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OneRepublic: Apologize Meaning

Song Released: 2007


Apologize Lyrics

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    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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    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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    anonymous
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    Aug 15th, 2011 8:16am report


    Ok guys, this is how i see it, since it is a guy singing it. His Girlfriend cheated or whatever and he is in pain, as she tries to apologise all the time and he has had enough of it so he sings "its to late to apologise"
    Get it through your head bitch, he dont want you back



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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 2011 7:35pm report


    im holdin on your rope got me ten feet off the ground
    hes holding onto the relationship and things are going well since hes off the ground like flying due to the relationship.
    im hearing what you say but i just cant make a sound
    he hears what shes telling him but is speechless and doesnt know what to say back
    you tell me that you need me then you go and cut me down but wait
    shes leading him on saying she loves and needs him and when he thinks it all good she cuts his rope and leaves.
    you tell me that your sorry didnt think id turn around and say,
    shes saying sorry but and she wont expect whats coming cause shes used to him always being there for her to come and go as she pleases

    its too late to apalogize,
    self explanatory

    I'd take another chance, take a fall
    Take a shot for you
    he wants to take her back he doesnt wanna let go of what they have
    And I need you like a heart needs a beat
    But it's nothin new
    he feels like shes not a want but a need a neccessity
    I loved you with a fire red-
    Now it's turning blue,
    blue fire is more dangerous. the relationship is becoming harmful for him
    and you say...
    "Sorry" like the angel heaven let me think was you
    he thought she was an angel and wouldnt hurt him like this but shes always having to say sorry
    But I'm afraid...
    even though he wants to take her back he knows he finally has to let go.

    and then again its too late she already messed up and lost him



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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 2011 7:31pm report


    im holdin on your rope got me ten feet off the ground
    hes holding onto the relationship and things are going well since hes off the ground like flying due to the relationship.
    im hearing what you say but i just cant make a sound
    he hears what shes telling him but is speechless and doesnt know what to say back
    you tell me that you need me then you go and cut me down but wait
    shes leading him on saying she loves and needs him and when he thinks it all good she cuts his rope and leaves.
    you tell me that your sorry didnt think id turn around and say,
    shes saying sorry but and she wont expect whats coming cause shes used to him always being there for her to come and go as she pleases

    its too late to apalogize,
    self explanatory

    I'd take another chance, take a fall
    Take a shot for you
    he wants to take her back he doesnt wanna let go of what they have
    And I need you like a heart needs a beat
    But it's nothin new
    he feels like shes not a want but a need a neccessity
    I loved you with a fire red-
    Now it's turning blue,
    he used to love her so much but shes hurt him so many times the love has faded
    and you say...
    "Sorry" like the angel heaven let me think was you
    he thought she was an angel and wouldnt hurt him like this but shes always having to say sorry
    But I'm afraid...
    even though he wants to take her back he knows he finally has to let go.

    and then again its too late she already messed up and lost him



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