Who's Stopping You?

Take all that you've got
Multiply by zero
Divide by the time you've got left
That's

Add it up write it down tell me what you've found

We're speaking in tongues
Both of us dumbfounded
Our brains have been impounded by our hearts

Life is so uncertain
Look at all the hurting that we've done
You said you had somebody better to become

Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you

We're wasting our time
Watching our old reruns
Waiting for the good one that never comes

You say it beats working
On the emptiness that's lurking inside your head
Step into the light my friend

Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you

You said you had somebody better to become

Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you
Who's stopping you


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Who's Stopping You? Lyrics as written by John Munson Dan Wilson

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    I've always felt this was from the perspective of an ex talking to their former lover again. Saying that he thought she said she was going to change for the better after they broke up, but it seems that in the end, the only thing holding her back was herself, because it's been a long time since they last spoke but she's still in the same place she was back then. She's so afraid of failing that she won't even try, and he's trying to tell her that as long as she sits still she'll never get ANYWHERE, neither failure nor accomplishment can occur when you do nothing about what you want.

    It's basically a guy trying to tell a chick to seize the day and stop fearing the unknown so much.

    The bit about watching "old reruns" says to me that while they're talking she's recalling pleasant times they had together in the past, and he's saying instead of dwelling on the past, building a future could be even better...if she'd just "step into the light" instead of fearing the "emptiness lurking" in her head that she fears.

    delialon January 23, 2008   Link

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