Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found

Reason to Believe
Karen Dalton Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

If I listen long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe
If I gave you time to change my mind
I'd find a way to leave the past behind
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe
Someone like you makes it hard to live without Somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
Never thinking of myself
If I listen long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Karen Dalton's song "Reason to Believe" are a poignant expression of the struggle to let go of a relationship that has ended in betrayal. The singer acknowledges that the person who hurt her has lied to her face, yet she still searches for a reason to believe in their love. There is a sense of powerlessness and confusion, as she admits that "someone like you makes it hard to live without somebody else" and that she is "never thinking of myself".


The repetition of the lines "if I listen long enough to you, I'd find a way to believe that it's all true" shows how the singer is trying to convince herself that the relationship can be salvaged, despite the evidence to the contrary. The phrase "knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried" encapsulates the pain of realizing that the person you trusted has deceived you.


The last lines of the song, "still I look to find a reason to believe", convey a sense of hopefulness and determination, as the singer refuses to give up on the possibility of finding love and happiness. Overall, the lyrics of "Reason to Believe" are a powerful testimony to the complexity of human emotion and the enduring desire for connection.


Line by Line Meaning

If I listen long enough to you
If I give in to your lies and deceitful ways just long enough


I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
I'd convince myself that your words hold merit, despite knowing your dishonesty


Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Understanding clearly that you deceived me even as my tears flowed uncontrollably


Still I look to find a reason to believe
Despite everything that has happened, I search for a reason to trust you again


If I gave you time to change my mind
Maybe if I let you try to persuade me again, I could reconsider my current stance


I'd find a way to leave the past behind
I could learn to let go of the hurt and betrayal in the hopes of moving on with you again


Someone like you makes it hard to live without Somebody else
Being with someone as manipulative and untrustworthy as you makes it nearly impossible to be alone


Someone like you makes it easy to give
However, being with you makes it easy for me to be selfless and put your needs before my own


Never thinking of myself
I constantly prioritize you and your feelings above my own desires and needs


If I listen long enough to you
Once again, if I give in to your words, your lies, your manipulations


I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
I would force myself to believe in you once more, despite all evidence to the contrary


Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Despite knowing the pain and deception you caused me before


Still I look to find a reason to believe
I still search for a reason to continue to trust and be with you, even when it seems impossible




Writer(s): Tim Hardin

Contributed by Ryan L. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@gitisai3517

If I listen long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing, that you lied, straight-faced
While I cried
Still I'd look to find a reason to believe
If I gave you time to change my mind
I'd find a way to leave the past behind
Knowing that you lied, straight-faced
While I cried
Still I'd look to find a reason to believe
Someone like you makes it hard to live
Without, somebody else
Someone like you, makes it easy to give
Never think of myself
If I listen long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing that you lied, straight-faced
While I cried
Still I'd look to find a reason to believe.



@hadend

If I listened long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe


If I gave you time to change my mind
I'd find a way to leave the past behind
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe
Someone like you makes it hard to live without
Somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
Never think about myself

If I listened long enough to you
I'd find a way to believe that it's all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe



All comments from YouTube:

@chefwoo22

I've heard everyone from Tim Hardin, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Marianne Faithful, Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins & Rod Stewart sing this. It's the first one to bring instant tears.

@davidmcnair1455

Hardin wrote it.

@blackmarketgoodness5715

Her voice captures the essence of the song , the hurt of being cursed with a beating heart.

@dawnc2807

I like Karen Carpenters version too....given that she had an eating disorder this song has a different meaning.

@benkeijs

Mitchell Woo, Springsteen didn't sing this. His Reason to Believe is a total different song he wrote in 1982

@chefwoo22

Ben Keisjer: Thanks for the correction.
I was lucky enough to hear Tim Hardin sing it at Mr. Yasgur's farm half-a-century ago.....Yikes!

4 More Replies...

@sadidrahimi

I can’t believe this is only 200k. Karen Dalton was once in a blue moon, less than handful of artists can compare

@quietmind7476

This is brilliant!! Never heard of Karen until now.

@A.F.Chimes

Karen made me obsessed with this song. Check out my version on my channel

@ruthannarenee

Resonates hope, forgiveness, grace, love. Songs like this make me believe in god.

More Comments

More Versions