Christina Perri: Human Meaning
Song Released: 2013
I can hold my breath
I can bite my tongue
I can stay awake for days
If that's what you want
Be your number one
I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that's what you ask
Give you all I am
anonymous Apr 26th, 2014 4:27pm report
This is a song about an emotionally abusive relationship. She wants to give her partner everything, do anything they ask, be anything they need (which let's be real is pretty unhealthy, codependent behavior). The person she is singing to takes full advantage of this, pushing her away (hence the lyrics "I can stay away for days/If that's what you want") and then pulling her close again, making more relationship demands ("I can dance and play the part/If that's what you ask"). She needs to "hold the weight of worlds," being responsible for all of her partner's needs, while never criticizing her partner ("I can hold my breath/I can bite my tongue"). The lyrics "Your words in my head, knives in my heart/You build me up and then I fall apart" is about how her partner tells her she is wonderful and perfect but then in the next minute/hour/day blames her for everything going wrong, putting metaphorical knives into her heart. If you've been in a relationship like this you know how the ugly words can echo in your head for days.
As the song goes on, the refrain changes from just "I can do it" to "I can do it/I'll get through it" until finally she sings: "I can take so much/'Til I've had enough." She cannot really make everything perfect by giving all the time while her partner pushes her away, pulls her close, makes demands, verbally abuses her and then blames her for everything. She is only human. This relationship is hurting her and she can't take it anymore.
If breakup mix CDs were a thing this would be on mine.
anonymous Apr 27th, 4:10pm report
It depends on the way you look at it. To me, it seems that she is trying to be someone she isn’t, and can’t keep it up. It’s like a mask. You can have it on for so long before you have to take it off. I see it as a way I feel. It sounds like a girl that is too hopeful to realize she is being used, like in the term way like a teen/child relationship. You can be having high hopes, but it can come crashing down last minute too. It’s sad, but can be the truth. It can also be like a relationship between friends too. You can only be lied to for so long before, as she puts it, “I can take so much ‘Till I’ve had enough and I bleed when I fall down” and “your words in my head knives in my heart” it sounds like it can be both a relationship of love, or like being quote unquote “backstabbed” by your friend’s you trust with anything, like a deep dark secret that they would be the only ones to know. (Coming from my experiences too. And my 13 years have been harsh with these things as well.)
anonymous Dec 27th, 12:14am report
Christiana is trying to tell us we are all only human, we can take so much until we brake down. She also tells us humans have feelings, can get hurt, and can take so much.
anonymous Jun 17th, 2017 6:02pm report
I think this song is a call for help, that she is trying to make something work, but it is becoming more and more difficult to cope.
anonymous Mar 26th, 2017 3:34am report
you are trying to give your all and it just isn't enough for the other person to see. To others you act strong and brave but inside things have happened to you that will forever change your mindset. I think this song is was written to tell us that message that not everyone is perfect and she like many other push their feelings inside and act as if you're okay but really you are struggling inside. All of us are human and can only be pushed around so much until we break.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2015 12:13pm report
This song is saying that no one was meant to be perfect, and you shouldn't judge them for being who they are. Everyone can fake a feeling or mood, but they are hiding their feelings on the inside.
FanGirl2019 Feb 5th, 2015 2:17pm report
The first time I heard this song I thought it was talking about how since she's a celebrity and all these people are judging her, she's telling them that she's only human and that she can only take so much of them judging her.
The I interpreted it in a different way...
I interpret this song as her giving everything she has to the one person she loves in the whole world, and she would do absolutely anything for her lover. Since she's willing to do anything for him, he takes advantage of that and makes her happy and then just destroys her, just because he can. This song is then telling him that she's only human, and she can only take so much.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2014 11:57am report
This song is one of passion and heartbreak. Though he pushes her too hard, she still wants to be perfect for him. He is her everything, but she is nothing and expendable to him. the human mind interprets things they may not be real in reality as love, though it always leads to sorrow. Without love, the world means nothing, so the brain creates an unrealistic outlet to fill the void.(PS, I am a 13 year old!)
anonymous Oct 4th, 2014 10:13pm report
She basically is going through an abusive relationship and is singing this to her boyfriend saying that she will do things for him,whatever he wants,but she is only human,and she has feelings,and she can get hurt.
anonymous Feb 5th, 2014 2:46pm report
"I can stay awake for days if that's what you want, be your number one". "If that's what you ask give you all I am". These lines tell her feelings for the other person. There is no doubt of her feelings. He has her heart.
"But I'm only human I bleed when I fall down" "your words in my head, knives in my heart. You build me up then I fall apart". These lines explain that he may not feel the same way she does. He may tell her things that build her up and make her feel hopeful. Then he does or says something causing her to doubt how he feels or if he feels at all.
To me it's a heartbreaking song of how she loves someone and he just doesn't really love her back he's not serious. She finally realizes this.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2014 1:23am report
I think that Christina is saying that she loves her man with all her heart, but he asks so much of her and treats her so bad that she's telling him she's only human and can't handle it anymore.
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