How to Save a Life - The Fray



The Experience: 
One of the youngsters I was paired up with was a musician. Here I was, a protected surburbanite, and he was just 17 and had all these problems. And no one could write a manual on how to save him. - Isaac Slade, at a mentor camp for troubled teens. That's the experience that inspired this song.

Msuic Video:
As Slade goes through the steps he was told to follow in his work with teens, different steps to folllow appear on the screen amidst scenes of anguished adolescents. They're numbered out of order, perhaps because it's precisely getting the order wrong that blocks getting through to teens and their own opening up for help.


My Take:
The song communicates a desire to help others and a recognition that I can't do it, at least, not on my own. But I'm not going to give up, and I'll learn from my mistakes.   

Ask Yourself:
Would you stay up for someone all night if you knew how to save their life? 

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.
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.

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