"Bend and Break" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard David Hughes....
When you and you forget your name
When all the faces all look the same

Meet me in the morning when you wake up
Meet me in the morning then you'll wake up

If only I don't bend and break
I'll meet you on the other side
I'll meet you in the light
If only I don't suffocate
I'll meet you in the morning when you wait

Bitter and hardened heart
Oh
Aching
Waiting for life to start

Meet me in the morning when you wake up
Meet me in the morning then you'll wake up

If only I don't bend and break
I'll meet you on the other side
I'll meet you in the light
If only I don't suffocate
I'll meet you in the morning when you wait

If only I don't bend or break
I'll meet you on the other side
I'll meet you in the light
If only I don't suffocate
I'll meet you in the morning when you wait
I'll meet you on the other side
I'll meet you in the light
If only I don't suffocate
I'll meet you in the morning when you wait


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"Bend and Break" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley Richard David Hughes

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    General Commenti agree most with Jingy, he loves someone who's stuck in a rut or lost meaning to their life "you forget your name" "waiting for life to start" but he loves her and is sticking by her, telling her he's here for her and will be there for her when she's better "i'll meet you on the otherside, ill meet you in the light". i think by 'otherside' he's referring to her state as a journey through bad times, and by the end of it, on the 'otherside' there will be happiness etc - 'light'. by 'bend and break' hes talking about the toll her condition is taking on him, the way it hurts the most when the ones you love are hurting or hurts you. and hes saying as long as he doesnt 'bend and break', as long as he can get through this with her, he'll be there for her..... :)
    onlyweknowon October 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is one big oxymoron.
    I'll meet you on the other side when i wake up.
    i'll meet you in the light.
    you cannot meet someone on the other side when
    you wake up because you are dead. so it's about love to be continued, after old age that is. we should ask the old folks if they feel this way.
    mayor007on May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel like maybe he's singing to himself. Or a part of himself that will 'be' once he gets through this difficulty. Like he's singing this to his heart as in "heart, I'll meet you on the other side in a better place and we can love again (or feel again, or whatever) when you're healed - if the pain doesn't kill me in the meantime"
    themoosekingon June 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my fav songs from the album. ''if only I don't bend and break, I'll meet you on the other side, I'll meet you in the light'' <-- great lyrics.
    butterflykiss84on June 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes one of the best songs on the album, and could be a great singlE!
    Athlete***on June 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree
    Woolfon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree!
    Woolfon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI found this on a website, something Tim said;

    "in bend and break that phrase is more about getting through a really
    dark state of mind and emerging into brighter, happier times. the old
    saying 'the darkest hour is just before the dawn' is very true and
    potent i think. people often say that with proper depression, things
    can seem unbearably awful as your thoughts run around each other in
    the dark of the night but when the sun rises you can get more
    perspective and see things in a more hopeful way."
    KeenonKeaneon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"aching, waiting for night--waiting for life to start"

    its as if he's not satisfied with his actual life--to him, he's living only when he's sleeping. in your dreams, you can write your own path

    these lyrics make me think of the flaming lips song 'bad days'--"in your dreams ... have it your way" songmeanings.net/…

    i can relate. sometimes i prefer i had the life i have when i dream than when i'm awake
    gaylordmfockeron November 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think he's singing about somebody he loves. she's stuck in a rut, a routine where everything has lost meaning: "when you forget your name" "when all the faces look the same". he's trying to show her that she doesn't see him now but he loves her and can show her what life can be like together: "lovesick bitter hardened heart...aching waiting for life to start". he's trying to take her away and show her love: "meet you on the other side...meet you in the other light". as long as he doesn't bend and break of course.
    Jingyon December 01, 2004   Link

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