Hey stranger, when will I call you my own
I know I don't know you
But there's somewhere I've seen you before
Whatever your name is
Whatever you do
This living between us
I'm willing to lose

Just hold me, if ever our paths may collide
I want you to hold me under these darkening skies
Whoever you love now
Whoever you kiss
The ones in between us
I'm willing to miss

Now I'm drifting out over deep ocean
And the tide it won't take me back in
In these disparate nights I'll call you again and again

There's a comfort, comfort in things we believe
But I live in danger, wanting the things I can't see
Wherever you live now
Wherever you walk
This distance between us
I'm willing to cross

Now I'm drifting out over deep ocean
And the tide it won't take me back in
In these desperate nights I call you again and again.
(x2)

Hey stranger, when will I call you my own
I know I don't know you
But there's somewhere I've seen you before


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  • +2
    My InterpretationI believe this song to be about a couple who has parted ways for awhile, but long to be together again. Whatever is in their way, they will get through. The narrator was getting so lost at sea, but he thinks it is worth the struggle to stay afloat and work things out. They've been apart for so long, that the possibility of them changing and evolving without being with each other could cause them to be considered strangers. But sometimes, you have to fight for what you want and overcome what might be in your way.

    "Hey stranger, when can I call you my own
    I know I don't know you
    But there's somewhere I've seen you before
    Whatever your name is
    Whatever you do
    This living between us
    I'm willing to lose"

    The distance isn't worth it; the "life" of society in between them, that went along while they were parted; the branches that grew and formed and created a bigger partition. They've become "strangers" in certain terms… but he's "seen her before", in their past relationship. He knows who they both were, but who have they become?

    "Just hold me, if ever our paths may collide
    I want you to hold me under these darkening skies
    Whoever you love now
    Whoever you kiss
    The ones in between us
    I'm willing to miss"

    He's willing to forget everyone and everything that stood in between them. He was in a dark spot, and if they're going to work out, there will be challenges ahead. He just wants them to hold each other through this darkest moment. If she gives him a second chance, he just wants to be held; because the dangers he couldn't see began to scare him.

    "Now I'm drifting out over deep ocean
    And the tide it won't take me back in
    In these desperate nights, I'll call you again and again"

    He's falling apart without her… he's lost himself in the tide, he's gotten himself into something he doesn't want to be a part of. He's desperate for help in remembering who they are, instead of running after the 'dangers he can't see', or the things he feels like he's missing out on.

    "There's a comfort, comfort in things we believe
    But I live in danger, wanting the things I can't see
    Wherever you live now
    Wherever you walk
    This distance between us
    I'm willing to cross"

    The comfort, the routine, the things they believe… the white picket fence and the happily ever after were the comforts they believed. But he wanted to get out of that comfort zone, and find excitement or "danger" or the "recklessness" he may be missing out on.


    I'm just saying… I can relate to him.
    suneatmoonon March 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure what the true meaning of this song is, but it sounds to me like an addict talking to a former girlfriend who left him because of his addiction and who he desperately wants back.

    I believe he's saying "hey stranger" in a kind of ironic/sarcastic way you might say to someone who you once knew well and lost touch with for a bit.

    The first verse is him trying to reconnect with her.

    (I know I don't know you
    But there's somewhere I've seen you before)

    He knows they've been apart and she's probably changed since leaving him (hence he doesn't know her anymore) but he wants her to remember he once knew her well. That they've been in this situation before.

    (Whatever your name is
    Whatever you do
    This living between us
    I'm willing to lose)
    He's telling her that he wants to get to know her again, that the time between them spent apart can be fixed.

    The second verse is him telling her he is trying to get sober/clean (I want you to hold me under these darkening skies) and that she's the only one he wants. He doesn't care about any girl he's been with since her or any man she's been with since him. (The ones in between us I'm willing to miss)

    The chorus is about his addiction. In the end, that's the only real issue that was ever "between them", and not any of the things he talks about in the verses. He is willing to do all these things for her but he cannot stop being an addict.

    He is "drifting out over deep ocean and the tide it won't take me back in" meaning he is using/drinking and she knows that he is, making the problem between them ever larger (like an ocean he can't swim across). It's getting so big he can't talk his way out of it.
    (In these disparate nights I'll call you again and again) He knows he screwed up again, and he is calling trying to fix it but she won't answer because she's over dealing with it.

    (There's a comfort, comfort in things we believe
    But I live in danger, wanting the things I can't see)
    She feels no comfort being with him because she doesn't believe/trust him. He is chasing either chasing his vision of them together or chasing his high.

    (Wherever you live now
    Wherever you walk
    This distance between us
    I'm willing to cross)
    She has left again. He is willing to go be with her, but his addiction is making him unable to do any of these things he has told her he would do.

    He ends the way he started because it's a vicious cycle. They stop talking due to his addiction, he tries to get her back after a while but he keeps using, and keeps breaking her trust and furthering the issues between them until they stop talking...and they are strangers again.
    dontwaitformeon August 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure what the true meaning of this song is, but it sounds to me like an addict talking to a former girlfriend who left him because of his addiction and who he desperately wants back.

    I believe he's saying "hey stranger" in a kind of ironic/sarcastic way you might say to someone who you once knew well and lost touch with for a bit.

    The first verse is him trying to reconnect with her.

    (I know I don't know you
    But there's somewhere I've seen you before)

    He knows they've been apart and she's probably changed since leaving him (hence he doesn't know her anymore) but he wants her to remember he once knew her well. That they've been in this situation before.

    (Whatever your name is
    Whatever you do
    This living between us
    I'm willing to lose)
    He's telling her that he wants to get to know her again, that the time between them spent apart can be fixed.

    The second verse is him telling her he is trying to get sober/clean (I want you to hold me under these darkening skies) and that she's the only one he wants. He doesn't care about any girl he's been with since her or any man she's been with since him. (The ones in between us I'm willing to miss)

    The chorus is about his addiction. In the end, that's the only real issue that was ever "between them", and not any of the things he talks about in the verses. He is willing to do all these things for her but he cannot stop being an addict.

    He is "drifting out over deep ocean and the tide it won't take me back in" meaning he is using/drinking and she knows that he is, making the problem between them ever larger (like an ocean he can't swim across). It's getting so big he can't talk his way out of it.
    (In these disparate nights I'll call you again and again) He knows he screwed up again, and he is calling trying to fix it but she won't answer because she's over dealing with it.

    (There's a comfort, comfort in things we believe
    But I live in danger, wanting the things I can't see)
    She feels no comfort being with him because she doesn't believe/trust him. He is chasing either chasing his vision of them together or chasing his high.

    (Wherever you live now
    Wherever you walk
    This distance between us
    I'm willing to cross)
    She has left again. He is willing to go be with her, but his addiction is making him unable to do any of these things he has told her he would do.

    He ends the way he started because it's a vicious cycle. They stop talking due to his addiction, he tries to get her back after a while but he keeps using, and keeps breaking her trust and furthering the issues between them until they stop talking...and they are strangers again.
    dontwaitformeon August 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure what the true meaning of this song is, but it sounds to me like an addict talking to a former girlfriend who left him because of his addiction and who he desperately wants back.

    I believe he's saying "hey stranger" in a kind of ironic/sarcastic way you might say to someone who you once knew well and lost touch with for a bit.

    The first verse is him trying to reconnect with her.

    (I know I don't know you
    But there's somewhere I've seen you before)

    He knows they've been apart and she's probably changed since leaving him (hence he doesn't know her anymore) but he wants her to remember he once knew her well. That they've been in this situation before.

    (Whatever your name is
    Whatever you do
    This living between us
    I'm willing to lose)
    He's telling her that he wants to get to know her again, that the time between them spent apart can be fixed.

    The second verse is him telling her he is trying to get sober/clean (I want you to hold me under these darkening skies) and that she's the only one he wants. He doesn't care about any girl he's been with since her or any man she's been with since him. (The ones in between us I'm willing to miss)

    The chorus is about his addiction. In the end, that's the only real issue that was ever "between them", and not any of the things he talks about in the verses. He is willing to do all these things for her but he cannot stop being an addict.

    He is "drifting out over deep ocean and the tide it won't take me back in" meaning he is using/drinking and she knows that he is, making the problem between them ever larger (like an ocean he can't swim across). It's getting so big he can't talk his way out of it.
    (In these disparate nights I'll call you again and again) He knows he screwed up again, and he is calling trying to fix it but she won't answer because she's over dealing with it.

    (There's a comfort, comfort in things we believe
    But I live in danger, wanting the things I can't see)
    She feels no comfort being with him because she doesn't believe/trust him. He is chasing either chasing his vision of them together or chasing his high.

    (Wherever you live now
    Wherever you walk
    This distance between us
    I'm willing to cross)
    She has left again. He is willing to go be with her, but his addiction is making him unable to do any of these things he has told her he would do.

    He ends the way he started because it's a vicious cycle. They stop talking due to his addiction, he tries to get her back after a while but he keeps using, and keeps breaking her trust and furthering the issues between them until they stop talking...and they are strangers again.
    dontwaitformeon August 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMaybe he's telling these to someone he hasn't seen yet. maybe we shouldn't look too much for meanings behind the song, but what he is exactly saying. Maybe he's just telling them to someone he sees later in life and he falls in love with. He's telling that special someone he's waiting for to come...that if they paths collide, they help him get though the things he's afraid of, which he doesn't know what they are, but wanting to cross and asking his love to be by his side and helps him get through together.
    I don't know, maybe I'm projecting. but a very beautiful song indeed.
    818on June 05, 2015   Link

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