Walked when I shoulda run
Ran when I shoulda walked
And don't I know it
And don't I know it

Walked when I shoulda run
And I ran when I shoulda walked
And don't I know it
And don't I know it

You get inside me
Even when you went beside me
And I go into hiding
And I know I never leave it alone

'Nother round of if onlys
Of all the ways you can know me
How I take time going slowly
All the time that I did on my own

Still I walked when I shoulda run
And I ran when I shoulda walked
And don't I know it
And don't I know it

Well I walked when I shoulda run
And I ran when I shoulda walked
And don't I know it
And don't I know it

And your head's in the ocean
Too deep to know where you're going
Hoping time can be frozen
And you'll end up where you really belong

But the days keep on rolling
We live in different moments
And our hurt is unfolding
Everyday that we do and we don't

Still I walked when I shoulda run
And I ran when I shoulda walked
And don't I know it
And don't I know it
Well I walked when I shoulda run
And I ran when I shoulda walked
And don't I know it
And don't I, don't I, don't I, know it
No no no no no

Sign for what's been
Sign for what never
The line under what's been
The line for what never

And the years are collected
I pray that we are regretless
You and I - the connected
You and I and the blood and the bone


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    My Interpretation

    This song is about a relationship that is now over and describes most beautifully and painfully the emotions when you should have been with someone forever but you aren't. Not due to lack of love but due to mistakes which starts the song:

    Walked when I shoulda run Ran when I shoulda walked And don't I know it And don't I know it (he didn't act when he should have and acted when he should have, and he realizes that now)

    You get inside me even when you ain't beside me And I go into hiding And I know I never leave it alone (he still thinks of her even if they aint together, and he tries to hide from this feeling, but he knows he will never forget her)

    'Nother round of if onlys Of all the ways you could know me How I'd take time going slowly Over time that I did on my own (and that is what he thinks, 'if only'. How he should have taken time to deal with things slowly instead of doing nothing 'time on his own')

    And your head's in the ocean Too deep to know where you're going Hoping time can be frozen And you'll end up where you really belong (here i think it speaks as a whole, how ur head is a mess and you wish time to be frozen so things can clarify in your head and fix it and be together with the person you should be instead of the next verse:

    But the days keep on rolling We live in different moments And our hurt is unfolding Everyday that we do and we don't (time is not frozen and their lives are passing in different ways with different people, but they are hurt no matter if they do or they dont - like they cant be together and that hurts them and they cant be not together and that hurts them too, so no matter what they do its still hurt)

    Sign for what's been Sign for what never The line under what's been The line for what never (and the end is a summary - to move on and sign for the deeds they done and what they've had and the things that wont happen for them in the future)

    And the years are collected I pray that we are regretless You and I - the connected You and I and the blood and the bone ( and the years that will go by with them not together, he hopes they dont regret their decision not to be together, because they were soulmates which sadly didn't work it out - you and i the blood and the bone)

    That is how i see that amazing song translating

    samsaras09on December 02, 2017   Link
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    General Comment

    Soooo good.

    SageSoulon April 22, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning

    I think the part 'walked when I shoulda run' and vice versa is about making wrong decisions or at least making them at the wrong time and now being aware of that. To me it seems it's about a couple that love (or loved) each other and are now separated or torn apart by different worlds. It also might be the other person knows him and wants to get together but he wants to go slowly as to not make a mistake again, and he sees the 'if only's' which don't provide much comfort since he's been alone for some time now. And the other side, his interests seems to not know where he/she is going, being lost and just hoping he/she will find out what is their path and where they belong. And while this is happening the singer notices that time is passing, days going by and they're both living different lives now, being hurt by their situation. It's like they are torn between their past and their future but they don't have the present together. And so the years pass (passed) by and he only hopes they won't regret their decisions because in the end they feel they are connected like blood and bone.

    I think it's about a difficult relationship full of testing, wrong circumstances and maybe even two people who love each other but don't yet fully know what they want out of the world and out of their relationship. Love the song!

    cleopatraVIIon December 29, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaning

    I feel that this is a guy who regrets how many mistakes were made in the relationship. Where, they were in the same book, but always on different pages. They meant alot to him, but he wasn't paying attention, being as good as he could have been, doing what he should have to be good for them. So they tried multiple times to no avail, only getting resentful in the end. He is realizing the failure of his poor efforts, over someone who deserved better. I did this. Wonderful woman who suffered my bad habits and lack of judgement. I wasted five good years of this girl's life. She deserved better, while I kept making things worse.I will never forgive myself for that.

    You get inside me Even when you went beside me And I go into hiding And I know I never leave it alone

    • They love each other but he isn't fully open and honest with them

    'Nother round of if onlys Of all the ways you can know me How I take time going slowly All the time that I did on my own

    • regret after not being himself, being callous and lazy in the relationship

    And your head's in the ocean Too deep to know where you're going Hoping time can be frozen And you'll end up where you really belong

    • he sees that they are upset after all the turmoil, hoping they will be happy one day as they deserve

    But the days keep on rolling We live in different moments And our hurt is unfolding Everyday that we do and we don't

    • They stayed together longer than they should have, only to resent each other

    Sign for what's been Sign for what never The line under what's been The line for what never

    • things were said and done that cannot be taken back, now only whatifs are left

    And the years are collected I pray that we are regretless You and I - the connected You and I and the blood and the bone

    • He hopes that after time they can look back and not be upset over the failure of the relationship, because they were close deep inside
    terminusrexon March 31, 2015   Link

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