Looking from a window above, it's like a story of love
Can you hear me
Came back only yesterday
I'm moving further away
Want you near me

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

Sometimes when I think of her name
When it's only a game
And I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It's getting harder to stay
When I see you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

This is going to take a long time
And I wonder what's mine
Can't take no more
Wonder if you'll understand
It's just the touch of your hand
Behind a closed door

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you


Lyrics submitted by tjordaan

Only You Lyrics as written by Vince Clarke

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Only You song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

33 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentSheesh, kids these days...

    No, this song was NOT written for the movie Can't Hardly Wait, it was released by Yaz in 1982 on eighties classic "Upstairs at Eric's".

    No, *his* voice is not gorgeous, it was sung by Alison Moyet, who does admittedly have a deep voice, smokey for a woman, but is all female.
    genetruon June 15, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is great, one of my favorites. It is a little difficult to attach a meaning to it simply because the meaning is different for everyone. Some people see this as a breakup song and to other's it is their wedding song and I think that is the beauty of songs like these. They have the ability of taking us back to that point in our lives when we felt heartache or joy.
    eloz24on July 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember the heartache after a break up back in the 80's and this song playing over and over on the radio and the tears just roliing down my cheeks again and again. Oh the pain fo being a teenager. This sure captured it.
    LolaBaton October 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is in the top 3 greatest 80s songs of all time. and this song is played at the end of "cant hardly wait" and it makes the movie perfect. this song reminds me of my love...we would play it over and over because its just one of those songs you cant get sick of ever. damn no comments. jeez 80s fans.
    Franniebaby23on April 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentu are sooo right genetru. kids these days think they know everything.

    by the way...one of the best songs ever written and may i add "midnight" is awesome too. vince clarke is a genius and alison moyet is a great vocalist!
    miyagyion August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo one is talking about the song meaning itself.
    michaelwesleyon June 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEven more beautiful when harmonized by The Flying Pickets.
    agmlegoon July 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti lovee this song! i first heard it in the movie can't hardly waut (favorite movie ever) and i fell in lovee with it. its beautiufll

    i heard it was about a death err something like that but maybe i'm wrong
    manda31on July 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about separation from your only love and the long and uncertain road back home.

    'Only You' came out in 1982, when I was in the third year of my relationship with my future wife. It has been 'Only Her' for 28 years. Now my chronic addiction is tearing us apart.

    We are recently separated: "I'm moving farther away, want you near me."

    My pleas to come back home are being met with tough liove: "Listen to what you have to say, it's getting harder to stay."

    I realize now: "This is going to take along time, and wonder what's mine, can't take no more. All I want is the touch of your hand behind a closed door."

    And as the reality sets in, the chorus keeps going through my head: "All I needed was the love you gave. All I needed for another day. And all I ever knew, only you."

    Why didn't I see this before? The past tense of the lyrics gives a sense of capitulation. But I am not giving up as long as I get sober.

    For another take on growing old and possibly alone, listen to Lukas Graham and his song, '7 Years,' which asks when we are 60, "Will I think the world is cold or will I have lots of children who can warm me?"

    Time will tell, one day at a time....
    Dgyazoo82on December 13, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, the song's about a man coming to terms with the fact that his significant other isn't good to him or for him. She's too abrasive with her words, and probably tends to get a bit violent when upset ("Wonder if you'll understand, it's just the touch of your hand behind a closed door.").
    He clearly loves her, and has clearly made her an important factor in his life, but this newfound awareness of her dark side is pushing him further from her. He knows he doesn't deserve this kind of relationship.
    Finally he does the unexpected and breaks things off with her, much to her clear surprise. She demands reasons, so he bravely tells her ("Listen to the words that you say, it's getting harder to stay when I see you."/"It's just the touch of your hand behind a closed door").
    She's distraught, but he stands his ground ("Can't take no more") and leaves, departing with these final words "All I needed was the love you gave, all I needed for another." telling her all she had to do was change her attitude, be a little nicer and more loving, and he wouldn't be gone.
    Though he's liberated by the break-up, he knows he's got a long recovery process ahead of him. He just lost one of the most important people in his life, and if they were married he probably just lost half his belongings too ("This is going to take a long time and I wonder what's mine") but he continues on knowing this is the right choice.
    TyeSayson August 16, 2017   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top