"Tell Me How" as written by and Taylor York Hayley Nichole Williams....
I can't call you a stranger
But I can't call you
I know you think that I erased you
You may hate me but I can't hate you
And I won't replace you

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

Think I'm tired of getting over it
Just starting something new again
I'm getting sick of the beginnings
And always coming to your defences
I guess it's good to get it off my chest
I guess I can't believe I haven't yet
You know I got my own convictions
And they're stronger than any addiction
But no one's winning

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

You keep me up with your silence
Take me down with your quiet
Of all the weapons you fight with
Your silence is the most violent

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

You don't have to tell me
If you ever think of me
I know you say you're busy
Wildly, in the fog of your memory
You don't have to tell me, I can still believe


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"Tell Me How" as written by Taylor York Hayley Nichole Williams

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about Jeremy leaving the band.

    "I can't call you a stranger
    But I can't call you
    I know you think that I erased you
    You may hate me but I can't hate you
    And I won't replace you"

    She's letting Jeremy know that even though he won't answer her calls and wants nothing to do with her, she still loves him and doesn't want to get rid of their friendship.

    "Think I'm tired of getting over it
    Just starting something new again
    I'm getting sick of the beginnings
    And always coming to your defences
    I guess it's good to get it off my chest
    I guess I can't believe I haven't yet
    You know I got my own convictions
    And they're stronger than any addiction
    But no one's winning"

    In this verse she's talking to her fans directly. She is saying that she is getting tired of having to start new bands all over again, and she's also tired of having to defend Jeremy from both her fans and maybe even possibly her bandmates. She also admits that her actions played a role in him leaving the band...and for that, she feels both sorry but happy that she can admit that. In the line where she says: "You know I got my own convictions/And they're stronger than any addiction
    /But no one's winning" she says that this is a bad situation all around, and that everyone feels pain about it.

    "You keep me up with your silence
    Take me down with your quiet
    Of all the weapons you fight with
    Your silence is the most violent"

    Jeremy's silence makes the situation worse. He refuses to talk to her, and she feels as though that's the worst he could have done.

    "Tell me how to feel about you now
    Oh, let me know
    Do I suffocate or let go?"

    She questions if she should keep fighting to keep their friendship. Should she just let their friendship go, or should she keep fighting for it despite how much it hurts her? She's basically saying that it's up to him whether or not they rekindle their friendship.

    "You don't have to tell me
    If you ever think of me
    I know you say you're busy
    Wildly, in the fog of your memory
    You don't have to tell me, I can still believe"

    She knows that he still thinks of their friendship, and even if he doesn't she still knows that in his heart he still loves her. And regardless of whether or not he's willing to admit that, she's going to keep believing that he does.
    UnderTheWindon May 27, 2017   Link

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