What could you hope to achieve
When I'm crying and you know why?
How do you find your reasons
In my deepest, darkest night?
i keep giving you up

I remember when
You were my only friend
Now I'm not sure you can
Feel like that again
I keep giving you up

And my, you know my mind's made up this time
There's no going back to find what we had
And I know there's no lighting up to shine
There's no wrong where there's no right
So enough, I'm giving you up

All the things that you said
Well, you seem to forget
They dance around in my head every night
And there's a battle within that I'll never win
Cause it's me that I'm up against
It's my heart versus common sense
Can i give you up?

And my, you know my mind's made up this time
There's no going back to find what we had
And I know there's no lighting up to shine
There's no wrong where there's no right
So enough, I'm giving you up

Strip the layers
Make me better
Help me get out clean

Show your colors
I'm slipping under
Help me through this, please

And my, you know my mind's made up this time
There's no going back to find what we had
And I know there's no lighting up to shine
There's no wrong where there's no right
So enough, I'm giving you up

Yeeaaahhh

My mind's made up!

Yeah

I'm giving you up
I'm giving you up!
Yeah, I'm giving you up


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    My InterpretationHow come anyone has not commented on this song yet? Its absolutely, breathtakingly amazing and beautiful. Miley sings this with such a passion that I was quite surprised. Anyway, this song is mainly about getting over someone after break up. The girl in the song was in a relationship with a guy and her boyfriend did not treat her right probably and kept on playing with her feelings.

    In the first verse, she is talking about how much pain she goes through because of him and his games and inconsideration. She has wasted too many tears over him and dealt with too many sleepless nights. She keeps on trying to give him up and forget about him but somehow, goes back to him everytime. Next, she says that the feelings she has for him are so intense and strong that its impossible for her to be friends with him again.

    In the chorus, she decides that she deserves much more than what he is giving her. She makes up her mind to move on even if its difficult because the relationship has no hope of improvement and he won't change. She is just going to get hurt repeatedly so there is no point in trying.

    In the second verse, she is talking about all the promises he made which he did not keep. His words keep on replaying in her mind continuously. Then, she refers to the situation a lot girls go through, where our heart asks to hold on while our head says to let go. She implies that such a struggle is raging inside her and she will never win, indicating that she is always going to love him whether he is deserving or not.

    "Strip the layers
    Make me better
    Help me get out clean

    Show your colors
    I'm slipping under
    Help me through this, please" - I had to think about this part a little. I think it means that since she loves him intensely, there is a part of him in her now, there is a space reserved for his thoughts in her mind and heart. So, she is probably asking to strip those layers out of her soul so that she can attempt to get better. So that she can have her perspective back. So that she can be sane and pure again.

    Next, she asks him to "show his colors" probably asking him to show his true self to her, show the person inside of him. He has played with her heart severely and still, she holds onto him and loves him blindly. Perhaps, that's why she says that she is slipping under, as in, slipping under the unconditional love she feels for him and it is overpowering her judgment and viewpoint. Hence, she is asking him to be true to her, not to pretend to love her. If she saw that clearly, she would not foster hopes that he might change. It'd be easier for her to see that she is making the right decision by giving him up. She is begging him to come clean about the situation and help her to let him go.

    This is a truly deep song. A lot of us know what it feels like to struggle between deciding whether to give up or hold on.

    glamgirl12333on April 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhen I first heard this song back in spring 2011, when everything had happened with her hitting the bong and generally being vilified, I honestly thought this song was about her father. He was going on and erratically airing out his concern and details of her troubles while the were estranged. The whole thing felt very Michael Lohan to me. Rather than respecting her hope for privacy and actual needing of help, he basically blamed all of his family's problems on her. She needed her father, and he wasn't being there for her.

    It seems they've resolved their problems but I have had this happen to me with several people. Two of them, I really had to give up. And the pain in her voice was my own.

    cheprinon December 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely my favorite song right now. In the 7th grade, I fell in love with this boy. He turned out to be my best friend. I am now a freshmen in college and I am still in love with him. On facebook last week, he liked my status that said "Truth Is". I told him the truth.

    Truth is, I love you. Yes I love you like a friend but way more than that, and I think you know this. I am not scared to admit it fully anymore because we are both on to bigger and better things. You are truly my best friend and my life wouldn't have been the same without you in it. Even though sometimes we fought, and the fights were bad, we bounced back from it. I hope you stay in my life, romantically or un-romantically. Having you here is all I want.

    ..EVERYONE LIKED MY POST. Want to know what he posted back?

    This has to be the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. You know i will always love you. the hardships we wnt through just made our frienship that much stronger.CANT WAOT TO SEE YOU:)

    word for word. I wanted him to tell me that he loved me too. And that he wanted to be with me. I can't take this torture anymore. All through high school, he has played with my feelings and emotions. Now, I have give him up.

    sorry for the long story.



    Everyone liked my post on his wall.
    CLATMon November 17, 2011   Link
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    MemoryOkay so right now I'm going through a rough spot with my best friend and i could never leave her. We've been friends for a while now and i love her to death. But lately, she's kind of been replacing me with this other friend of ours she'll go over and hug her and talk to her all day and crack inside jokes and it makes me feel like I'm not a good enough Best Friend.She knows I feel this way because we've talked about it but it continues to happen. And i think this song is like i love you, but you make me feel awful sometimes and i can't take it anymore. I think she's saying I can't do this anymore i have to give you up.
    maggsbagson November 09, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretationok so this song in my opinion is about her giving up the drugs considering she told the press that she had been done wih weed and evertything else she did bause she says help me get out clean and this song is absolutly inspiring and has so much meaning to it.
    phoebe1090on August 29, 2017   Link

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