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Song Released: 2003

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I'm not a perfect person
There's many things I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I've found a reason for me
To change who I used...


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    Feb 13th, 2008 2:07am report

    One of my friends sent me this song. When I met him, he had a problem with depression. I didn't know it, though I could feel it. Through that time he hurt me a lot and it took a while for me to forgive him. I saved him from committing suicide even though I didn't know it. We were just friends. "Everyday," he said, "you gave me a reason to live and a reason to change." That is my interpretation.


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    Sep 29th, 2005 9:14pm report

    This song is a melancholy mix of regret and rebirth.

    The lyrics demonstrate how people are often selfish during the course of a relationship only to have the relationship end as a result of their behavior. The lyrics stop short of revealing the extent of the hurtful behavior, but hint that the behavior merited an end of the relationship.

    The good that can come from the dissolution of a relationship have been the fodder of many artistic works. A painful ending of a cherished relationship (albeit cherished in retrospect) can often become the catalyst of change for a person. We see that our selfish behavior has driven one we love away, thus we are motivated to change.

    The question is whether or not we change for change sake, i.e., to do the right thing for ourselves; in other words to become better people because it serves a high order spiritual end. Or, do we change to gain the favor of the ones we have lost. In either case are we not still the selfish children we seeks to change? Sometimes people leave us. Sometimes they leave us for reasons that can be traced to our behavior. Sometimes they leave for their own selfish reasons. But for whatever reason, it is their choice to stay or go. If we are truly loving and unselfish, we can let them go with a loving heart and open arms.


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    Oct 3rd, 2018 10:28am report

    The Reason song, it's too clear too. Wishing you guys get back together soon. You are blessed to have a girlfriend who is willing to give you a second chance. That's awesome, you are willing to compromise with her.


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    Oct 2nd, 2018 10:27pm report

    Recently, me and my girlfriend decided to take a break, because I wasn't holding up on my end of the 'give and take' in our relation. She was really stressed, and I made a promise to better myself for her, so we could try again. I heard this song on Spotify while I was talking to her, and it hit me like a freight train once I realized what I was hearing. She is 'The Reason' in my life. She's why I'm trying to be better. And here's to hoping I manage to fix myself, for her sake.


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    Sep 22nd, 2018 9:28am report

    This song is about a awakening of the heart. It's a relationship rediscovered where one has unknowingly left a lasting pain in the person they once loved only to realize much later they truly love the person and want to be with them again forever.


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    Aug 8th, 2018 8:13am report

    This song is personally dedicated to the front man’s band dad. Telling him he is sorry for the the things he did in the past.


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    Jul 30th, 2017 7:53am report

    Its about Jesus


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    Sep 2nd, 2016 9:02am report

    I think these song is about either women or man telling the other "they are not a perfect person". That this person wants to turn around things that could matter, but maybe is to live, move forward or die and come back as someone else. "And so I have to say before I go". " A reason to start over new" "Found a reason to show a side of me you didn't know". "Sorry that I hurt you, it's something I must live with every day" All the pain I put you threw, I wish I could take it all away" And take away all your tears" Thats why I need you hear"
    This is a person in pain, wants to take things back or have the other do the same,either starting life over, or trying to step away, not look back, to say goodbye. A person very depressed, thinking about what to do because of another's mistakes or there own.


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    Oct 23rd, 2015 10:58pm report

    The Reason.
    I've heard a ton of buzz about the meaning of the song having absolutely nothing to do with the video. In the video they pull off some sort of heist..the song however is actually about things like depression, adhd, bipolar, and other disorders damage they cause in relationships sadly aren't discovered until it's too late.


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    Feb 23rd, 2014 2:25am report

    The words resemble a plea for forgiveness and offer to mend the bridge that needs repair for all offenses we've made. I see them as a prayer and dialogue with Jesus. They inspire me to have faith and remind how hurtful we can be as humans.


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    Feb 6th, 2014 2:59pm report

    In my opinion this song tries to transmit the powerful that love could give us, helping us fighting, continue and live. A person could be all, the main reason why we want to live. Unfortunately humans are selfish and, unconsciosly, we hurt each other although it doesn't mean that we may no love this person.


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    Jan 30th, 2014 1:47pm report

    okay, but have any of you people seen the music video?? it's not exactly a love story.. please take it into consideration as well!


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    Dec 28th, 2013 12:55am report

    To me this song represents a guy wishing that he did things differently with the girl he loves, and because of that, he's apologizing with the hope that one day everything could go back to the way it was before.


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    Nov 4th, 2013 11:24pm report

    I believe its about a girl or a guy that has depression but has trust issues to trust someone else even though that person is the right one.


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    Sep 18th, 2013 9:31pm report

    love this song for many reasons but most of all because it truly hits home for me but it was a little to late for me to save the relationship but the relationship did change me for the better and he is the "reason" I am a better person today


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    Jun 4th, 2013 6:58pm report

    To me this song represents children and their hurtful teenage ways until one day they wake up and realize how much they hurt their parents. They realize this as they embark on their own and recognize they are human and can be a person. Maybe not perfect but not alien like either.


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    May 20th, 2013 5:54pm report

    I have heard this song a million times, but only listened the lyrics yesterday. My husband walked out on me a year ago for another women. He lied about having the affair and that he didn't like the person he was anymore and he had changed. I feel like if he had the balls to say how he felt and what went wrong it would be the lyrics to this song

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