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 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous Feb 23rd, 2:55am report
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anonymous Nov 27th, 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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...
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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!:( :(
anonymous 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.
anonymous Jul 31st, 2014 7:49pm report
Its obvious he's letting go of god
anonymous 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.
annecaroline.moraisalves 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.
anonymous 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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