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A Great Big World: Say Something Meaning

Song Released: 2013

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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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    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.


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    Sep 16th, 2014 9:09pm report

    In my opinion when I first heard this song I thought it was about suicide. The girl commuted suicide and the guy singing found her and is crying to her to say something to him because obviously he doesn't want her to be dead. And he's saying I will stumble and fall because he thinks it his fault that it happened. I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you means he's sorry he didn't find her before she killed herself. I'm feeling so small means he feels like he's nothing without her. And when he says your the one that I love and I'm saying goodbye means he loves her and he finally excepting that she's gone


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    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.


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    May 23rd, 5:09pm report

    Breaking up IS hard to do. Commiserate here with our list of songs about break ups and relationship failures. The thing that distinguishes humans from the lesser beasts is our powers of reason, or at least the illusion that we have that. So it comes as no surprise that one of our most primal fears is losing that advantage, especially since it can happen without our realizing it. And then there's all the many different ways your brain can break, too. Everything from paranoia to schizophrenia is covered here.


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    Feb 16th, 2019 2:35pm report

    It may be about a guy who's trying to make it to the hospital where one of his love ones is dying, and he hopes he's not late.


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    Feb 16th, 2019 2:32pm report

    This may be an unpopular opinon, but hear me out, I think the song is about a guy who finds out one of his friends likes him, but he doesn't feel the same way. However, he's willing to date her anyway, because he knows she has a hard life.


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    Apr 7th, 2018 4:49pm report

    Everytime I here this song I think of my Bestfriend. We've been friends for over a decade, that's how it started. As time went on and we got closer making new memories, traditional, and just communicating as friends do I realized she was exactly the kind of woman I wanted. She'd been there through my relationships and I'd been there through her's. Years went by and I never told her that id developed feelings for her. I didn't want to ruin what we did have, which was amazing, for what "might" be, but I always held hope that she'd see me and us in a different light. I want to give up but I Love her and our Bestfriendship too much. I recently told her this year, 2018, and she was in legit honest disbelief. We haven't talked since then, a few days.

    EsJay30on April 06, 2018 songmeanings
    (Hope you guys talk soon! You are one lucky guy to have a female friend who stayed with you for over a decade)


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    Feb 23rd, 2017 2:55am report

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    Nov 27th, 2016 11:13pm report

    As any song is, the meaning can change with who listens to it. That being said, I think this is someone losing hope about a friend/lover/family member surviving an illness, like Cancer.
    The illness could be so sever that the person is in a coma, hanging to life by a tread. The friend is hoping the person is going to survive but it seems to be unlikely. "Say something, I'm giving up on you" Is the lyric that hit me hard, I think it's the person begging for hope, so they can stay by the persons side hope they'll live, but the hope is fading away.


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    Sep 5th, 2016 9:56pm report

    For me this song is about addiction and loss as well. In 2008 my boyfriend was involved with some people i didn't like and became addicted to heroin. One night i called him and he could barely speak and was saying strange things like 'I'm walking home now' (But i heard the tv in the background) then he said he was laying in a corner and he was cold. I immediately knew something was wrong. He struggled with other drugs previously but i didn't know he got into heroin. I begged him to stay with me so i could figure out where he was at and get him to the hospital. The junkies he was with refused to give their address because they were more worried about the repercussions on themselves. I told them i don't care who they are or where they live and that i would pick him up anywhere they could leave him. They hung up..He died minutes later. So the line "I'm sorry that i couldn't get to you" really breaks my heart in pieces.


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    Jul 21st, 2016 7:47pm report

    I think that this song has many interpretations and is meant to have a different meaning for each person. In my opinion it is about loss and not being able to be there for/help someone you love. The year this was released, my nan,grandad and dog died. They all had cancer. However, as the years have developed it has turned into not being able to help my brother who suffers depression. The lyrics "say something, I'm giving up on you" , "I am feeling so small" and "I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you" seriously relate to how I feel. Its so hard to talk to him, he doesn't listen and it makes me feel so helpless. He self harms and I can't stop it, it tears me apart to see him like this, but he just wont talk to anyone.


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    Apr 1st, 2016 4:52pm report

    This song reminds me my dear little sister. We are twins but parted at 4 (I'm 17 now) and never met each other again. She was adopted by an English family. Throughout all these years, I always eager to listen to her sweet voice, my dear little sister, please say something... have you missed me? Throughout these years, I always stare at the very photos of us both and imagine that on the other side of the earth, there is a face exactly alike mine.
    One of my favorite lines of this song are 'Anywhere I would have followed you' and 'I'm feeling so small'. Yes, back then we were so young, so small and innocent, couldn't fight the world at all; and when it all come clear, you already had gone...


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    Apr 1st, 2016 4:50pm report

    I believe that this song represents a loss of a loved one. Once I heard this song it had me thinking about the loss of my relative. The lyrics,"You're the one that I love and now i'm saying goodbye", I thought that the song meant I love you but i know that you are dying and its time to say goodbye. I also think that when it says I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you, the song means that a relative, husband, or someone close to this person dying, might not have had the chance to say goodbye. I also think that when it says," Say Something", it means that a loved one of this dying person wants the person dying to come back so they can at least have one chance to say goodbye.


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    Jan 11th, 2016 1:40pm report

    This song is about someone that broke your heart & you must let them go. Things were always rough but they both did their best until someone did the unthinkable & left them alone, cheated, didn't care, then came rushing back. It's about letting the person you love the most destroying you & you must give up on them & come to the realization that nothing can be salvaged. I will always love you Marie


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    Oct 22nd, 2014 10:57pm report

    This is sung from the perspective of a person who has been and still is deeply in love with someone. Although this person still desperately hopes that the relationship can work they are beginning to understand that it cannot and subsequently expresses their grief, sorrow and guilt for their failure to keep the relationship alive.


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    Oct 21st, 2014 10:51pm report

    This song reminds me of my cousin. As I was looking up at the sky I remembered seeing her in the hospital & I was holding her hand asking her to say something... Then I stRted to give up but I really didn't want to. I never got the chance to tell he that I love her.. I felt horrible and im still really over whelmed so this song spoke to me.. But I also think it's about a relationship where the guy (or the girl) feel like they are the only ones putting fourth their effort to keep the relationship rolling and they are in love but the girl (or guy) is putting them aside or just not talking or sharing their emotions so they feel like they shouldn't try anymore and to give up because the other person isn't willing to try to hold the relationship down. So he (she) is letting go.


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    Sep 18th, 2014 9:18am report

    It was the beginning of the end. You know that I've tried my best to save our relationship. I will always love you Julian, even in my silence. You are the one for me && I will wait for you.
    Happy Birthday Juls!:( :(


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    Aug 23rd, 2014 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.

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