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The Fray

How To Save A Life

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Genre
Pop
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play Step one, you say, "We need to talk."
play He walks, you say, "Sit down. It's just a talk."
play He smiles politely back at you
play You stare politely right on through
play Some sort of window to your right
play As he goes left and you stay right
play Between the lines of fear and blame
play You begin to wonder why you came

play Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
play Somewhere along in the bitterness
play And I would have stayed up with you all night
play had i known how to save a life

play Let him know that you know best
play 'Cause after all you do know best
play Try to slip past his defense
play Without granting innocence
play lay down a list of what is wrong
play The things you've told him all along
play Pray to God, he hears you
play And I pray to God, he hears you

play And where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
play Somewhere along in the bitterness
play And I would have stayed up with you all night
play Had I known how to save a life

play As he begins to raise his voice
play You lower yours and grant him one last choice
play Drive until you lose the road
play Or break with the ones you've followed
play He will do one of two things
play He will admit to everything
play Or he'll say he's just not the same
play And you'll begin to wonder why you came

play Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
play Somewhere along in the bitterness
play And I would have stayed up with you all night
play Had I known how to save a life

play Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
play Somewhere along in the bitterness
play And I would have stayed up with you all night
play Had I known how to save a life

play How to save a life

play How to save a life

play Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
play Somewhere along in the bitterness
play And I would have stayed up with you all night
play Had I known how to save a life

play Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
play Somewhere along in the bitterness
play And I would have stayed up with you all night
play Had I known how to save a life
play How to save a life

play How to save a life

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meaning Meaning

Isaac Slade, the lead singer of The Fray, was inspired to write this song while he worked as a mentor for a crack addicted teen in a camp.

I think it's about a person who tried to help his/her friend but failed to do so and now he feels guilty about it.
But since the song refers to "a friend", then I'm just going to interpret it as a conversation between two friends.

vocabulary Vocabulary

slip past

To sneak or move past someone or something unnoticed

  1. It is impossible to slip past the armed guards and metal detectors
  2. Do you think lean slip past the doorway without being seen?

Lay down

establish: law, rules, etc.

  1. those directives lay down a list of minimum information on the project or on activity
  2. The Commission does not wish to lay down an exhaustive list of assessment criteria

all along

the whole time

  1. She knew about the surprise party all along
  2. She had believed her lies all along

Had I known

Inversion means putting the verb before the subject. It is a literary technique in which the normal order of words is reversed, generally for emphasis or special effect.

  1. Hardly had I begun to speak when I was interrupted.
  2. No sooner had I arrived than they all started to argue.

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