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Song Released: 2012

Amsterdam Lyrics

I'm sorry, mother... I'm sorry, I let you down
Well, these days I'm fine - No these days I tend to lie
I'll take the West train, just by the side of Amsterdam
Just by my left brain, just by the side of the Tin man

I'm sorry, brother... I'm...


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    May 15th, 2014 5:11pm report

    I'm pretty sure the song's about a guy who literally let his family "down". How did he do that? I'm not sure. He also let his "lover" down during the process. He tries to reassure them all that "these days he is fine"

    but "these days he tends to lie"

    literally meaning, he trying so hard to get by but lies to his loved ones that he is doing alright.

    But then there's that positive turn to the song. When he sings "your time will come" he is telling us that yeah the world can be miserable as shit but our "time will come" meaning our glory days, that the best is yet to come and we shouldn't put ourselves down too much and that the next day always has more to offer.

    "The rain won't fall for the both of us. The sun won't shine on the both of us" meaning it's not always going to be happy, but it's not always going to be sad either.

    "It's harder, believe me, I've tried"

    Simply, some personal experience.


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    Aug 18th, 8:54pm report

    I was born in Haarlem in The Netherlands, 1 train ride away from Amsterdam—in fact, Haarlem - Amsterdam was the nation's first train track. There is a small village in between Haarlem and Amsterdam, named Spaarndam, home of the statue of the boy that saved a village from the water in a dark storm, called Hansje Brinker. I am pretty certain this is what the writer of the song has seen.


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    May 12th, 2014 5:16pm report

    I think that the author is talking about homossexuality, and how difficult is when he disappointed his family, his own woman lover.

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    Mar 13th, 2014 3:12pm report

    I think its about saying sorry to the ones you love that you let down "Im sorry mother,Im sorry I let you down" Im sorry brother Im sorry I let you down" Pretending to be fine but you know your not so youll leave not wanting to let anyone down anymore. Then the ones you love following your path path of hurt and dissappointment leting that person know that their time will come to be worth to that they have to wait that you know now it hurts and waiting is hard but in the end it will all be ok


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    Dec 31st, 2013 12:35am report

    I think something so scarring happened, the people in the song blocked out their emotions. They'd felt enough pain and think that having no emotions is better than getting hurt. The man finally realized that he was at the point of no return and warned those around him to turn back and let the happiness back into their lives.


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    Oct 27th, 2013 10:29pm report

    He disappointed his family and is trying to do better.


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    Oct 3rd, 2013 10:22am report

    A young man dying from a serious illness, he goes to be alone he knows it is a bit heartless but what he believes to be logical heart/right thing to do/his own type of love, or a fuller life, because he knows so well what sadness can do someone.. he keeps it from his mother he loves so much. His brother seems to be okay with his sudden changes in decisions, behaviour, but he knows something is wrong, and he will have to use his own logical interpretation no matter how heartless keeping it from him will seem. He has a lover, as he wants nothing less than to live a longer life, but he comes up short of that, it isn't any longer in his hands.. the walls are crashing down, and his lover says the words better than he can, he is all alone now, almost as though she knew his secret. He says wait for death no matter how hard it may be to keep death waiting. Live as much as you can, because he can no longer wait/live, the walls are crashing down. But as long as the rain and and sunshine can no longer be felt together.. he is glad that he was able to say and make you understand his choices.. just by amsterdam, sitting next to heartless men, he expresses/feels love with his choices.. It is a sad thing, I read a message posted on the web about a boy who has found out that his older brother is dying but it was kept from him, he just happened to overhear a conversation, and is angry and sad. He received a reply to not be angry at his brother as he is dying and that it is painful thing to die young, a sorry thing it is..

    could be better written/phrased.. but I prefer it a mess.. there is no right choices in death, especially when knowing and understanding one another completely is nearly impossible?


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    Aug 13th, 2013 8:16pm report

    I actually think it means about someone self harming and you shouldn't do it because it says "your time will come if you wait for it" and me thinking that means when you die. Then it says "it's hard believe me I've tried" maybe they tried self harming and they realized that it wasnt the right thing to do & you just have to live life.


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    Jun 24th, 2013 6:57pm report

    I believe that this song is about looking back at what you've done and realising that you screwed up. This causes you to apologise, but it's already too late. You've let the other person down, and you can't take it back. You then tell the other person that you know what they're going through, except that they'll get through it and you won't because you "keep coming up short". In total, though, it's a sad song


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    Mar 18th, 2013 3:20am report

    For me...I think it is about how you feel that you are and never will be good enough for those around you. How you feel that you can only bring them down along with you. If you leave It might get better, and you have hopes that you will become better. "Your time will come, If you wait for it" but It's not so easy "believe me, I tried".


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    Mar 6th, 2013 3:10pm report

    I think it has to do with love. "Just by my left brain, just by the side of the Tin man" This relates to mind and heart like the wizard of oz. The lion wanted a brain. The tin man wanted a heart. "your time will come" pretty straight forward, looking for love and all the feelings involved in it, losing love at different points in time, not being good enough "coming up short", the first line about letting his mother down, I think they just has to do with all moms dream of their kid amounting to something and falling in love with a girl that the mother likes too. Amsterdam is know for a crazy good time, so he goes back in forth between acting out and taking a load off (doing drugs) from all his stresses about amounting to something


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    Jan 19th, 2013 1:41pm report

    The song is about a man who had lied to his family & friends about something serious

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