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A strangled smile fell from your face
It kills me that I hurt you this way
The worst part is that I didn't even know
Now there's a million reasons for you to go
But if you can find a reason to stay

I'll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what's at stake
I know that I've let you down
And if you give me a chance
Believe that I can change
I'll keep us together whatever it takes

She said "If we're gonna make this work
You gotta let me inside even though it hurts
Don't hide the broken parts that I need to see"
She said "Like it or not it's the way it's gotta be
You gotta love yourself if you can ever love me"

I'll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what's at stake
I know that I've let you down
And if you give me a chance
And give me a break
I'll keep us together, I know you deserve much better

But remember the time I told you the way that I felt
That I'd be lost without you and never find myself
Let's hold onto each other above everything else
Start over, start over

I'll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what's at stake
I know I've let you down
And if you give me a chance
And believe that I can change
I'll keep us together whatever it takes



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  • CryingJohn
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    CryingJohnAug 21, 2008 at 6:48 am
    I just broke up with my 6 year girlfriend last february 08, it was a long distance relationship but we were able to survive in 6 years, we really love each other everytime we see each other personaly LOVE can never be describe by the dictionary how great it was, if there's a word that can describe how great our love is that would be it but unintentionally i've taken her for granted, broke her heart, and destroyed her life, because of that she had to let me go, I didn't understand why she had to give up cause we both believed that our love is one of greatest. (everybody thought that we were inseparable). I always said to her that "Let's hold onto each other above everything else, Start over and give me chance no one is perfect you know me I'm not that bad and I'll find a way to make this work". but she had to gave up on me the reason is
    She said "Like it or not it's the way it's gotta be
    You gotta love yourself if you can ever love me"
    Then I told her this
    "but remember the time I told you the way that I felt
    That I'd be lost without you and never find myself"
    I know that she never really gave up on me, she just did that to show me that she's hurt too, but deep within us we still love each other more than anything.
    But unintentionally I found someone new, and I had to chose between the two of them. and guess what! i'ts not like the movies that you got to chose the one that you love more, but its the one that you can be a good person with, while my xgf is too busy mentioning my lies, the other new girl is too busy to let me stand up and fight for myself cause i fell, she never let me fell that hard, she was there to make me stand up for myself. there are no answers for why you chose her and why not her its just a matter of choice weather its good or bad.

    This song hurts me, cause i did whatever it takes but the pain wont disappear and it will never heal. I hope you guys understand.
  • yazminluv
    +2
    yazminluvMar 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    How can anyone ever say "No" to that heartfelt song.He broke her heart with his way of being but if she believes in him he will work hard to stay with her. True love dosen' t just happen. The two people really have to work hard and not just give up at the first problem they face.
  • k
    +2
    kakeroDec 22, 2008 at 9:48 am
    this song is for a girl who has someone willing to give her undying and who will be there to preserve everything that they have...

    i want to sing this song to my girl friend and i want to tell her how much i love her and how much im willing to sacrifice for her...
  • avatardandproud
    +2
    avatardandproudJun 28, 2008 at 1:12 am
    wow i always get a little sad when i think of this song, because i think of my friend who is my ex. hey, i'd rather have him as a friend than not at all. i still miss him and i always hope that maybe in the future things will change. this song reminds me of him and of life. whatever it takes...
  • p
    +2
    PlavwellApr 23, 2008 at 12:07 am
    I was married at 15 to a now 34 year old father of our two boys. We were married about 4 years. I cheated on him and he forgave me, but the guilt of what I did was over whelming. I could no longer look this beautiful man in the eyes and truely say that I loved him. So I ended up leaving, taking our two boys with me. I had crushed his world. And over the years I have come to be closer to him as friends. Just recently I told him that I loved him very much, and he said that he isn't ready for a relationship now. That I have hurt him and lied to him, but I thought we were past that. It seems he is not. So this song I dearly love it speaks my heart to him in every word.. Whatever It Takes

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