How, how can it be
That a love carved out of caring
Fashioned by fate could suffer so hard
From the games played once too often
But making mistakes is a part of life's imperfection
Born of the years
Is it so wrong to be human after all?

Drawn into the stream of undefined illusion
Those diamond dreams, they can't disguise the truth

That there is something about you, baby, so right
I wouldn't be without you, baby tonight

If ever our love was concealed
No one can say that we didn't feel
A million things and a perfect dream of life (gone) fragile but free
We remain tender together
If not so in love
And it's not so wrong, we're only human after all

These changing years, they add to your confusion
Oh and you need to hear the time that told the truth

That there is something about you, baby so right
Don't want to be without you, baby tonight
Because there's something about you, baby, so right
I couldn't live without you, baby, tonight

And that there's something about you, yeah
And I couldn't be without you, tonight


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Something About You Lyrics as written by Michael David Lindup Mark King

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  • +8
    General CommentI find it very moving, as well, and a beautiful song. But, I've always thought of it as a song between a still-together couple; maybe he's singing to a long-time mate, saying, "maybe we're not so in love anymore, but it's ok, we're together and I can't be away from you." Sweet, though not the popular, happily-ever-after view of love.
    ac_arsenalon October 18, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI suppose I'm the only one moved by this one...it is so evocative to me of a former love, someone about whome you once cared deeply, and how love can pass yet affection and pleasant memories can linger... one-hit wonders, sure... but I still like this song.
    mollenaon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think it is about a couple who are still together. They may have grown apart ,gone thru ups and downs and the years have changed them but he still find there is something about her that keeps him in the relationship.Something about her that despite all the wrongs is right.
    sweety555on September 04, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGreat song about a couple that is still together. Even though the "spark" is gone, they still love each other, and he stays. It's a truly beautiful song, because instead of all the phony "happily ever after" songs out there.... this one paints a more realistic picture of love in real life. Sometimes drab, and boring, but still real, and that's what matters.
    esmjlm080507on May 23, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is a great song with its deep lyrics and and catchy tune. I think the story of this song has to do with neither an ex nor a couple who have been in a long relationship, even though the lyrics aren't inconsistent with either of those readings.

    Rather, I read it as a referring to a pair who have maintained a "platonic" relationship for the duration of their having known each other, but the speaker recognizes that, for him at least (and likely for both), the relationship was and is much more. I take the verse that mentions being "...tender together, if not so in love..." as indicating a barrier that prevents the two from realizing a romantic relationship (perhaps his object of affection is now married). Yet after all these "changing years," he decides that it's time he "told the truth," where in the (correct) lyrics he finally makes his bombshell confession to her, in the second round of the chorus, "*Don't* want to be be here without you," and not just "Couldn't be here without you" which he acknowledges in the first round of the chorus.
    dane106920on June 02, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this is about a man and a woman who have been friends for a long time, perhaps too shy or afraid to admit their feelings for each other. So he continues on, spending time with her when they can, sort of dying inside that he can't bring himself to tell her face-to-face how he feels. I can imagine fights and fallings out at times, both knowing how they feel but hampered by the inability to express their true feelings.
    LadySeraphinaon December 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautifl, thought-evoking song with a wonderful message. This came up in my Pandora rotation and it reminded me of my first love (always has because we broke up around the time it was released) though I never paid attention to the lyrics until now. This song is definitely about a couple that's still together after a period of time has passed. The relationship dynamics have changed but there is still fondness and caring, and a longing for what was, which is "human." Here's what they're saying...

    "If ever our love was concealed
    No one can say that we didn't feel
    A million things and a perfect dream of life
    Gone, fragile but free
    We remain tender together
    If not so in love
    It's not so wrong
    We're only human after all

    These changing years
    They add to your confusion
    Oh and you need to hear
    The time that told the truth

    Because there's something about you, baby, so right
    I couldn't live without you, baby, tonight"
    luckyloison September 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMost songs are really nothing but metaphors or parables. if you can find the meaning to then, it is then a deeper conclusion. i like to write poems in metaphors or parables. and test those that can find the meaning to them. there are always clues to them, although some faint. this one is not so faint. yes... there is a love but with troubles, mishaps -after all we are only human. but that "something about you" is real and there that is why i am with you. something, about you that i love.
    highpalmson July 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently, this guy is not over his ex, who's already with another man. He still has feelings, although he made a mistake and now wants her back but can't have her. It is tearing him apart basically.
    Outfielderon May 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts a song about a couple who once were deeply in love and planned to live a life together but later the girl left the guy because the guy was not stable financially. Many years later , in her luxurious life with another man, she discovers she's still longing for her ex. And the ex knows this and also finds it hard to resist her now despite him having a new relationship. . If to err is human, then doing the wrong thing (affair) now which feels so right, is it then forgiven? is the question.
    jimmyray19on February 27, 2014   Link

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