"What You Know" as written by Alexander James Trimble, Samuel Matthew Halliday and Kevin Stephen Baird....
In a few weeks I will get time
To realize it's right before my eyes
And I can take it if it's what I want to do

I am leaving This is starting to feel like
It's right before my eyes
And I can taste it
It's my sweet beginning

And I can tell just what you want
You don't want to be alone
You don't want to be alone
And I can't say it's what you know
But you've known it the whole time
Yeah, you've known it the whole time

Maybe next year I'll have no time
To think about the questions to address
Am I the one to try to stop the fire?

I wouldn't test you I'm not the best you could have attained
Why try anything?
I will get there
Just remember I know

And I can tell just what you want
You don't want to be alone
You don't want to be alone
And I can't say it's what you know
But you've known it the whole time
Yeah, you've known it the whole time

And I can tell just what you want
You don't want to be alone
You don't want to be alone
And I can't say it's what you know
But you've known it the whole time
Yeah, you've known it the whole time


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"What You Know" as written by Kevin Stephen Baird Alexander James Trimble

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationThought that I could somehow get the hang of the song meaning from my situation. It's about the decision of someone to leave the relationship after knowing it's no point in continuing that ('cause she's not good for him)

    The first 2 graphs tell about the present. Though he still feels bad but eager to start a new life without her, realizing a brighter path to follow (maybe a better girl?) & believes in the success
    "In a few weeks
    I will get time
    To realize it's right before my eyes
    And I can take it if it's what I want to do

    I am leaving
    This is starting to feel like
    It's right before my eyes
    And I can taste it
    It's my sweet beginning"

    Then he talks about the relationship between them. It's somewhat like a one-sided love because she took advantage of him just because she just didnt wanna be alone.
    "And I can tell just what you want
    You don't want to be alone

    Now he knows it, he doubts if she knew it in the first place (that she only wanted to have someone by her side)
    "And I can't say it's what you know"

    he talked to himself it was the bitter truth, she didnt love him, just used him.
    "But you've known it the whole time
    Yeah, you've known it the whole time"

    He doesnt wanna stay as the underdog any longer so he decided to be the one to leave the relationship first. He positively thinks about the future, he will be far away, busy with his new life & not care about her anymore (while she's likely to miss him)
    "Maybe next year
    I'll have no time
    To think about the questions to address
    Am I the one to try to stop the fire?"

    Lastly, he asks her to find a better one & tells her that he'll be fine.
    "I'm not the best you could have attained
    Why try anything?
    I will get there"

    "Just remember I know" is a bridge to the chorus... he wants to reminds her that he knows what she did to him.

    The repeated chorus is like one more time he blames her for using him for such a long time: Though it (she didnt love him) is "What she knows" but she kept silent and then hurt him so much.
    earlgrqkqon February 05, 2013   Link

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