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We said goodbye. Tried our hand at magic.
But we couldn't make us disappear.
Not a day goes by I don't wish I had you.
So one way I'm glad you're still here.
It's a bitter sweet victory.
Lovin' the ghost in front of me.

Now I can't laugh, can't cry.
And I can't run, can't hide.
What do I gotta do?
What do I gotta do to keep you?
What do I gotta do to keep you from doing this to me?

I wrote a couple of notes.
One in love, one in anger.
They're lying there dying in the dresser drawer.
Lived louder than my voice. Struggled through a stranger.
He loved me until I loved you even more.
It's a bitter sweet victory.
Knowin' someone else wanted me.

Now I can't laugh, can't cry.
And I can't run, can't hide.
You get used to the pain, and numb to the sting
Till you can't feel anything.

You tried to explain, but I couldn't hear it.
As if your words were my tears.
Flowing freely, warm and quiet.
From the edges of my eyes in my ears.
Then all that disappears.

Now I can't laugh, can't cry.
And I can't run, can't hide.
Now I can't laugh, can't cry.
And I can't run, can't hide.

What do I gotta do?
What do I gotta do to keep you?
What do I gotta do to keep you from doing this to me?



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    alwaysawakeFeb 1, 2010 at 7:15 am
    What first caught my attention was the video. Although the video is very plain there is alot to pay attention to. To me the song is about a girl who truely does love a man who has broken it off but keeps coming back and for whatever reason she cant tell him no. Like an on again off again relationship. And the reason is stronger than just loving him. Someone else loves her but she chooses him. She ALWAYS chooses him and she cant even explain way. The other one who loves her finally gives up when he realizes she is never going to leave. And it hurts her to choose him but its a victory in knowing that that shes still got him and in knowing someone else wanted her. A victory in knowing she could have chosen a different path. I was in a situation like that. I fell head over heels for this guy and when we broke up I was fine. I was going on with my life and then he reappeared and as much as i told myself dont do it I took him back. Then we would break up again. Each time was emotionally worse. Even though some part of me each time was saying yes I won There was something weaker inside saying NO hes just going to hurt you again. So the question was "What do I gotta do to keep you from doing this to me?" So on one of our "offs" I met another guy and that guy was amazing and there was nothing physical about it. He tried but deep down I guess i was still waiting. As soon as the first guy thought I was moving on there he was. I was wore out. He even confronted the guy about talking to "his girlfriend" and I just sat there and let him. I couldnt speak didnt know what to say. I couldnt laugh or cry. People kept saying whats wrong you used to be fun. But it was like I was just blank. And I was stuck in a little tiny small town that you had to drive at least a half hour to get something to eat. All that was in that town was a bar and a gas station. So I couldnt run or hide. He was always there and always knew how to find me. So I moved. And the reason I say the video tells alot is she is changing her appearance not neccisarily to not be recognized but she is starting a new chapter in her life and she finally figured out how to keep him from doing this to her. When I moved I cut and dyed my hair. I know it doesnt make a big difference but I felt that if I was a new person I wouldnt ever go back and so far its worked although he has still haunted me from time to time. Like the song says...its a bitter sweet victory. Also even though the relationship wasnt heathly there wasnt a day that went by that I didnt want him so I was happy he was still there but loving the ghost was loving the man I fell in love with not the person in front of me. The person he was had become a ghost to me. And the two notes...I wrote him several times explaining in some why we should be together (one in love) and others explaing how I never wanted to see or hear from him again (one in anger). And I did get numb to the pain and used to the sting. when we broke up I wouldnt cry and wonder how I was gonna survive. I didnt beg him to stay. I felt nothing. Even when I were together I just couldnt feel. I would just stare and wonder how can I keep this from happening over and over again. He knew he had me trapped and that was all he needed to know. As for the last verse I see that as him once again explaing that he wants her back but she cant hear it. Shes stronger now and her tears have fallen so many times that her feelings have all finally disappeared. Now Im not saying that that IS what the song is saying...that is just what it means to me and in my life and I think everyone interprets songs depending on the events in their lives.
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    jojo426xoDec 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    ForeverMissing-- I totally agree with you interpretation of the meaning of this song.. I also am in a very similar situation.
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    esppiDec 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm
    What I believe this song is about, is very close to what I experience everyday. I believe he decided to break up, he tried to explain but the pain of hereing the news hit her to hard that she couldn't here his reasons. She tries so hard to move on and she is doing it well enough that nobody really sees or knows she is in so much pain. Somebody else wants her, and that is bitter,sweet because no matter how bad he wants her she can not want him,because the other one(guy) is still right there in her mind, its like he is with her. Though, the love of her life is physically gone, emotionally he is still right there with her, every moment of the day.
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    daisy7502Dec 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm
    Hmm... not sure about this, but I'll give it a shot..

    They both decided to end their relationship, and emotionally and mentally she's not over him yet... so that's the "ghost", she still thinks about him... he consumes her mind so that is how he exists to her (he's there in her mind and heart, but not physically). The "bittersweet victory" is that she still loves him, even though they're done. Then she was with another man, he loves her, but being with someone else only reminds her of the one who she still isn't over, the "bittersweet victory" is knowing that someone else wants her and loves her, but it still doesn't ease her pain... so no one elses' love or attention can make her feel any different about the person whom she really wants to be with.

    She can't be in a relationship with the one she loves, but, it had to end... so, she's damned if she does, damned if she doesn't. It's a no win... and that's why she "can't laugh, cry", etc... and "gets used to the "pain". She just goes on living... emotionless.
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    ForeverMissingMay 29, 2009 at 12:11 am
    the beautyof songs is we can all take them differently.

    I had someone who i have loved for a very long time but we just never tried at a relationship. And I left my hometown cause it was so hard for both of us. He died in a scuba diving accident and this song explains everything, the pain of loving the ghost in front of me, Iv written so many notes some angry, some lovely memories. Iv found a Great man who loves me, and wants me, but my love for him just isnt as strong as it is for my past flame, and it explains the loving a stranger only made me love you more. Its a bittersweet victory knowing someone else who wanted me.

    You tried to explain it part is the many times i imagine him, and myself trying to explain why all f this could have happened, all the dreams i have of him and were together again, but in the end he dissapears.

    You really cant laugh, you cant cry... you just are. After you lose someone you love, you become emotionless...

    and all you can do is get use to the pain

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