A Great Big World: Say Something Meaning
Song Released: 2013
Say Something Lyrics
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...
anonymous Nov 26th, 2013 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.
anonymous Feb 7th, 2014 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.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2013 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.
anonymous Aug 23rd, 8:52am report
For me, this song is about my mother. She has been emotionally abusive all my life, and I have came to the realization that she has a mental disorder. I try and try for her to get help, and she won't. Despite telling her all of my feelings towards the issue and how upset it makes me, she is shut off. She won't take any of the blame for our strained relationship.I can't change her, she can only change if SHE wants and makes the initiative to change. Until that time, I've given up on a normal mother-daughter relationship.
anonymous Jul 31st, 7:49pm report
Its obvious he's letting go of god
anonymous Jul 25th, 7:06pm report
For me, this song is about giving up on love. It means letting go because we have no choice but to. It is about breaking a commitment. It also strongly defines itself as closing a door, a chapter, a spirit. It is a simple, yet heart wrenching tale. For each of us, the songs' interpretation will be unique, as it should be.
annecaroline.moraisalves Jul 23rd, 7:02am report
It talks about a relationship that's about to end,you're losing the person you love,and although you've tried everything and nothing seems to help .Unfortunately just one of them is striving to making it work,the other person doesn't seem to care.For the song is basically a pleading to the loved one,he or she proves that awful feeling when you notice your realatioship is hanging by a thread,and he or she feel desperated when both are weary of trying,then you see that willing to admit their faults(I'll swallow my pride)but all this pleading makes them feel really small,because they're begging the loved one to try to make it work together,and even so the love is running out little by little.
anonymous Jul 8th, 7:21am report
I think the key to understanding this song lies in the lyric "I will swallow my pride / You're the one that I love /
And I'm saying goodbye"
When you swallow your pride, generally that means that you are taking the first step in a standoff, and that you will take blame. A person who got dumped and is walking away doesn't swallow their pride. They are keeping their pride. But if the person who did the dumping decides they made a mistake, and the dumpee doesn't want him/her any more, they switch roles. By admitting it was a mistake, that's how someone would swallow their pride.
I imagine a couple that broke up after a first love. The singer (he) broke up with the other one (her), I'm guessing because of a separation. He dumped her instead of talking about it and trying to keep things going. But he didn't get the reaction he expected. She walked away. He realizes he made a mistake, and now he knows it is too late. Now she won't give him the time of day, and he realizes he's actually the one who has been dumped.
Many of the lyrics are the desperation of the breakup talking:
SAY SOMETHING (she won't talk to him)
I'm giving up on you (a threat at first, then a plea)
I WILL be the one (changing his mind)
I WOULD HAVE followed you (she didn't ask)
I am feeling so small (ashamed for mistake)
It was over my head (I didn't know what to do)
I know nothing at all (poor me)
I will stumble and fall (more mistakes)
I'm still learning to love (first love)
Just starting to crawl (first love)
I'm sorry I couldn't get to you (couldn't make her understand)
I will swallow my pride (admit failure and fault)
You're the one that I love (not others)
And I'm saying goodbye (recognition of too little too late)
That constant note (BMaj) is like a single heartbeat that finally dies.
anonymous Jun 18th, 6:39pm report
I believe with others have said about the song and its relatively to being in love with an addict. I have been married for 34 years (began dating him at 14), to an alcoholic. He is a wonderful, caring, intelligent and sexy man when he is sober. However, when he drinks, he is not. He is a closet drinker, so many people that know us are unaware of the multiple attempts at sobriety, and the lies and deception that our family has been dealing with. Last year, I came home from a business trip, to find him almost dead. I had to admit him to detox, and when he came out, he worked very hard at sobriety. Unfortunately it did not last. I only heard this song recently, and immediately upon hearing it, felt that it represents people like myself that have finally had enough and are making the difficult decision too give up. The "say something" was particularly relevant to me, as many drunks lose all sense of emotions and empathy and will blankly stare as you fall apart, and all you want is for them to "say something" and acknowledge your pain. For me "swallowing my pride" meant finally admitting to myself and the world that we were not this perfect couple that they had seen. Lastly, the learning to love, is actually when a enabling, codependent spouse, finally begins to focus on and love themselves.
anonymous Jun 4th, 6:05am report
A realisation. A knowledge of the end. Or, in the artist's mind anyway. 'Say something'; the breakup is happening, you are unaware, you should be, this too obvious for everyone. I love you but you don't see, why?
I have two opinion, I love you but cannot do any thing about it. must let you go, must let you move on!
anonymous May 23rd, 5:02am report
I think it's about silent treatment and how damaging it can be. The victim has had enough and doesn't want to let go but will.
Anybody who has gone through will understand.
anonymous May 6th, 5:21pm report
I can relate to this song so much that its scary.
I think alot of us can. This song is about letting go.
"Say something im giving up on you"
Pretty self explanatory
"I'll be the one if you want me to" this line
Is my favorite. Its so desperate. Saying that
I will always be here if you want
"Anywhere I wouldve followed you"
I'd go anywhere because i love you
One of my other favorite lines is "and i
Will swallow my pride, you're the one that I love
And im saying goodbye".
This line is so beautiful. Saying, im gonna save myself
Some embarrasment and hurt, and walk away even though I love you...
Such a sad and desperate song. Its beautiful.
anonymous Apr 30th, 4:13am report
I definitely believe that they both have strong feelings for each other, and neither of them want to give up. It's a duet after all, and they are singing the same words but eye contact is never even made between them in the video. This lack of recognition illustrates their lack of communication, which is a problem in many relationships today. This video illustrates many different situations in which giving up becomes the sad inevitably necessary reality, such as the old couple parting because the woman is dying, and the younger couple breaking up. Contrary to others' opinions, I don't think that one of them (the young woman) is shown to care more in this relationship, given the nature of this song (a duet, showing feelings are mutual). I think, instead, this song depicts the extremely painful and defeating feeling of mutually giving up on your partner/relationship. For one reason or another it cannot work out, you both slowly but surely recognize this, and you both must give up even though you are in love with each other.
anonymous Apr 19th, 4:44am 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.
anonymous Apr 15th, 4:01pm 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....
anonymous 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).
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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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