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Song Released: 2008


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Looking back at the beginning of this
And how life was
Just you and me and love and all of our friends
Living life like an ocean

But now the current's only pulling me down
It's getting harder to breathe
It won't be too long and I'll be...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:48pm report


    I struggle with depression. I have for the past seven years of my life. Last year, when it got to the point where I couldn't really cope with it on my own anymore, is when I finally started getting help. The help I got only did so much, though, and suicide was still a near-constant thought on my mind. Not long after I started getting help, though, I made some very valuable friends, and I started feeling better...for a while. Then I dipped down again a couple of months ago. ...Last month, one of those valuable friends I made was in a car crash and died suddenly. Because of that, I saw all of my other friends fall apart around me. I hate that it took such a tragedy to clear my head, but that's when I finally realized that I had almost been the one to do this to them, and I couldn't cause a second wave of such pain. Though Trevor's passing has made life harder, I've also found a reason to fight harder. Today, I still struggle with depression, but I know now that it's not my time, and I'm not going.

    Because of my experience in life, I think I can truly understand this song.

    To me, this song is about a man struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.

    At one time, life was beautiful for him, and full of hope, but something happened that shattered him and made the current pull him down.

    Still, the man understands now, because of that loss of the beauty in his life, how precious life really is, and how much he owes it to those who matter to him to stay alive, so he makes the effort to stay alive. He promises himself that he won't give in to these thoughts of depression. He will survive, if only for what really matters in his life: His loved ones.



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    CookieMonster
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    Mar 16th, 2010 3:16am report


    "Looking back at the beginning of this
    And how life was
    Just you and me and love and all of our friends
    Living life like an ocean"

    Great start to a song and the song's interpretation. The subject is reminiscing on when things were new, fresh, simple. The song goes on to say that the current is pulling him down, Life is getting harder and he feels like giving up. Can you help? The thing is, I don't see "You" as a being, and individual or loved one, but more like can "You" meaning "Can the memory" save me? Because I'm not ready to go down. He's looking for something to hold onto to help him pull through.

    "I look ahead to all the plans that we made
    And the dreams that we had
    I'm in a world that tries to take 'em away
    Oh, but I'm taking them back"

    So here is the subject drowning in life, thinking about what was to be, what he had planned on, and the power of what he had hoped and dreamed for brings up a strength to fight through.

    "'Cause all this time I've just been to blind to understand
    What should matter to me
    My friend, this life we live
    Is not what we have, it's what we believe"

    The strength is welling-up because instead of worrying about what is past (or lost) like he was when the currents started pulling him down, he's looking forward to what could be, fighting for what he believes will be.

    The chorus is determination. No matter what he wants to keep his head above water, but the versus are him searching within for what will give him the strength to rise above. That's what the refrain adds the lines "There's a will in me, now it's gonna show" because after the second verse he found what will help.

    This could be the end, Of himself and all he's known. But why let it end there when there could have been more than he had ever dreamed?


    Overall I think it's about growth and change. Life has a way of getting cloudy and then the bottom falls out and flash floods, washing us and all we know away. Its hard to fight for whats gone, because your sad it's gone and want to give way to the sadness and drown with it. But with the cleansing of the old comes the new, and maybe it's greener than what was. Letting go and moving forward is all you can do to stay alive.

    Nom Nom Nom



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    serenahil
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    Jan 6th, 2010 1:02pm report


    Looking back at the beginning of this
    And how life was
    Just you and me and love and all of our friends
    Living life like an ocean
    Now the currents slowly pulling me down
    It’s getting harder to breath
    It won’t be too long and I’ll be going under
    Can you save me from this
    It’s not my time,
    I’m not going
    There’s a fear in me
    It’s not showing
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    Oh, I won’t go
    I look ahead to all the plans that we made
    And the dreams that we had
    I’m in a world that tries to take them away
    Oh, but I’m taking them back
    All this time I’ve just been to blind to understand
    What should matter to me
    My friend, this life we live
    Is not what we have, it’s what we believe
    It’s not my time
    I’m not going
    There’s a fear in me
    It’s not showing
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    Oh, It’s not my time
    I’m not going
    There’s a fear in me
    Now I know that
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    Oh, I won’t go
    I won’t go
    It might be more than you believe
    It might be something you can’t see
    It’s not my time
    I’m not going
    There’s a fear in me
    It’s not showing
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    It’s not my time
    I’m not going
    There’s a will in me
    Now it’s gonna show
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    I won’t go
    There might be more than you believe
    There might be more than you can see
    It’s not my time
    I’m not going
    There’s a fear in me
    It’s not showing
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    It’s not my time
    I’m not going
    There’s a will in me
    Now I know it
    This could be the end of me
    And everything I know
    I won’t go


    Looking back at the beginning of this
    And how life was

    He is looking at the past

    Just you and me and love and all of our friends
    In that period, he just thought about his girl and their friend, so the one thing he thought about was love and have fun
    Living life like an ocean
    In that period, he lived what the life wanted to give him, so he accepted and lived all the things as they arrived
    Now the currents slowly pulling me down
    Now all the memories are pulling him down
    It’s getting harder to breath
    In this moment it's hard to live for him, because of all the things he misses
    It won’t be too long and I’ll be going under
    It won't be long and he will fall, maybe in depression
    Can you save me from this
    He asks to her last girlfriend if she can save him from all this pain
    It’s not my time,
    It isn't his time to leave his life
    I’m not going
    He's not going away from his life
    There’s a fear in me
    It’s not showing
    This could be the end of me
    He is not showing he suffer so much, he just suffer inside and wear a mask
    And everything I know
    Oh, I won’t go
    He doesn't wanna go and he will be strong enough to go on
    I look ahead to all the plans that we made
    And the dreams that we had
    He always think about all the plans they had, all the things they did together
    I’m in a world that tries to take them away
    Oh, but I’m taking them back
    In our world, people tend to let us down, to take away our dreams and all the hopes we have, but he is strong and doesn't believe on them, just trust on himself and fight to realize his dreams
    All this time I’ve just been to blind to understand
    What should matter to me
    When he had all the things, he didn't realize how much important they were, but now he doesn't have all that things anymore he realizes they were really important to him
    My friend, this life we live
    Is not what we have, it’s what we believe
    Sometimes we create our life on what we want, we believe, but in reality we don't understand what we really have
    It might be more than you believe
    What you have might be more than you think
    It might be something you can’t see
    The same of before, you don't know what you have, you can't understand how the things you have are important




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