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I move on like a sinners prayer
And letting go like a levee breaks
Walk away as if I don't care
Learn to shoulder my mistakes
Or built to fade like your favorite song
Get reckless when there's no need
Laugh as your stories ramble on
Break my heart, but it won't bleed
My only friends are pirates
That's just who I am
But I'm better as a memory than as your man

Never sure when the truth won't do
And pretty good on a lonely night
Or move on the way a storm blows through
And never stay, but then again, I might.
I struggle sometimes to find the words
Always sure until I doubt
Walk a line until it blurs
Build walls too high to climb out
But I'm honest to a fault
That's just who I am
I'm better as a memory than as your man

I see you leaning, you're bound to fall
I don't want to be that mistake
I'm just a dreamer and nothing more
You should know it before it gets too late

Cause goodbyes are like a roulette wheel
You never know where they're gonna land
First you're spinning, then you're standing still
Left holding a losing hand
But one day you're gonna find someone
And right away you'll know it's true
That all of your seekings done
It was just a part of the passing through
Right there in that moment you'll finally understand
That I was better as a memory than as your man
Better as a memory than as your man



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    mewferSep 16, 2008 at 5:49 am
    a desperado...non committal type...someone who was too broken to open up again and love fully... many a man i've known...sad but true
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    UnregisteredFeb 21, 2012 at 4:22 am
    I believe the message the artist is trying to convey is about the person that he is and how that person is simply non compatible with love or any form of long term relationship. Many have said "these are the words of a 'player'" or "a two timing man afraid of commitment" but that's not always the case. It is easy to assume these things because often times people are guilty of these things (infidelity and fear of commitment) but what i hear here is something different entirely. What the artist is sharing with us is a story of true love and wisdom in knowing he's not the kind of person that is cut out for that sort of thing. As a person who does not entirely believe in love myself this song speaks to me. " i am who i am and it's not going to be changed by you or anyone else. I will not appologise for that but i need you to know that, although the good times we have shared should always be cherished, i will end up hurting you if we allow this too continue. I am not capable of love everlasting because it simply is not who i am. " that's the overall meaning and sentiment i recieve from this song. These are only my opinions, and this thread is so old no one will probably read them anyway (lol) but i recently rediscovered this song on the old ipod and remebered how good it was. Also, sorry for no capitol letters in each sentence, i'm far too lazy to change it now. Thanks for reading
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    UnregisteredFeb 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm
    When i hear this song lance vandelinde, i think of why i left you so many years ago!! I just carry my love for you soo deep in my heart! After so many years, i just know that you are and always will be my one, true love!! Please know that i am just so happy for you!!! It was so good to hear from you after all these years, but like the song says, i am better as a memory!! !!
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    countryobsessedNov 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm
    A depressing breakup song about a womanizer and an innocent woman. All he's going to do is break her heart, so he dumps her. Depressing song, but good. I love the way the electric guitar and piano work together in the beginning.
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    sharp1707Mar 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    It's funny how perspective is everything. I'm that guy who was broken. Infidelity on the part of the wife after a 22 year relationship. Somehow I have become that guy that I hated. I have found myself involved where I shouldn't have been. The line "I can see you leaning,I don't want to be that mistake" to me stands for the married woman who talked of leaving her husband. I have this ability to turn and burn. To just walk away. If it weren't for kids, I would be just a memory to my home town. "Break my heart but it won't bleed," I can't be hurt any deeper.

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