"It Used to Be Me" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
All he needs is everyone I've been
And all she needs is everywhere I've seen
All they need
Anything I've touched
And all you need is everything I've loved
Everything I've heard everything I've learned
Everything I've tried everything I've held
Everything I've felt everything I've lost
Everything I've cried
Until my whole head shrieks with grinding my teeth
Struggling to find a single word I can keep
Any kind of truth
Any kind of hope
Oh just any kind of word that doesn't make me choke

But I keep saying I will and I won't
I keep saying I do and I don't
I keep saying I feel
But there is nothing to feel
Just a strange kind of nothing where it used to be me...
It used to be me

All he needs from me is everyone I've ever missed
And all she needs from me
Everyone I've ever kissed
All they need from me
Anything I've ever sung
Yeah and all you need from me is everything I've ever said
Everything I've ever done everything I've ever made
Everything I've ever prayed everything I've ever believed
Everything I've ever touched everything I've ever loved
Everything I've ever thought everything I've ever dreamed
Until my whole head screams with grinding my teeth
Desperate to find a single word I can keep
Any kind of faith
Any kind of fix
Oh just any kind of word that doesn't make me sick

And I keep saying I will but I won't
I keep saying I do but I don't
And I keep saying I feel
But there is nothing to feel
Just this strange kind of nothing where it used to be me...

Anything and everything
All that you need
Get it for free
Anything and everything
All that you need
Get it from me

Get it from me
Get it from me
Get it from me


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"It Used to Be Me" as written by Perry Bamonte Jason Toop Cooper

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commenti LOVE this song i think it means almost living through someone to love them more or feel closer to them selfless almost letting themdo it as well and how that could make them closer to them losing your identity along the way
    severedvoxon May 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS IS ONE OF THE PROOFS IF PROOF WAS NEEDED THAT PERRY IS AN AWESOME GUITARIST, I HOPE THATS HIM DOING THE SOLO.
    jancsibohocon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song i think it means almost living through someone to love them more or feel closer to them selfless almost letting themdo it as well and how that could make them closer to them losing your identity along the way
    severedvoxon May 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentive been listening to this song alot lately. i read a guy talk about this song about 6 years ago. i never had the single and heard this song till the boxset. its on my top 10 of the box set, hell top 5 really. this song reminds me of what i was and how i was like a couple years ago when i was doing alot better than i am now in every way possible. life turns too much to keep up sometimes. in any event i think this is robert looking back at when he was young, before he was in a band. and looking back at how this all effected mary. one song i can truly beileve its not about a book or poem hehe. robert, if you ever read this, heres some food for thought on your "growing older" thing thats always on your mind, from one of your favorite writers..

    "Youth is happy because it has the ability to
    see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability
    to see beauty never grows old." Franz Kafka
    suicidemoonon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about regret. Like just regreting anything and anything youve ever done
    King of Some Islandon April 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOW its uncanny and relatable!
    "all he needs is everyone i've been"
    "and all she needs from me
    everyone i've ever kissed"
    Brilliant lines there!
    Kipsy-Koopaon December 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. For me, its not necessarily the collective interpretation of the lyrics as much as it is how well they fit the groove of the song. What a poet!
    xaltxon September 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI thought the song was about all the crazy feelings he has about someone being with his ex. "Just a strange kind of nothing where it used to be me." The song comes off to me as someone really upset about losing someone who matters. Did anyone else interpret this song this way?
    jnewboldon November 18, 2011   Link

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