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2am, where do I begin
Crying off my face again
The silent sound of loneliness
Wants to follow me to bed!

I'm the ghost of a girl
That I want to be most

I'm the shell of a girl
That I used to know well


Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again

Too afraid, to go inside
For the pain of one more loveless night
Cause the loneliness will stay with me
And hold me till I fall asleep

I'm the ghost of a girl
That I want to be most
I'm the shell of a girl
That I used to know well

Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again

Broken pieces of
A barely breathing story
Where there once was love
Now there's only me
And the lonely
...

Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again...



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    UnregisteredFeb 7, 2012 at 5:17 am
    To me, this song shows the depression after a harsh breakup. She's letting her emotions overtake her in the desperate attempt to feel like she means something again. "i'm the ghost of a girl... " = when i had you, i was something. I'm nothing now. "a barely breathing story" = i can hardly breathe without you. "where there once was love, now there's only me... And the lonely. " = i'm trying so hard to find something to replace you and the love we shared. But that's over now, and it's so so hard to find something to replace it. The loneliness is what you left me with. I can't be alone, so i may as well just let that become a part of my life. "dancing slowly in an empty room" = i'll dance alone. I'll pretend you're there. "can the lonely take the place of you? " = just give me air. Give me anything. But i can't take this solitude... Beautiful song...
  • u
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    UnregisteredDec 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    You are lonely, by yourself, and nobody is left to help you, because the person you trusted the most left you.
  • u
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    UnregisteredSep 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    The lonely is a sad love story. Someone who lost it all and has put them self inside a shell where their alone. Someone who feels completely alone in the world and they cant get back to who they used to be since their heart was broken.
  • u
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    UnregisteredDec 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    You are alone, but only inside yourself. It means losing yourself somehow and now realizing you are lost. You can't get away from the lonely, it just is inside of you.
  • m
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    missrachel93Apr 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    I can relate to this song so well. To me, it means that when you love someone so much, when they leave, they take the part of you that's still holding on to them. And "the lonely" is the one thing that's keeping you from falling apart.

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