In a crowded room on that summer night
When you fell in love, yeah, you knew it right
When you saw her
She was walking on water
She's a picture, framed in a windowsill
You give up trying to make time stand still
So you hold her
Yeah, you just hold her

All those nights you spent are gone
Do you look back? Now, time goes on

Is life repeating history?
Is love still a mystery?
Did you end up who you thought you would become
Before 1981?
Girl you ever loved
With the windows down and the stars above
It had all begun
Before 1981

You were young and free and you could see for miles
All that life could be with the sun in her eyes
She was golden
And that's when you told her
You couldn't wait and now you know
Cause all you want, you can't let go
It should always be this way
And we can start today

And all those words you said are gone
And you look back, now, time goes on

Is life repeating history?
Is love still a mystery?
Did you end up who you thought you would become
Before 1981?
Girl you ever loved
With the windows down and the stars above
It had all begun
Before 1981
Oh, before 1981

In a crowded room on that summer night
When I fell in love, yeah, I knew it right
When I saw her
So, don't say it's over

Is life repeating history?
Is love still a mystery?
Did you end up who you thought you would become
Before 1981
Girl you ever loved
With the windows down and the stars above
It had all begun
Before 1981
Yeah, before 1981
Before 1981


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    My InterpretationI think Graham Colton has written this song towards his father, as evidenced by his lyrics, "is life repeating history." I think he is comparing his own experience of falling in love to what his father's experience was. He also changes from "when YOU saw her" to "when I saw her", which reinforces this somewhat.
    jeepracer98on July 01, 2015   Link

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