"When You Come Back Down" as written by Timothy Page O'brien and Daniel J. O'keefe....
You got to leave me now, you got to go alone
You got to chase a dream, one that's all your own
Before it slips away
When you're flyin' high, take my heart along
I'll be the harmony to every lonely song
That you learn to play

When you're soarin' through the air
I'll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I'll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down

I'll keep lookin' up, waitin' your return
My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn
And I won't feel your fire
I'll be the other hand that always holds the line
Connectin' in between your sweet heart and mine
I'm strung out on that wire

And I'll be on the other end, to hear you when you call
Angel, you were born to fly, and if you get too high
I'll catch you when you fall
I'll catch you when you fall

Your memory's the sunshine every new day brings
I know the sky is calling
Angel, let me help you with your wings

When you're soarin' through the air
I'll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare

I'll still be there
When you come back down
Take every chance you dare,
I'll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down


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"When You Come Back Down" as written by Timothy Page O'brien Daniel J. O'keefe

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    General CommentI actually don't think this is a parent/ kid song... it could be taken that way, but it's not what NC was saying... it's a love song that takes my breath away because the guy/gal is saying that no matter where the other goes, he or she will always be there "I'll be your solid ground"...
    supachikon September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFor me, this song is about letting someone go. When you really care about someone and you love them enough you want to put their dreams ahead of your own selfishness. When you love someone enough you will realize what they want and let them go.

    "I'll still be there
    When you come back down"

    No matter what happens they'll still be waiting for their return and will take them back no matter what.
    Doesn't this sound like a parent and their child?
    teriyakion July 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentlots
    scarlet_rose_2on March 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song can have many different meanings, but the one that hits home the most for me is that sometimes what you think is best isn't best. God will choose your path and it is your job to be there and support the dreams that He has for you.
    JessiLon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song came as an inspiration to me and my best friend when she moved. when i listen to it i am inspired to be there for my friend when she needs it, now that she's gone living her life i know that i won't be a big priority but who cares as long as she knows that i'm there if she needs me.
    beggingtobeusedon May 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song could mean a lot.. but when i listen to it i think of a friend of mine who made his mind up to levae me.. because he had a dream.. and sometimes what may not seem like the best thing to you.. chasing a dream is something no one can evre regret.. so dont ever hodl anyone back casue thast something tahtw ill hang over your head..
    alwayshereon June 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, talks about the relation that parents have with their children. They want their children to do well and to know that they are always loved. This is a great song. One of the parts that hits home is when they sing, “My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn and I won't feel your fire.” …Meaning, as a parent you are scared that when you child most needs you, you will be unable to be there.
    daisygirlon August 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenta friend comes to my mind also .. its just about somone breaking away and you saying you will always be there ..
    NIKKIEon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI sang this song at my highschool graduation in an arena of over 1000 people...what an experience. everytime I hear this song I think of the poeple I'll be leaving behind that I love so dearly when I go off to school
    DuffDuff77on July 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song has really a really special meaning. It prolly isnt what Nickel Creek was trying to portray but this is just what i get out of it:

    My best friend (and former boyfriend) left for his life long dream of being in the Air Force and i had a really hard time with it. Then I heard this song and i was in tears because it really shows everything i was feeling. I am so proud of him, and miss him so much. But he calls me every weekend, and he knows that he always has me back home when things get tough. It was hard to watch him go, but I know that this is his dream and he is loving every minute of it. and he knows that I am always with him every time he goes up in the air!

    Sooooo yea, thats what that song means to me!~
    JLeigh88on April 12, 2004   Link

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