Around here, it's the hardest time of year
Waking up, the days are even gone
The collar of my coat
Lord help me, cannot help the cold
The raindrops sting my eyes
I keep them closed.

But I'm feelin' no pain
I'm a little lonely and my quietest friend
Have I the moonlight? Have I let you in?
Say it ain't so, say I'm happy again

Say it's over, say I'm dreaming,
Say I'm better than you left me
Say you're sorry, I can take it
Say you'll wait, say you won't
Say you love me, say you don't
I can make my own mistakes
Let it bend before it breaks

I'm all right. Don't I seem to be?
Aren't I swinging on the stars?
Don't I wear them on my sleeve?
When you're looking for a crossroads,
It happens every day
And whichever way you turn,
I'm gonna turn the other way

Say it's over, say I'm dreaming,
Say I'm better than you left me
Say you're sorry, I can take it
Say you'll wait, say you won't
Say you love me, say you don't
I can make my own mistakes
Learn to let it bend before it breaks

Say it's over say I'm dreaming,
Say I'm better than you left me
Say you're sorry, I can take it
Say you'll wait, say you won't
Say you love me, say you don't
I can make my own mistakes
Let it bend before it breaks



Lyrics submitted by passiona8t, edited by nutshell7

"Before it Breaks" as written by Brandi M. Carlile, Timothy Jay Hanseroth, Phillip John Hanseroth

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    My Interpretation:I absolutely love this song! So sad but so beautiful! The first lines are a bit different though:

    'Round here it's the hardest time of year
    Wakin' up the days are even gone
    And the collar of my coat, lord help me,
    Cannot help the cold
    The raindrops sting my eyes,
    I keep them closed

    But I'm feelin' no pain, I'm a little lonely
    And my quietest friend, Have I the moonlight
    Have I let you in
    Say it ain't so, Say I'm happy again
    nikole115on March 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:To me this song is about easing into an inevitable break-up, one that she doesn't want, but may know is necessary. Although it may be a mistake it's almost better to live in denial, in limbo, then be apart from that person, and she's okay with that. The partner in the relationship has the power..."better than you left me," and she seems to be the type of person that is used to being hurt and is always "alright, don't I always seem to be." I think it's about giving in to that person, or that relationship, that you know is so wrong for you, but you don't care, you hold on because you don't know what to do without that person in your life.
    pastelgreyon March 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is a fantastic song but the lyrics incorrect. The first lines in the song are...

    Around here, it's the hardest time of year
    Waking up, the days are even gone
    (from)The collar of my coat, lord help me killing off the cold
    The raindrops sting my eyes, I keep them closed

    But I'm feeling the pain only the lonely
    And my quietest friend, have I the moonlight?
    Have I let you in?
    Say it ain't so, say I'm happy again.

    I feel like I can relate to this song because I noticed during months like November (Hardest time of year), when there were no leaves on the trees and the sun is hiding behind the clouds most days, almost everything seemed dull. All the people that I love and wanted to be near weren't around and that made me exceptionally lonely which would keep me up thinking about those people many nights( my quietest friend, have I the moonlight). Besides the point of being lonely, I'd often want to cry because the consistent cold and rainy weather made me feel so crumby but there was no one there to really console me so I'd just hold it in ( Raindrops sting my eyes, I keep them closed). I also, like Brandi says " Say it ain't so, say I'm happy again", know that it's just a seasonal thing and I will have to shrug it off for awhile because I'm generally a happy person and these lonely feelings will all be over once I get through the winter. When I hear this, I imagine her singing of a similar situation.

    OceansRose10on March 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:For me this song is about fighting off my mind and trying to not let myself break yet.
    Catlover210on November 10, 2013   Link

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