I heard this song on the radio for the first time today. I like to think of the backstory like this - it's about a guy who breaks up with his lover because he doesn't have the ability to recognize that he has something special with her, and he doesn't have the courage to stay in the relationship when she starts asking for a commitment from him. So he lets her go, because he feels incapable of giving himself over to what has actually become real love. The line, "Maybe one day you'll understand why everything you touch, surely dies" speaks to this guy's chronic inability to return love and form a deep bond with someone else. It may be that his ideals of love are actually unrealistic ("Hoping one day you'll make a dream last"), and he keeps choosing to let love go because he doesn't understand that love can be a messy and difficult thing worth fighting for. But ultimately, this song is about the regret of only realising after breaking things off that he truly loved her. And of course, by the time he realises this, it will have been too late to get her back - she will have moved on to someone who can reciprocate her love. This kind of stuff is pure tragedy.
Thank you for this interpretation.
sadly, I know what this is about.
I agree; it is pure tragedy. Loss and regret to music. It is beautifully done.
Keliyah... I'm so glad that you decided to add your interpretation. You articulated it so well and I think you are spot-on. One thing to add... It is possible that he is the victim of the unrequited love and is actually regretting that she didn't value and commit to him, rather than the other way around. Cheers!
Well... this story is exactly what happened to me.
I heard this song yesterday for the first time and I was in shock. I've used to have a loved one, the mother of my little girl. But I considered myself not enough strong for her. I've got my lots of life issues and still deal with my demons. I considered I was not happy, this feeling had an impact on my loved ones.
I wanted her to be happy, so I let her go.
She need a man, someone who can warm his heart. Someone who know what real love is. She deserved this, she deserve to be loved and live happy. She's the greatest woman on earth.
We are now separated since January, still we are best friends for the rest of our life and we keep an excellent relationship, it's important for our little girl.
Now, I know what I've lost.
I don't know what I need right now, she is now with someone who love her with passion, it make me happy. I saw her today, she was smilling.
As for me, only god know.
@Keliyah - great interpretation, I'm learning this on the guitar albeit very slowly ;) It resonates a lot with me and a beautiful lady I've lost and who I love with all my heart and with whom I didn't have the courage to forget all the practicalities of life, and just lover her.