"Leave a Trace" as written by Lauren Eve Mayberry, Iain Andrew Cook and Martin Clifford Doherty....
I gave up on time
Just like you said you would
There are tiny cracks of light underneath me
And you say I got it wrong
But I tried hard to uncover them

I have somehow got
Away with everything
Anything you ever did was strictly by design
But you got it wrong
And I'll go anywhere but there

And you had best believe
That you cannot build what I don't need
And I know I need to feel relief
And I know you'll never fold
But I believe nothing that I'm told
And I know I need to feel relief

I know I need to feel released
Take care to tell it just as it was
Take care to tell on me for the cause
I know I need to feel released
Take care to bury all that you can
Take care to leave a trace of a man

I will show restraint
Just like we said we should
You think I'll apologize for things I left behind
But you got it wrong
And I'm as sane as I ever was

You talk far too much
For someone so unkind
I will wipe the salt off of my skin
And I'll admit that I got it wrong
And there is grey between the lines

And you had best believe
That you cannot build what I don't need
And I know I need to feel relief
And I know you'll never fold
But I believe nothing that I'm told
And I know I need to feel relief

I know I need to feel released
Take care to tell it just as it was
Take care to tell on me for the cause
I know I need to feel released
Take care to bury all that you can
Take care to leave a trace of a man

I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know

I know I need to feel released
Take care to tell it just as it was
Take care to tell on me for the cause
I know I need to feel released
Take care to bury all that you can
Take care to leave a trace of a man

I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know


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"Leave a Trace" as written by Lauren Eve Mayberry Iain Andrew Cook

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  • +6
    My InterpretationThis song is definitely about a breakup. I think it's about someone that was manipulative and victim blaming.

    I gave up on time
    -I left rather than think the relationship will get better in time.
    Just like you said you would
    -You held a breakup over my head to manipulate without any intention of actually leaving
    There are tiny cracks of light underneath me
    -I see the light, I'm not fooling myself anymore (I saw it all along but ignored it)
    And you say I got it wrong
    -I tell you that I have issues with the relationship and you tell me they're not real (you say they were a construct of my own imagination)
    But I tried hard to uncover them
    -I tried to make it work, I tried to believe that it was me. I tried to find the root of the problem in me but it was you all along.

    I have somehow got
    Away with everything
    -so you say
    Anything you ever did was strictly by design
    -you're every move was calculated and with the intent to manipulate me (in an attempt to keep me from leaving) example: intentionally elicit jealousy and tell me I'm crazy
    But you got it wrong
    -It just made me miserable and unhappy, it's the reason I'm leaving.
    And I'll go anywhere but there
    -I won't come back.

    And you had best believe
    That you cannot build what I don't need
    -You build a fantasy to make me stay but I need someone that cares how they make me feel.
    And I know I need to feel relief
    -I don't want to be unhappy anymore, I have to leave and the relief will come (she says it with passion, as if to remind herself not to change her mind, and that even if she does beleive him on some level that doesn't change the fact that she's unhappy)
    And I know you'll never fold
    -You will never admit any wrong doing and you won't change.
    But I believe nothing that I'm told
    -I don't trust you.
    And I know I need to feel relief

    I know I need to feel released
    -I want out of your trap, I don't want to feel like this anymore.
    Take care to tell it just as it was
    -You're going to lie when you tell people what happened, because you probably believe your own lies (she says it with anger, she's being sarcastic)
    Take care to tell on me for the cause
    -Go ahead and tell them I'm the crazy one because it's too hard to face yourself (again being ironic).
    I know I need to feel released
    Take care to bury all that you can
    -Don't think about it, leave it all in the past because then you'd have to look at yourself.
    Take care to leave a trace of a man
    -A man wouldn't behave like this, you're a coward.

    I will show restraint
    -I won't come back.
    Just like we said we should
    -We said we wouldn't move too fast but we did anyway.
    You think I'll apologize for things I left behind
    -You think I'll apologize and admit guilt, just for the sake of the relationship, like I always do but not this time.
    But you got it wrong
    And I'm as sane as I ever was
    -I'm finally seeing that I'm not the crazy one even though you say I am. This is the only sane choice.

    You talk far too much
    For someone so unkind
    -Manipulating
    I will wipe the salt off of my skin
    -I will wash this relationship away so completely that it would be the same as washing my skin until there's no salt left
    And I'll admit that I got it wrong
    -I'll admit to something but not what you say I should, I'll admit that I was wrong about you, finally.
    And there is grey between the lines
    -Things aren't as black and white as you say
    amanda1121on October 21, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about breaking up with an abusive boyfriend.

    From an interview:

    "'Leave a Trace' is the middle finger mic-drop. It’s about that point where you’re like, “There’s no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won’t feel better about it, you won’t feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.”
    makamillion86on May 30, 2016   Link

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