Breaking Benjamin: Forget It Meaning
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Forget It Lyrics
Nevermind, I'll let it happen to you
Out of mind, forget it there's nothing to lose
But my mind and all the things I wanted
Everytime I get it I throw it away
It's a sign, I get it, I wanna stay
Like those who have given their thoughts about this particularly mysterious song, I'll take a shot as well- the lyrics are very appealing!
The theme has to do with bitterness and hurting, but they don't derive from hatred, but just from agony and the feeling of betrayal/hurt. Hence, the mellow tone of the song and singing.
The perspective of the song is obviously from a man who has just been done hurt to in love, and he is more than happy to hurt the wrongdoer back. "Forget it" hints that there is a side to him that wants him to just cool down, then "there's nothing to lose..." tells you he has nothing left after what has just happened except "my mind and all the things I wanted".
He gets these feelings that he should move on, but he discards them (and he admits: "it's a sign, I get it, I wanna stay")
- I'm not sure what he means by "By the time I lose it, I'm not afraid, I'm alive but I can surely fake it", but maybe he means that by the time he loses his 'mind and all the things he wanted' he will still be alive, but he can "surely fake" that he is not hurt in any way (trying to appear tough, in other words).
He doesn't want to believe the other side of his mind telling him to "forget it", hence the phrase keeps repeating rather softly in the background. The singer refers to the ex-partner as the "part of [him] that [he doesn't] wanna see"
... Forget it ... maybe these are just whispers of the other side of his mind? And he doesn't want to listen to it!
- The second verse is more confusing, and I'll take a stab at its possible meaning. - This guy has this unforgettable memory that wallows, and he imagines what could become of the situation or come out of it, either good or bad. The second half of the verse, in my opinion, might refer to how he is redoubting all the things she said (refer to "breath") and every single answer she gave to his questions (hence, "ever answer counted") Again, he is not overly mad or upset, but more importantly, his feelings have been cheated and are hurt!
"Just fade away" > Is he fighting to keep this grudge?
"Please let me stay" > He wants to wallow in this feeling
"Caught in your way" > The other side of his mind just won't leave him alone, can it!
"I can live forever here" > He's expressing his immediate feelings of how he feels a sense of belonging in the wallowing of his pain and bitterness.
- Well, that's about it. Again, I want to stress that this song has to do with betrayal, pain, and bitterness, but not anger, hatred, or violence. Also, each person's vast experiences in life can shape and mold his or her perception/viewpoints, so just so you know! Thanks -
anonymous Dec 10th, 12:40pm report
I’ve always understood the song to be about a crush and being too shy, scared, or just unable to confess you’re feelings for that person. Maybe that’s because I was in that situation when I first heard it and it spoke to me at the time.
“It’s a crime you let it happen to me, never mind, I let it happen to you”—you’ve made me fall in love with you and now you have all the power.
“I don’t mind, forget it there’s nothing to lose, but my mind and all the things I wanted”—There’s nothing to lose if I don’t say anything but I’ll go crazy thinking about it.
“Every time I get it I throw it away”—When I finally know what to say, I lose the courage to say it.
“By the time I lose it I’m not afraid”—I’m not afraid to confess my feelings now, but I was too late.
“There’s a place I see you following me, just a taste of all that might come to be”—I’m always running into you, sometimes spending time with you, what if this could lead to so much more.
“Just fade away, please let me stay caught in your way”—I don’t want to keep thinking about you, but I can’t stop, so I want to be around you.
“It's a crime you let it happen to me
I don’t mind, I love it, easy to please
Never mind, forget it, just memories
On a page inside a spiral notebook”—I can’t stop thinking about you and love it, but in the end you may only be a memory.
“How can I believe when this cloud hangs over me, You're a part of me that I don't wanna see. I can live forever here”—I love you, I don’t know how to say it, so I don’t want you in my mind anymore, but I could live forever in these blissful thought of you.
Some of these interpretations are probably reaching a bit, but like I said, this is how I understood the song based on the circumstances in which I first heard it.
anonymous Sep 21st, 9:15pm report
The way I interpret this song is his dependency with alcohol. In this song I feel like he talks about him self as me and his alcohol as you.
anonymous Sep 27th, 2017 9:11pm report
I think it's about loving a girl. Heart vs Mind thing. He says forget it several times like he's saying never mind, forget about what I want and how much I love you. Just forget it.
anonymous Oct 3rd, 2012 10:49pm report
I think he might possibly be in denial and just wanting to forget what hurt him ever happened. He creates a sort of "fantasy" for himself that is, in his eyes, better and is living in that other world where nothing is wrong. "I can live forever here"...
anonymous Sep 6th, 2011 9:37am report
Haha I like Cyborgs interpretation! Very deep and thought out. And yeah as far as the whole being in a movie part goes, it wasn't written FOR any particular movie, but it was INSPIRED by the 2004 film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", which is about a couple who has their memories of one another erased because it was all just getting too hurtful and pain-filled. We only see the process of his memory leaving, where, when he sees all of the happy moments they had together, he realises that he really doesn't want to let those go so he fights throughout it and tries his hardest to keep her there (or they do together, in his mind, as it is shown). Just throwing that tiny and probably poorly explained synopsis of the movie out there for those who don't know : )
anonymous Jul 7th, 2011 7:43pm report
its about him Fighting His own MIND. since he doesnt want to give up on something even when that HURTS HIM ALOT.
and his mind keeps saying.. FORGET IT FORGET IT...
and he replys "HOw can I believe ? when this CLoud hangs over me ? Ure the part of me that i dont wanna see.
anonymous May 7th, 2007 5:23am report
I thought it was written before that movie. Forget It was in American Pie, Bandcamp, when Matt Stifler is deleting the footage off his computer because he feels guilty he betrayed his crush, Elyse Houston. I think this song is about a person who has been betrayed and is over it but will never forgive or make up with his/her lover/friend/other. (the person who stabbed them in the back).
anonymous Jan 9th, 2007 1:12pm report
The song "Forget it" is based on the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood. The lyrics are confusing, and I have yet to completely understand, but it is about a relationship that has ended, and the two people want to completely forget that they ever knew each other.
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