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The Fray

How To Save A Life

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playStep one, you say, "We need to talk."
playHe walks, you say, "Sit down. It's just a talk."
playHe smiles politely back at you
playYou stare politely right on through
playSome sort of window to your right
playAs he goes left and you stay right
playBetween the lines of fear and blame
playYou begin to wonder why you came

playWhere did I go wrong? I lost a friend
playSomewhere along in the bitterness
playAnd I would have stayed up with you all night
playhad i known how to save a life

playLet him know that you know best
play'Cause after all you do know best
playTry to slip past his defense
playWithout granting innocence
playlay down a list of what is wrong
playThe things you've told him all along
playPray to God, he hears you
playAnd I pray to God, he hears you

playAnd where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
playSomewhere along in the bitterness
playAnd I would have stayed up with you all night
playHad I known how to save a life

playAs he begins to raise his voice
playYou lower yours and grant him one last choice
playDrive until you lose the road
playOr break with the ones you've followed
playHe will do one of two things
playHe will admit to everything
playOr he'll say he's just not the same
playAnd you'll begin to wonder why you came

playWhere did I go wrong? I lost a friend
playSomewhere along in the bitterness
playAnd I would have stayed up with you all night
playHad I known how to save a life

playWhere did I go wrong? I lost a friend
playSomewhere along in the bitterness
playAnd I would have stayed up with you all night
playHad I known how to save a life

playHow to save a life

playHow to save a life

playWhere did I go wrong? I lost a friend
playSomewhere along in the bitterness
playAnd I would have stayed up with you all night
playHad I known how to save a life

playWhere did I go wrong? I lost a friend
playSomewhere along in the bitterness
playAnd I would have stayed up with you all night
playHad I known how to save a life
playHow to save a life

playHow to save a life

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meaningMeaning

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.

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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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