"If I Leave" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon, Chad Everett Gilbertsesac, Neil S Westfall, Alexander Thomas Shelnutt and Kevin Skaff....
Let's go
In the beginning I was upfront
Nothing to think about, you'd always hear me out
We made a pact and never gave up
When everything would change we'd always stay the same
Something went wrong along the way
You come around and there's nothing left to say
Its like we're strangers anyway
What more could you ask of me

It's been a long time coming
But everyone's going to hear me out

If I leave bet you'll wish I stayed
Make you regret all the things you said to me
You know that time can't help us now
If I leave this, if I leave this way

I've always been a man of action
Never let anything keep a hold of me
Could always tell when somethings missing
Like I knew everything, except for you and me
I can't make you want to stay
Our love is not that strong
But broken in our way
I still gave it everything
I guess I'll never catch my break

It's been a long time coming
But everyone's going to hear me now

If I leave bet you'll wish I stayed
Make you regret all the things you said to me
You know that time can't help us now
You know that time can't help us now
If I leave I'll move away
And try to right all the wrongs we ever made
Won't let your problems weigh me down
If I leave this, if I leave this way

Never thought I'd be the last one standing
Never thought that we would come this far
You'll always be there looking over my shoulder
I've come to terms with exactly what we are

Never thought I'd be the last one standing
Never thought that we'd come this far
You'll always be there looking over my shoulder
I've come to terms with exactly what we are

If I leave bet you'll wish I stayed
Make you regret all the things you said to me
You know that time can't help us now
You know that time can't help us now
If I leave I'll move away
And try to right all the wrongs we ever made
Won't let your problems weigh me down
If I leave this, if I leave this way

Never thought I'd be the last one standing
Never thought that we would come this far
You'll always be there looking over my shoulder
I've come to terms with exactly what we are
If I leave this, if I leave this way


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"If I Leave" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon Chad Everett Gilbert

Lyrics © Another Victory Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    My InterpretationSounds like a relationship that started strong but lost its flame as time went on from these lines
    "But something went wrong along the way
    You’d come around and there’s nothing left to say"

    Then the girl said she wanted to end it but never did from this line
    "I can’t make you want to stay, I tried but this broke under our weight"

    Basically the chorus is what the guy is saying but he realizes that even the time apart wouldn't repair
    their relationship.

    The song is basically him debating with himself with himself whether to end the relationship or not but in the end he ends it not her from this line
    "Never thought you’d be the last one standing"

    And he basically accepts what relationship he and the girl has now.
    From this line, i'm unsure about
    "You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder"
    whether the girl or both he and the girl have no hard feelings towards each other at how the relationship ended.
    wellineveron January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsome of those are wrong, here are the 100% correct lyrics straight from the lyric booklet.


    Let's Go!

    In the beginning I was up front
    Nothing to think about, you’d always hear me out
    We made a pact and never gave up
    When everything would change, we always stayed the same
    Something went wrong along the way
    You come around and there’s nothing left to say
    It's like we’re strangers anyway, what more could you ask of me
    It’s been a long time coming, but everyones gonna hear me now

    If I leave, bet you’ll wish I’d stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    I’ve always been a man of action,
    Never let anything keep ahold of me
    Can always tell when somethings missing,
    Like I knew everything except for you and me
    I can't make you want to stay,
    God knows I've tried but this broke under our weight.
    I still gave it everything.
    I guess I'll never catch my break.

    If I leave, bet you’ll wish I’d stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    If I leave, I'll still move away,
    And try to right all the wrongs we’ve ever made
    Won't let your problems weight me down
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    Never thought you’d be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder
    Come to terms with exactly what we are

    Never thought you’d be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder
    Come to terms with exactly what we are

    If I leave, bet you’ll wish I’d stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    If I leave, I'll still move away,
    And try to right all the wrongs we’ve ever made
    Won't let your problems weight me down
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    Never thought you’d be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.


    an amazing song to end an amazing album. i love it.
    xdearvanityon March 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's one of those songs that you have to go through what the song writer went through in order to understand it. It's basically about a close friend of his who he made a "forever friends" pact with but they don't talk the way they use to anymore, as if they were strangers. And he's someone who always knows what he's doing, he trusts his gut but he can never get it right when it comes to his friend.
    But if he left, his friend would be in misery because they still had a past together. And the bridge is saying that they still are close friends, they still have an amazingly strong bond, and they want each other to know that, but they're just not right for each other. Like you love someone but you have nothing in common with them or nothing to talk about.
    Solpion April 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionLet's Go!

    In the beginning I was upfront
    Nothing to think about, you’d always hear me out
    We made a pact and never give up
    When everything would change, we always stayed the same
    But something went wrong along the way
    You’d come around and there’s nothing left to say
    It's like we’re strangers anyway, what more could you ask of me?
    It’s been a long time coming, but everyone’s gonna hear me now

    If I leave, bet you’ll wish I stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    I’ve always been a man of action,
    Never let anything keep a hold of me
    I can always tell when somethings missing,
    Like I know everything, except for you and me.
    I can’t make you want to stay, I tried but this broke under out weight
    I still gave it everything, I guess I never catch my break
    It’s been a long time coming, but everyone’s gonna hear me now

    If I leave, bet you’ll wish I’d stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    if I leave I should move away,
    and try to right all the wrongs we’ve ever made
    well let your problems weight me down
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    I never thought you’d be the last one standing
    I never thought that we would come this far
    You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder
    I’ve come to terms with exactly what we are

    Never thought you’d be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder
    Come to terms with exactly what we are

    If I leave, bet you’ll wish I’d stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    You know that time can’t help us now,
    if I leave I should move away,
    and try to right all the wrongs we’ve ever made
    well let your problems weight me down
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    ‘Never thought you’d be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You’ll always be there looking over my shoulder
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.
    j0hn0bon November 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song from the album. Hits me right in the heart like so many other of their songs.
    Reminds me of a dear friend of mine that's leaving soon.
    CrimsonXxTIdeson July 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song for me is how me and my ex ended. We were together for 3 and a half years when she ended it.
    She said that we were drifting apart and it just wasn't the same anymore and it took me a few months but looking back I could see where she was coming from.

    The song could be about either a relationship or friendship where the two people just drifted and everything ended.
    savingandieon February 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a person who had so much hardships and lost a friend who was holding them to earth, maybe through a fight. In the beginning I was up front
    "Nothing to think about, you'd always hear me out
    We made a pact and never gave up
    When everything would change, we always stayed the same
    Something went wrong along the way
    You come around and there's nothing left to say." They were best friends but got in a huge argument.

    "It's like we're strangers anyway, what more could you ask of me
    It's been a long time coming, but everyones gonna hear me now." The main person is thinking about what was said.

    "If I leave, bet you'll wish I'd stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can't help us now,
    If I leave this, if I leave this way." I'm kinda thinking that his friend said for him to kill himself ("If I leave, if I leave this way.")

    "I've always been a man of action,
    Never let anything keep ahold of me
    Can always tell when something's missing,
    Like I knew everything except for you and me
    I can't make you want to stay,
    God knows I've tried but this broke under our weight.
    I still gave it everything.
    I guess I'll never catch my break." He's gonna try and catch his break.

    "If I leave, bet you'll wish I'd stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can't help us now,
    You know that time can't help us now,
    If I leave, I'll still move away,
    And try to right all the wrongs we've ever made
    Won't let your problems weight me down
    If I leave this, if I leave this way." He's talking to his friend, saying "Hey, bye. You're right. But your problems with me aren't gonna weigh me down."

    "Never thought you'd be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You'll always be there looking over my shoulder
    Come to terms with exactly what we are." Thinking they wouldn't be friends with each other for this long and then saying what they thought.

    "Never thought you'd be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You'll always be there looking over my shoulder
    Come to terms with exactly what we are." ^

    "If I leave, bet you'll wish I'd stayed
    Make you regret all the things you said to me
    You know that time can't help us now,
    You know that time can't help us now,
    If I leave, I'll still move away,
    And try to right all the wrongs we've ever made
    Won't let your problems weight me down
    If I leave this, if I leave this way.

    "Never thought you'd be the last one standing
    Never thought that we would come this far
    You'll always be there looking over my shoulder
    If I leave this, if I leave this way."
    I_am_a_cyborgon January 10, 2014   Link

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