"She Holds a Key" as written by and Gavin Degraw....
This is the kind of affair to make you dance about
But there's something to say for the things
You wouldn't regularly let out
At least this chase
Makes you feel new

She holds a key
Tight in her hand
Clutching his neck
She is begging her man
Listen you sinner
I'm sinning too
Just wait until the darkness falls so I can sin with you

You've run through the whole gamut of game play
the head trip parade
Without any experience
You become curious prey
So change your position
This decision you're making is digging a hole
Oh, and where you're headed only heaven knows

So, set out your plan,
Break down your walls
Count what you're blessed with
you've counted them all
it's something to say
but you have to search
you might not believe but
Believe me it works

She holds a key
Tight in her hand
Clutching his neck
She is begging her man
Listen you sinner
I'm sinning too
Just wait until the darkness falls so I can sin with you

She holds a key
Tight in her hand
Clutching his neck
She is begging her man
Listen you sinner
I'm sinning too
Just wait until the darkness falls so I can sin with you

She holds a key
Tight in her hand
Clutching his neck
She is begging her man
Listen you sinner
I'm sinning too
Just wait until the darkness falls so I can sin with you


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"She Holds a Key" as written by Gavin Degraw

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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl being in charge and cheating on her boyfriend. Not exactly sure though. Let me know.
    Jess0628on April 14, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about 2 people that are in relationships (not with each other) that have unexpectedly fallen for one another. And while they know it's wrong because they are only going to end up hurting someone, they can't deny what's in front of them!

    "this ain't the kind of affair
    to make you dance about
    but there's something to say for the things
    you wouldn't regularly let out

    At least this chase
    makes you feel new"

    I think this verse is saying that they know what their doing is wrong, but what they are feeling makes them feel alive again! It could mean that one or both of them are in a relationship where they don't feel the passion like they used to. And now this new person comes into their life and makes them feel new! Like they are falling in love for the first time!
    -------

    The lyrics for this song are deep yet powerful!

    It's a Gavin oldie but one of my favorites!
    beatfreakon April 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe "If god give em all" line is actually "you've counted them all" saying that the person has no more blessings left.

    This song is about a married woman who either cheats or is tempted to cheat. Gavin has explained it before but I don't remember exactly what his explanation was.

    Also, for the chorus (and this changes the song quite a bit) it goes:
    "She holds a key
    tight in her hand
    clutching his neck
    she is begging her man"

    Still love this song though!
    starshine1763on April 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview where Gavin was talking about this song...

    "Listen you sinner
    I’m sinning too
    Just wait until the darkness falls so I can sin with you"

    that means the girl is cheating on her boyfriend and the guy is cheating on his girlfriend and the only time they can be together is at night when nobodys around or anything.
    It's actually a terrible concept for a song but Gavin does a great job with that lyrics hahaha
    He has an amazing talent and I think he needs to get his new cd finished and out already!
    a maron February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with you a mar... and I'm writing this a year after you did, lol. 4 years for an album... come on, Gavin!!!

    But I do love this song and am sure it will be on the next CD. He and his 'people' are crazy not to have this on the next album. Its such a beautiful song:

    We must not tell to those
    Who seek our souls
    To take our precious hearts
    Our hearts are our own

    That is pure poetry. But my favorite line in the song is the first one...

    'This is the kind of affair to make you dance about.'

    AHHHH. he just melts my heart
    kristaseleneon April 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think the song is necessarily about cheating.

    There are many parts in the world in which having relationships/dating is not allowed because it is against religion/customs/tradition. Marriages are usuallu more or less arranged to the satisfaction of the parents.
    In such an environment, the song would apply perfectly because they would both be sinning, going against what they were were brought up to believe and the society they are in.

    "We are all we need
    We can not fail
    We must not falter
    We must not tell to those
    Who seek our souls
    To take our precious hearts
    Our hearts are our own
    Are hearts are our own
    We must not falter
    We must not fail
    We must not
    We
    No we must not tell "

    That last part stresses the need for secrecy as such a relationship between an unmarried couple will never be condoned...it has this underlying note that there is no thrill in sinning, it just is what it is so maybe they've tried being together but for whatever reason, family/social/traditional restrictions, could not.

    And there is the ultimate admission that they are 'our' hearts, and hence 'our' call.
    repeatoffenderon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that this songs is talking about a dude and a gal that are screwing, lol, and at least one of them is in another relationship with their bf or gf and they're both sinning because neither of them should be having sex before marriage. It's a really messed up situation. It seems like they want each other because they can't have each other. And I love the chorus when he's like:
    "She holds the key
    tight in her hand
    Clutching his neck she is breaking the man"
    This is where you know what kind of relations that they're having when no one is looking.
    Chant16on May 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the song can be about cheating. but i think its always like the couple just can't be together, theres something that is holding them back from being truely together so they have to do it durin the darkness so they wont be caught.
    She holds a key
    Tight in her hand
    Clutching his neck
    She is begging her man
    Listen you sinner
    I’m sinning too
    Just wait until the darkness falls so I can sin with you

    ^^ thats just my favorite part
    kirstierockson June 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand the songs called "she holds a key"
    kirstierockson June 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first line is "This ain't the kind of affair to make you dance about."
    sportluxury_25on November 05, 2008   Link

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