"I Can't Love You Back" as written by Clint Daniels, Carson Chamberlain and Jeff Hyde....
I can love you in the morning
I can love you all day
I can love you even more when I get home
I can love you every second
To the ends of the earth
Where needing you's the only thing that's on
My broken one track mind

Girl, I love you crazy
It comes so easy, after all we had
I could love you with all my heart
But the hardest part is
I just can't love you back

I could write a thousand letters
Call a hundred times a day
Or try to drown my sorrow at the bar
I could go down to the church
Get on my knees and pray
But it still won't change the way things really are
Won't bring you back again

Girl, I love you crazy
It comes so easy, after all we had
I could love you with all my heart
But the hardest part is
I just can't love you back

I can love you for all I'm worth
To the ends of the earth
But I just can't love you back


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"I Can't Love You Back" as written by Clint Allen Daniels Carson Chamberlain

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    My InterpretationAt first I thought all of the above, but just take a look at the music video and I think you'll think differently. :-) After watching the video, I believe that he looses her in a car accident and literally can't love her back into existence. She'd dead, and it doesn't matter how much he loves her. he can't love her back. Ultimately, I think it works for both interpretations, but I think this is what it meant to the singer and maybe even the songwriter. I love songs that can take on multiple meanings because they touch more people that way. Way to go!
    Bigcityboundon May 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe can love her in so many ways, but none of those ways are enough to bring her back to him.
    mhill5on May 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe can't love her back into his life,as opposed to saying "well I just love you back,because I'm
    a jerk"...
    Thia007on December 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAt first when I heard the title, I thought it would be about a man who wanted to love a woman but just couldn't make himself fall in love the way that she wanted him to.... Like in "Two Out of Three Aint Bad."

    But in actuality he loves her so much, but he literally can't love her back, because in order for that to happen, she would have to love him in the first place...

    Great emotional song.
    fukkuallon May 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOr as it was just explained to me by someone I have loved for years, he can't love her back because he's in a committed relationship. I was to listen to the song because he said it described our situation and held some clue as to why we remain apart despite a mutual passion. My interpretation was that he could love me on his terms, but loving me back was out of the question. If he loved me back, it indicates a reciprocal action based on my love for him.

    It wouldn't be fair for me to be the "other woman."

    Damn straight!
    firemonkeygirlon June 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOr as it was just explained to me by someone I have loved for years, he can't love her back because he's in a committed relationship. I was to listen to the song because he said it described our situation and held some clue as to why we remain apart despite a mutual passion. My interpretation was that he could love me on his terms, but loving me back was out of the question. If he loved me back, it indicates a reciprocal action based on my love for him.

    It wouldn't be fair for me to be the "other woman."

    Damn straight!
    firemonkeygirlon June 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOr as it was just explained to me by someone I have loved for years, he can't love her back because he's in a committed relationship. I was to listen to the song because he said it described our situation and held some clue as to why we remain apart despite a mutual passion. My interpretation was that he could love me on his terms, but loving me back was out of the question. If he loved me back, it indicates a reciprocal action based on my love for him.

    It wouldn't be fair for me to be the "other woman."

    Damn straight!
    firemonkeygirlon June 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first thing that bump into my head when I heard this song is that: They used to love together and now she left him. That's the reason that even if he love her so much, but he can't just accept to love her back again.
    dtk142on July 30, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst time I actually listened to the words, was in my car with my fiancee. I was so confused on the lyrics that we started talking about it. Since it was a CD, I had the lyrics right there! So I read them and we figured out that she had past away and he couldnt love her back to the earth.
    debbiejdebbiejon January 22, 2015   Link

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