Yesterday when you were young
Everything you needed done was done for you
Now you do it on your own
But you find you're all alone, what can you do?

You and me walk on
'Cause you can't go back now

You know there will be days
When you're so tired
That you can't take another step
The night will have no stars
And you'll think you've gone as far
As you will ever get

well you and me walk on
'Cause you can't go back now

And yeah, yeah go where you want to go
Yeah, yeah, be what you want to be
If you ever turn around, you'll see me

I can't really say
Why everybody wishes they were somewhere else
But in the end the only steps that matter
Are the ones you take all by yourself

And you and me walk on
yeah, you and me walk on
'Cause you can't go back now
walk on, walk on, walk on
you can't go back now.

Lyrics submitted by centerofthestorm

Can't Go Back Now song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI think this is my favorite from Hideaway. I agree with the two posters above. You can't go back, forget about the past, move on (walk on).

    I love it!
    ChloeGirldieon June 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with everyone above me, and add that it also means he will always be right behind her, and with her every step of the way.

    "And yeah, yeah go where you want to go
    Yeah, yeah, be what you want to be
    If you ever turn around, you'll see me"

    nutmegpeachpayson July 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is amazing. The lyrics are simple, but powerful. And the echo of the "walk on" is addictive. I've had this song on repeat for about 24 hours now.

    To me it's a person encouraging another. Telling them to find out who they are, go for what they want go for, and no matter what I'll be here for you.
    mywreckofthedayon November 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a reflection of their new addition to their family. They are summarizing life in a song for their child; letting the child know they will always be there one step behind.
    eclecticpaisleyon March 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about them having their baby boy...and sticking together. parenthoods tough for relationships.
    saraannon July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe nobody has replied to this!

    He's saying that no matter what happens, keep going, even if everything is a living hell... amirite?
    medicating_the_masson April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is exquisite. It's about moving on, growing into the person you want to be, etc. Very pretty.
    Technophobiaon April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis really is quite an amazing song. I'm so glad Steve Tallen got to sing lead. The meaning of the song really doesn't leave room for interpretation, but the message is beautiful and positive. A+!
    penance09on July 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEhh there is one thing you all are missing, "everybody wishes they wishes someone else"

    Its all of the above, and also, dont expect yourself to be someone you arn't. This isnt hinted in the song, its just a personal lesson, expecting yourself to be better than you are in some terms can leave you upset with your life.
    hayheatheron February 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA great picker upper. Basically just saying I know its hard and I wish it were easier like in the past but it's not so let's just keep moving and get through this.

    My favorite line is "the only steps that matter are the ones you take all by yourself" it really just says sometimes you have to do things by yourself but you'll get more from it in the long run. And those times are very defining moments in life
    nickp219on December 18, 2009   Link

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