I want to tell if I am or am not myself
It's hard to know how far or if at all could go
Waiting far too long for something I forgot was wrong
I don't know all the answers I think that I'll find
Or have it within the time but it's all that I'll have in mind

Until I fall away
That won't keep us waiting long
Until I fall away
I don't know what to do anymore
Until I fall away...

My fear pretend that I'll never be in love again
It's real to me but not like these fools and not like this scene
I won't find or have it within the time
If it's all rusted and fade in the spot where we fell
Where I thought I'd left behind
It's loose now but we could try

Until I fall away
I won't keep us waiting long
Until I fall away
I don't know what to do anymore
Until I fall away...

When there's no good answers
To those new questions
Another personal disaster
There's nowhere to go but down...


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  • +2
    General CommentI know I am not like the rest of the Gin Blossom's fans. I'm a 15 year old girl. But when I was little my dad was in a band that practiced every Wednesday in our garage with a few other lifeguards. They played a lot of Tom Petty, Stray Cats, and most importantly-- Gin Blossoms. There's no reason why I'm commenting on this song rather than the others, it just happens to be the one I'm listening to. My dad gave up all hope for the Gin Blossoms when Doug died. He thought their second album was a flop, but I don't think he realized that Doug only wrote half of their stuff on the former. A few months ago I realized the band was still going, touring even. We tried to get tickets to see them at the Coach House in Capistrano... but stuff didn't work out. We did, however, start listening to the Gin Blossoms all the time again. I appreciate their music so much now and they are definitely one of my favorite bands.
    AnnieTheBraveon March 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe singer is questioning the direction his life has taken so far, attempting to decide if he should change course.

    “I want to tell if I am or am not myself ”

    The song is about a relationship that the singer ended that he hasn't let go of. The singer is single and unsure of his ability to love ever since. He still thinks his former lover is the best one for the job, if they would just change who they are. They haven't yet, wanting this is unrealistic, and he has lost perspective on the issue(s) between them.

    "I've waited far too long for something I forgot was wrong."

    The singer never conclusively assigns blame for the breakup. As the words “something I forgot was wrong” are too vague to discern if it was the lovers shortcomings or the singer wanting the lover to be something they are not.

    He remembers the good times in the past and tells his former lover that he will be theirs if they are willing to change, unless he should fall for another while they are apart.

    "Until I fall away, I won't keep you waiting long."

    The singer states that he believes there is nothing he can change to fix things between them. But, that the lover might be able to. So, he hopes and waits.

    "Until I fall away I don't know what to do anymore."

    Use of the word 'until' instead of 'unless' shows that the singer feels enough time apart will also be the end to his distress.

    The other statements in the song support these sentiments but provide little new insight.
    deathvegetableon October 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt speaks volumes to me.
    redshiftdazzleron August 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am also a younger Gin Blossoms fan, however one of the reasons i love them so much is because they were one of the first bands i heard when i started to listen to the radio and started to buy CD's and whatnot.
    TusseyTheTerribleon June 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah. me too. im a sixteen year old girl.

    buuuuuuuuut. yeah. i bought their greatest hits a couple weeks ago because i grew up listening to them. i just really like them.
    faithlessxcryingon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah. me too. im a sixteen year old girl.

    buuuuuuuuut. yeah. i bought their greatest hits a couple weeks ago because i grew up listening to them. i just really like them.
    faithlessxcryingon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I'm a 20 year old guy. I just always heard my dad listening to them, so gin blossom songs were the first songs I ever had the words memorized to, even my slightly younger friends (17ish) swear they have never even heard any of the songs. It makes me depressed for them.
    Phrenchornon June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're 20 and your dad listened to them?

    I'm 23 and I listened to them growing up.

    I feel like this song is about him just waiting to slip into the depths of insanity brought on by solitude. He's been waiting for the right person to come along and love him, but he's getting to the point where he thinks it will never happen.
    In fact he fears it will never happen again, more than he fears anything else.
    magicmanx9on November 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentim the only guy who's posted on this song thats under 20, it probly my fav song by gb
    Its me Its DDPon November 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuntil i fall away is about a guy who is so heartbroken that he wonders if he can ever love again. now that's powerful! the guy seems to have a great contradiction in his mind, as he's like to move on and feel love, but is also deeply afraid of having his heart trampled upon once again. this song contains another of use of gb's favorite word- fools.
    GinBlossomson January 15, 2006   Link

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