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Summer after high school when we first met
We make-out in your Mustang to Radiohead
And on my 18th Birthday
We got matching tattoos

Used to steal your parents' liquor
And climb to the roof
Talk about our future
Like we had a clue
Never planned that one day
I'd be losing you

In another life
I would be your girl
We keep all our promises
Be us against the world

In another life
I would make you stay
So I don't have to say
You were the one that got away
The one that got away

I was June and you were my Johnny Cash
Never one without the other We made a pact
Sometimes when I miss you
I put those records on (whoa)

Someone said you had your tattoo removed
Saw you downtown singing the Blues
It's time to face the music
I'm no longer your muse

But in another life
I would be your girl
We keep all our promises
Be us against the world

In another life
I would make you stay
So I don't have to say
You were the one that got away
The one that got away
The one(X3)
The one that got away

Bridge:
All this money can't buy me a time machine (No)
Can't replace you with a million rings (No)
I shoulda told you what you meant to me (Whoa)
Cause now I pay the price

In another life
I would be your girl
We keep all our promises
Be us against the world

In another life
I would make you stay
So I don't have to say
You were the one that got away
The one that got away
The one(X3)

In another life
I would make you stay
So I don't have to say
You were the one that got away
The one that got away



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  • U
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    UnregisteredOct 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    It means that you still love the guy you use to date. But you wont blame him that he wanted to move on. Just trying to get a fresh start and try, just try to forget about him. But in the end, he will realise that he needed you in his life and that he made a big mistake of leaving you. So you take him back
  • r
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    rosemariaFeb 22, 2011 at 1:37 am
    everytime i heard this song, someone from the past will pop-up in my mind. the song is so relate-able to some of us.
  • U
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    UnregisteredNov 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm
    I think it means that the guy told her that they would be together forever bu tchanged his mind without telling her but showing her and she is trying to get over it by tell herslef that in the next life he is going to be mine no matter what and that she wont let him go even if she ends up dieing for him. It mainly about true love no one can replace that and i no exactly how that feels me and my boyfriend have been together since like 5th grade and we r still together after 6 1/2 years.
  • a
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    alienkatyMar 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    It means someone who is special came up on your mind. And you remember the happiness that someone brought you. A great joy lasts on a great sadness
  • arvel_velasquez
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    arvel_velasquezOct 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    I really can't wait for its video i do hope that it would be a more crying-tears video. I saw some pictures of her at the shooting and she is wearing white hair. It means that her love for that boy is forever.

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