Only save, try to find another way
I'm taking what I gave to you again
Some new day I could understand your face
You could even hold my hand if you would like to
It came up unexpected, I had to follow through
And it's hard when you were working like you do

It was easy when you were younger
You can put it back together
It was there if you ever wanted it
But you closed the door and said goodbye for good

So this is a mistake
Try to find a better way
You were never fond of anything I said
Can we begin again?
Save it for another friend
I was happy in my life I won't pretend
Every time you were expecting to reach out and forgive this
I was hardened by the look upon your face

It was easy when you were younger
You can put it back together
It was there if you ever wanted it
But you closed the door and said goodbye for good
For good?
You were easy


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EZ Lyrics as written by Peter J. Yorn

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    This song carries significant personal meanings for me, so I will explain it from my perspective. When I first heard this, it was exactly what was going on to me at the time. I'm 23 currently, and I about a year ago I broke up with this girl that I had dated since I was 17. However, we went to different schools and she lived 150 miles away. We both started carrers. It took me 3 months to realize what I had left behind, but it was too late for what ever reason. I always used to think she loved me more, always sending me cards, and getting upset if she couldn't see me while I merely took her for granted. That's exactly what I think this song is about. It was easy when we were younger, and then we could put it back together, but I let the world tear us apart and now it's too late . I tried to get her back for months, but she would never commit (it was there if you ever wanted it). Anyday I expected her to come back, but I was disappointed everytime (Every time you were expecting to reach out and forgive this, I was hardened by the look upon your face). I wanted to start over (can we begin again?), but she "closed the door and said goodbye for good". I don't know what it is that changes people in a relatively short time from the person they would have done anything for to just another guy, but be careful when you pull the trigger on your relationship because it happens. Not everyone gets a second chance. I couldn't have written a better song to describe what happened to us in a 1,000 years. Thanks Pete.

    misterstev0on June 20, 2006   Link
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    my take on this is that it was a relationship that went on for some time, starting when they were relatively young - as in before the responsibilites of the world really hit hard...such as anywhere from late teens to early 20's. but things didnt work out...and so he broke it off, like im sure he had done a couple times before when things went working out. but when they were younger they could get back together. i guess now he is saying you cant put it back together...they are too old. now she is married or engaged or some other thing has changed. he cant go back . kinda rings of lost childhood nostalgia too. the only thing that makes me wonder is the "...you were easy" at the end. whats that about? i think maybe he means something like "your life was easy, you were careless". anyone got a different opinion? kinda curious

    Davkay20on June 13, 2002   Link
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    I think the whole you were easy thing at the end is relating to when they were young and how things used to be easy and she would always take him back and he took that for granted...and now he realizes that she was easy

    Mereteon July 13, 2002   Link
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    to me this song portrays that things in life along with people change; some things aren't willing to change with us. thinking about how things were and wishing they'd be like that again is hard because we see that some things are outside our reach of control.

    fakeplastictreeson March 05, 2003   Link
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    This song makes me cry. My favourite on the album. I adore this song.

    Title_Trackon April 20, 2003   Link
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    I think this song is about a guy who is really in love with this girl. He misses the way it was when they were young. It seems that the girl cheated on him ("You Were Easy"), and he has tried to save the relationship ("Only save, Try to find another way") and give her another chance ("It was there if you ever wanted it"), but she doesn't care ("You were never fond of anything I said."). So finally realizing that its no use...he takes his love away ("I’m taking what I gave to you again."), even though he doesn't really want to.

    Just my interpretation of it.

    rage-fan2002on April 16, 2004   Link
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    Amazing song...it's one of those few songs that just seems to grab my heart and pull at it. Such emotion...hard to listen to...

    rockdaboat56on March 10, 2005   Link
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    I think he's breaking up with this girl again (I’m taking what I gave to you again). He's hurt the girl previously... maybe mentally maybe physically and he wants to understand the way she feels and he wants her to be comfortable with him again. She's scared and timmed of him almost to scared to hold his hand... (You could even hold my hand if you would like to.) The boyfriend obviously did something wrong to her... like he blew up at her at a party because she was standing next to another guy and did something he shouldn't have (It came up unexpected I had to follow through And it’s hard when you were working like you do. ). A spur of the moment thing that he did and he wishes he could turn it back. It was "easier when we were younger"...before they got so close and so jealous over something so small. He was truly very happy with the girl ( was happy in my life I won’t pretend) but he screwed up and they broke up over and over... and kept returning to each other but one day came and it was over for good. She use to be easy to get back with... but she finally stopped and said I know I can do better.

    Cristyon January 14, 2006   Link
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    I just think this song is probably the best Yorn's written, maybe not technically, but emotionally. Yorn is the master of the one-liners that catch you, the lines "so this is a mistake" seem to be the most poigniant in this particular song.

    Jag3892on January 18, 2006   Link
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    Every time you were expecting to reach out and forgive this I was hardened by the look upon your face

    That line kills me. This song has been my favorite Pete song for years, and definitely one of the best he's ever written or sang (speaking from a lyrical and vocal perspective). I was literally enraged when they used it on Laguna Beach, especially since it was the same episode they used World Spins Madly On from the Weepies. Two of my favorite songs, absolutely destroyed by one of the shittiest shows on television.

    Strandedon March 26, 2007   Link

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