My gears they grind
More each day
And I feel like
They're gonna grind away

And the city blocks
They drive me wild
They're never ending
Mile after mile

I just don't know what to do
I'm too afraid to love you

It's heaven on earth
In her embrace
Her gentle touch
And her smiling face

I'm just one wishing
That I was a pair
With someone
Oh somewhere

I just don't know what to do
I'm too afraid to love you

All those sleepless nights
And all those wasted days
I wish loneliness would leave me
But I think he's here to stay
What more can I do
I'm wringing myself dry
And I can't afford to lose
One more teardrop from my eye


Lyrics submitted by abrahamcomesfromiraq, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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  • +5
    General CommentCan't believe this song only has 4 comments... It's wrecking me right now.

    I never even saw the other interpretations (even though they're similar). They make sense, but to me, it's about a guy that can't commit to a girl he really likes. They are (or have been) in a relationship and he is (or has been) on the edge of falling for her, but can't quite do it.

    He doesn't go into "why" (we all have our own reasons; and I don't understand any of them =) ) but he just can't do it. I'm currently in this exact situation. I can come up with reasons for "why", but none of them stick.

    This song is him going nuts over the fact that he feels so alone without her, but can't just fall in love with her and forget all his fears. In light of that, he feels like he'll always be alone because if he can't figure things out with a girl like her, what chance will he ever have? He's stuck and doesn't see a way out and that's tiring him out on a profound level.

    That's what it means to me, probably because I'm projecting my own situation. I practially hear this song in my head when I'm in my worse moods.
    HawkBoyon August 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTalkies has it: "He's afraid to love her because it then gives her the power to hurt him." GOOD song, but sad. No risk No reward. We'd all be alone into old age if we were who the song is about.

    AlwaysSweetMelissaon September 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song is about a guy whose probably fairly shy and has been hurt a lot by girls before, and he wants this girl but he's too scared he'll get rejected or hurt. So he has devoted himself to being lonely
    crazedwannabon May 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like that this song is vague because it leaves it open to apply your own meaning to it. For me, it's about understanding that oftentimes the desire to be with someone is greater than actually being with them. I like to think it's from the perspective of someone who's been through the chase before and realized that it's best to keep it there because once you give in and get emotionally invested, it ends up hurting you. He's afraid to love her because it then gives her the power to hurt him.

    No matter what it's about, it's still hands-down one of the sexiest songs ever.
    talkieson June 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I don't even remember commenting on this song.. hahah. Isn't that terrible? I was just about to comment and say that this song has always struck me the most from the album. Brothers is a masterpiece.
    talkieson October 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is my FAVE song right now because I totally relate to it so here is my interpretation of the song. I've been a Model most of my life and I just retired this year and I literally listen to this song like 25 times a day because it is EXACTLY what I feel right now with this guy I really like. He is amazing but he lives soooooooooooooooo far away from me and to make things worse, I have been warned by tons of people about how he sleeps around and stuff and when ALL these people get in your ears, fear is left inside of you right?? So, I just don't KNOW what to do. I'm TOO AFRAID TO LOVE YOU means that if I fall for this guy, I give him ALL THE POWER To break my heart. I've had my heart broken once before. I AM SCARED TO GIVE HIM THE POWER TO HURT ME. That is my interpretation.
    bellapeaceon July 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is my FAVE song right now because I totally relate to it so here is my interpretation of the song. I've been a Model most of my life and I just retired this year and I literally listen to this song like 25 times a day because it is EXACTLY what I feel right now with this guy I really like. He is amazing but he lives soooooooooooooooo far away from me and to make things worse, I have been warned by tons of people about how he sleeps around and stuff and when ALL these people get in your ears, fear is left inside of you right?? So, I just don't KNOW what to do. I'm TOO AFRAID TO LOVE YOU means that if I fall for this guy, I give him ALL THE POWER To break my heart. I've had my heart broken once before. I AM SCARED TO GIVE HIM THE POWER TO HURT ME. That is my interpretation.
    bellapeaceon July 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti created an account just to write about this song. this song literally describes the situation i'm in right now. word for word.
    i guess Hawkboy is right on the spot
    yebra1031on August 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Memorythe comments here are quite easily fit in with this song. :). This one is very personal to me with a hint of dismissing infatuation with a woman. Too afraid... the song I think depicts a cowardly man who cannot come to terms what a very intense attraction he feels may actually be in his future with either a certain someone... or it could be the possibility of surrendering to find love.. maybe all exist. I love the sound.
    Ahourstoryon July 29, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTo me it sounds like he absolutely loves this girl, but he's scared to commit for fear of ruining their relationship. Once he confesses to her, he's afraid it might not work out, but he doesn't want to ever lose her so he keeps his distance.

    I love the way the song opens, the first lines: "my gears they grind more each day and I feel like they're gonna grind away"
    ashogoon November 12, 2010   Link

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