Fifteen years from tonight you have to make a desicion
The greatest love of your life
Is gonna call during dinner...
From the home of the girl that he's living with now
And the guilt he'll say is killing him
He's wilted in the middle and he knows how bad he acted
Knows he can't have you back
But the fact is he can't be happy when you're angry
And you're so angry, he says you stayed so mad
And he heard it on the street that
You moved back in with your dad
You were drinking something awful
And that makes him sad
Then he says it's good to hear your voice again
And that it's hard to ask it, but he's calling with a question
He's been working real hard, he's trying to make a new start
An honest to god fresh beginning
So maybe you could try to finally find it in your heart to forgive him

You've already been here before
You already know where it goes
You chose this, you know it's suppose to be over
You've been here before
You already know where it goes
You chose this, you know it's suppose to be over

He hung up the phone, you listened to the dial tone
And you stared at the stove until the beeping started
You read some love letters some threats and some you couldn't tell apart
That you keep under the bed at the apartment
And then you did what he asked you to do you opened your heart up
Right there on a napkin on the carpet and part of it was frostbit
But you've always been a smart kid
Could still distinguish, the blood black as pitch
Valves had gone stiff, veins and scar tissue
Four chambers just a standard issue
But none had room, forgiveness is huge
And you had two full of ice water
One fulla salt, one packed with coal
Eager and ready and willing to find fault

You've already been here before
You already know where it goes
You chose this, you know it's suppose to be over
You've been here before
You already know where it goes
You chose this, you know it's suppose to be over

Then with your heart in your lap
And your head in your hands, suddenly you had a plan
Wrap the mess in newspaper
Headed west on Hennepin,
Heavy with a huge favor for a kid that just turned ten
A flat-chested, gap-toothed girl
Was the best that I've been so far
And now I'm too big to forgive him
I need just a moment with me,
A moment when I was still little
I used to sing on the roof outside my windowsill
And I came hoping some ghost of me would be here still
And here you are, stick figure and a busted grin
Still ignorant of all the trouble I'ma get us in
Hoping we could trade, just for tonight
Like I could borrow your heart
And I could leave you mine
It's not much for collateral, tattered and battle-scared
But I can promise you solemn
That I will be back for it tomorrow
I only need yours this evening
So I can call an old friend
And I can tell him
That we're finally even,
That we're finally even

You chose this, you know it's suppose to be over
I've been here before
And I already know where it goes
You chose this, you know it's suppose to be over


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    General Commenther father not being there for support and she had to battle it all on her own! What ya think?
    wishaponastar17on June 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a guy she was in love with, but is now with someone else. (not her absent father, as she's now living with him: "You moved back in with your dad"). He's calling asking for forgiveness for his actions a long time ago, and she needs to go back to her childhood self ("flat-chested, gap-toothed girl") to find the strength to forgive him, as her heart is too full and she's too jaded ("Four chambers just a standard issue // But none had room, forgiveness is huge // And you had two full of ice water // One fulla salt, one packed with coal"). So, she asks her childhood self to trade hearts for the night, so she can forgive him ("Hoping we could trade, just for tonight //like I could borrow your heart // and I could leave you mine"). Despite maybe wanting to get back together, she knows she shouldn't ("you chose this, you know it's supposed to be over"). Ultimately, she forgives him ("So I can call an old friend and I can tell him that we're finally even").
    johnschromon September 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentjohnschrom, think you hit the nail on the head. One of my favorite Dessa songs
    ryanalbertjohnomaron September 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNice interpretation johnschrom. In my opinion, this song is written from the perspective of the 10 year old girl, who receives a visit from herself as a hard-hearted young adult. They "trade hearts" for the night so the younger "self" can see the pain she's about to feel, and the young girl ends up never dating the guy (just my speculation, mostly because forgiveness isn't usually described as "getting even".) That's why they're "finally even," -- because the relationship never happens and the girl doesn't end up hurt and angry.
    jt354on October 09, 2011   Link
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    General Comment@jt354 - I agree with you. I think the way Dessa makes it 'even' to forgive him is that both her and the one she's angry with both took a young girl's heart.
    ralphhogaboomon March 02, 2012   Link

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