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The Fray – How To Save A Life lyrics

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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    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.
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    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.
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    joymarshallJun 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm
    This song is composed and sang by Isaac Slade in memory of his close friend who died saving his (Isaac's) life in a car accident. It's natural between friends or lovers to have misunderstanding. What's more important is for them to talk it over and accept for what they are. Say what they really mean to each other before it's too late. The Fray sings with deep feelings, touching every one's heart with his great piano playing. It is indeed painful and unforgetable to lose a friend by giving up his life for you like Isaac's.
  • Glasswatar
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    GlasswatarJan 6, 2009 at 12:12 am
    This song is about friendships, but one thing I never got was what did it mean, "How to save a life?" Thx to Tinktastic I understand. Its so sad and I know a couple of people who are pretty close to suicidal and at times I have to give everything up so my friends won't kill themselves. It's hard and I can understand the pain from this song, when if I fail, I'll feel exactly what it means.
  • kk_pac
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    kk_pacOct 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    I think anyone who's ever watched a friend destroy himself thru addiction would totally identify with this song. You know he's lying, acting like he's got everything under control, n it just makes you so angry that he refuses to see what he's doing to himself. You try to make him aware, try to tell him he's wrong, but he keeps on saying everything's fine, that he's in control. You feel as if he doesn't hear you, n you pray that he wakes up, you try not to get angry, but its so hard. Just waitin 4 him to say he's wrong all along, or take that final step.
    N then, he does destroy himself, n you know you did what you can, but it still feels not good enough, you're left with 'what if'. You know you wud have done anything to prevent what happened, but its too late, n all that's left is d guilt that maybe, you didn't try hard enough.

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