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A Great Big World: Say Something Meaning

Song Released: 2013


Say Something Lyrics

Say something, I'm giving up on you.
I'll be the one, if you want me to.
Anywhere, I would've followed you.
Say something, I'm giving up on you.

And I am feeling so small.
It was over my head
I know nothing at all.

And I will stumble...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 26th, 11:12am report


    When your having trouble in a relationship and you know that things are coming to an end but you want so badly to hang and make it work. You want to be "the one" for them but only if they want to accept you as theirs. You will do anything for them, follow them wherever they go but they wont do the same. You feel like you're the only one in the relationship trying to make it work. It seems like the other person has no hope but you want them to say something, anything to make you stay and keep on fighting. All these overwhelming feelings make you feel so small. Going into the relationship you didn't know what you were getting your self into. You have never loved like this before, there are going to be obstacles, you will stumble and fall but you will learn and keep going. After all the pleading and asking them to stay you just cant keep going, you are finally giving up, you are sorry that you couldn't get them to stay. I love you but I need to swallow my pride, accept defeat, and say goodbye.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 12:58pm report


    This song expresses exactly what I just went through - a very complex relationship. We found each other at the wrong time of life. He was the "one". I loved him so much, but he used a self defense mechanism (put up some walls) that destroyed the loved we have built; I was forced to let go and had no option but to say goodbye with my silence. I will always love you (D) even in my silence. Beautiful song.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 7th, 2:26pm report


    It's about someone who is in love with an Addict. (drugs or alcohol)

    Someone who is finally realizing that their loved one's addiction is too big for them ("I'm feeling so small.) and they can't / don't know how to fix it ("I know nothing at all" "I'll swallow my pride" "I'm still learning to crawl")
    The songwriter is feeling guilty for not being able to help or "fix" the addict ("I'm sorry I couldn't get to you.")
    And they realize that the only thing left to do is give up on the addict - as painful as it is.

    Anyone who's been in that situation recognizes these emotions instantly when they hear the song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 19th, 01:44 report


    A horribly sad song that creates apathy from nothing. A true downer. Pathetic self pity turned into a tune. A perfect song to flip the atmosphere of any happy situation into a sad one.
    Already sad? Listen to this song and take a final. last step over the precipice of blackness.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 15:01 report


    My version is that he is singing to his lover who has depression or is deeply sad and something big happened to make them this way and this man is feeling guilty that he vannot seem to get through to her....



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 4:26pm report


    I think the music video is portraying different situations and scenarios where the song would fit in someone's life. Firstly, I think The little girl under the bed represents everyone's vulnerabilities. Everyone has something the fear;relationships ending or a loved one dying. However, I think the little girl could also represents children. I'm going to use the example of children in 'the system' (by this I mean foster care or waiting to be fostered) sometimes they can feel scared of what's going to come next, which may be why she's under the bed, and they are also alone (mostly) there by themselves, they have no-one to protect them for what's coming next all they can do is go in alone and scared and hope for the best. (sorry if this offends anyone, I really dont know much about foster care, just what I've picked up from tv really). Secondly, the woman who walks away from the man in the bed. I think this could represent the obvious one, a relationship coming to an end. I think by showing the man in bed asleep while the woman is awake that one of them is more involved then the other;the woman. She is being kept up at night worrying about her relationship and were its going. In her mind the guy clearly doesn't care, this is show by the fact that he is sound asleep while she is cleearly in distress. The woman is probably trying to think of ways the relationship could work and the man has already accepted that it's over and he has to move on. After alot of deliberation the woman gets up an leaves. This symbolizes her finally giving up and letting the relationship end even though she doesn't want too. Finally, the old couple. I think this represents the most emotional one of all, the love of your life getting ripped away from you. The old man clearly loves his wife, who is in a hospital bed dying. You can see that he is talking to her, maybe saying his final words to her after a life time of love. The line 'say something I'm giving up on you' could represent the old man's last plea to the women he has lo!ved all his life to stay with him. He is starting to accept that she is going to die but still holds on to that tiny bit of hope he has left. When she remains unresponsive he breaks down and starts to cry. This is because his final bit of hope was taking away from him. Near the end of the song they start to repeat 'say something' this could represent the man trying to hold on to his bit of hope until the moment she dies. Thanks for reading, it's just my opinion anyway sorry if I offended anyone and sorry for any mistakes(I'm on my phone you see).



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    anonymous
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    Mar 31st, 3:05am report


    This is a song with a double meaning. Firstly, and most obviously, it's about a relationship between a guy and a girl that isn't quite working out. The other meaning however, is deeply Christian and involves a spiritual battle between the singer and their relationship with God. See, God allows us to fall and struggle to see clearly the good that he provides. That struggle can be very tough for anyone and can make us want to give up on him. But God never gives up on us, even if we never love him or even believe in him. God loves us all.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 23rd, 3:48pm report


    When listening to this I'm assuming or at least it's my opinion that both the woman and man singing have feelings for each other. Neither the woman or the man have talked about their feelings to the other. This makes me think theres a reason their holding back, like being in relationships, fear of their feelings being unrequited or they may be friends. Strange how someone can make you so happy but also make you feel so sad. It's not easy to live with this overrwelming feeling it makes you feel "small". You know your the best for this other person and could give them everything but you can't. Instead of continuing on and feeling sadness you start to "give up" as hard as it is. It is what's best for you. Even though inside your wanting to be with them.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 21st, 3:05pm report


    I have been hunting for the meaning of this song in respect to a child - being that there is a child in the video hiding under a bed. I have no doubt this song is about a lost love - but obviously they were implying in the video it stretch across many a storylines - I like to think outside the box - I think of this song in relation to a child and everyone's inner child - giving up on their parent... They'll try hard to impress but they get nothing from their parent. They don't know what love is - they are just learning what relationships are and the one person who isn't meant to give up on them has. They are screaming out for affection and to be noticed - but their parent just doesn't care... Parents are the first people you leant to love and learn what love is and what it means - but if you don't get it them your done for...



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    anonymous
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    Mar 18th, 3:20pm report


    I believe, of course, there are many interpretations. The most relatable to younger people would be the obvious relationship between lovers. One lover pleading for a reason not to leave and waiting for the other person to provide that.
    A second is a type of end of life situation as demonstrated by the older couple in the video. The person to be left all alone is telling the dying that they need the words that the other person will be alright and in the absence of that assurance they will be comforted that they can begin the recovery process and the dying person is saying that it is OK for the other to give up as they themselves are passing on



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    anonymous
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    Mar 18th, 3:08am report


    I believe it means that they are in a relationship but ones not trying as hard as the other and she's not putting up with it. She feels like nothing against the people that he likes she's still learning to love and she keep getting hurt like a baby, if they are learning to walk if they get pushed over they don't want to walk anymore. She would do anything for you and now she has to say goodbye but she wants you to say something to make her stay she would have done anything for you and she just wants that one thing to keep her hope up



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    anonymous
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    Mar 17th, 3:42pm report


    At the moment, in the wake of the disappearance of flight MH370, when I listen to the lyrics I think of the family and loved ones waiting for some news from those on board...

    "Say something... I'm giving up on you"

    Very sad indeed



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    anonymous
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    Mar 13th, 3:53pm report


    I think it means that you love the other person but if they don't talk to you about their feelings you are going to give up/break up/ not go out



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    anonymous
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    Mar 12th, 3:21am report


    When you feel like the nativity of love you have, that hope that they would give you that same effort, that willingness to make that same happiness, that same attention given, is the reason you feel like a fool, like you're nagging or kicking a fuss because you cared too much. When the uncertainty of love and the lack of effort shown, crumbles something inside, like a ripped wound.

    As a person, you feel you must make them show you, get them to tell you that they mean as much to you as you mean to them, because you can't take that imbalance, that un-fairness, you're wanting to be as loved.

    So you reach to them as far as you can, push them as far as you can, because you want an answer, an indication of where things stand, how they feel. You feel like an idiot because nothing feels as if It's reaching, and you apologize because it seems so silly, so foolish. So you make the biggest sacrifice to figure it out, using that same nativity as the fuel. At that stage, you feel you can't go back on your word, no matter how much, or how badly you want to. You're gambling on a tight rope, hoping that they would say the things, anything that could assure you of how they feel, because you know there's no turning back if they don't. The stage, where if they don't, you must make peace with that.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 3:27pm report


    My interpretation is about the two people singing to each other. Obviously neither one had or has expressed their feelings. Neither one says something to the other about how they feel or felt. So they just go on never knowing. Its really a sad song. It's definitely not a song about taking chances. Without ever having expressed their feelings they let it go.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 3:56pm report


    The song could be interpreted in many ways. A person;s interpretation is personal to whatever problem they are currently facing. The writers, who are also the singers (excluding Christina Aguilera), wrote the song about a break up but the lyrics are general for any difficult situation involving different people. They try to make things work and try to be happy but they just can't seem to make things better. They don't want to say goodbye, and the other person is given a second chance at "Say something I'm giving up on you" but the situation is too much for either of them. This song could be about a failing relationship, the lost of a loved one, tensions between broken families, and many other things. The song is open for interpretation but this is all I could come up with. Personally, I like the song without Christina, but she is significant with the singer's meaning of the song as she symbolizes the ghost of the lost loved one he is singing the song to (based on what the writer said himself).



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    anonymous
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    Mar 8th, 3:18pm report


    It depends what the situation is.If someone you love is dying you have to let go of them because you can't do anything about it.If someone you've loved for a long time and they don't love you back you have to let go of that person.But most of all,it's meaning is if you love someone sometimes you have to walk away.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 3rd, 3:59pm report


    I am not sure exactly what this is meant for, but the reason I love this song so much is that it can be anything any situation thats whats amazing to me. I love this song so much and the writer was incredibly amazing!!!!!

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