"Just Once" as written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil....
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    General CommentAbout a guy who did everything he thought he should to win a womans love but it just didnt work out. He can't understand why it keeps happening but it does. He can't figure out why she doesn't love him the way he loves her. He put all his heart into it but thinks he told her he loves her too soon.
    Story of my life.
    brad519on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commenta CLASSIC.
    deludedon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have to disagree with Brad. I used to interpret the song that way, and then I both listened to it again and read the lyrics.

    This song is one of hope. It's actually about reconciliation.

    The combination of the bridge:


    Just once
    I want to understand
    Why it always comes back to goodbye
    Why
    Can't we get ourselves in hand
    And admit to one another
    We're no good without each other
    Take the best and make it better
    Find a way to stay together

    and the last lines:

    Whoa oh, we can get to it
    Just once

    Say to me that this couple is willing to do the work to be the exception. I'm picturing one of them, standing at the door, about to walk out, and instead they turn around and stay.
    cycworkeron July 17, 2014   Link

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