Calls her everyday
He took a kind of vacation
Was heading for something
Won't leave her alone
Twice in every way
They lead a life you could forget now
It wouldn't be the last time
It better be the first time

So she won't sleep better alone
And he won't sleep better alone
And they won't sleep better alone

They took the time to reflect
Even as the competition
Is breathing everyday
On top of a jealous home
She feels she could connect it
He was an opinionated fool
He couldn't just pretend
That she was there in the next room

So they won't sleep better alone
And she won't sleep better alone
And he won't sleep better alone
So they won't feel better alone

Every tie is gonna break
So they say you were a fake
And don't try
Don't try, don't try
You'll never win
And you could never be him

So you won't feel better alone
And they won't sleep better alone
No they won't feel better alone

Calls him everyday


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    I've always imagined the two people in this song being a married couple, not just boyfriend and girlfriend. It just seemed too heavy to be a boyfriend and a girlfriend. It's a rocky marriage, and I've always seen it as one where the couple isn't talking out their issues (most likely jealousy) so it has become really tense in the house. But they stay together, because "they won't feel better alone" and they're probably meant for each other.

    They're "twice in every way, they lead a life you could forget.." so they live together, but lead different lives.

    And still, they're aware of their bumpy marriage, and probably even wonder about straying from each other, and being unfaithful with the temptation (competition) they see around them, but they never go along with it. ("They took the time to reflect, even as the competition is breathing every day.")

    To me, the wife probably wants to mend things ("calls him everyday"), but the husband is cold, rude and crappy at communication. So she tries to go with his flow and give out the same attitude, even though it breaks her heart ("Don't try, you'll never win. And you could never be him.")

    Damn, this is an amazing song. Where does Pete Yorn get his inspiration?

    bueller84on June 21, 2009   Link
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    i cant beleive no one has talked about this song yet...

    this is a tough one to get a meaning for. i guess its sort of about two people who didnt work and wont feel better alone, they need to find new people. he's kinda saying "stop trying, be happy for her and move on...she's happier with him and youd be happier with someone else". a good but hard lesson to follow.

    the calls him everyday thing is jsut there to mess things up and complicate them...she doesnt want to be with him, but she needs to have him in her life. makes it more tough on him - trying to get over her. i had a situation like this once....

    Davkay20on June 13, 2002   Link
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    It sounds like these two people were made to be with each other but they let the little things and circumstances come between them. So they pretend like they do not mean anything to the other although they both know in their hearts that they will never be whole unless they are together.

    ChaosFluro24on August 18, 2002   Link
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    chaosfluro24, i think u hit the nail on the head. the 2 people are apart and know they shouldnt be but maybe arent ready to admit it yet and fix things. So she won’t sleep better alone And he won’t sleep better alone No they won’t feel better alone.

    Chameleonicaon July 06, 2003   Link
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    great song...very sad...

    these explainations are very good....they sound like they would be correct.

    tonymontana444on October 30, 2006   Link
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    I could be completely off but I think it's about co dependence in a relationship, they can't stand each other and want to get away but they can't keep away from each other because being with someone you can't stand feels better than being alone. It felt like a relationship I had in the past, I knew he was bad news for me but I didn't want to be alone, I would rather be miserable than alone, thankfully I am not in that relationship or like that anymore.

    skybleachon June 09, 2007   Link
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    This song is such a great song. I believe that song is about finding that one person that you were made for. And I about getting scared of monogamy so they separate and no how matter how many people they date or how much they think they were write, they are supposed to be together.

    robinfioon August 06, 2008   Link
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    i always thought that he cheated on her "he took a kind of vacation"... "he couldnt just pretend that she was there in the next room"... all the jealousy references... its not a good relationship but they can't call it quits because of the co-dependence stuff mentioned above... some people just need someone with them.

    Shelbzzon May 25, 2009   Link

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