"Water and Bridges" as written by and Christopher Andrew Carrabba....
There's things I know I should have mentioned sooner
But I didn't know how
I'm sorry I lost you
I never thought that this could come between us
I know its water and bridges now

But what's the sense in carrying around
This weight, these words are tearing me apart

And that's enough for the back to break
That's enough for a mouth to take
But I've been paying for it since I drove my girl away
And that's the sign of a solemn man
I'll make the best of the best I can
And I'll be better for it if I ever get my chance

That face, I know exactly what you're thinking
But I'm certain this time is different
And that's why I can't pretend that everything is mended
I know I've tried to for too long now

But what's the sense in carrying around
This weight, these words are tearing me apart

And that's enough for the back to break
That's enough for a mouth to take
But I've been paying for it since I drove my girl away
And that's the sign of a solemn man
I'll make the best of the best I can
And I'll be better for it if I ever get my chance

Oh save me from a gray life
Oh save me from a gray life
I paid the price with my soul
Oh save me

And that's enough for the back to break
That's enough for a mouth to take
But I've been paying for it since I drove my girl away
And that's the sign of a solemn man
I'll make the best of the best I can
And I'll be better for it if I ever get my chance
If I ever get my chance
If I ever get my chance
If I ever get my chance


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"Water And Bridges" as written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba

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    General Commenti think its: "thats an awful lot to take" not "thats a lot for the mouth to take."
    slacker19jon November 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentahh i'm the first one?? i love this song!!

    i think its about regret and trying to make things right in a relationship that had a lot of unhappiness to it. this reminds me of what i'm going through right now..
    "can't pretend that everything is mended" is just like faking a smile and trying to veil whats really going on... he drove her away by things that happened.... "oh save me from a grey life" is just regret if he doesn't fix things....grey is always blah and nothing really that special and his girl was special.
    o4erin20on November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSuch an amazing song. It really means a lot to me, this is because I'm moving interstate, around 2,500km away from everyone I've ever known and loved. It makes me think of all the happy and sad time I've spent with my friends. And makes me think if I'll ever come back again and if I do, what would I be coming back to.
    CrystalCrampson November 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite dashboard song to date.
    lyrics=perfect

    incredible.
    dej4entenduon December 28, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationi agree that it is about regret in a failed relationship. one that actually meant something to the singer. yea i know how it feels as i feel that way right now. que sera sera. :-/
    firebomb86on July 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI actually think this song could be related to abortion.. obviously everyone will have their own meaning behind it, generally something that probably happened to them recently. So I guess mine would be this idea. It could be about the regret of a failed relationship indeed, but I sort of think the reason behind the failure would be aborting their unborn child. When he says he's been paying for it since he drove her away, I think he means that ever since he drove her away from that clinic and sensed the sadness and loss in her, he has felt total remorse. And then he goes on to say that's a sign of a dignified man, that he would feel remorse for killing his unborn child.. and he says that if he gets a chance to be a father again, this time he'll be ready for it, he'll be better for the part. Again, this is simply my interpretation of the song, and it is solely for the fact that I have recently gone through a situation just like this. But I don't think my meaning is too outrageous by any means. I could go much more in depth about it, but I don't want to ruin the meaning that others may have speculated on it, because like I said, everyone has their own opinions on what a song could mean to them.
    polkadotblisson October 23, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbest song, i think, in the alter the ending album..
    pochoyon September 24, 2012   Link
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    General Commentpolkadotbliss got it right. This song is very clearly about post-abortive regret. The lyrics could go many directions, but the title is an obvious hat tip to the Kenny Rodgers Track (later re-recorded by Collin Raye) of the same name. That song much more clearly spells out its theme of the lasting negative effects aborting your child. Another song that shares this theme is Freshman by the verve pipe. It similarly hides its meaning, and symbolically demonstrates the taboo nature of men voicing their emotions on a topic that society has claimed only can be spoken by a women. I think this is a great song, wasn't familiar with the band, and happened upon it by accident. Thumbs up!
    J3radfordon November 07, 2012   Link

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