Lying on a mattress 'cause my friend's crazy sister took my bed away,
Sleeping, she looked like an actress.
In theory and in practice, I said, "Theres got to be a better way."
She said, "You light a thousand matches,
When you finally set fire, well, you run away.
So why'd you go and do it,
When you knew that you would go and I would stay?"

I hit the wall in frustration;
The conversation had been circling for days.
She said, "Don't take it out on him,
For the wall has always been supportive in the best of ways."
We're laughing and crying like mad men dying in the snow.
For just one second it was funny that
She would have to stay and I would go.

And I said, "Love, you know, I love you so.
And when you love someone,
Well you've got to let them know,"
And she said, "Nothings changed, I love you the same,
But when you love someone, sometimes, you've got to let them go."

She handed me a stone in the perfect shape of a heart.
She said, "I'm going to take this home,
For I know you'll only lose it somewhere after dark,
In some faceless hotel room where you seem to lose everything you own."
She didn't mean it how it sounded,
What she meant was she would stay and I would go.

And I said, "Love, you know, I love you so.
And when you love someone,
Well you've got to let them know,"
And she said, "Nothings changed, I love you the same,
But when you love someone, sometimes, you've got to let them go."

Sometimes you tear it all apart
To see the wood from the trees.
Sometimes you break your own heart
To set yourself free.

I walked her to the station,
Hesitation in our movements and our tone.
Words finally left after realising
How uncomfortable they'd grown,
See, what you want and what you need,
Well, they seldomly succeed to grow.
We reluctantly agreed that when you love someone
You've got to let them go.


Lyrics submitted by EMChristiansen, edited by Corvus13, BusbyBerkeleyDreams

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