Extend my hand for one more drink
I'll let it slide

I haven't touched the surface yet
It was too close for me, I caved

Now hold me 'til you fall asleep,
Not making it easy, no
We're holding secrets underneath
Not making it easy, no

The flowers never grow
I think I'll pick forever, this time
Well, I guess I'm giving up again
I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair
I just don't...

Ration time and wait for sleep
One will reflect, one will defeat
Imagine me at seventeen
Depressed and thin, homecoming queen

And you will always cross my mind
Not making it easy, no
And you could leave at any time
Not making it easy, not easy

The flowers never grow
I think I'll pick forever, this time
Well, I guess I'm giving up again
I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair
I just don't care

We dissonant promises, leave me alone
Wishful thinking was hopeless
Help us find our way home
And you asked me if I've been there
Have I been there?
I want to take you along
This I know, I want to live forever this time
Well, I guess I'm giving up again
I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair
I just don't care

My heart, I wanna live forever
Well, I'd love to see your face again
I love you still, I love you still, I love you still
I love you


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    General CommentThis song (and band really) reminds me of an almost romance with a guy @ 17. Our timing is always off and we hurt one another off and on, yet beneath it all, there are genuine feelings present.

    In the song she constantly sings of cyclic emotions dealing with wanting/the past/and painful/bittersweet emotions that almost inhibit her from moving on.

    "Extend my hand for one more drink" - Literal alcohol addiction, crutch or metaphor for going to that buried emotional "place" that brings heartache.

    "I haven't touched the surface yet it was too close for me, I caved" - meaning she hasn't confronted full on her real (scary) feelings for him and backs away before she goes over that all consuming cliff.

    "The flowers never grow
    I think I'll pick forever, this time
    Well, I guess I'm giving up again
    I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair
    I just don't..."
    Because of timing, their naivete and life their chance never came. Love never fully bloomed and that realization hurts. She gave up on him once and reflects that this is reality where she will always wonder "what if" things had turned out differently. She understands and accepts that the pain of constantly wondering what if is a trade off for the wrong she did to him.
    She loves someone still after parting ways and is trying to cope with such.
    ToaD18on December 24, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of my ex girlfriend and a pass addiction both ended at the same time the basically coincided but anyway i intepret this as:
    "Extend my hand for one more drink
    I'll let it slide

    I haven't touched the surface yet
    It was too close for me, I caved"
    well the firs line is pretty self explanatory shes drinking at a bar or home the second line makes me think of the edge of being sober she hadnt touched the surface and she fell into being under the influence

    "Now hold me 'til you fall asleep,
    Not making it easy, no
    We're holding secrets underneath
    Not making it easy, no"

    this is where a relationship would take place that or either she lets the drugs and or alcohol hold her the holding secrets underneath make it seem like shes hiding either her love for a lover or hide the fact that shes an addict neither a secret lover or addiction make it easy to let go of

    "The flowers never grow
    I think I'll pick forever, this time
    Well, I guess I'm giving up again
    I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair
    I just don't..."

    this is the part that gets to me its an oxymoron flowers never grow yet she thinks she'll pick forever this time flowers never growing means death so its like she feels dead picking forever means maybe shell feel dead forever shell never shake that feeling so she gives up because its only fair to her to the other person

    "Ration time and wait for sleep
    One will reflect, one will defeat
    Imagine me at seventeen
    Depressed and thin, homecoming queen"

    shes waiting for sleep but sleep doesnt come because shes reflecting the past her lover the addiction how she was defeated in both the reference of being a teenage homecoming queen is people believe that its perfect but on the inside teenage girls feel depressed they try to be thin to exceed someones expectation

    "And you will always cross my mind
    Not making it easy, no
    And you could leave at any time
    Not making it easy, not easy"

    the addiction or lover is crossing her mind every now and then whether its because she sees the lover or is tempted by the addiction or she misses them you could leave at any time is freeing someone or something but everyone knows its hard to stop

    "We dissonant promises, leave me alone
    Wishful thinking was hopeless
    Help us find our way home
    And you asked me if I've been there
    Have I been there?
    I want to take you along
    This I know, I want to live forever this time
    Well, I guess I'm giving up again
    I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair, I guess it's fair
    I just don't care"

    dissonance means to unlikel pair clashing so both her and lover or addiction were never bound to work and she wants to be left alone from it wishing to forget and believe she could live without was worthless because it never left her mind shes lost between these thoughts and her grip on reality and someone askes her has she been there reminds me of a psychiatrist or caring friend would ask and she kinda sounds sarcastic like of course i have she wants to take the addiction or lover back she knows for sure but she wants it to last but she knows she cant go back so she gives up

    "My heart, I wanna live forever
    Well, I'd love to see your face again
    I love you still, I love you still, I love you still
    I love you"

    this is self explanatory she yearns for the forever shed love to see the lover or do the drug again because no matter how much she denies it she loves it the feeling it brings the feelings her lover brings to her

    this is just my interpretation because this is my favorite song SOS has come out with and this is just what i felt like doing trying to interpret it no one go crazy on me im just a fan relating their music to my life =D



    IWroteDrowningon November 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA bad romance who is going in circles
    LuckyLighton February 02, 2013   Link

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