Sweet is the sight of her room
window open by candle light
how would you know

cold winter on the shore chills the dress she wore
it's on the floor
still it feels so warm today

and that's why i'm wondering why
you had to tell me what's going on in your head
what's wrong
come around to another time when you don't have to run

and when she says she wants somebody else
i hope you know she doesn't mean you
and when she breaks down and makes a sound
you'll never hear her the way that i do
and when she says she wants someone to love
i hope you know that she doesn't mean you
and when she breaks down and lets you down
i hope you know that she doesn't mean you

swing into flight
over hills, over her hills it's twilight
yeah, i guess that's right now
while we're here tell me why it's so funny that you're so funny when you're mad
cause it's mad, so mad

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  • +3
    General CommentI can personally relate to this song. Me and my ex just broke up a few months ago after a really long relationship. She has this new boyfriend and it just kills me to think about them together. I know i'm the right one for her..but just wish she knew. Her new boyfriend is a total jerk and the only reason he likes her is because of the way she looks. I love her for her, inside and out. And i think that is exactly what this song is trying to convey.
    dmband025on January 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThat's a great way of looking at the song. I was thinking about that, but I think it could also be about a guy whose best friend is a girl and he is singing this song to her boyfriend because he feels that their friendship and his love for her is so much stronger than the existing bond between her and her boyfriend.
    DancinTinaon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think you all are missing the first part... about the room and dress. Obviously the song is about two guys, but I think it's about a new love telling an ex love off. "And while we're here tell me why it's so funny that you're so funny when you're mad "

    That's my opinion. Either way, I love this song and it reminds me of my situation.
    kcyorion June 25, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationBy looking at the video for this song it's obvious that the narrator is singing to his ex girlfriend's new guy. But my own personal interpretation is different. I see the narrator as the girl's current boyfriend and he is singing this song to his girlfriend's ex.

    It's as if the ex boyfriend has been bugging and sniffing around his ex partner because he's interested in her again. Feeling a little insecure about the situation, the current boyfriend sings this song to tell her ex to back off and also to reassure himself that he is the one his girlfriend wants to be with.

    Everyone here seems to be focusing on the chorus and/or the end of the song, probably because the beginning of the song is ambiguous.

    "Cold winter on the shore chills the dress she wore
    It's on the floor
    Still it feels so warm today"

    "It's on the floor" could be referring to the times that they make love. It's cold outside, her dress is on the floor because they've been having sex. But the dress still feels warm because he is the one dating her, he is the one that will be closest to her. He will be able to see and touch her both in and out of the dress. If this was sung by the ex boyfriend the "dress" would not still feel "warm today".

    The guy is also being protective and is pretty annoyed at her ex boyfriend for bugging her and trying to seperate the two of them:

    "And that's why I'm wondering why
    You had to tell me what's going on in your head
    What's wrong
    Come around to another time when you don't have to run"

    For me, the meaning is revealed in the last verse:

    "Swing into flight
    Over hills, over her hills it's twilight
    Yeah, I guess that's right now"

    If the narrator was an ex boyfriend then this last verse would not be as sweet and pleasant as this. For this reason, the narrator is definitely the current boyfriend!

    I had (and sometimes still have) issues with my boyfriend's ex. She has sometimes tried to wind me up by saying certain things to him which would really grate on my nerves. But I know deep down that he loves me and would never go back to her, he wants me and would not jeopardise that for anything or anyone. When I first heard this song, I automatically related it to my situation. And I do think it makes a lot of sense.
    blessbabeon March 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanyone else think the new version stinks?
    trippinbon November 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentknid05- i hate to be mean, but english please????????????
    e11teenaon April 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have always wondered what this song means, but to me, I think it is about 3 friends, two guys and one girl....the girl is in love secretly with one of the guys, the one who she isnt as close with, the other guyo is inlove with her... she knows it, guy number two knows it....something starts with girl and this guy who loves her...to get to the point, i think it is about a chain of friends where one of two guy friends figures out the love interest between the girl he loves and his best friend and he knows deep down that no matter what happens with them, his friend won't ever treat her as well as he did. she may want the new guy, but when she says 'she wants somebody else' she wants someone to care for her and the one who loves her knows his friend is incapalbe.
    Roxysuga12on October 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this song is about either an ex b/f who is jealous of a new boyfriend or just two guys who are both falling in love with a girl. Its rather confusing but i love the chorus. I can see an ex boyfriend telling that to a new boyfriend that when she breaks down and makes a sound you;ll never hear her the way that i do, its like yea you might care for her, but i know every little thing about her and i can't let her go. Now i could be wrong but all i know is Howie Day is an amazing song writer and a great artist and this is one of my fave songs by him.
    LiveUrLifeon April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with liveurlife on this one...I think its about a guy who had once loved and now he's tellin her new b/f that he will never see her the way he did
    JtMac16on May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is a reflection on past love. Howie reminds you that you can't deny the influence of a former love or a broken relationship on a person's heart. No matter what, a little piece of that person will remain with you...
    RunIntoRainNPlayon July 01, 2002   Link

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