Have you ever had a cold, and couldn’t breathe out of your nose? In that instant you realize you took advantage of the fact that you could breathe before your cold, and now would do anything to go back in time, and you wouldn’t take breathing for granted? That is a great example of what this artist is writing about, not the cold thing, but about taking things for granted you didn’t realize meant so much to you.
The song starts off with “Well you only need the light when it’s burning low, only miss the sun when it starts to snow, only know you love her when you let her go.” All of these lines have the same meaning of taking things for granted, and realizing it when you don’t have them anymore. When the light is going out, is when you realize you need the light, when it’s snowing is when you realize miss the bright, and sunny summer days, and you only realize you love her when it’s to late. We tend to take advantage of things when we have them, or be too blind to see what we have in front of us while it’s there. The second stanza is similar to the first, it gives us more examples of not realizing what you have when you have it. “Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low, only hate the road when you’re missing home, only know you love her when you let her go, and you let her go.” He ends this stanza a bit differently than the first, he ends with “and you let her go.” This to me signifies that he is taking the blame, he understands now that he made a mistake in letting her go. Now that she is gone he realizes that he did in fact love her.
The next two stanzas he goes into a bit of self-reflection. “Staring at the bottom of your glass, hoping one day you’ll make a dream last, but dreams come slow and they go so fast. You see her when you close your eyes, maybe one day you’ll understand why, everything you touch surely dies.” He now is looking inward, and realizing that this is a pattern in his life. He is trying to make sense of why this keeps happening, trying to understand where he is going wrong. The self-reflection is good, maybe he will learn to change his ways in the future, and realize what he has, when he has it. Now he’s stuck with her memories, and he is just trying to make sense of it all, hopefully to keep it from happening again. Admitting the problem is the first step in change, he’s on a good path!
The writer then goes on to repeat the chorus again, followed by “Staring at the ceiling in the dark, same old empty feeling in your heart, ’cause love comes slow and it goes so fast. Well you see her when you fall asleep never to touch and never to keep, because you loved her too much and you dived to deep.” He seems lonely, and regretful of his choices. He can’t get her back, and that he knows, but it still haunts him. His dreams are a different from his reality, I believe he wishes to have her back, but it’s not going to happen.
He ends the song by repeating the chorus three times before ending the song, further drilling in the life lesson of you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. This is a pretty powerful song, the chorus speaks for itself. We don’t always realize what we have until it’s no longer there, and then when it’s to late we realize what we did have, leading to regret. This lesson doesn’t only apply to relationships, but of all aspects of life, just as the chorus states by all of the different examples. The overall lesson that I took away from this song is to not take anything for granted, open your eyes to what you have, when you have it. Thinking of my own life, there are things I take for granted daily, that I should cherish, and many things I wish I could get back. What are some things you have taken for granted when you had it, and later regretted it?