"Why Do I Feel So Sad?" as written by Alicia J Augello-cook and Warryn Campbell....
Friends we've been for so long
Now true colors are showing
Makes me wanna cry, oh yes it does
'Cause I have to say goodbye

By now I should know that in time
Things must change
So it shouldn't be so bad
So why do I feel so sad?

How can I adjust to the way that things are going?
It's killing me slowly
Oh, I just want it to be how it used to be, yeah
And I wish that I could stay
But in time, things must change

So it shouldn't be so bad
So why do I feel so sad?
You cannot hide the way you feel inside, I realize
Your actions speak much louder than words
So tell me why

Ooh, by now I should know that, that in time
Things must change
So it shouldn't be, it shouldn't be so bad
So why do I feel so sad?

By now I should know that in time
Things must change
So it shouldn't be so bad
So why do I feel so sad?

By now, by now I should know that in time
Things must grow
And I had to leave you behind
So why do I feel so sad if you couldn't be there, baby
Tell me why
By now I should know that in time
Things must change
So it shouldn't be so bad
So why do I feel so sad?
Why do I feel so sad?
(Why do I feel so sad?)

Why does it feel so bad inside when I realize
That you've got to be left behind?


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"Why Do I Feel So Sad" as written by Warryn Campbell Alicia Augello-cook

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    General Commenti think it means that even tho the enevitable has happend, you cant help but be sad. Sometimes its sad to leave things behind, but sometimes it just has to be done. I feel this is what this song is about coz ive experienced it.
    pixelgirl_on October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIm in the same situation of Key deep and when I first read the song that was the first thing that came to my mind. I know must of my friends since I was nine or ten years old and only to think about this ''separation'' it makes me sooo sad. The thing is that we got to face that this "leave behind people you love" it could be for the better and no isnt necesary to be so bad (just like the song says). It hurts but its part of our lifes too and we cant stop or run from it.

    By now by now I should know
    That in time things must grow
    And I had to leave you behind
    So why do I feel so sad
    If it couldn't be that bad
    Tell me why
    Alanis_1216on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI respect everyone's opinion on this song, but I want to throw a curveball. Could this song not be talking about a long-time friend who caught feelings for the other? Looking at the lyrics, it makes perfect sense. "Friends we've been for so long / Now true colors are showing" (they've been friends for a long time, but one of them has caught feelings and possibly fallen for the other). Many times when this happens, the friendship is never the same, and you have to "say goodbye" to the friendhip. "You cannot hide the way you feel inside I realize." I mean, this is just one perspective. I agree with everyone else's interpretation. I just wanted to look at it from another possible angle.
    1alillon March 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, she is singing about a 'good' breakup (is there such a thing???) and although they are still friends, she is upset about it and is wondering why...
    duffon March 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is definitely talking about how you have to leave people behind to go after what you want. after highschool, there are a lot of people who go off to college and never see certain friends again. it hurts but things have to change.
    pinklinkinon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI can understand this thought of leaving people that you love or are close to to move on to bigger, better things. I will be graduating from junior high in June 2005. I'm scared as hell, and i'm going to miss all my good friends. I might never see some people again. But I gotta do it, so I can move on to high school, then college, and then pursue my dreams and be successful. Sometimes you have to do these things, and, yes; sometimes it is for the better. And I mean, hey, if you think about it one way; dead people do it all the time. Do they chose to? You think they want to?(speaking generally) And do they really have a choice?

    *Alicia Keys for life*
    key_deepon December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHow can I adjust
    To the way that things are going
    It's killing me slowly
    Oh I just want it to be how it used to be

    god i know that feeling
    little_miss_failureon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThings always change, for better or worse, that's how relationships end, some change for their best, and stay together, others choose to become idiots and cheat on you, changing for the worse, you end up losing the relationship and the friendship, and even though we all know that, it will always hurt... There's nothing worse than losing someone you once loved very deeply.

    "By now I should know that
    That in time things would change
    So it shouldn't be so bad
    So why do I feel so sad"

    I wish love wasn't so blind, and we could realize when things have changed.
    Artemisaªon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think maybe...its like when youre in a relationship...and theres that first !!!!!! part of it, and then you start getting more comfortable with eachother, but with that you start noticing less the little things, and sometimes just the change of it, while not bad, can make ya sad?
    not sure if thats really how to word it.
    Rllngstn72on December 28, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think she is singing about her ex and how they are still very close and with their closeness she can only wear her heart on her sleeve so she's admitting her honest feelings. This is a song that explains exactly how i am feeling as me and my ex are best friends and although its made the process so hard and so painfully long it's at the stage where he has a new girlfriend and i am slowly realizing i can't be first anymore and i will have someone in the future too. its the best case scenario because we aren't meant to be but we still have each other in our lives....so why am i so sad?
    awaywithmeon August 05, 2013   Link

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