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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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    anonymous
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    Jul 10th, 2010 7:04pm report


    Wow, I always thought it was about one of the lead singers friends' boyfriend cheating on her and she tried to break up with him but he broke up with her before she could and now the lead singer feels bad because he thinks he could have done something to protect her from getting hurt because he knew that the bf was her world. Hence, how to save a life. Now I read all these and it's like boy was I way off.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 10th, 2010 7:04pm report


    Wow, I always thought it was about one of the lead singers friends' boyfriend cheating on her and she tried to break up with him but he broke up with her before she could and now the lead singer feels bad because he thinks he could have done something to protect her from getting hurt because he knew that the bf was her world. Hence, how to save a life. Now I read all these and it's like boy was I way off.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 7th, 2010 7:23pm report


    I think its about a long dead person, and a certain person feels he could have done something to prevent the accident. I may be wrong, but this is MY interpretation.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 26th, 2010 6:54pm report


    This song was really written because of the drug addict Isaac met at a camp, but it could be taken differently. I viewed it as the police officer coming into the house and trying to tell her that her husband has just died in a car accident



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 2010 4:35am report


    This song reminds me of when my aunt died if I had been with her she would not have died alone.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2010 4:22pm report


    I didn't think that the song was actually about a person that died. I thought that it was about someone who feels like they're dying or dead inside and nobody notices. They can't be saved because they feel like nobody cares enough about them to notice.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 2nd, 2010 3:46pm report


    This song is about his friend being depressed and he didn't help him and his friend committed suicide.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 2010 1:49pm report


    Slade did intend for it to be about having an intervention with a drug addicted kid and wishing he had known what to say, or how to save a life. However the band later decided that listeners should create their own interpretations and even created a website where people could post their interpretations.

    The wonderful thing about this song is how many meanings it can have. The meaning of this song is partly created by the lyrics but also created by the listener. The song is generally about loss and losing someone dear, however how that person is lost is not specifically said in the song so it is open to interpretation.



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    skyguy
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    Dec 28th, 2009 12:01pm report


    it's about losing a friend (to suicide, drugs, depression, changing their personality etc....) and feeling bad about not saving them before it was too late



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 2009 11:49pm report


    I don't have any idea how someone could think this is about a boyfriend and girlfriend. I honestly have NO idea where you would get that from this song. Clearly it's about someone who has a REAL problem, like drugs or they're suicidal (often the same damn thing), not someone whining about a girlfriend. For me personally, I keep thinking about a friend who died when he got out of jail because he overdosed. He lost his tolerance over the eight months he was in county and came out and tried to do the same amount of dope he was doing before. It makes me think about all the things I could have done differently by him that might have changed things... even just this morning as I was putting my makeup on in the car before work this song came on and I ruined it by crying. I had to turn it off. I guess the moral of the story is you have to try to help. Even if it seems hopeless or you'll end up with two wasted lives, theirs and yours ruined by guilt.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 10th, 2009 11:35pm report


    even though i dont believe this is the real meaning of the song, as other people have collected qoutes from the actual lead singer, i always thought that it was about someone who had just lost a very close friend or family member and in the music video and in the lyrics it is giving you instructions on how to overcome your grief. But hey, that was just my thoughts they may be very different from the actual meaning of the song, but they can't be wrong if they are my own personal opinion.



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    The_Secret_Composer
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    Oct 23rd, 2009 10:41am report


    First time I heard this song I got the impression that the girl has come to comfront her boyfriend about a problem but he doesn't seem to get it, and she feels as if shes lost him. And that the part where it says
    "And I would have stayed up with you all night
    Had I known how to save a life

    I think its saying she would have stayed and helped him if she'd known how to. Thats my first thoughts but now that I've read others I can see how it'd be about drugs.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 26th, 2009 9:58am report


    I don't know what it means but I think it's about he thinks he could have saved the life of his friend.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 19th, 2009 9:19pm report


    I always thought the song was about someone feeling guilty for not being there for their suicidal friend.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 10th, 2009 9:55pm report


    i, as well as a few other people, think it's about suicide.
    think about it, "i would have stayed up with you all night had i know how to save a life." i know the REAL meaning is about the kid in the camp and all, but when i first heard this, it immediately clicked for me. if someone knew about the suicidal thoughts, they would have saved the person's life. its like a guide to what to do if you are having those thoughts.






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