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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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    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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    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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    Feb 12th, 2014 2:47pm report

    I believe this is about a friendship that wants to become more. The duet signifies that it could be either person in the relationship, just wishing the other would speak up about their feelings. One is desperately in love with the other (let's say it's the guy), but has no idea how she feels about him, so he might act weird around her. Perhaps he's given subtle hints that she hasn't picked up on but he wants her to speak up, because he can't take being in love with her if she doesn't have the same feelings. And if she doesn't, he won't be able to watch her date other guys, and maybe fall in love with someone else, so he has to separate himself from her. So if she doesn't say something, he has to give up on her because it will break his heart.
    I hope that made sense - it did in my head when I thought of it...


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    Oct 22nd, 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, 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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    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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    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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    Jul 31st, 2014 7:49pm report

    Its obvious he's letting go of god


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    Jul 25th, 2014 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.


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    Jul 23rd, 2014 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.


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    Jul 8th, 2014 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.


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    Jun 18th, 2014 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.


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    Jun 4th, 2014 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!


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    May 23rd, 2014 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.


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    May 6th, 2014 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.


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    Apr 30th, 2014 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.


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    Apr 19th, 2014 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.

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