If you were a stone then I'd be the rain
Turn you to sand as the time slips away
If you were a tree then I'd be the earth
Clutching your roots as you reach skyward

I am a metaphor for all the things I couldn't say
It's never easy
Then it hurts
Like scratching diamonds I have tried to find my way to you
But we're both moving in reverse

I wish that we could both find a simple way just to make it by
Right now I'm alright if you're just fine

But if you were a stone then I'd be the rain
Turn you to sand as the time slips away
If you were a tree then I'd be the earth
Clutching your roots as you reach skyward

Some nights you're a photograph fading in my memory
Some days I feel you on my skin
We're trading silence
There are words that seem to steal our breath
And I just dream about your lips

And I wish that we could both find a simple way just to make it by
Right now I'm alright if you're just fine

But if you were a stone then I'd be the rain
Turn you to sand as the time slips away
If you were a tree then I'd be the earth
Clutching your roots as you reach skyward

We'd count the stars
My hands in your leaves
And I'd hold my breath 'til we both fell asleep

If you were a stone then I'd be the rain,
Turn you to sand as the time slips away

I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for you

I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for you

If you were a stone then I'd be the rain
Turn you to sand as the time slips away
If you were a tree then I'd be the earth
Clutching your roots as you reach skyward

If you were a stone then I'd be the rain,
Turn you to sand as the time slips away


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    General Comment"If you were a tree then I'd be the earth
    Clutching your roots as you reach skyward"

    Wow, I love that. So much.
    icesk8ngurlon April 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a break up, or something not working out between two people. He still has feelings for her but he never had the courage to tell her the words he wanted to say. He's alright if she's alright. Basically, he's saying that he still cares about her a lot, he still lingers for her to be around and seems to dance around the thought of them being together often. Whatever they're going through he's going to wait for her. At the same time It's hurting him to do so.

    If you were a stone then I'd be the rain
    Turn you to sand as the time slips away
    - I don't know what this exactly interprets. What I've come up with the last part
    "Turn you to sand as the time slips away" Rain obviously washes sand away.. So maybe
    it has something to do with the person slipping away just like the time.

    - Clutching your roots as you reach skyward.
    Not wanting them to leave, holding them back so they don't leave.


    But we're both moving in reverse
    - "I am a metaphor for all the things I couldn't say" Stating that I am this way, I feel this way, I have this mind set because all the things i couldn't say. The things I couldn't say resemble the person they've been acting. Maybe, sadness, pain, hurt, or regret.
    - "Like scratching diamonds I have tried to find my way to you" The only thing that scratches diamonds are other diamonds. Diamonds alone are rare to come across. Having a hard time finding someone.
    - "But we're both moving in reverse" Obviously they're moving backwards to the state they were before. Drifting apart.

    -"Some nights you're a photograph fading in my memory" All I have left is my memory of the her.
    - "Some days I feel you on my skin" Some days it feels like they're still apart of them.
    - "We're trading silence" What was once trading conversation or body language. They are now not speaking to each other.
    - "There are words that seem to steal our breath" Words they can not bring themselves to say because it leaves them breathless.
    - "And I just dream about your lips" The other person is still lingers on their mind.

    - "My hands in your leaves" Obviously if the other person was a tree their hands would be leaves.


    lhall024on May 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a break up, or something not working out between two people. He still has feelings for her but he never had the courage to tell her the words he wanted to say. He's alright if she's alright. Basically, he's saying that he still cares about her a lot, he still lingers for her to be around and seems to dance around the thought of them being together often. Whatever they're going through he's going to wait for her. At the same time It's hurting him to do so.

    If you were a stone then I'd be the rain
    Turn you to sand as the time slips away
    - I don't know what this exactly interprets. What I've come up with the last part
    "Turn you to sand as the time slips away" Rain obviously washes sand away.. So maybe
    it has something to do with the person slipping away just like the time.

    - Clutching your roots as you reach skyward.
    Not wanting them to leave, holding them back so they don't leave.


    - "I am a metaphor for all the things I couldn't say" Stating that I am this way, I feel this way, I have this mind set because all the things i couldn't say. The things I couldn't say resemble the person they've been acting. Maybe, sadness, pain, hurt, or regret.
    - "Like scratching diamonds I have tried to find my way to you" The only thing that scratches diamonds are other diamonds. Diamonds alone are rare to come across. Having a hard time finding someone.
    - "But we're both moving in reverse" Obviously they're moving backwards to the state they were before. Drifting apart.

    -"Some nights you're a photograph fading in my memory" All I have left is my memory of the her.
    - "Some days I feel you on my skin" Some days it feels like they're still apart of them.
    - "We're trading silence" What was once trading conversation or body language. They are now not speaking to each other.
    - "There are words that seem to steal our breath" Words they can not bring themselves to say because it leaves them breathless.
    - "And I just dream about your lips" The other person is still lingers on their mind.

    - "My hands in your leaves" Obviously if the other person was a tree their hands would be leave


    I don't think I've hit the nail on the head with this. Listening to it again I know I missing something but i can't come up with it.
    lhall024on May 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI see it as like...they're both into each other, but she's not convinced that he's the one. He's completely devoted to her, but she's still looking. He's willing to hold on to whatever she'll give him, and wait forever, until she realizes that he's the one. There's no one else she needs.
    icesk8ngurlon June 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI had to interpret this song for an english task, so this is just what I think :)

    “If you were a stone, then I’d be the rain”
    He is saying that even though they aren’t the same any more (they aren’t both stones) that he will still be there, even if she doesn’t notice him, even if they are no longer together and even if they are no longer the same people as they used to be.
    “Turn you to sand, as the time slips away”
    So he is wearing away from her memory. She is turning from a stone into sand, so she is turning into a different person, without him, and therefore slipping away.

    “If you were a tree then I’d be the Earth, clutching your roots, as you reach skyward”
    He is saying that she will continue to grow, maybe even away from him, but he will be clutching her for support, and he will always be there.

    “I am a metaphor for all the things I couldn’t say”
    He is saying that he is this way, because of how he has felt, and he is the reason this has happened, because he never shared his true emotions.

    “It’s never easy, then it hurts”
    He is saying that it wasn’t easy when they first fell apart, and that by itself was hard, but then the pain comes with time.

    “Like scratching diamonds, I have tried to find my way to you”
    The only thing that scratches diamonds is other diamonds, and diamonds are rare. He is saying that he has tried to find others like her, but it is impossible because no one is like her. But it is also impossible for them to be together again, because they are moving away from one another.
    “But we’re both moving in reverse”
    They are moving away from each other, moving backwards to the way they were before. So he can’t find his way back to her no matter how hard he tries.

    “I wish that we could both find a simple way just to make it by, but right now I’m alright if you’re just fine”
    He is saying that he wishes that there could be an easier way for this to work, an easier way to forget so they can both move on. He is feeling the pain, but she is fine, and that is what keeps him going.

    “Some nights you’re a photograph fading in my memory”
    They have been apart so long that he finds it hard to remember her clearly, but yet she still lingers on his mind continually.
    “Some days I feel you on my skin”
    Some days he remembers her so well that it feels like she is still there, and that she is still a part of him.

    “We’re trading silence, there are words that seem to steal our breath”
    Instead of trading conversation, they can no longer bring themselves to talk to each other. They are afraid of the things they might say, things that they cannot say, and therefore steal their breath away.
    “And I just dream about your lips”
    He is saying he still thinks about the conversations they held, and he remembers when they were in silence, unable to speak to one another. He thinks of the things she might have wanted to say, the things she was thinking.

    “We’d count the stars, my hands in your leaves”
    He is telling her what could have been, counting the stars- there are billions of stars, they could have been together forever. And by leaves, instead of being the roots, as said in a previous line of the song, he would be right next to her, and he wouldn’t have to be away from her, they would be together.
    “And I’d hold my breath, until we both fell asleep”
    By holding his breath, he is saying he would do anything for her, he would risk anything to be with her, until they died- fell asleep.
    Aligurlon May 30, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a break up. The girl has moved on or is attempting to move on without him.

    In the chorus of the song when he says,"But if you were a stone then I'd be the rain/ Turn you to sand as the time slips away," he is saying that he wants to turn her into the sands of time so he can have more time with her. "If you were a tree then I'd be the earth/ Clutching your roots as you reach skyward," he is saying that he wants to hold on to her even though she is moving on without him.

    The Verse:
    "I am a metaphor for all the things I couldn't say/ It's never easy/ Then it hurts/ Like scratching diamonds I have tried to find my way to you/ But we're both moving in reverse"
    He is saying that he is ultimately the words he did not get the chance to say to her and it hurts him to know that he can't say it to her now. He wants their relationship to progress back to boyfriend and girlfriend but instead it is digressing back to friends (maybe back to strangers for her).

    The lines,"I wish that we could both find a simple way just to make it by/ Right now I'm alright if you're just fine," he wished it had worked out but he would be happy if she is happy.

    When he says:
    "Some nights you're a photograph fading in my memory/ Some days I feel you on my skin/ We're trading silence/ There are words that seem to steal our breath/ And I just dream about your lips"
    He truly misses her and dreams about their times together.

    The repetition of,"I will wait for you," signifies that he can never get over her and will wait for her until she wants to get back with him.

    this is my theory of what the song means.
    LyricsRPoems07on May 18, 2014   Link

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