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It kills me not to know this but I've all but just forgotten
What the color of her eyes were and her scars or how she got them
As the telling signs of age rain down a single tear is dropping
Through the valleys of an aging face that this world has forgotten
There is no reconciliation that will put me in my place
And there is no time like the present to drink these draining seconds
But seldom do these words ring true when I'm constantly failing you
Like walls that we just can't break through until we disappear

So tell me now
If this ain't love then how do we get out?
'Cause I don't know
That's when she said I don't hate you boy
I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
That's when I told her I love you girl
But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have

But the day pressed on like crushing weights
For no man does it ever wait
Like memories of dying days
That deafen us like hurricanes
Bathed in flames we held the brand
Uncurled the fingers in your hand
Pressed into the flesh like sand
Now do you understand?

So tell me now
If this ain't love then how do we get out?
'Cause I don't know
That's when she said I don't hate you boy
I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
That's when I told her I love you girl
But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have

1000 miles away
There's nothing left to say
But so much left that I don't know
We never had a choice
This world is too much noise
It takes me under
It takes me under once again
I don't hate you
I don't hate you

So tell me now
If this ain't love then how do we get out?
'Cause I don't know
That's when she said I don't hate you boy
I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
That's when I told her I love you girl
But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have

I don't hate you
I don't hate you, no



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  • r
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    retalolAug 16, 2009 at 3:38 am
    The meaning of this song to me, was pretty clear in the beginning to me. The song opens up with lines like "it kills me not to know this but i've all but just forgotten what the color of her eyes were, or her scars or how she got them." To me, that says that there was someone he obviously cared for a lot and was really close with, that decided to step out of his life, and he's not happy about it. And the next verse "as the telling signs of age rain down a single tear is dropping." That also said, he's waited for this person, but time has gone by and still he finds that she doesn't care for him the same way. Skipping down to the pre-chorus. He says "so tell me now, if this ain't love then how do we get out, because i don't know." He's come to terms that theres no way she's in love with him or feels the same way he does, and he doesn't know how to respond to it, or how to act. Next part was a little confusing to me too. His self destructive behavior because this girl doesn't love him brings the girl to tell him "I don't hate you boy, i want to save you while theres still something left to save." At this point he realizes he doesn't want her to sacrifice her own happiness for him, and he's not quite sure whether shes saying this because she actually loves him, or because she doesn't want to see him get hurt. Hense, "I love you girl, but i'm not the answer for the questions that you still have" The next verse is obviously the continuing pain hes feeling for the loss of this person in his life. "The days pressed on like crushing weights" And the next verse "And memories of dying days, that deafen us like hurricanes" He remembers the days when they were happy together, and then compares them to how things are now, and it angers him. The next few lines are basically metaphors for sadness and anger, and the "Do you understand?" was him explaining all those emotions to whomever this song is addressed to. The chorus repeats, that's been explained. The next part, "1000 miles away, theres nothing left to say" He's finally come to terms with the fact that it's never going to be the same between them, and leaves. The next verse "So much left i don't know, we never had a choice" That comes from him thinking about what it would have been like if she still did love him, they never had a choice to be together again. (the last part may be a bit of a stretch, but that's what i believe it means). Then in the next verse "this world is too much noise" He realizes that the world is going to throw things at him that are unfair, and he has to accept it. The next part is what really made me think of this meaning, the fact that "I don't hate you" is running through his head. It is, because that was never the reaction he wanted from her, when she confronted him about his destructive behavior, he wanted her to tell him that she still loves him, but all she said was "i don't hate you." which overall, was what bothered him most. The next part, repeates the prechorus, "if this ain't love than how do we get out? because i don't know." Again, he asks this question because she obviously had an easier time getting out of the relationship than he did, so he just wants to know how to get away from it, and let it go. After the chorus, it echoes twice more "I don't hate you" And in the end it was that he hated most.

    Now, that's what it means to me, the posters above had different interpretations of the song but when i heard it, maybe it's from life experiences, but i instantly thought that which is odd. That's why i posted it.
  • melliemo
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    melliemoApr 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    They needed to get away from each other. They still have that longing to be together. " i love you girl but im not the answer to the questions that you still have" She has been jaded, not just by him. Why do men do what they do. " i dont hate you i just want to save you while there is still something left to save" before its too late. He basically saying he cant be fixed. they need to be as far apart from each other to forget. But she still wants to be friends. " if this aint love then how do we get out?" "1000 miles away theres still nothing left to say" The father of my kid i still love with all my heart but he is not good for me. this is what this song reminds me of. Also to the one i care about now, i tell him all the time i hate him when im upset because sometimes i dont know how to express my self. Then this song came on one day. So i let him know that i didnt hate him. which is what i now say when he pisses me off. shit you guys dont care about, but at least you know the gist of the meaning.
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    Lyroc_nateMay 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    I think this song has a double meaning if you go by the music video then its bout the environment but if you just listen to the lyrics of the song and listen for when the back vocals say "whoa whoa" then that is were the true meaning lies. The reason why artist do subtle back vocals is not just because it sounds good it is to emphasize the led singer and what he is saying. Not many artist use this technique today due to the fact that most modern day music as literal definitions in the lyrics. This is an older style of music and i don't know what is called
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    UnregisteredMay 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    This song is about the polar bears if you watch the video the polar bear is getting pushed around by other animals (other countries) especially the elephant which is the republican party and the polar bear leave the animals gets on a bus he then sees the elephant limping although the elephant payed no attention to him he ends up helping the elephant
  • TashaXTheXCrime
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    TashaXTheXCrimeApr 1, 2011 at 3:23 am
    The part that stands out is the "drink these drainign seconds" I think they want to still be together, he DEFINATELY is an alcoholic, which is something yuo need to catch, they aren't good for each other but they don't want to leave each other, one of those, they shoudln't be together yet thast all they want... and once they do become apart "1000 miles away there's nothing left to say" they may feel empty, and she wants to stop whatever it is he's doing, he wants her but he is realizing all he is causing is pain, suffering and for ehr to be unhappy, making him unhappy, not it's not a pick me up song, it is a reality song, which I admire and respect about these guys, kudos for the song, and for what it can mean for people in these situations!

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