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Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
You begin to wonder why you came

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life
How to save a life

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life
How to save a life



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  • TheNinjutsuMaster
    +6
    TheNinjutsuMasterJul 14, 2008 at 12:38 pm
    Your ALL morons its not about some kid who died in an accident its about Isaac's partner in a camp for troubled teens when he was a councelor there and his partner had a lot of problems and no one could save him.
  • r
    +5
    rosesfadeJan 5, 2010 at 3:29 am
    I know this song is about suicide, however it is so very personal to me. I confronted a friend, a couple years ago, about some very wrong things he had done to me and to others. He tried to walk away, and I got him to listen; he pretended to agree or at least see what I was saying, but all along as I looked at him I saw pain and anger and aging and brokenness. I couldn't save him, not with love and not with confronting him; I still can't. It is the one thing I would give my life for - this man and his reconciliation - but it would not matter. I lost my friend not that night but long before that night, and that was just the first time I admitted it. I miss you, eric - please, please, please - turn around and see that you can't run from you.
  • l
    +4
    Live4HimOnlyJan 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    this song makes me so sad, because I hope that I am never in that position, with a suicidal friend. One of my friends wagged with her boyfriend once, and the dude wasn't a very good type, and I was worried sick, she was alright, but it made me think...if I feel that much worry when a friend wags, what more when that friend is suicidal or anorexic or bulimic? I just have to pray for the right words to say, and trust that Jesus will save a life.
  • LikeaBoss
    +3
    LikeaBossAug 8, 2010 at 1:17 am
    This song is sad, I think it's about trying to stop his friend from committing suicide but he was to late. :(
  • p
    +3
    pinkflowerDec 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    I had never heard this song until today, I really identify because my brother committed suicide this year. If I only knew he had this inside him I would had tried everything from stopping him.

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