If You Only Knew Lyrics - Shinedown

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If you only knew
I'm hanging by a thread
The web I spin for you
If you only knew
I'd sacrifice my beating
Heart before I'd lose you
I still hold onto the letters
You returned
I swear I've lived and learned

[Chorus]
It's 4:03 and I can't sleep
Without you next to me I
Toss and turn like the sea
If I drown tonight, bring me
Back to life
Breathe your breath in me
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The only thing that I still believe
In is you, if you only knew

If you only knew
How many times I counted
All the words that went wrong
If you only knew
How I refuse to let you go,
Even when you're gone
I don't regret any days I
Spent, nights we shared,
Or letters that I sent

[Chorus]
It's 4:03 and I can't sleep
Without you next to me I
Toss and turn like the sea
If I drown tonight, bring me
Back to life
Breathe your breath in me
The only thing that I still believe
In is you, if you only knew
If you only knew

If you only knew
I still hold onto the letters
You returned
You help me live and learn

[Chorus]
It's 4:03 and I can't sleep
Without you next to me I
Toss and turn like the sea
If I drown tonight, bring me
Back to life
Breathe your breath in me
The only thing that I still believe
In is you, believe in is you
I still believe in you
Oh, if you only knew


Producer : Rob Cavallo
Length : 3:46
Writer(s) : Brent Smith, Dave Bassett
Format : CD single, Digital download
Label : Atlantic
Certification : Gold (RIAA)
Genre : Alternative rock
Released : August 31, 2009

"If You Only Knew" is the fourth single by the rock band Shinedown off their 2008 album The Sound of Madness. The music video premiered on October 6, 2009.

The song was written about Brent Smith's ex girlfriend when she was pregnant with their child. Smith has described the song as "their first ballad".

The song was used in a promo for ABC's daytime drama One Life to Live.

"If You Only Knew" was certified gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies. From Wikipedia





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Story of my life | Reviewer: Anoymous | 7/3/13

wow, if there was one thing I could say about this song, it would be that its basically my life story in music form. I cry everytime I hear this song cause it reminds me of My ex and how much pain I put her through the last three years. She was so good to me but i let her slip away. I wish she knew how much I love her. I feel terrible about what I did.

if you only knew | Reviewer: skyiez | 3/18/11

WIsh my ex realy knew that i love her.. i did mistake..we broke up a few weeks ago, i already told her how much she meant to me,but she won't listen....NOw i trying to get her back to my life,just wish me luck..never give up :)
Sorry for bad english

my opinion. | Reviewer: kayla. | 2/17/10

whether this song is about his girlfriend, or his child, i absolutly love this song with all my heart.
i've never loved shinedown more.
keep up the great work.
this became my favorite song as soon as i heard it! (:
i love you guys!

Meaning | Reviewer: Dana | 4/3/09

If you go to Shinedown.com, Brent Smith, the frontman, clearly states that this song is written for his long time girlfriend Ashley-she is the mother of his son Lyric. His quote is as follows;
"I just never had a reason to write a love song before. I don't mean to be corny, but it's just a song that expressed how much she means to me and how she has given me more than I could ever imagine. I'll spend the rest of my life trying to repay her and thank her for everything she's done for me."

A Father's Love | Reviewer: stinkbomb1020 | 1/9/09

This song truly is an inspiration. As a father of three, I have recently seen and experienced some hardships with trying my best to raise my teenage son. After spending his entire life with his mother, he recently decided to live with me. I can identify with the song's meaning, as I always wanted my son with me, but didn't have that choice.
Although I'm 36 now, it seems only yesterday that I was once a teenager myself. How I constantly try to remind myself of the lost young man that I was, and in some ways still am. Too often, I forget that when trying to mold my son into something good or decent; What 16 years of living apart from me has made him, I can't change the young man he has become. I strive and plead with him to want to be a better man everyday. I can never give up on him.
Oh how true it is that the world is a different place than it was when I grew up, as it is with everyone.
The world changes everyday. It has been and continues to be a battle raising my son with all the influences, especially when he chooses the bad ones.
It seems no matter how hard I try, he is living his life the way he wants and all I can do is stand back, hold my breath, hope, pray, and give him my love as best as I can.
After all, my father did the same for me when I disappointed him by making bad choices.
His love for me never died and I didn't turn out too bad.
As an aspiring song writer and performer, Shinedown has been a huge influence on me.
I wish them continued success with their music and hope that they find or always have happiness with their family life.

look harder | Reviewer: jessica | 12/21/08

i want to say that his kid, means the world to him and maybe because of his carreer hes never around. maybe his family got a divorce. but he doesnt regret anything, and by hanging by a thread, the web i spin for you. i'd sacrafice my beating heart before i'd lose you.
maybe he screwed up, but theres nothing he wouldnt do for his kid.
and that maybe he can't sleep because he feels guilty for whats happened.
its not hard to see. i figured it was about someone. lol
it takes some time to read the meaning behind lyrics :P
good luck. i hope i was helpful

Don't get it! | Reviewer: Mikie P | 12/12/08

I saw Shinedown last night at Starland Ballroom. (Great show) Before they started singing this song the singer explained to the crowd that this song is about his child. Can anyone explain this? I cant see it!



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