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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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    Sep 26th, 2010 9:49pm report


    I thought it meant that they had actually learned how to save someones life when..i dont know they needed cpr. but they werent paying attention in class and didnt know what to do, therefore their friend died.



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    JJCrazy
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    Sep 16th, 2010 9:13pm report


    There are many things that people fear and there are many things get blamed for. This song represents how people who try to confront the people who are feared and blamed and the struggle those individuals go through just to get the courage to talk to those people.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 12th, 2010 9:19am report


    My interpretation is how Slade helped a recovering addict but this song means even more to me than that. To me this song means moving on from the death of loved ones and learning to live through it. The music video for this song makes me cry every time I see it.



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    cowmogul
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    Aug 10th, 2010 8:02pm report


    I think it's about his friend being on drugs and having an argument with someone who won't listen and about the relationship between the two.



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    nicci87
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    Jul 20th, 2010 7:07pm report


    Confronting someone about addiction. I've had that conversation felt that way! fits perfectly!



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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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