When you were born you were not alone
Nothing was carved into the stone quite yet
But don't forget you heard someone say it won't get better than this
That was the sound of your father
As he held you up to your mother
No one will ever know a love as pure as the one that you felt right then

They held you up
They held you up
And everybody else they fell to the wayside
This is the start; the beginning
A prologue to the yarn that you're spinning
A million synonyms
Will never come close to describe the feeling

Don't ever leave
'Cause if you do, dear
I guarantee that you'll regret the day you did
And you'll miss all the simple things
And you'll see everything you ever loved
Start fading til' there's nothing left but dust

And I believe
That every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before

And I see
The things that I pretend that I don't see
And I store them in my head, love
If only for memories

So now you're young and you feel alone
Despite friends, family, and all the good things now surrounding you
You can't help thinking: "Oh there's gotta be some more to do"

When all the things that you cherish
Turn in to burdens and there is
No other path to take
You know what you gotta do
But you don't know how

They hold you back
They hold you down
And you kinda' feel bad but you know that you gotta get out
This is your pain your dilemma
Do you stay in the town where they raised ya
Or will you sail away
Pull the anchor and go headed for the come what may

You have to leave
'Cause if you don't, dear
You'll never see the things you read about in books
You saw the films and you were hooked
But everything you want won't come to you
You realize now that you've gotta go see this through

And I believe
That every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before

And I see
The things that I pretend that I don't see
And and I store them in my head, love
If only for memories

I believe
That every broken bone is meant to be
And when it heals it will be stronger than it was before

And I see
The things that I pretend that I don't see
And and I store them in my head, love
If only for memories


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    Song MeaningThis song has a lot more clarity in the Toh Kay version, I never even noticed that this version was lacking an entire verse until I read your comments.

    "So now you're old, raising your own
    Two souls, to put yourself at home
    You finally settled down
    You’ve seen the world but your heart never left this town
    They have the eyes of your mother
    The kind of crooked teeth of their father
    No one will ever know, a love as pure as the love that you feel for them

    You’ll hold them up, you’ll hold them up
    And everybody else should fall to the wayside
    There is no end no beginning
    On this merry-go-round we call living
    Someday you will return, every single ounce of the love you were given

    Someday they’ll go
    And when they leave home
    You will be grateful for the lesson that you learned
    You had to travel half the world
    To realize what you knew all along
    That everything will end up where it belongs"

    He did leave the town, he went on and lived his life, but his mind was always with his family and his friends at home. It's a song about life and how it all cycles. It's beautiful, and it's probably my favorite of his songs.
    segldaon June 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI hear this song, and it makes me think Tom is talking about just living a life that's more than what many of us wind up with. It starts out with the person being born, then growing up and having many things that make life grand, but still wanting more, like to see the world and go elsewhere.
    pepermintrhinoon May 12, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe first part of the song chronicles the building of a strong family and a home, from birth up to the best years of someone's life. At this point in the song, that person is so content that they never want to leave. But at some point in everyone's life, they grow tired of the status quo and begin to "outgrow" their home. This leads to conflict and "burdens" from friends and family members who are going down a different path. At some point, that person may decide that enough is enough, that there's too many conflicts and too many differences that need to be resolved, and that it's time to move away and wipe the slate clean. That person keeps on going further to justify their desire to leave until they realize that the risk in leaving is too great and they stay to work things out with family and friends.

    As for the chorus, well, here's where I frame the explanation in a device that might not intended by Tom, but explains it decently anyway. The "I believe that every broken bone is meant to be" part sounds like one of those adages that your parents would repeat to keep the family together in times of difficulty. The "and I see the things that I pretend that I don't see" part is the equal but opposite force that explains how hard it is to put away the differences. The person keeps repeating this adage and tries to "not see" the sources of conflict, but they're ultimately inescapable. The contrast between the two is reflected in the events of the song, because this person is struggling between staying to try and work things out and leaving to start over. Ultimately, the person appears to choose staying home and working things out. Not sure if Tomas is saying it's a good or bad thing, but probably neither as it ends no further than the person's decision to stay.
    MNarrativeon May 20, 2013   Link

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