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How to Save a Life
The Fray Lyrics


Step one, you say we need to talk
He walks, you say sit down, it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left, and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
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
And pray to God he hears you
And I 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 and 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

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

How to save a life
How to save a life

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

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

How to save a life
How to save a life

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Isaac Slade, Joseph King

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vorpal22

I had a friend when I was 19. We used to go to clubbing together and then I would crash at his place because I lived way further out and there was no public transportation to my house at that time of night.

One week, his partner broke up with him and moved to England. No warning, no notice, no red flags, no nothing.
That weekend I went clubbing with my friend again, but I could tell that his heart wasn't in it and he was extremely depressed over the breakup.

The next morning, I gave him a big hug goodbye and told him that I loved him.

A month later, he told me that he had planned on killing himself that night, and the only thing that had stopped him was me telling him this.
So now I make sure to always let the people I love know that I love them, and show kindness to the people I don't know, because just knowing that someone cares and that there are good people in the world can literally save someone's life.



Sailing Project Odyssey

"How To Save A Life"

Step one, you say, "We need to talk"
He walks, you say, "Sit down. It's just a talk"
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
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 I 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 and 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

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


How to save a life

How to save a life

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


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
How to save a life

How to save a life



Javon McCovery

LYRICS:

Step one, you say we need to talk
He walks, you say sit down, it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left, and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
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
And pray to God he hears you
And I 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 and 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

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

How to save a life
How to save a life

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

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

How to save a life
How to save a life
✌🏾



Wolffenstein Outdoors Sports and Archery

This was a long time ago. Had a friend who always talked about how interesting death is and how he didnt know what to do when he turned 18. He had a tough time then, his parents wanted him out of the house, he was not very good at school, didnt have any real perspectives.

The first time I should have listened better was when he mentioned that he would like to live like Peter Pan and his Lost Boys ("verlorene Jungs" in german). How bad he wanted to stay just 17, how he didnt want his parents to abandon him, how deeply depressed he was and that he just didnt want to turn 18. We were both very drunk and I just wasnt listening. I brushed it off as drunken talking. You know, that kind of nonsense someone spouts when they get drunk and all emotional and stuff.

Second red light was the time when he started to give his stuff away. I asked him why, well, everyone asked him why and he replied that he would not need his stuff anymore because he was going to another place. We really thought that he found a new appartment. Well, in hindsight he was going to another place.

The third red light was when we called him and his phone was out. No one of us could reach him for a whole weekend. We wanted to celebrate his 18th birthday. The monday after that on of our friends was ringing my doorbell. She told us that he died. Suicide. He used razor blades in his bathtub.

The thing is: Somewhere deep inside of me, in the rear part of my brain, I knew he was serious. At that time I just knew we could have prevented his death. At least I was sure about that at that moment when we were told what happened. But today I think different about it. No matter what we could try at this time, he would have done it.

When someone commits suicide it is not your fault. It is no ones fault. These things just happen. And most of the time no one sees the signs. So dont feel guilty when it happens.



steventhjey

Things we should not forget about:


1. The people who care about you (we have at least one person that deeply understands you, I truly believe in you)

2. The possibility of getting better and better (we can't change the past, but we can learn from past experiences)

3. The moment of doing things you really enjoyed (Doing things you like will go positively all the time)

4. The connection from lots of people somewhere (I always feel this intangible feeling with these many people listening to the song)

5. The dream you want to achieve (whatever you do, you'll get everything that you have certain goals to change or obtain)

6. The truth is there are lots of songs that try to give you hopeful messages (that's why we love The Fray music)

7. The reminder that we deserve to have good happenings, emotions, and much more! (we do indeed)


You can do it, time isn't waiting for you but at least you start to try, well begun is half done. And I strongly believe that you can overcome all the difficulties you're going through even though I don't know anything about you... I'm just wishing that we could all be happy and have such joy in life! You're not alone :)



rfl cptr

I know: At the very moment I'm writing these sentences, there are already 82,012 comments to this video. I might be too late, because no one ever will read this. But I have to do this. For my brother.

13 years ago, I was 17, my oldest brother just got 30. (Disclaimer: I was always the little brother, of course. Always too young to hang out with the friends of my older "cooler" brothers.)
But when I got 16/17 he accepted me as a real man. Brother. "semi-mature"-guy.
From 2005 to 2007 we did a lot of things together. He invited me to his home. When he did this the first time, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. Hanging out with the real dudes. Wow. You can't imagine how proud I felt. :)

In 2007 my brother had to go the doctor. He had breathing problems. Long story short:
He was diagnosed with lung cancer. Incurable. His lung cancer was so "rare", even doctors from the US (Hopkins Medicine School? I'm not really sure) wanted to analyze his illness. (I swear: This is no bragging. This is just the truth and extremely sad.)

He knew that he will die. We all knew. In the last months he made the best out of it. We both did. We played a lot of guitar and sang together. And so the circle is complete. :)

The last song we played together was this one here. We both sang. And I played the guitar.
I think we did it roundabout 25 times. We stopped because we had to smoke.
Yeah, he had lung cancer. He shouldn't smoke of course.
But in his last days he didn't care.

Nevertheless, after the last repetition of the song and when we smoked the last cigarrette: I cried as fuck. He didn't. He was so strong and happy that we shared these last "drunken moments" together.

We made the best of these last days. And now: After 13 years I can finally write about it.
I love you, my brother. And I will never forget you. I promise.

Jani, mach's gut. Ich liebe dich.

Please folks, I don't need a like/thumbsup/whatever.
But please dot it for my brother. So that maybe some other people will read this and give a little smile to my brother in heaven.

Love you!


And: Thank you, The Fray!


(Sorry: I'm not a native speaker. Here are definitely a lot of grammar/vocabulary fails in the text.)



All comments from YouTube:

FootyManagerTV

I can’t remember this song being that deep..

Jimmy Smitley

It gets deeper with age !!!!

Lulu

@Valerie Knowles Not sure if this has been said already (too many comments to read through), but I think you're thinking of their other big song from this album Over My Head (Cable Car).

Tommy Cholewinski

Good music meets you where you are and , changes with you .

Burt McAster

This songs never been about suicide 🤷🏻‍♂️

Devare Wilson

@Tucker wow!! Thanks for the insight brother!

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vorpal22

I had a friend when I was 19. We used to go to clubbing together and then I would crash at his place because I lived way further out and there was no public transportation to my house at that time of night.

One week, his partner broke up with him and moved to England. No warning, no notice, no red flags, no nothing.
That weekend I went clubbing with my friend again, but I could tell that his heart wasn't in it and he was extremely depressed over the breakup.

The next morning, I gave him a big hug goodbye and told him that I loved him.

A month later, he told me that he had planned on killing himself that night, and the only thing that had stopped him was me telling him this.
So now I make sure to always let the people I love know that I love them, and show kindness to the people I don't know, because just knowing that someone cares and that there are good people in the world can literally save someone's life.

vorpal22

@Una Betti Thank you! That is so kind of you to say, and I just got your message now before heading to bed, which was a wonderful end note to my day. I sometimes stumble and fail, but I really want to bring more positivity into the world than negativity. I am so fortunate how supportive my family, friends, and employers have been of me given that I have a lot of health issues, and I am truly lucky to be living my dream life in Hawaii since August, so yes, life is absolutely grand. I hope that you are having a great week!

Una Betti

@vorpal22 You are wise beyond your years and with such a beautiful, caring heart. I wish whatever you have given comes back to you 1000 fold.

vorpal22

@The Journey Thanks for the reply. I just had a really rough day today traveling for 22 hours and it was nice to get back home to Hawaii, open my email, and get the notification. I hope your week is off to a great start!

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