"What If You Don't" as written by Jason Alan Lancaster, Alexander Reed, Matthew Poulos and Steven Kopacz....
I'm building my own cell tonight
And I will never make a key
It's just me and the dark
Alone here with my heart
And won't you come and set me free

And you and I we have a history
And not much here outweighs the pain
When every mile got in the way
We thought the fear was self contained
Let's say we both assume the blame

'Cause what if my stars fell from the sky
And what if they landed in your eyes
Would it be all right?
When all of my time has gone away
I wanna say I've left more than days
But what's on my mind tonight
Is what if you don't
Yeah, what if you don't

There was a time I had a symphony
And it played love to me for days
Then all at once I heard the strings
Out of tune, and out of key
It seems there's no song here for me
No not for me

And what if my stars fell from the sky
And what if they landed in your eyes
Would it be all right?
When all of my time has gone away
I wanna say I've left more than days
But what's on my mind tonight
Is what if you don't
Yeah, what if you don't

I see the night
It's coming for me
To take you away
It's here as a thief
And I know that I'm scared
And from down on my knees
I'm asking relief
From what if you don't
Yeah, what if you don't


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"What If You Don't" as written by Jason Alan Lancaster Alexander Reed

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    General CommentI'm confused as to what he actually means when he says "what if you don't"...anyone know?
    kenzie94on October 17, 2012   Link
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    General Commenthow there's no comments.. i love this song !
    shadyyyon September 27, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt sounds like he may be saying "What if you don't make it, or live" or "What if you don't want to be with me"

    "Cause I see the night
    It's coming for me
    To take you away
    It's here as a thief
    I know that I'm scared
    From down on my knees
    I'm asking relief"
    This can seem like death, like he's praying she'll live, or he's begging forgiveness asking her not to go.

    Either of these could be taken at the literal sense, but behind the scenes
    when he says "When all of my time is gone away
    I want to say I've left more than days" it makes me think he's referring to himself. Saying "What If You Don't accomplish this?"

    Jason said himself in his "What If You Don't (Commentary by Go Radio)" I found on Spotify.

    "What If You Don't, was really kind of a make it or break song to me. When we started writing it, and when we started going through it, and we started deciding what we wanted the song to be about, it was a very deep song for us to tackle, just because the song it's about wanting more than what you've got, it's about wanting to be not just a better musician, and not just a better you know artist and not just in a better place in life but in a better place in actually as a man. It talks about wanting to, wanting to be sure that whenever you leave, you've left something behind worth leaving behind, that we make our mark and that we show everyone exactly what we're worth and what we're made of and not just musically, but in everything."
    Dakota154on January 16, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningWhat I thought it meant, what it means to me, is the fact that the girl he's not over, the girl he's still in love with is at the altar
    Sirtempoon November 04, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is just my interpretation but it always seemed like;
    In the first verse, he's 'building a cell', isolating himself from everything with no way out, no 'key'. But as well as specifying his isolation with 'alone', he also suggests hopeople and a will to 'be free'.
    The next part highlights the past and resembles how their 'history' but it's unchanging as it cannot 'outweight' the present emotions he's feeling. The assuming blame section really gets to me because its suggesting they're guessing, not proving as such to continue whatever relationship they have; containing their internal fear and conflict without ever discussing it.
    The chorus of the song is the main part; 'stars' being his hopes, his dreams and everything bright in his life 'falling' to her, symbolising how he has also fallen in love with her. He seems to be asking forgiveness and acceptance. He also sings about the future, when they get to the end of their lives, he still wants to be with her. The title itself seems to be a catalyst for his inner conflict and how his uncertainty could be affecting them.
    However it could also represent an imbalanced, 'outweight'ed relationship where his partner isn't reciprocatin his feelings and instead is indulging his isolation; prahaps being the cause of his 'cell'.
    The next verse; highlighting a 'symphony'. Possibly an expression for his admiration and love to his partner, lasting 'days', or maybe the legnth of thei 'history' didn't involve many feelings. The phrase 'all at once' seems sudden and extreme as if he was blinded (just him in the dark) and is now able to see that the two of them are 'out of key' and no longer in time as music/relationships tends to be. It suggests he realises that the relationship, she, isn't good for him.
    The last verse illustrates his use of light and dark imagry as his negative emotions is the dark. 'Take you away' could mean the doubt and insecurity the pair experience, stealing his light, her. He's on his knees, highlighting the impotrance by the humiliation of begging to be 'released' from the hazy messages, to finally know if his partner shares the same hope, loves him just as much as he cares for her.

    Anyway that's just what I think but I know everyone has their own thoughts and meanings about the songs they live and I wanted to share mine with you all :)
    Katbarajackon April 13, 2017   Link

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