Who's the one that makes you happy?
Or maybe,
Who's the one always on your mind?
And who is the reason you're living for?
Who's the reason for your smile?

I feel so lonely and I know I'm not the only one
To ever feel this way
I love you so much that I think I'm going insane
I've gone crazy, Outta my head
I've gone crazy, Outta my head
Can't think about nothin' but your good, good love
And what you give

Everyone needs somebody
And you know
Everybody needs someone
Well then I guess it's true
Everybody needs a special kind of love
And you're the only one I'm thinking of
You mean the world to me
You are my only

I feel so lonely and I know I'm not the only one
To carry on this way
I love you so much I lose track of time
Lose track of the days
I'm going outta my head
Going crazy, Outta my head
Can't think about nothin' but your good, good love
And what you give

It's not what you got, it's what you give
It ain't the life you choose, it's the life you live
It's only what you give
Only what you give
Only what you give
It's not what you got, but the life you live
It's the life you live

And you're the one that makes me happy
Oh yeah baby
And you're the one always on my mind
Well then yes it's true
You are my reason
My one and only
That I've been living for
Why can't forever be
Forever and nothing more?

I feel so lonely and I know I'm not the only one
To ever feel this way
I love you so much I lose track of time
Lose track of the days
I'm going out of my head
Going crazy, out of my head
Can't think about nothin' but your good, sweet love
And what you give

It's not what you got, It's what you give
It ain't the life you choose, It's the life you live
It's not what you got, It's what you give
And it ain't what it's not, But what it is
Only what you give
Only what you give
Only what you give
It's not what you got, It's what you give
What you give
It ain't the life you choose, It's the life you live
It's only what you give
Only what you give
It's only what you give
It's not what you got, But what you give
It's only what you give
It's only what you give, yeah
It's only what you give
It's only what you give
It's only what you give


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  • +2
    General CommentThe singer noted the meaning of the song in Tesla's home video compilation "Times Makin' Changes". He wrote the song about a dog that he had to put to sleep. He said to some it was just a pet, but to him, it was something that made him feel great. He was very depressed about putting her "to sleep".
    ScreamingInDigitalon August 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHa! Tesla. Hmm...like innovative theories, I think this song really makes the mark. I wanted to find a song where "you give what you need" and although this one nearly gets there, it falls a bit short,p like all songs do when you want to give what you need to the person you love yet can't bacause everything is shrouded in comlexities. Hmm. Tesla. I am from Europe, however and fully expect that I will no longer have to do this...one day.
    driftingdreameron June 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs happy as this song sounds, i think its about a much deeper topic then just being in love. i first thought this after really listening to the bridge
    "i feel so lonely and i know im not the only one, to ever feel this way, i love you so much that i think im going insane"

    this song seems to be about heartbreak or possibly a death of a loved one

    i could be wrong but give me some imput
    Magicblue22on February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this song. It's amazing.
    paperthin_on July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this song. It's amazing.
    paperthin_on July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare you serious, about his dog?
    Magicblue22on September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo many emotions in this song. I 'sent' it to my girlfriend and she got really confused. I understand why when you really read it.

    Who's the one that makes you happy. A great sentiment but a danger as you're asking the question not saying you are making me happy.

    'It's what you give' always meant to me that it's more important what you give to somebody than what you take in a relationship.

    There's so much beauty but so much sadness in this song. A sort of longing but with love there.
    daddleson May 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@Magicblue22: You sound so disappointed :p

    I think, despite the true inspiration, it's still a beautiful song that can relate to any kind of love.
    freedomsongon June 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSeeing some of the other comments this song is about love! Any love between a pet or human! This song is deep, I think it can both be sad love, or happy! It could be about someone that doesn't know, or it could be about someone who passed on! Music is great, and this is about the most important thing in the world, Love!!!
    DJN8on July 09, 2014   Link

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