"Arms" as written by David Hodges and Christina Perri....
I never thought that You would be the one to hold my heart
But you came around
And you knocked me off the ground from the start

You put your arms around me
And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go
You put your arms around me and I'm home

How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around
I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
I'll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I'm home

The world is coming down on me
And I can't find a reason to be loved
I never wanna leave you
But I can't make you bleed if I'm alone

You put your arms around me
And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
I'll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I'm home

I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth
And I've never opened up
I've never truly loved 'till you put your arms around me
And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
I'll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I'm home

You put your arms around me and I'm home


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"Arms" as written by David Hodges Christina Perri

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  • +11
    General CommentThis song is breathtaking, I can relate to every word.

    Some comments/explanations for people who want them:

    “How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around?
    I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown.”

    Somebody being reluctant in a relationship, often backing out of commitment for fear of being hurt. Not knowing the capacity of the person's love, trust and patience.
    Being undecided about whether one will drown in indecision and lose the loved one or whether she can overcome her fear of commitment/getting hurt/etc.

    “I hope that you see right through my walls
    I hope that you catch me cause I'm already falling”

    I hope that you can tell what I'm thinking and why I'm hesitant, rather than getting fed up with me and ending the relationship. I hope that you can see who I really am.
    I'm already struggling personally so I hope you can and will help. I'm already falling/fallen for you.

    “The world is coming down on me and I can't find a reason to be loved
    I never wanna leave you but I can't make you bleed if I'm alone”

    Everything is going wrong and I don't think you'll love me any longer. This whole deal is making me feel bad and I wonder if we should end it.
    I love you, I never want to leave you. I keep hurting you because I am scared. I don't understand why you love me, when you could just leave. I love you so much i can't leave, and if I did, I couldn't hurt you and that would be two losses.

    “I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth
    and I've never opened up I've never truly loved
    Til you put your arms around
    and I believe that it's easier for you to let me go”

    I tried for you to never see how much I loved and needed you, who I really was and who I wanted us to be.
    I have never loved until I met you and until i realised how insecure I was about the whole idea of love and attachment.
    littlemissangel29on January 08, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song Meaning“I never thought that you would be the one to hold my heart
    but you came around and you knocked me off the ground from the start”

    This verse is pretty self explanatory, she’s saying how she never expected this person to be the one she’s so in love with and tangled up in. This person has basically swept her off her feet the moment she saw them.

    “You put your arms around me
    and I believe that it's easier for you to let me go
    you put your arms me and I'm home”

    They hug and she feels like she’s home, she feels safe, protected, comfortable, happy, just by this person putting their arms around her, but she’s doubts this person she’s with feels the same, she couldn’t let them go easily or at all - “I believe it’s easier for you to let me go”

    “How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around?
    I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown...”

    This verse is kind of tricky I’m not sure what it means possibly she’s contemplating leaving them but doesn’t cause her cant handle life without them she would “drown” without their love.

    “I hope that you see right through my walls
    I hope that you catch me cause I'm already falling
    I'll never let a love get so close
    You put your arms around me and I'm home”

    She’s put up walls to protect herself from getting hurt and preventing love to come into her life, she possibly pretends not to care about the person she’s with and makes it seem like she doesn’t need them when in reality this one person is their world. She hopes this person sees through this mask and sees that she really does care about them. She can’t bare the hurt of losing them as she’s “already falling” meaning she’s already in love.

    “The world is coming down on me and I can't find a reason to be loved
    I never wanna leave you but I can't make you bleed if I'm alone”

    She goes into a spiral of depression and insecurity possibly even jealousy surfacing thinking they don’t want her anymore. She doesn’t understand why the person she’s with could love her she picks out her every flaw; she wants to leave them because she isn’t good enough but cant she’s to tangled up in them. She hurts them constantly and by doing so hides her true feelings, she doesn’t want them getting close to her she can’t their handle love.

    “I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth
    and I've never opened up I've never truly loved
    Til you put your arms around
    and I believe that it's easier for you to let me go”

    She tried so hard for her partner to never see that she needed them or loved them as much as she did for fear of scaring them away, she didn’t want to open up and love them in case they didn’t feel the same about her — she’s question their feelings for her. She’s never truly felt this way about anyone before but restricts her affection to this person because she believes they don’t feel the same.


    galoompon April 11, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's a fight between the mind and the heart. The heart wants to be loved and the mind doesn't want it.
    lizamariexoon October 22, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaningi think this song is about battle between heart & mind...
    gneisson June 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's about a girl who is terrified, so terrified. They aren't together, no, they're simply best friends.

    You see, I went through the same thing with my best friend only 2 days ago now. I am just madly in love with this girl, right? She couldn't be more perfect to me, she just couldn't. So I took a weekend to visit her, and she doesn't feel the same way perhaps? I'm not sure, I wish she was lying to me; but she told me we couldn't see each other any longer. Why? Because there's a part of me that still bleeds everytime she's thought of. Imagine loving someone so much, for girls: He comes up and wraps his arms around you, and you lay your head back on his chest, you couldn't feel safer right? But what if you're just too close.. So afraid that it'll end in heartbreak and you have shattered someone's heart..

    But it's more selfish than that lol.. You don't want the heartache, you don't want to be the reason that person suffers, because they won't just suffer, you will ruin that person. Or would you?

    To save his heart from the "true" person you are, you tell him to never see you again. Your safety, gone. His heart, shattered. You cry. He cries. But nobody knows.. Nobody knows. You won't ever know, because you didn't give him that chance to sweep you off your feet.

    She wanted to take a break from me, and just be distant because she couldn't stand hurting me. I could feel the attachment and the resentment, it was tangible. She made me the happiest and most depressed person ever haha.. I couldn't have been happier to hold her in my arms, and couldn't have been more depressed to see her break away and turn her head.. Just to look me in the face with those morbid eyes, those eyes that just said, "No. You and I.. This.. Could -never- happen."

    It was world shattering, every single time. So she asked for a break, and I said no, and let her go because I couldn't take the torture anymore.. We'd been down this road before.. I just became so tired of being the one that catches her when she's falling for some other guy that wants nothing from her... I bled and bled, and bled; she can't make me bleed if I'm alone; the bleeding will stop once there's nothing left to bleed. All there's left is a gaping hole.

    Interesting to hear it from the guy's point of view isn't it? I decided to look up the meaning because it couldn't have been more perfect for everything that happened, four long, beautiful, painful years of loving my best friend. It's sad to see she couldn't reciprocate the love I have for her, but I believe it's easier for me to let her go...
    Kibzon August 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe individual is caught off guard by the suddent realization that this person is the "one," the person that holds her heart.

    She feels secure and safe with him, she understands that it will be almost impossible to let him go, hence the "I believe that it's easier for you to let me go" statement.

    She battles with her feelings and continues to go back and forth with him. He continues to accept her, no matter what. She doesn't understand why he would do this. She doesn't realize that he is just as "in love" with her as she is with him. She battles with her feelings and the realization that he could be her salvation, accepting him could save her, rejecting him will lead to her demise.

    However, even though she is batteling with her emotions and most likely sending off mixed signals, she hopes he will see right through her. She is already falling in love and wants him to be the one who catches her. When she feels that sense of panic, feels like running, he holds her in his arms and she is home, safe, content.

    She hasn't had much luck in the past and doesn't feel she is worthy of love, which leads her to be more confused about this releationship. She doesn't want to leave him, however if she leaves him she won't be able to hurt him. She loves him so much she is freaking herself out, she doesn't want to hurt him, she doesn't want to get hurt, she is in a battle with her emotions and the love she has for him.

    She's never let any one get so close, she's never been so vulnerable, and that scares her, but when he holds her in his arms he pulls her back to that secure feeling, home.

    I believe this is a beautiful song. It really captures the depth of that vulnerable feeling that accompanies love, that confused, scared feeling. But it also captures the way love can pull us from that scared vulnerability into a feeling of safety and security. Very good song.....
    jajacobson July 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI never thought that
    You would be the one to hold my heart
    But you came around
    And you knocked me off the ground from the start

    You put your arms around me
    And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go
    You put your arms around me and I'm home

    She never thought the he's the one she'll fall for.
    A simple touch from him, like putting his arms around her, makes her feel safe and sound, loved and home.
    But with such strong feelings also gives her the thought- that having this feeling every time he hugs her, so intense and so much- that he loves her less than she is, or she loves him more than he is.

    How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around
    I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown

    I hope that you see right through my walls
    I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
    I'll never let a love get so close
    You put your arms around me and I'm home

    She's always having second thoughts about him, about them being together. If she should keep her feelings or let him know.
    She's hoping that he'll understand what she's going through, that it's not easy, that behind the walls or shield she built, there was an aching and afraid warrior.
    She's afraid of love because she know she might get hurt, but she's still hoping that he feel the same. She's afraid to risk.
    But when he put his arms around her, that war she's having had ended because she's already home, safe and sound.

    The world is coming down on me
    And I can't find a reason to be loved
    I never wanna leave you
    But I can't make you bleed if I'm alone

    You put your arms around me
    And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go

    The fear she's having has so many questions about love and security, When the world is knocking her down, she feel so much insecurity, that she think she's not worth of love.
    She's not sure for his feelings towards her, that the feeling may not be mutual. She's afraid.
    And somehow she needs to protect herself, and the idea of leaving him and making him jealous came to her, to prove something, to prove that maybe the feelings are the same. But she don't know how because there's no one who will be her other option, because he's the only one she got.

    I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth
    And I've never opened up
    I've never truly loved 'till you put your arms around me
    And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go

    You put your arms around me and I'm home

    She's a warrior trying to keep her feelings to herself, because she's afraid.
    But when he put his arms around her, finally she had taken the risk. Whether, she loves him more than he do, she doesn't care anymore, because now, no matter what he's feelings towards her, she loves him still. She had taken the risk and now she's safe and sound, loved and happily at home.
    lacordonon January 07, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationEvery now and then, a song comes along that I just feel so DEEPLY -- this is 100% one of those songs.

    In my eyes, it's about two people -- one who wants desperately to be with the other, and one who desperately wants to be with the other but won't allow him or herself -- because they're dealing with a personal struggle. I find myself in this situation right now.

    There is a man who I am crazy about. From the moment we met, even before we met actually, I knew it was love. And he is crazy about me, too -- but he is also battling some addictions. Some, I now know about; others, I don't. (But I know they exist.) We are not together right now, because he needs to battle them alone.

    "You put your arms around me
    And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go
    You put your arms around me and I'm home"

    When the two of us were together, and even when we see each other around now, every time we embrace and our arms are around each other, it's magical. A feeling of comfort. A feeling of home. But for him, it's also a feeling of fear -- because he knows he has to deal with this situation on his own. The easier thing is to let me go, rather than bring me into it.

    "How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around
    I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown"

    He keeps wanting to come back, but then turning away -- because he knows that right now, it's not right. He sees me as a source of hope, his "life preserver" if you will -- but he doesn't know if he'll be able to reach it or not.

    "I hope that you see right through my walls
    I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling
    I'll never let a love get so close"

    While deep down he wants to be with me, he's forcing himself to be guarded -- because he knows that's the only way to make the separation easier.

    "The world is coming down on me
    And I can't find a reason to be loved
    I never wanna leave you
    But I can't make you bleed if I'm alone"

    Fighting his own fight, he feels hopeless. He wants desperately to be with me, but knows that he can't. The only way for him to protect me from the pain and bleeding of what he's going through -- is to be alone.

    His demons may be different from what others are dealing with, but it all has to do with that inner struggle. I'm not sure how our story ends, but I do know one thing: any time he puts his arms around me, I am home. I only hope and pray that we end up home -- together -- for good.
    tvgalon April 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Opinioni think this song is about how scary it can actually be to fall in love. when you fall in love you are literally letting that person see every part of you and the girl in this song is scared to let the man she loves see that. she want's him to see through all the walls that she's putting up but she's scared to just put down that walls because she knows he could easily just walk away. "It's easier for you to let me go"- she thinks that it's easy for him to just walk away from her and that scares her. however, she knows she'll never love anyone more than she loves him.
    housman672on April 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song revolves around one's deep insecurity and his/her doubts on their ability to truly love because of their fear of hurting the ones they love.

    “I never thought that you'd be the one to hold my heart
    But you came around and you knocked me off the ground from the start”

    Having doubts about herself, thinking that she's will not be able to find someone who would love her as much as the guy does, but she is completely swept away by him.

    “You put your arms around me and I believe that it's easier for you to let me go”

    He loves her and embraces her, filling her up with his love, and yet she can't help but think to herself: ‘Why is he so in love with me? Isn't it easier if him to just let me go, instead of going through all of this.....just for me?’

    “You put your arms around me, and I'm home”

    Regardless of her doubts for herself, she feels completely safe and happy with him. This is where the conflict within herself starts.

    “How many times will let you me change my mind and turn around?
    I can't decide if I'll let you save my life or if I'll drown”

    Her indecision takes her back and forth in the relationship because her insecurities will not let her feel completely settled. His patience amazes her, despite her constant shift. She struggles between accepting his love for her, which would ‘save’ her from all of her fears, or reject his love, and continue to writhe in her insecurities, hence ‘drowning’.

    “I hope that you see right through my walls.
    I hope that you catch me, 'cause I'm already falling.
    I'll never let a love get so close”

    Despite it all, he gives her hope. Hope that this might work, hope that he would see pass her defences and 'walls' that she put up to keep him at a safe distance. In hopes that through all of her doubts, he sees that she is 'falling' in love for him, but she is scared in more ways than one. She will always have one foot on the ground and not be completely in love.


    “The world is coming down on me and I can't find a reason to be loved”

    She begins to be desperate. Sadness and depression sinks in and her doubts grows, thinking: ‘No one would love me... because there is nothing to love. Who am I to anyone?’

    “I never wanna leave you
    But I can't make you bleed if I'm alone”

    She loves him, yes. She doesn't ever want to leave him... but she's scared of hurting him. Scared of making him regret loving her. Scared that he would be disappointed and instead of receiving love back, all he would get is pain. She thinks to herself: ‘If we're apart, I wouldn't be able to hurt him. But I don't want to be apart from him!’

    “I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth,
    And I've never opened up,
    I've never truly loved 'till you put your arms around me
    And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go”

    She always hides this part of herself from him. The part where she's scared and insecure, because who would love her if she seems weak and fragile? She tries to keep him from knowing, and yet she is ever hoping that he does realise this and accepts her. She feels comfortable with him, and feels truly loved, but still believes that it's easier for him to leave and find another, because she looks at herself as someone who is not worthy for his love.
    squishyZazon April 13, 2015   Link

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