"Thing Called Love" as written by and Jonathan Grant Anthony Mcguinness....
There was a time
There was a place
But there was fear inside
A witty lie to save my face
The parachute of pride
To cross the line takes a tiny step
But will this spark cause the bridge to burn
My fear entwined with my regret
I’ll be the path for safe return

So here we are
All just the same
But you will never know
My secret plan
How close we came
To share another role
I haven’t lost my only chance
To tell you how I feel inside
Is it just me
I’d like to know
Or are we all just a little blind?

There’s a thing called love
That we all forget
And it’s a wasted love
That we all regret
You live your life just once
So don’t forget about a thing called love
Don’t forget, forget about a thing called love

There’s a thing called love
That we all forget
And it’s a wasted love
That we all regret
You live your life just once
So don’t forget about a thing called love
Don’t forget, forget about a thing called love


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"Thing Called Love" as written by Anthony Patrick James Mcguinness Jonathan David Grant

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    General Comment'There was a time
    There was a place
    But there was fear inside
    A witty line to save my face
    The parachute of pride'

    -He was friends with her and he was attracted to her. He wanted to tell her how he felt. At one point in time they were together alone and he had to perfect opportunity to tell her how he felt. However instead of telling her how he truly felt, he played it cool and made a joke instead. He did not want to risk hurting his pride.

    To cross a line, takes a tiny step
    But will this spark, cause the bridge to burn
    My fear entwined with my regret
    I'll beat a path to safe return.

    -It only takes a few words for him to tell her how he truly feels but if she doesn't feel the same way, will their friendship be ruined forever? While he's afraid to tell her and risk losing their friendship at the same time he regrets never telling her and not knowing if she feels the same way.

    So here we are, all just the same
    And you will never know
    My secret plan, how close we came
    To share another road

    -Ultimately, he never told her and the moment passed. She will never know how close he was in that moment to telling her how he really felt. And therefore, how close he and her could have come to becoming more than just friends.

    Have I lost my only chance
    To tell you how I feel inside
    Is it just me, I'd like to know?
    Or are we all just a little blind?

    -He worries that he blew it, that he will never get the chance again to tell her how he feels. He wants to know if she feels the same way about him. Or is he just blind, seeing things he wants to see?

    There's a thing called love
    That we all forget
    And it's a wasted love
    That we all regret

    -Ultimately, he regrets that he never told her his feelings for if she did feel the same way he will never know and what could have been a great relationship will never be. She's the one the got away.

    You live your life just once
    So don't forget about a thing called love
    Don't forget, forget about a thing called love

    -The lesson is if you want someone go after her, life is too short and true love is hard to find. If you really have feelings for a girl, don't let her get away. The risk of dealing with rejection is much easier to handle and get over than the regret of never knowing what could have been.


    introspect99on August 23, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning"There was a time
    There was a place
    But there was fear inside"

    -He and she were attracted to each other but she didn't want to enter a relationship because she had been hurt by someone else in the past. She rejects him.

    "To cross a line, takes a tiny step
    But will this spark, cause the bridge to burn
    My fear entwined with my regret
    I'll beat a path to safe return."

    -He's pondering whether he should blow her off or just accept her as a friend. He chooses to be her friend in the hope that things may change in the future.

    "Have I lost my only chance
    To tell you how I feel inside
    Is it just me, I'd like to know?
    Or are we all just a little blind?"

    -He's wondering if she'll ever change her mind because she's "blind" in the sense that she rejected him, not seeing all he had to offer.

    "...And it's a wasted love
    That we all regret"

    -Nobody wants to be in a relationship where their feelings are not honestly reciprocated... This is where the girl was hurt in the past. Her love was "wasted" because her former partner chose to hurt her.


    This is honestly one of the most beautiful songs I've come across in a long time. The lyrics are brief while still holding a deeper meaning that nearly everyone can relate to.




    seanmhomeon July 25, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI think ultimately, this song is about a man and a woman who were in an established relationship. By the part:

    "So here we are, all just the same
    And you will never know
    My secret plan, how close we came
    To share another road"

    It's kind of clear that he'd intended to propose to her or something--his "secret plan" to sharing a life with her. Things probably ended abruptly for them, so he never had the chance to ask/tell her.
    The part:

    "There was a time
    There was a place
    But there was fear inside
    A witty line to save my face
    The parachute of pride"

    I believe this was the pivotal moment when he might have planned to proposed to her (or something else serious, like a confession of love). But before he could, she probably rejected his confession or perhaps might have mocked him, causing him to retreat behind a mask of pride and crack "a witty line to save [his] face". This ruined it completely.

    You know how sometimes you're so completely sincere and honest with someone about your feelings that you feel so vulnerable and open? And when someone makes light of your feelings or rejects you, throwing it back in your face, it REALLY hurts. It's not uncommon for people to be extra defensive/on edge and say a smart comeback to save their pride. I myself have done it and he calls it the "parachute of pride" because to crack a witty comeback in your anger/hurt is always the easy way out, hence "parachute". He could have stayed calm and talked to her about it, but instead he ruined things for them both (assuming that she hadn't ruined it already).

    The part:

    "To cross a line, takes a tiny step
    But will this spark, cause the bridge to burn
    My fear entwined with my regret
    I'll beat a path to safe return."

    This almost cements my theory of his witty but extremely mean/bitter/insulting comeback. He knows he "crossed the line", even if marginally, "but will this spark cause the bridge to burn"?
    Or in other words, will the fire of his words "burn the bridge" between them, severing their connection forever? If you know the meaning of "burning your bridges" with someone, the meaning of this becomes clear.
    He's obviously regretful but fearful. Of what, I'm not sure, but perhaps he's afraid that things might REALLY be over for them...or that trying to mend things between them will end in bitter failure.

    The following parts are pretty self explanatory:

    "Have I lost my only chance
    To tell you how I feel inside
    Is it just me, I'd like to know?
    Or are we all just a little blind?

    There's a thing called love
    That we all forget
    And it's a wasted love
    That we all regret

    You live your life just once
    So don't forget about a thing called love
    Don't forget, forget about a thing called love"

    ...Just my take on it. Lovely song by the way. "Group Therapy" definitely did not disappoint.
    DrLecteron February 23, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningThese other meanings I think are too specific. I think this song is about how fear and regret cause some people to "forget about love". Above and Beyond are telling their audiences to NOT FORGET ABOUT LOVE. How much interpretation does that need? <3
    Platinum91on June 24, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationLove is one of the most important and powerful forces we have in our planet. Talking specifically about the chorus:

    "There’s a thing called love
    That we all forget
    And it’s a wasted love
    That we all regret
    You live your life just once
    So don’t forget about a thing called love
    Don’t forget, forget about a thing called love"

    I believe that in order to love other people you first have to love yourself. It is very easy to forget about that and wait for others to do something that will allow you to love them or get happiness from that 3rd party. You only live once (YOLO) and may regrets at the end if we did not focus on loving ourselves first since that self-love will ramificate on loving your close ones and conveying that positive and loving mentality to provide happiness to others. Don't forget about a thing called love... self-love...
    Perrik77on January 19, 2015   Link

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