"So Long" as written by and Mashonda K./reese Tifrere....
Yes, I heard all that you had to say
That's when it all fell apart
Might be hated, but I can't pretend
I liked you better before

So long, So long
Front foot leads the back one
Go on, and it won't be too soon
I'm gone, I'm gone
And onto the next one
So long, and I won't be back soon

Yes, I'm be blue, but from holding my breath
Like I have from the start
I'm a villain and I should confess
I liked you better before

So long, So long
And onto the next one
Go on, and it won't be too soon
I'm gone, I'm gone
Bet you saw this one coming
So long, and I won't be back soon

It's hateful to say, See it this way
Don't even know who you are
But in my defense, I'd do it again
Don't need to know who you are

So long, So long
And onto the next one
Go on, and it won't be too soon
Your gone, Your gone
Are you waiting for something?
Go on, 'cause I won't be back soon

It's hateful to say, see it this way
Don't even know who you are
But in my defense, I'd do it again
Don't need to know who you are

So long, So long
Front foot leads the back one
Go on, 'cause you won't be too soon
You're lost and gone
And onto the next one
Don't need to know who you are
Don't need to know who you are


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"So Long" as written by Barry Reese Mashonda Tifrere

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    General CommentOK...I do not think it is about a one night stand. To me the song is all about a guy/girl trying to convince themselves its all OK after a relationship has ended. We've all done this. A relationship ends, probably one that deep down meant a lot, and we're like...its cool, see ya later, "I'm on to the next one". This song has lots of emotions that change from line to line. The 3/4 time key has a playful tone to it, very free spirited etc. But the lines themselves are filled with hurt. "I don't even to know who you are" then he changes it to (ya know strike that I dont care that I dont know you and adds) "I don't need to know who you are" is just like a shrug off. Yet he keeps repeating it over and over. The final lines of the song say "you're lost and gone and on to the next one" makes you feel like you the writer is standing back watching the person go on to the next one, like they told them to, yet repeats those lines over and again about the fact they don't need to know them. I love the lines "yes I'm blue but from holding my breath, like I have from the start" How many times have you been in a relationship where you are not yourself, and you've held back feelings and anger etc, out of fear. I think this line is a release of that feeling. It doesnt go along with a one night stand scenario....
    So basically I see this as a way for the writer to convince themselves, ok, fine, so long, see ya, i'm cool...but deep down he knows he's just covering it all up.
    alwayssearching2on March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song to me is kinda reminding me of a one night stand kinda. just makes alot of sense. I dunno i could be wrong, but listen to it and think about it, It makes sense.
    LiveUrLifeon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about having a relationship and then something they said ruined it, it's like they never knew each other in the first place, but at the same time regrets leaving
    MnOvrboard182on May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with MnOverboard
    SongMeaningson June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitly about the end of a relationship and just saying goodbye, saying I don't need you and I can get by "and go on to the next one."
    notaprettygirlon June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about he's insecurities, Ryan loves to write about how insecure he is. And in this song it is about how he is so insecure, he cant be in a relationship at this point in his life(and is u didnt know Ryan Miller is single)
    Gusteron June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are a bit off on this one, but the song is awesome. Definately about a one-night-stand or something like that where "they" got together too quickly for their own good, and this person realizes it, and has no regrets.
    massofcloudson September 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis ie of the best songs i've ever heard. as far as meaning i thinkhe was in a fragile relationship w/ someone and it broke. he feels bad about it, but he knows he will do it again.
    (But in my defense
    I'd do it again
    I don't need to know who you are ).
    teen_spiriton March 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always took it farther than saying it was a one night stand...I thought it was about picking up a prostitute...a night together and then leaving each other nameless. Now that's probably not what Ryan meant when he wrote it, but that's what it makes me think of!
    SmilingAtTheSkyon April 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSo i have a different idea of this song.
    I think y'all are limiting it too much saying that it is a relationship. This song means alot to me and was perfect for something i was going through with one of my closest friends. It's not about just happinly ending a relationship and moving on. The narrator was really hurt by someone. The other person's true colors were shown. It's about getting fed up with the crap that someone is giving to them, and telling them -- That's it, i've heard what you have to say and it's a load of crap that's where it all fell apart.
    Then the narrator is moving on.
    The "in my defense i'd do it again" part to me is saying before you screwed up i really enjoyed what we had.
    I dunno, these lyrics just TOTALLY fit what i was experiencing so that's probably why i see it all this way.
    Also, totally don't think the one night stand thing is right.
    jillibean001on May 23, 2004   Link

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