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The Fray How To Save A Life Lyrics

Last updated: 11/06/2013 07:06:28 AM

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just talk
Smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
She goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came


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

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


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

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


Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life (x2)

How to save a life (x2)


Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life (x2)

How to save a life (x3)

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to I say let them do it | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/13

Why would u say that. What if one if ur family members tried to commit sucide but failed would u want them to have to die. That is sickining. And they are not weak, they just have been strong forever but people just keep hurting them. The peoplr who are weak are the ones who cause them to commit sucide

To "I say let them do it..." | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/24/13

Now that you have seen some of the responses made to your unfounded remark, perhaps you will hold your tounge before you find out who the surplus population is and where it is. It may be that in the sight of God, you are more worthless and less fit to live than MILLIONS like these poor unstable people. Before your end, you will beg God to forgive your disgusting thoughts and behavior.

h | Reviewer: smoked it | 11/24/12

Do you know that this song is actually about a bully who realises that has victim(person bullied) is his bestfriend because they had such different personalities they realised they connected but it was to late suicide i think

How To Save A Life | Reviewer: Gracious | 7/23/12

I thank God for you, HB. I listen to this song differently now. The tears are real. I am real. HB, you saved my life. I now know that I have every right to live, to love, and to be because of Him and because of the love you hgave shown me. For all of those who need to talk to someone, try the steps in this song. It will work. You will save a life if not your own...

Love, His grace, and peace be unto you.

let them do it ??? | Reviewer: missRawberry | 7/12/12

WHATS WRONG WITH YOU ??? its inhuman to say things like that ? my mommy is really bad now, she says she will kill herself and if she doesif think ill do it to cause i could help her bu i don know how. "and i could stay up with you all night, had i known how to save a life..."
And you insult people lik us who are in a very bad period, you say we must die ? you dont know anything about people. you should get help cause you really need it, maybe as much as the "worthless pieces of crap" not the same kind of help, but you do need it. You are so unsensitive. theres no words. You are a psychopath.

To the "I say let them do it" person also | Reviewer: Samantha Stuefer | 10/18/11

May I ask,how heartless are you? That's horrible! You deserve to rot in Hell. Rot in bloody Hell! How could you think something like that? What if you had someone you loved with all your heart took their life? How would you feel? I'm sorry but you really do deserve to rot in Hell. This song speaks and says so much. If you had a heart maybe you'd understand what emotion is.

if only i could save her | Reviewer: malik mustapha | 9/27/11

this is just d perfect song 4 ma beloved sista Anat whom i watched on d 5th of july walked passed me wen i walked home along my street by 7:30p.m (nigerian local time). as she walk up d street passing me n not observing ma presence, i called her by her name n requested her whereabout, she replied: i ll be back in a jiffy n off she went. only to found her body lying by d road side two days later with essential body parts missing, d memory stil fresh n lingerring, her name i found in evry coversation i make, if i could only save a life dat night.

Now, I understand... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/8/11

Reading over the lyrics after watching Grey's Anatomy's Music Event a gazillion times (Thank goodness for TiVo!), I finally understand what the song was alluding to. Makes me remember a very good friend of mine from college who would call in the middle of the night and tell me that he was 1) going to overdose on pills, 2) hang himself, or 3) drive his car off a bridge. Since I didn't have a car at the time, I had no way of getting to his house so I'd stay awake all night and pray that I'd see him on campus in the morning. I always did and, after a while, relatives and friends convinced me that the only reason I was his friend was so that he'd have someone to dump his problems on and I ended our friendship. 26 years later, I still miss him.

you cannot force someone to be as ur wish | Reviewer: Davin | 10/7/10

"You may lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink"(My beloved teacher, Yudhi Hidayat 1970-2007)

From this song we could note, if someone u wish to be ur "someone"(bf/gf) leaves you, you cannot force him/her to be ur someone..
Same like my teacher's statement above, you may lead someone to a love, but you cannot make him/her in love with you.
Well, actually this dong was my story with a girl that she break with the ones(me) she has followed, and grant him(her ex) one last choice
What I've to do now is out from her life.
No needy anymore, I can be happy w/out her.
And say to NEXT :)

you cannot force someone's feeling | Reviewer: Davin | 10/9/10

"You may lead a horse to drink, but you cannot make him drink."(my beloved teacher, Yudhi Hidayat 1970-2007)

it happens to me because of my 'someone' that changed her attitude to me after i knew that she was still hoping to her ex.

conclusion of this song is we cannot force anyone to be ours or to be that we want..

all lead to sincerity guys.. :')

cant take my mind off of her | Reviewer: davin | 10/7/10

Well, I've sung along this song since a week ago, and till now.
To me, it just like my story,
I have a friend. Beautiful cutie friend, that I founf on twitter. Yeah, I know her by twitter.
We were chatting all days, texting, sending voice, till dating.

A week ago she changed to another her.
She was look like didn't give any attention of my. text by typing about two or three words in replying my text.
One day when I was asking 'why u change?' She said that she didn't want me to be miss understood why she wanted date with me, eat together, watched movie, cuz what she thought is I was not more than friend.

And when she decided to have lose contact with me(now), I was remembering this song that saying
"Where did I go wrong I lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness"

"Lay down a list of what is wrong"

to the "i say let them do it..." person, | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/5/10

what the fuck, honestly, the death penalty should be mandatory for people like you. you're not a human, you're an animal. that is quite seriously one of the most offensive things i have ever heard.

one of my closest friends is battling with depression, and yes, she wants to kill herself. I've spent the last 3 or 4 months trying to convince her not to, but as she's told me numerous times, there really is nothing i can do to stop her. there is no way in fuck she is weaker than everyone else, or a worthless piece of shit. actually, she's stronger than most other people i know considering the shit she's been through.

i know it's horrible, but i really hope one day something happens in your life that's so bad that you want to kill yourself, maybe then you'll realize how much of a "worthless piece of shit" you are.

you deserve to die.

I say let them do it... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/29/10

Weak soft people will only drain out wallets of tax dollars anyway. Strong minded, productive people don't kill themselves, worthless pieces of shit do. We need population control... Encourage suicide, end immigration, and make the death penalty mandatory for failed suicide attempts.

this is for my brother | Reviewer: LolaMarie | 6/19/10

I listen to this song over and over again and it will not bring my brother back. He hung himself. But he doesn't understand he left his best friend behind. If I had only known how to save a life. It kills me every single minute of the day. What else can I say. I am wounded and there was nothing I could do about it.

Experience | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/30/10

This song reminds me so much of my friend who was battling depression and had turned his back on everybody who loved him. He was a cutter and began smoking and taking drugs. It was when he was arrested that he finally got help, but not before several suicide attempts. It was such a dark time in his life and mine. I felt it was as if it was my fault he was going through this and that if I had noticed the signs earlier something could have been done earlier. It also caused a riff between his sister (my best friend) and I because we were so young and didn't know how to deal with it. This song makes me think about him and his family whenever I hear it. It makes me cry everytime.