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Whoa, oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Whoa, oh, oh
For the longest time
If you said goodbye to me tonight
There would still be music left to write
What else could I do
I'm so inspired by you
That hasn't happened for the longest time

Once I thought my innocence was gone
Now I know that happiness goes on
That's where you found me
When you put your arms around me
I haven't been there for the longest time

Whoa, oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Whoa, oh, oh
For the longest
I'm that voice you're hearing in the hall
And the greatest miracle of all
Is how I need you
And how you needed me too
That hasn't happened for the longest time

Maybe this won't last very long
But you feel so right
And I could be wrong
Maybe I've been hoping too hard
But I've gone this far
And it's more than I hoped for

Who knows how much further we'll go on
Maybe I'll be sorry when you're gone
I'll take my chances
I forgot how nice romance is
I haven't been there for the longest time

I had second thoughts at the start
I said to myself
Hold on to your heart
Now I know the woman that you are
You're wonderful so far
And it's more than I hoped for

I
don't care what consequence it brings
I have been a fool for lesser things
I want you so bad
I think you ought to know that
I intend to hold you for the longest time

Whoa, oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Whoa, oh, oh
For the longest time
(To Fade)



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    UnregisteredMay 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    It's the alchemy of music + lyrics that makes this song so memorable. If in the right state of mind/heart it can blow you away. It's the first pop song i remember hearing and it has stayed with me since the age of 3 or so. It makes me feel like 'longing for' and the perfect answer for that longing have met and are happy. Two former 'at odds' emotions finally swirled together in a braid -- like harmony -- longing meet completeness... Happiness meet yearning and all is beautiful together.
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    I think this song is about a guy who is happy in a relationship with his new girlfriend for the first time in a very long time.
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm
    I think this is about a guy who has made mistakes with romance in the past, and thinks there's hope with this current relationship. He hasn't loved in a while, and likes feeling that way again. I love the lines 'i don't care what consequence it brings
    i have been a fool for lesser things'.
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 14, 2012 at 1:10 am
    "i don't care what consequence it brings
    I have been a fool for lesser things"

    That says it all. Oh, yeah, all things are lesser things because nothing else matters.
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    UnregisteredMar 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    What i beleive it's talking about is that the singer hasen't felt so in love befor he saw this woman. But one thing is for sure he loves her so much it almost made me cry

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