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Song Released: 2007


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  1. 1TOP RATED

    anonymous
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    Apr 12th, 2009 4:57am report


    I'm holding on your rope,
    Got me ten feet off the ground

    I think this means something like, the first person (the singer) clinging on to the second (the person this song is intended to) person/first-second person's relationship but it greatly harmed the first person(singer) and brought him fear. (Ten feet off the ground, like I will get scared too.)

    I'm hearing what you say but I just can't make a sound

    The 1st person just doesn't understand what the 2nd person is trying to talk about. In short, there is no mutual understanding in the relationship, and the 1st person is complaining

    You tell me that you need me
    Then you go and cut me down, but wait

    The 2nd person thinks she is the more dominant (stronger) person in this relationship, so she played around with the 1st person's feeling, confusing him. The two lines are contrasting statements, so the 1st person is confused.

    You tell me that you're sorry
    Didn't think I'd turn around, and say...
    It's too late to apologize, it's too late
    I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late

    The 2nd person then apologizes and the 1st person is fed up. However, the 2nd person didn't expect that (Didn't think I'd turn around, and say...) . 'It's too late to apologize' means the 1st person is fed up with apologies but no action. It is also the whole song's meaning.

    I'd take another chance, take a fall
    Take a shot for you

    Taking another chance implies to giving the 2nd person a chance to prove she is sincere for her countless apologies. Taking a fall and taking a shot might mean the 1st person sacrificing himself for the 2nd person. However, it seems she doesn't appreciate his help

    And I need you like a heart needs a beat
    But it's nothing new

    It means the 2nd person is very important to the 1st person, based on the metaphor 'like a heart needs a beat' or else it (the relationship) will perish. 'Nothing new' might mean the sufferings the 2nd person gives to the 1st person is not for the first time.

    I loved you with a fire red-
    Now it's turning blue, and you say...

    A fire red might mean with strong passion, as fire usually means warmth and passion and red signifies love and boldness. In short, it is a positive feeling from the 1st person to the 2nd person.
    However, the phrase turning blue is something that contrasts with the first line. So, warmth becomes coldness, passion turns into passionless, love becomes hatred and boldness turns into fear. Their feelings toward each other turns into a negative one.

    "Sorry" like the angel heaven let me think was you

    There is a repetition of sorry or apologies in the whole song. Angels are believed to be a holy symbol, something that brings salvation and all the positive things like love, courage and strength. The phrase 'heaven let me think was you' might imply to the fact the 1st person believed the 2nd person is his soulmate or symbolism of his life.

    But I'm afraid...
    It's too late to apologize, it's too late
    I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late
    It's too late to apologize, it's too late
    I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late
    It's too late to apologize, yeah
    I said it's too late to apologize, yeah-
    I'm holding on your rope, got me ten feet off the ground...

    There is a lot of repetition in this last stanza. The main idea is the 1st person is fed up of the 2nd person's excuses. The repetition shows how strong the hatred is. The last line is identical to the first line, signifying a repetition.

    In short, this is a dark, breakup song that means the 1st person (the singer) is tired of tolerating the 2nd person's (the person this song is intended to) apology.



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    jennifersaavedra
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    May 21st, 2012 5:00am report


    The person your in love with is filling you up with wonderful words and promises and makes you feel like your so far off the ground with them, and its to amazing to speak in case of ruining the moment. They always say they need you and love you but turn around and hurt you, lie to you and cheat. Always apologizing. But after a while you get tired of it, tired of hurting. Even though you think your heart can't beat without this person it is time to let go. You have to say goodbye, you can't go throught one more lie. You gave them enough chances you took lie after lie and forgave them, they used the fact that you love to a point where they know whatever they do you will forgive them. But even when you finally say goodbye and are done with it, there is a part of you still holding on to what you had with that person. Your heart still belongs to them.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 30th, 2010 6:21pm report


    In my opinion, this song is about suicide.
    When it says 'I'm holding on your rope, got me ten feet off the ground' I picture someone hanging.
    'You tell me that you need me, then you go and cut me down, but wait' to me means that the second person has found the person and tries to rescue them by cutting them down, telling them how much they 'love and need' them.
    I think the line about 'I'd take another chance, take a fall, take a shot for you.' means the first person has suffered too many hardships in this relationship and can't handle it anymore, thus the reason why they take their own life.
    'I loved you with a fire red, now it's turning blue' could mean that in the beginning, everything was fine and normal, but things got more intense and complicated, as a blue fire is hotter then a red one.
    'It's too late to apologize' means just that. It's too late for apologies when the person you're apologizing to is dead.

    Just my interpretation of it. :)



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    anonymous
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    Oct 14th, 10:17pm report


    I believe that when a person sings with another person and finds out she is married but he is in love with her, he can't bare the pain in his heart being hurt and saving his heart from being hurt. She apologizes knowing that they both have feelings towards each other. From there he doesn't want to talk to her and he has nothing to say he won't pick up the phone he just says goodbye I can't talk to you no more I'm not a homewrecker. That's where the rope comes in being 10 ft off the ground because he's holding on to something that he cannot have and once or so bad and there's nothing he can do. When a person tells you that they should be holding your hand instead of feet other person for example it should be me holding your hand and you have a man that's very lucky man he's holding on to somebody he cannot have and she keeps apologizing to him over and over and over she tries calling and he won't answer and it just repeats over so as he separates further away from her the better off his heart will be saved from being broken and look for somebody new. I may misinterpret it but that's my thought.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 21st, 9:11am report


    All the people saying the first person the second person it’s bullshit are you guys LGBT? Why not saying the boy & the girl.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 2nd, 8:22pm report


    I am 12 and I still like the song so anyone who is thinking of taking there own life (cause that's what i got from the song) dont.
    your life is full of people who love and care for you. so stay strong and be safe.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 7:27pm report


    My interpretation is that this person A has been in a relationship with the other person B for a long time. The rope represents their connection. Overtime, the relationship became very one sided that person B has pulled on this rope by lying, cheating, taken advantage, hurting person A to where person A now realizes he is hanging on to this relationship for dear life, but it only hurts him to keep holding on but also it is also scary to let go. Hanging on would me more gradual suffering overtime, but letting go would be great suffering all at once be it will eventually be over with more quickly. So, basically this song is all about a toxic relationship and the other person at the point where they realize it would do more harm to keep holding on than to let go. That the relationship has become to toxic to keep the connection. They let them keep apologizing and coming back and hurting him again and again but enough is enough. The fire red turning blue represents how the relationship in the beginning was amazing and couldn’t hurt anyone, but now with the fire turning blue meaning the flames are now hotter that it will hurt more to stay in the relationship.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 17th, 2019 9:17pm report


    Its very simple to understand....don't understand why people going away from the reality of the song.
    Everything is just pointing that the person has hanged himself....and is in half dead condition as he cant make a sound due to rope in his neck but he can hear her girl friend apologies.

    May be he has few seconds left of his life...

    My words may be hurting or negative but its the truth and that it is as simple as that.

    Abhi...



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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2019 7:04pm report


    I see how someone could glance at these lyrics and see, "I'm holding on your rope, got me ten feet off the ground" and think suicide, but after actually thinking about the lyrics it becomes clear that it is not.

    "I'm holding on your rope,
    got me ten feet off the ground"

    He's trying to hang on to this person.

    "I'm hearing what you say but I just can't make a sound
    You tell me that you need me then you go and cut me down"

    He feels like he has no say in the relationship, "can't make a sound". The rope is a metaphor for his ties to this person, but she keeps cutting him off and hurting him. He still has feelings for her, but knows she's not good for him and so his love is turning "blue".

    "But wait
    You tell me that you're sorry didn't think I'd turn around and say:"

    The rest is pretty much self explanatory; he's fed up with what she's doing to him, and so it's too late for her fake apologies.
    PlaidPeacoaton February 06, 2010
    -from songmeanings



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2019 7:07am report


    After listening to this song for many years it has a deeper meaning than suicide, in my eyes it does not mean he is hanging himself, if you read carefully at the words it "holding on YOUR rope" meaning holding on to her hurting him more than letting go. I wish i had the perfect words so ya'll can understand, just dnt know how to explain it.



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    Angelboo
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    Oct 20th, 2018 10:19pm report


    I don't think "Holding on your rope, got me ten feet off the ground" and "you Tell me that you need me, then you go and cut me down" is suppose to be taken literally.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 31st, 2018 7:03pm report


    I believe this song is about an abusive relationship, in which the singer is being abused by the person they're talking about. This song has a deeper meaning than suicide but it's simply about a relationship between a man and a woman. "You tell me that you need me, then you go and cut me down" is kind of like the person he is singing about using him and promising him false things and soon he gets fed up, leading him to say "it's too late to apologise"



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    anonymous
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    Nov 14th, 2017 11:00pm report


    This is a song about a lynching. The singer has been lynched, and the lyncher is talking at him, he hears the talking, but he can't say anything back. Then the lyncher changes her mind and says she needs him, but it's too late now because she freaking lynched him - there's no going back from that.

    After the chorus he says he'd be willing to give her another chance, take another shot or risk for her, but his red hot love has turned blue (not unlike his entire head turned pink to blue when he was dying in her noose). Then she said she's sorry like the angel Heaven for whatever reason allowed him to believe was her, but she was no angel.

    This song is about coming out of abuse before it kills you. And how love can die, no matter how hot, when it's for someone who tried to metaphorically lynch you.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 2016 4:40pm report


    they had a fight. they broke up. but they realized that they're still in love with each other. but pride was keeping them away from each other. years passed, she was hoping that the guy would show up. the girl gave up what she hoped for. soon, the girl was about to get married. the guy knew but couldn't make a move. now it was too late for them to apologize. "it takes two to tango in a relationship you know"



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    allison.stahl.560
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    Mar 19th, 2015 3:16pm report


    i option of this the lead singer was in a RELATIONSHIP AND THE GIRL CHEATED AND SHE WANTS TO SAY SHES SORRY AND HES STILL HURT AND BROKEN by it like hes says these
    I'm holding on your rope,
    Got me ten feet off the ground

    I think this means something like, the first person (the singer) clinging on to the second (the person this song is intended to) person/first-second person's relationship but it greatly harmed the first person(singer) and brought him fear. (Ten feet off the ground, like I will get scared too.)

    I'm hearing what you say but I just can't make a sound

    The 1st person just doesn't understand what the 2nd person is trying to talk about. In short, there is no mutual understanding in the relationship, and the 1st person is complaining

    You tell me that you need me
    Then you go and cut me down, but wait

    The 2nd person thinks she is the more dominant (stronger) person in this relationship, so she played around with the 1st person's feeling, confusing him. The two lines are contrasting statements, so the 1st person is confused.

    You tell me that you're sorry
    Didn't think I'd turn around, and say...
    It's too late to apologize, it's too late
    I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late



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    anonymous
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    Jul 21st, 2014 7:07am report


    Some guy wanted to apologize, but it was too late. Busted.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 2014 7:51am report


    This song is about the hanging of Jesus Christ

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 25th, 2014 6:49am report


    First off I am Tammie McInnis
    Now for my interpretation
    Holding on your rope.. suggests he's holding onto someones word/promise
    Got me ten feet off the ground... suggests he feels strangled by this person's word or promise
    Hearing what your saying but I just can't make a sound
    suggests while he's being strangled he can still hear but can't speak
    LoL wow this song is harsh but anyhow
    You tell me that you need me then you go and cut me down but wait.. well this is obvious the person they need him and then in the same token they criticise him.
    It's too late to apologize' it's too late
    And that suggests "Yeah bitch you really screwed shit up" Just having a laugh lol
    Anyway basically you see the point



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