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We became the parade on the streets that we once cleaned,
Expendable soldiers smiling at anything
Raised on a feeling our lives will have meaning eventually

We were once the answer and then you discover
Your actually just one thing after another and
What was the question and why was the lesson so deafening.

This all that matters now
And that was all that happened anyhow
You can look back but don't stare
Maybe I can love you out of there
And when I went away what I forgot to say was
All I have to say eight letter three words one meaning

And outside forces didn't make it easy so I thought I'd go before you leave me
Self preservation was no explanation for anything
Oh but the truth is more than we'll ever comprehend I've just started to understand my friend all of that distance cause I fell in love with the enemy

This all that matters now
And that was all that happened anyhow
You can look back but don't stare
Maybe I can love you out of there
And when I went away what I forgot to say was all I had to say eight letter three words one meaning x2
At last we meet on no man's land just footprints in the sand
We meet on no man's land at last
And when I went away what I forgot to say was all I had to say 8 letters 3 words one meaning x2
One meaning, just one meaning, one meaning.



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    UnregisteredAug 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm
    This song is written by robbie williams. It is about how he battled in those early years of take that but he really always loved them but just couldn't say it. He left them before they left him. My favourite line is "you can look back but don't stare" so appropriate for rob who has always battled depression. People just see rob as an entertainer but his lyrics mean so much to so many.
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    UnregisteredMar 19, 2012 at 10:24 am
    What a moving song! After being married for two years this is the song i will dedicate this song to her ,the words are so poignant to our lives1i love you babe... Xxx
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm
    To me, the "eight letters" are "i am sorry" because it seems most applicable for the song and the idea of regret and redemption.

    "and when i went away what i forgot to say/was all i had to say" - this sounds something like an apology, sorry for leaving (supposedly about robbie's leaving, prematurely).
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 16, 2011 at 11:29 am
    The 3 words are: i love you and the song is actually about robbie leaving then coming back to the band and all the issues that surrounded both
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 10, 2011 at 12:23 am
    My step-dad used to always sign birthday christmas and valentines day cards to my mum with 831 30 years ago. Bless him

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