I know I've got my problems and it starts with me
She saw something inside that I can't see
And late at night, yeah, she'll comfort me
Hold onto me, hold onto me

I've got a nervous habit and I drink too much
She said she hates her life and wants to change her ways
She wakes in the night and whispers oh so quiet

Hold onto me, hold onto me
Don't you ever leave, don't you ever leave
And though I've got my problems and it's probably me
So hold onto me, hold onto me

I stay up too late and it hurts to breathe
I said it's four AM, go back to sleep
Sometimes at night I can hear her dreams

Come rescue me, come rescue me
Don't you ever leave, don't you ever leave
I know we've got our problems and it's probably me
So hold onto me, hold onto me

I'm a drifter's body in an open sea
And I've seen my reflection staring right back at me
With no place to go and you're left all alone
There's no place like home

Hold onto me, hold onto me
And just stay with me, just stay with me
I know we've got our problems and you'll probably leave
So hold onto me, hold onto me
I can never leave, I will never leave
So hold onto me, hold onto me



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    My InterpretationPersonally I think most of this song is from the girl's perspective. It's about an unhealthy, dependent relationship.

    The first verse is him saying he knows it all started because of his problems that she saw and wanted to "fix".
    (I know I've got my problems and it starts with me
    She saw something inside that I can't see
    And late at night, yeah, she'll comfort me)

    From then on it switches to what she's saying. She falls in love with him and gets scared that he's going to leave her or be unfaithful. She starts taking the blame for things just so he'll stay and "hold on to her".
    (She wakes in the night and whispers oh so quiet
    "old onto me, hold onto me
    Don't you ever leave, don't you ever leave
    I know I've got my problems and it's probably me")
    (Sometimes at night I can hear her dreams,
    "Come rescue me, come rescue me
    Don't you ever leave, don't you ever leave
    I know we've got our problems and it's probably me")

    The bridge is him admitting that he knows he won't stay faithful (I'm a drifter's body in an open sea) but that there's no place like "home" (her).

    The last verse is her saying she knows the relationship isn't healthy, and she knows he isn't going to stay faithful to her, but she would never be able to leave him because she loves him too much. So him "holding on to her" in the moment will have to be enough.
    Or, the last verse could be him telling her he knows it's been his fault the whole time and he knows she'll leave him eventually because of it. Even if she does, he will always love her. He could never let go of her despite how badly he treated her.
    dontwaitformeon February 14, 2014   Link

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