In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That's if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows


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And So It Goes Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThe lyrics for this song are pretty straightforward and simple, but I really think that this song is supposed to relate to a breakup. Not someone who wants someone else to like them, but knows it not gonna happen, etc. etc.

    "In every heart there is a room
    A sanctuary safe and strong
    To heal the wounds from lovers past
    Until a new one comes along"

    This first stanza is not exactly an intro, but a synopsis of the song. The last two lines suggest that the narrator is going through a breakup.

    I guess the reason why I'm writing this is because, like everyone else here, I relate to this song and cry to it. I've been with someone for more than half a year now, and after this summer we're probably breaking up because of college/distance.

    "I spoke to you in cautious tones
    You answered me with no pretense
    And still I feel I said too much
    My silence is my self defense"

    This part really speaks to me. When we talked about this inevitable situation, he really "answered with no pretense." And for me, I draw back in silence because I'm always too afraid to speak out my feelings. It's almost as if speaking them out is confronting my feelings, which will lead to more tears and pain.

    "So I would choose to be with you
    That's if the choice were mine to make
    But you can make decisions too
    And you can have this heart to break"

    This part always makes me cry the hardest. I feel that since I'm the one staying, and he the one leaving..he feels more comfortable ending the relationship, because he's moving on to something new and exciting. It is really up to him to decide how this relationship will play out in the end, and I think the narrator here feels the same way. Just waiting for the verdict.

    If you actually read through all this, thank you, and this song is really therapeutic for me.
    icansingmyabdon June 01, 2010   Link

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