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And even though the moment passed me by
I still can't turn away
Cause all the dreams you never thought you'd lose
Got tossed along the way
And letters that you never meant to send
Get lost or thrown away

And now we're grown up orphans
That never knew their names
We don't belong to no one
That's a shame
But if you could hide beside me
Maybe for a while
And I won't tell no one your name

And I won't tell em your name

Scars are souvenirs you never lose
The past is never far
Did you lose yourself somewhere out there
Did you get to be a star
And don't it make you sad to know that life
Is more than who we are

You grew up way too fast
And now there's nothing to believe
And reruns all become our history
A tired song keeps playing on a tired radio
And I won't tell no one your name
And I won't tell em your name

I think about you all the time
But I don't need the same
It's lonely where you are come back down
And I won't tell em your name

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    UnregisteredMay 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    The songwriter watched someone go from having nothing to great success. They watched the person struggle with the fame, and getting what they wanted, but not what they expected out of it. The song writer wants the person to come back down from heaven, and give life another shot, without the world knowing their name.
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    ColorfulSparkleSep 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm
    As others have said, this song is about John Rzeznik's experiences growing up as an orphan. The song is apparently spoken from his view, and talking to one of his four older sisters, because they're the only ones who are going through the same experience ("If you could hide beside me, maybe for a while, and I won't tell no one your name"). The lines "Scars are souvenirs you never lose / The past is never far" show that, although his parents' deaths were long ago, he'll live with the pain forever. "Reruns all become our history" is the memory that his family has of the loss, and "I think about you all the time, I don't need the same / It's lonely where you are, come back down / And I won't tell your name" is him speaking to his parents.

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