Don't think so... | Reviewer: Marian | 9/28/10

I see in this song much more than just a "love issue" may be coz I wouldn't kill my self for such a thing, that it might be important, but is more painful to don't see somebody again even do you love this person, or dead, or just...just something terrible, something that you can't live with...something you did...there is more than one way to damage people, and could be this song refers to thata, damage to one or more friends, family, lovers, even your self...

love it | Reviewer: Beth | 8/14/10

the first song by imogen heap i heard was hide and seek and i love it so i wrote in imogen heap on you tube and up came this song and i loved it! it is so emotional and it just brings back memories il never forget.

My interpretation of a lovely song! | Reviewer: Brendan | 7/7/10

///Verse 1, part 1

"Here's the day you hoped would never come
Don't feed me violins
Just run with me through rows of speeding cars"

She's written about a someone (let's assume at this point it's a friend) who's predicted an event prior to its occurrence. The event itself isn't specified at this point, but it is later. This much can be said: someone of significance has done something horrible to her friend, and her friend knew it might happen, but she had hoped it wouldn't ("Here's the day you hoped would never come").

When she refers to violins ("Don't feed me with violins"), she is playing with the common phrase used when we humans dote on sad things since violins are renowned for their potential to make beautifully tragic music and were utilised for just that reason in the Romantic era particularly. She's telling her friend not to mope around in sadness, undoubtedly because she's used to her friend doing it frequently.

She then counters this line with the one regarding "speeding cars" ("Just run with me through rows of speeding cars"). This is to suggest that instead of dwelling on the unfortunate circumstances, she and her friend should do something risky and exciting - something that will draw their minds entirely from whatever bad things may be making them upset. Running through rows of speeding cars would be extremely dangerous, so it could be said that Imogen is suggesting that they both freely try to kill themselves as a sort of means to achieve freedom (from the aforementioned sad things).

///Verse 1, part 2

"The papercuts; the cheating lovers
The coffee's never strong enough
I know you think it's more than just bad luck"

In this verse's second half Imogen shifts from addressing the problem to touching on its recurrence and its frequency ("The papercuts; the cheating lovers" both being plural).

Papercuts, as we're all aware, are extremely painful - but they heal quickly and the pain is often superficial (papercuts don't usually do us much harm despite the pain they make us feel), so Imogen's comparing the pain her friend's feeling to papercuts - seemingly extremely painful and problematic, but really, they're only superficially painful and the pain won't linger for long. Obviously when she mentions "The cheating lovers", she's telling the listener what the problem is, and so we come to understand that this song is dedicated to her friend who has issues in their love life and always comes to Imogen for support.

"The coffee's never strong enough"

Caffeine is a substance that is supposed to sustain us, hence we buy coffee for the energy, so Imogen's using coffee as a means of saying that no matter how much her friend tries to maintain her lifestyle, even with chemicals, they just can't. It's never enough, and so the problem has to be addressed completely rather than pushed to the background and hidden away.

"I know you think it's more than just bad luck"

This line is simply referring to her friend's recurring unfortunate happenings and how Imogen knows that her friend seems to think that she's star crossed (ill-fated) rather than just someone with bad luck - her friend truly believes that they're destined to have bad things repeatedly happen to them.


"There, there, baby
It's just text book stuff
It's in the ABC of growing up
Now, now darling
Oh don't lose your head
'cause none of us were angels
And you know I love you, yeah"

The chorus is definitely a reaction I'm sure Imogen had to her friend many times - comfort. Whenever your friends approach you with a problem of theirs, your immediate reaction is to comfort and support them, hence you'll notice that the chorus, being the centre of the song, is lyrically supportive and almost lullaby-like, harmonising with the lovely high piano notes and dreamy singing which is soothing and is typical of children's music.

///Chorus, part 1

"It's just textbook stuff
It's in the ABC of growing up"

These two lines are addressing the problems her friend's faced her with. They claim the problems are typical, normal and common ones and that going through them is just part of the process of nature: growing, learning, adapting. This both shows her friend that their problems are by no means impossible to overcome and that they're shared by many - meaning she feels confident enough to recover and less lonely because she knows other people are going through the same thing.

///Chorus, part 2

"Now, now, darling
Oh don't lose your head
'cause none of us were angels
And you know I love you, yeah"

These four lines symbolise exactly the comforting and supporting nature I spoke of which the chorus successfully achieves. "Now, now, darling" is something my parents have said to me when I've been upset, and so this is just a way of securing her friend.

///Chorus, part 3

"'cause none of us were angels
And you know I love you, yeah"

Again, the intent of these to lines is to ensure her friend that they're in the same boat as every other human on earth so that they don't feel cut off and unnecessarily guilty, also with the addition of "I love you", it may be that Imogen is dedicating this song to a friend or previous partner; this much never becomes clear - this is good because it means that the song can be applied to lots of listeners as opposed to just one group.

///Verse 2

"Sleeping pills know sleeping dogs lie
Never far enough away
Glistening in the cold sweat of guilt
I've watched you slowly winding down for years
You can't keep on like this
Now's a bad a time as any"

///Verse 2, part 1

"Sleeping pills know sleeping dogs lie
Never far enough away
Glistening in the cold sweat of guilt"

These three lines are playing with the term, "Let sleeping dogs lie", meaning to leave things be as opposed to poking and prodding at them, usually resulting in conflict (waking up a sleeping dog may result in it biting or barking at you in anger). By taking sleeping pills, Imogen is saying that her friend can avoid her problems (much like her reference to coffee) for awhile ("Never far enough away" implies that the "sleeping dogs", or avoided problems, are far away, but never far enough away so as to be solved).

The third line is pretty much self-explanatory.

"I've watched you slowly winding down for years
You can't keep on like this
Now's a bad a time as any"

Imogen, here, is basically stating that her friend's destructive lifestyle is just that - destructive - and it will ultimately kill them, or break them down in the process of killing them; they'll never achieve happiness if the said lifestyle is maintained.

"Now's as bad a time as any"

This just refers to the lifestyle itself, and that the retreat from it (giving up on it) will never be easy and will always seem to be a "bad time", but it must be done regardless in order to obtain happiness and a better, different lifestyle.


"It's ok by me; it was a long time ago"

This makes apparent that Imogen's friend (or perhaps her former partner - it makes sense at this point that it could be a partner because partnerships involving more than friendship tend to be more bashful than just friendships, but again, interpret as you wish) has hurt her in the past, but she's forgiven them and is willing to move on with them from their bad lifestyle and into a better one.

///End chorus variation

"Oh, don't kill yourself"

This is typical of Imogen: sweet music in the background while her vocals paint a very dark picture. This contrast is very clear throughout the whole song and this basically just tops it off nicely. The icing on the cake, if you will.

Her friend, or partner, is contemplating suicide (perhaps directly or indirectly via their destructive lifestyle) and she doesn't want them to; she wants them to live and be happy with her as a close friend. You may not think it, but to want for someone to live is quite a magnificent thing, thus this is a special statement.

Overall, I bloody love this song, and in particular I love the beautiful contrast between the grim realities Imogen's friend or partner is facing and the dear hopes and wishes Imogen holds for her friend or partner - this song basically says, "I love you and I don't want you to get hurt any more. Instead of temporarily hiding the problem, let's grow out of it together and be happy. It'll be all right. Take my hand."


:) | Reviewer: misha | 4/27/10

this song is what you listen to to cry in makes all the bad feeling came out in sted of fester inside, it remindes u of what was and what is so ou move on and try not to dwell on the past but the past is what we learn from

Fantastic | Reviewer: Brianna Burns | 3/14/10

I live in rugby nd and my name is Brianna burns I recently switched my last name from Johnson to Burns!!!! As I said before my ex-boyfriend is all I think about now that I moved away. This is the most beautiful song I ever heard. The first time I heard this song it was my bedtime!! 9:30!!!! That part sucks! But I had trouble getting to sleep my sister Kassie came in and played the song and in five minutes I was asleep! It's my lullaby!!! It makes me feel scared,sad, and happy all at the same. I love this song my favorite part of the song is when he says " just run with me through rows of speeding cars" and "the papercuts and the cheating lovers the coffes never strong enough"

a treasure | Reviewer: kimmieh | 3/12/10

this song has a meaning that forever will play in my mind. i have a friend who has an addiction to cheating and he feels bad for it. he has an on and off relationship with my best friend. and this song is a powerful reminder to him that he has hurt him more than he will ever know. imogen heap is amazing. each song evokes an emotion within myself that has been burried for years. awsome | Reviewer: Brianna Joh | 2/20/10

I love this song so much it's turned out to be my favorite song. Who ever dises this song is dis me!!! I know all of the words without the words in front of me. I think about my old this boy named Brandon Lawson. He's super cute and has a great personality gosh is he hot!!!!!!

Brianna Johnson

Oh my heart... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/15/10

I've never had a song tear me apart as much as this one has. I was recently diagnosed with HIV, and the music and lyrics to this make me cry every time I hear it. I know I'm still a valuable person. There's no reason to give up.

this song.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/8/10

this song is absolutely beautiful. everything about it fills my heart with gladness. the voice, the music, the lyrics. all of it puts me in a better mood. this song really just makes me think about everyone's flaws and helps me realize that i am not alone.

It makes me think... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/21/10

This song really reminds me of my boyfriend and I. We`re always saying sorry for things that we`ve done in past and we need to get over that stuff. You know? Look at the bright side of things or good things rather then the bad. When he says "Now now darling, oh don`t lose your head cause none of us were angels and you know i love you yeah." I realize how we stress so easily.