"1000 Times" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
Back of the room
Looking at you
Counting the steps
Between us
A hundred and five
Little blades in a line
From your skin to mine
And I feel it
Eyes on the ground
But I can't look up now
Don't wanna give it away
My secret

In another life, my teeth and tongue
Would speak aloud what until now I've only sung

'Cause I would die to make you mine
Bleed me dry each and every time
I don't mind, no I don't mind it
I would come back a thousand times

You can make me wait forever
Push me away and tell me never
I don't mind, no I don't mind it
I would come back a thousand times

Kiss me goodnight
Like a good friend might
I'll do the same
But won't mean it
'Cause love is a cage
These words on a page
Carry the pain
They don't free it
In another life I wouldn't need to
Console myself as I resign to, release you

'Cause I would die to make you mine
Bleed me dry each and every time
I don't mind, no I don't mind it
I would come back a thousand times

You can make me wait forever
Push me away and tell me never
I don't mind, no I don't mind it
I would come back a thousand times

Again again I let it go, let it go
Cover my mouth don't let a single word slip
Out wouldn't wanna tell you, no tell you, no
Nothing could be worse than the risk of
Losing what I don't have now
And we could buy the minute, though is it so bad
If I wanna cry out

That I would die to make you mine
Bleed me dry almost every time
But I don't mind, no I don't mind it
I would come back a thousand times

Make me wait forever
Push me away and tell me never
But I don't mind, no I don't mind it
I would come back a thousand times

I would come back a thousand times
I would come back a thousand times


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"1000 Times" as written by Sara Bareilles

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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about being in love with someone who you see on a regular basis that you have a good friendship with. Then, you realize that your feelings go deeper than the other person's feeling go, but cannot determine whether it is wise to let out your secret and reveal the feelings for fear of "losing what you don't have now." Maybe you have hinted at the feelings, but the other person doesn't seem to feel the same way. You are so in love with the person that it is not even a choice anymore of whether to love them. You just do. You would choose the anguish of keeping the friendship (and hoping for something more) because you at least get to see the person and have that type of relationship.
    RedFingernailson August 19, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is a haunting song about self-inflicted depression and the ensuing desperation. Here, Sara is the shy character who “feels” the room rather than sees it, shown by the description, “A hundred and five / little blades in a line / between your skin and mine.” Inside that shy mindset of secret fantasy and vague association, death and malnutrition are secondary factors to the venerated act of returning. She doesn’t know why she is in the “love [that] is a cage” or weighed by its destructive pain, as the listener is privy to its tragic details being cried out. It floats before her, a cloud of visions portraying the distance between this life and another life.

    I focus on her revelation that in another life, she “wouldn’t need to console [herself] as [she] resigns to release” the object of return. But because her death-ridden promises do not suggest release, it would seem that she is just showing how similar her own life is to the other, more violently passionate and uninhibited one. There’s hope yet that she will come fully to terms with her capacities to pull them together: her precious hands.
    azneel128on August 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSara Bareilles is an amazing artist and lyricist. In this song, she describes the mixed feelings of having feelings for someone who is not aware of it, and not caring if that person finds out and rejects her cause basically she's a fool in love with him. That's my own interpretation of this song. I love that we all can relate to this song I'm our own ways.
    alyyyshhiaon July 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song could be interpreted as love gone sour. When you love someone to a certain extent of always coming back, the relationship becomes unhealthy, and I feel like Sara was trying to portray that feeling in her song. She discusses "waiting forever" and being "pushed away", but says she will come back 1000 times. An experience like this has to be painful, and she sings this thought in a desperate way.
    dreamstar2000on October 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song reflects a fact anyone can face.When you love someone who does not feel how much you love him.
    Husseininicdlon December 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSara said on her commentary for this album that 1000 Times is written about unrequited love, and that sense of determination you feel to make them feel the exact same way that you do.
    yeahhitslaurennnnon March 12, 2014   Link

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