiction.
    DarlingBekahon July 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentSeems like in any relationship (not necessarily romantic) "you gotta be honest" if you want the other person to know how you're feeling, but "you gotta be guarded" if you don't want to get screwed over, taken advantage of, or get hurt.... Is this a lack of trust, or a fear of being betrayed...
    LandLubberon May 29, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI personally think this song is about feelings of guilt, denial and turmoil for caring about someone who society thinks you should not care about based off all the unwritten rules of love.
    ssqiwdtcgon December 18, 2016   Link

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