"On Your Side" as written by and Johnny/takac Rzeznik....
I’m outside your house
2 am it’s dark
So many mistakes
Come back home from bars

I am on your side
I just want to tell you off.

So many lies are taking hold
It’s not your fault
There’s many scars
I am on your side
It’s taken me a long time
I am on your side
I’m on your side
And I listen
Yeah I listen.
Can you listen?
Now I’m listening.

I am on your side
It’s taken me a long time
I am on your side
I’m on your side.

(They are listening)
I'am on your side
(They are listening)
It’s taken me a long time
(Can you listen?)
I'am on your side.
(Now I'm listening)
I’m heading out tonight
(And I listen)
I’m heading out tonight
(And I listen)
I'm heading out tonight
(Can you listen?)
I'm heading
(They are listening)
(And I listen)
(They are listening)
(Can you listen?)
(They are listening)
(They are listening)
(They are listening)
(Can you listen?)


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    General CommentPete Yorn is a very talented songwriter. One of the best out there in the biz. This is my fave song by him. To me i think this song is about a relationship that is very confusing they know they need to talk about where this is going but she wont really pay attention and listen to what he has to say. Its like how alot of girls are.. they're never wrong. This is the final straw i think. Im outside your house, 2 am its dark. i think this is like hey we need to work this out now or its over. no waiting until later. I'm on your side i will listen to you, now can you listen to me. If anybody thinks otherwise, pleas help me out here.
    LiveUrLifeon April 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti must say i feel like i have lived this song.
    XxDaRkOxXon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think you got it... this song is beautiful.
    mellowyellowi1100on April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like your opinions LiveUrLife...this is truly an amazing song, as is pete yorn an amazing songwriter. this song is very important to me, kinda like my theme song...and i like your take on it, but mine is different. take it less literally: its about a girl, yes, but only loosely. More i think its about LIFE. He is on LIFE's side. Its tough and life hurts and he's been fighting with accepting that, but he is now. He is "listening", not just with his ears, but with everything - he is looking at it from all sides, seeing reality and truth. "I am on your side, its taken me a long time...and i listen" Perhaps he is speaking to someone in this song though...asking them "can you listen?" like he does. But overall, listen to the last verse, with that symphonic stuff going on in the background and him saying "i am on your side", i see him outside in the rain after a really bad day with his arms stretched up just saying "its ok". Its a triumphant song...and beautiful.
    Davkay20on June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song means a lot to me. There was once a person in my life who I happened to meet in a bar, and things went well for a while and then they suddenly soured. It took me a long time to get over that and not hate him and I finally feel like I am on his side. I understand that it wasn't working and it will never work. The words to this song just get me, because I have lived it.
    riccaronion July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPete Yorn really reminds me of Howie Day. I don*t know why. Maybe i'm just crazy... hehe

    JustWatchThFireworkson September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJustWatchThFireworks - Maybe 'cause Pete and Howie are both singer/songwriters? But Pete's got a good heart. Can't say the same about Howie.
    raysrealityon January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely Yorn's best song. He lucked out in creating it and it's not just his best, but by far is best. Truly a world-class song, IMO.
    Skoorbon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is his best songs and great not by only his standards but all others. I'm surprised this song has not received some ubiquity on popular airwaves, it's really masterful.
    Skoorbon July 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is about two people with plenty of disagreements in their relationship. The reasons for them are still up in the air and there's a need for closure. A need for everything to be said that could not be said because the two wouldn't allow the other to speak. So there's the plea to undertand "I am on your side, it's taken me a long time" or to see it in the others view, which took one a long time to realise, and the plea to convince right after "I am on your side, on your side". With the end being that he'll listen until it's all been said and until he says everything. Then saying "I'm heading out tonight" while continuing to state that he's listening as if to say that as he's leaving if there's anything else before he's gone. I love this song, it's the first song I ever heard from him.
    AlaileScribeon July 27, 2007   Link

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