"Say Something" as written by Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino and Mike Campbell....
Tonight is like space invaders
There is nothing at work
The faces have become like traffic
Multi-purpose conversation
I stand like a lighthouse
I have become a lighthouse
But if we met we would exhaust this place
And if you spoke then this world would short-circuit

Say something
Make it a direct hit
Say something
Make me never forget

I don't want to stand and compute
I want days and weeks to burst out of you
I am listening for dear life
I want you to talk like it's a breakthrough


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"Say Something" as written by Paul Anthony Dempsey Stephanie Ashworth

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    General CommentThis song is clearly about communication. I think it's about people who have some sort of a connection that cannot be expressed in words but a kind of desperation to do so. I really love this song it really speaks to me, I can tottally relate
    Dean Martinon April 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've always heard this song as bascially "Say something worthwhile" Don't waste your life talking smalltalk and shite... say something interesting and insightful... something with meaning... But thats just me...
    dazed_on May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about two people, maybe people in love. One is bored, numb, just living with what she knows, but it doesn't really bother her, but its driving him so insane he snaps. He begins to see it in everyone too after that, (the numbness) and he just wants her and in the end ("make me never forget this") anyone or someone who wants more, someone like him.
    kewpeyon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about two people, maybe people in love. One is bored, numb, just living with what she knows, but it doesn't really bother her, but its driving him so insane he snaps. He begins to see it in everyone too after that, (the numbness) and he just wants her and in the end ("make me never forget this") anyone or someone who wants more, someone like him.
    kewpeyon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah I agree, especially since I worked in an office where it says 'there is nothing at work, the faces have become like traffic'. And yes, every single day at work I get sick of people's faces especially when they gossip a lot ('multi-purpose conversations') which I can't stand.
    Litz_Awakeon December 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI also find this song very encouraging, being fast-paced where in the end he's screaming for you to actually 'say something'. A lot of feeling and it really brings the message across.
    Litz_Awakeon December 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe best thing to do with this song is really reallly crank it up and just SCREAM the chorus... just wish there was more of it.

    "SAY SOMETHING, make it a direct hit"
    Splaire89on June 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love Paul Dempsey's voice, and this song really brings out it's beautiful core. it always reminds meof spending time alone amogst many other people, like in the city
    jebediahpythonon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's probably about a more generalized lack of communication among people, like other comments here have said, but personally I associate it with the frustration of trying to communicate with someone you care about when they're shutting you out.

    There's such a sense of restrained passion in the lyrics, the idea that the connection between these people is incredibly volatile ("if we met we would exhaust this place"), but it's being stifled by the other person's refusal to communicate. Having been there, I entirely understand the desperation to hear them just... say something, anything, to end the "days and weeks" of cold silence, to make that "breakthrough" and feel something again. Incredible song.
    fromadistantsunon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfromadistantsun, you listerally took the words from my mouth.

    your last paragraph is like my exact situation at the moment. i am "listening for dear life" for this person to end "the days and weeks" of silence between us, but he just won't. i want to make "a breakthrough" & be close to him again, but i feel i'm simply static & unimportant to him, a "lighthouse".
    so i'm screaming at him to say something, so desperately..
    meg;on June 24, 2008   Link

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