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The Fray: How to Save a Life Meaning

Song Released: 2006

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Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear...


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    Feb 16th, 2012 2:04am report

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    Feb 14th, 2012 2:27pm report

    The way i see it
    The first verse- how to get someone into a conversation "say we need to talk, he walks, say sit down its just a talk" (like he's avoiding it) "he smiles politely back at you, you stare politely right on through" (the guilty smile, they might know whats going on. A window of opportunity to bring up the subject (possible that the person has been depressed/suicidal) and he tries to dodge around it, but you catch him and bring it up. You are worried it might be your fault and afraid something bad will happen to them.

    The second verse- let him know you know whats going on, try to get through his fakeness (e.i everything is o.k) tell them everything that you notice is wrong with him and hope he's listening.

    Third verse- "as he begins to raise his voice" (as in he is really defensive, yelling i'm not suicidal) you calm down, and "then drive until you loose the road or break with the ones who follow"- once you two are alone he will either admit to everything (say he is suicidal) or just admit he feels sad, not the same as he use to.

    the chorus- asks yourself what you messed up/how you didn't notice because you were focused on yourself, "I would have stayed up with you all night"- more people are suicidal at night, he could have talked him through it.


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    Dec 18th, 2011 12:55am report

    its about how everybody can do something to save a life just talking to them for a split second can help chance their mind about something that can affect the life of others so much i have been in this situation and think its about failing to save the ones you love from the things that their afraid of. "how to save a life" been repeated so many times could suggest that no matter how many time you go over things it wont take back what has already been done and that it is too late to go back


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    Aug 5th, 2011 8:03am report

    I looked up the lyrics to this song and found comments underneath calling the fray shit and the lyrics horrible. Easy to say, sure as this ordinarily wouldn't have struck a chord with me either. However, I have to be honest. As a 17 year old girl who has been hospitalized and institutionalized twice for cocaine abuse, got clean and relapse the meaning of this song feels so personal. I almost think that god drove me to search the YouTube video for it spontaneously about 30 minutes ago because the first thing that came to mind while listening was that the song is about a fearful parent pleading with a drug addicted child. The thought brought me to tears. It's very humbling to recognize the pain that my addiction has caused my family and I'm so blessed that they have yet to give up on my. Mom, dad I love you so much. Thank you for relentlessly being there to save my life as a fight so hard to throw it away.


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    Aug 4th, 2011 8:14pm report

    This song is probobly about someone trying to help a friend quit a bad habit like drugs, and them failing, resulting in their friend's death.


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    Jul 11th, 2011 7:13am report

    I think this song is about having a friend that committed suicide, and now he is thinking back on how he could have saved them. "if I'd known how to save a life..." He wishes that he would have been more understanding and taken his friends problems more seriously, and looking back he believes that he could have saved his life.


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    Jul 7th, 2011 7:07am report

    I think this song is about knowing someone who is suffering from something that's killing them slowly but not knowing about that suffering. Then you suddenly lose that person and that's when you start to figure out what's wrong with that person. It's about regretting the fact that you didn't do anything to help that person.


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    Jun 29th, 2011 6:15pm report

    I think the song is about a girl breaking up with a guy, and then the guy gets so upset about it that he goes and kills himself.
    i think the song could be about a girl having some kind of problem and had to break up with her boyfriend bc shes about to die and she doesnt want to tell him, because she doesnt want him to worry, then he gets mad at her and walks away, then when he found out she died, he regrets not spending every minute she had left with her. hence "i would have stayed up with you all night, had i known how to save a life. "
    this is just what i think, personally.


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    Jun 16th, 2011 6:52pm report

    I think the song is about a guy wanting/trying to introduce him to christianity. He is scared to say anything to his friend because he might lose him. He wants his friend to know and love God like he does. It's hard to try to bring someone to christ. I know because i want to. If you aren't a christian, you wouldn't get what i meant.


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    Jun 7th, 2011 6:27pm report

    Honestly the way i see it, depending on a person's situation. I see it as a guy who had the chance to be with the girl he wanted but blew it and now its too late to take it back. Thats the way i see it.

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