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Have you seen my hands?
Just look at 'em shake.
And the song just keeps on repeating,
Drop the needle again.
And I dance with your ghost,
Oh, but that ain't the way...
I can't move on and I can't stay the same.

And all my friends say...

"Hey hey, turn the record over.
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side.
There you go, turn the key and engine over.
Let her go, let somebody else lay at her feet."

Have you seen my heart,
Have you seen how it bleeds?
And the nights are so long, baby,
Out here in the deep.
The tick, ticking of hours, lonely.
I hear the alarm
I used to hear when she would sleep in my arms.

But "better sense" says...

"Hey hey, turn the record over.
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side.
There you go, turn the key and engine over.
Let her go, let somebody else lay at her feet."

And all my friends say,
"Hey hey, turn the record over.
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side.
There you go, turn the key and engine over.
Let her go, let somebody else lay at her feet."

Where you used to be... here with me.



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    UnregisteredDec 10, 2013 at 2:57 am
    This is a great song with one of the best record metaphors ever. He is singing about someone that he still loves that is no longer there. He loved her so much and did everything for her. He was basically head over heels and blindly in love. His friends knew that she wasnt right for him and kept telling him to get over her but he didn't want to listen to them and couldn't get over her try as he may.

    When I listen to this song it makes me think of that first relationship you don't realize isn't right but want it to work anyway and everyone can see it isn't right but you.

    The name "45" isn't a gun or a car. It's a 45 rpm record another name for a 7inch vinyl record that you play at 45 rotations per minute. That's where the nickname "45" comes from.

    The part where his friends and better sense say that they will see him on the flip side and turn the record over, he is comparing his relationship to a song on a record. Where he's stuck on that one side and it keeps playing/he can't stop thinking of her. His friends tell him it'll be ok we'll see you when it's better as in flip metaphorical record of the relationship to the other side because that side has a better song that won't remind him of her and he will then officially have moved on.

    It's beautiful. It's deep. It's a greatly written song at its finest.
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    UnregisteredAug 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm
    To me, the obvious translation of "45" would be that of a relationship that no longer exists, and despite that being factual, one person still wishes the relationship to be.

    My first thought of the title was actually that it might be "45. " as in, 45. Caliber - a reference to the relationship having been finished or more so, in relevance to that, destroyed.
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    UnregisteredJul 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm
    I see two potential meanings.
    First (and to me the most likely),it's a break up that he's trying to get over but can't or is having trouble. Sound like he did everything for her but she dumped him anyway.

    Second, someone he loved died, he is either responsible or feels responsible and the "let somebody else lay at her feet" indicates her grave (most of the time people tend to position themselves at the feet of the grave of someone).
  • U
    UnregisteredSep 5, 2012 at 3:24 am
    The twisting,aching,might never end feeling of trying to get over a failed relationship. The expression of the agonizing cycle the mind goes thru when one deals with this.
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    UnregisteredAug 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    I guy who is trying to get over a past girl but cant so he goes for a ride in 45 car to get his mind off things probably driving fast

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