By the time I was your age
I'd give anything
to fall in love truly was all i could think
that's when i met your mother
the girl of my dreams
the most beautiful woman that I'd ever seen

She said, "boy can i tell you a wonderful thing?"
I cant help but notice you staring at me
I know i shouldn't say this
But, i really believe i can tell by your eyes
That you're in love with me

Now, son I'm only telling you this
Because life can do terrible things

Now most of the time we'd have too much to drink
We'd laugh at the stars and we'd share everything
Too young to notice and too dumb to care
But, love was a story that couldnt compare

I said, "girl can i tell you a wonderful thing?"
I made you a present with paper and string
Open with care now im asking you please
You know that i love you, will you marry me

Now son, im only telling you this
Because life can do terrible things

Youll learn one day ill hope and ill pray
That god shows you differently

She said boy can i tell you a terrible thing
Seems that im sick and ive only got weeks
Please dont be sad now, i really believe
You were the greatest thing that ever happened to me

Slow, so slow
I fell to the ground on my knees

Don't fall in love
It's just too much to lose
if given the choice
Then I'm begging you to choose
To walk away, walk away
Dont let her get you
I cant bare to see the same
Happen to you

Now, son im only telling you this
Cause, life can do terrible things

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  • +8
    General CommentSo I've come up with two different possible interpretations of the song... just ideas that popped into my mind while listening to it. I really love this song by the way, and it just goes to show that Mayday Parade is amazing and has the lyrical and emotional depth in their songs to communicate with fans and their lives/minds. So for the possible interpretations...

    1) This could be a "hypothetical song", so to speak, where they communicate the message through a narrative from a father to his son.


    2) This could be based on what happened to one of the band members, one of their friends, or a mixture of the two in their lives.

    Either way, the general message remains the same. It basically tells how something can seem so perfect and indestructible can change at a moment's notice, and not necessarily for the better. It also communicates the idea that you should never take anything for granted, as it can slip away at any time, or change in a way that can leave you wishing you had been more appreciative.

    Just my thoughts.
    saveyourheart13on February 23, 2011   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningThe song is about a father telling his son about how he fell in love with his mother when they were younger. When he proposed to her, she said that she was dying. When she passed, he was so hurt that he didn't want his son to feel the same pain of losing someone.

    In a way, he wants to protect his son, but in a way he's being selfish as well. By telling his son to not fall in love because it'll hurt him, he's keeping him from learning to love. He's going to feel pain, but it's a part of life.
    AmberBellon January 11, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is the first song that Mayday Parade has released since Jason left that is comparable to the emotional feeling I get when I listen to it since A Lesson In Romantics. Absolutely amazing. Mayday is now officially back in my books.
    JStevens09on February 25, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think he's telling this story to his hypothetical son,
    The one he would have had if she wasn't dying

    'When i met your mother'
    Couldnt have had the son he's talking to as she died

    So he's just left with the memories of her and the regret of what could have been
    (Even though the regret isn't his fault)

    Life can do terrible things.
    wolffang1002on April 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so amazing. I actually get tears in my eyes when i listen to it. Simply incredible! I cant wait for the new album, going to see them in may :D <3 <3
    Jayseyon March 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the saddest part of this song, isn't the actual story, but the fact that this father is telling his son to never fall in love.
    everyday24on August 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUnlike what most people think here, that the the girl told him she was dying literally right after he proposed, I think hes telling about their lives. They met young. Maybe highschool sweethearts. He proposed, she excepted and they got.married, had a baby boy but when their son was still a baby, she found out she was sick and that she wasn't going to live much longer. And after losing the woman he loved more than anything, and knowing the feeling, hes telling his son to never fall in love because he doesn't want to see him hurt.
    JAvenDavison November 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI have listened to this song a million times, and it still shocks me how beautifully the story comes across. The song is a father talking to his son about how he met his mother. That's why there is a repetition of "Son i'm only tell you this.." In the song the father talks about how he was searching for love and or wanting it when he found his mom. And he talks about their story of how they grew to love one another.Then maybe years later, after they've had him and everything, he proposes to the mom only to realize she is sick and doesn't have long to live. The song concludes with father saying that is was super depressing and he is still hurt by it, and that love is something that can be great but also very terrible. Because when you lose it, terrible things will happen.
    caseynoreion October 15, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely amazing..enough to make me cry.
    this is why i love mayday. i can't wait for their new album <33.
    wtfffitsnikkion February 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTotally beautiful <3. No words great enough to sum up how spectacular this is. Made me cry :]
    ScarletMooseon February 23, 2011   Link

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