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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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    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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    Jul 21st, 2008 7:10pm report


    I believe this song goes more deeper then just a break up woth his lying girlfriend. If you look at the lyrics closely, it seems as if the guy has committed suicide hence lines such as
    " I'm holding on your rope , got me ten feet off the ground",
    " I'm hearing what you say but I just can't make a sound" ,
    " I need you like a heart needs a beat but its nothing new"

    the girl goes to rescue you him , but what she doesn't realize until she gets there is that it's too late.

    "I loved you with a fire red, now its turning blue"
    - his flame used to be blazing for her nad her love but now its turning blue because his fire has died for her and also his life is no longer.

    The angel line also demonstrates how she came once again to say sorry, but this time she can't save herself or him from her lies



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    Angelboo
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    Oct 20th, 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, 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.



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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



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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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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2014 2:22pm report


    Sounds like a song of loving someone but they did something or they let you go to many times. At first you tolerated it but after a while you realize you've had enough. You love them but can't go on being heartbroken forever. So this time you say goodbye. Even though it's hard to do its what you have to do.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 4th, 2013 6:39am report


    The song is about trees. You hear the singer say...

    Tell me that you need me then you go and cut me down.

    Therefore, the song is about a tree.



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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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    Mar 23rd, 2012 3:21pm report


    Well, anybody can relate the songs thru personal experiences. I think, its about emotion run deep that a person can't take any longer from her/his partner behaviour.

    She/He tried very hard to understand the person they loved but failed. Pleading the loved one to open up her/himself so that they can be understand. She loves that guy so much and willing to take the risk for loving him but she's been unappreciated at all.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 7th, 2011 11:28am report


    The guys hangs himself and can hear what the person is saying to him but he can't respond because his neck is broken so when his friend cuts him down its to late for him to apologize because his friend is dead



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    anonymous
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    Oct 31st, 2011 10:47am report


    It is really good and it shows that the first person is sick of the second person cheating and does not want to hear there excuses any more.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 23rd, 2011 9:01pm report


    this song is about a kid in kindergarten who got kicked in the head by a first grader. they talk to the principal and eventually the first grader feels sorry and tries to apologize. the kindergartener rejects the apology and says "it's too late to apologize."



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