Lyrics of the Week – Week 18


Dedicated to Heath Ledger.

“Your Winter” by Sister Hazel

The grey ceiling on the earth,
Well, it’s lasted for a while.
Take my thoughts for what they’re worth.
I’ve been acting like a child.
Your opinion, what is that?
It’s just a different point of view.

What else, what else can I do?
I said I’m sorry, yeah, I’m sorry.
I said I’m sorry, but what for?
If I hurt you then I hate myself.
I don’t want to hate myself,
Don’t want to hurt you.
Why do you choose your pain?
If you only knew
How much I love you, love you.

Well, I won’t be your winter.
And I won’t be anyone’s excuse to cry.
And we can be forgiven.
And I will be here.

Old picture on the shelf,
It’s been there for a while:
A frozen image of ourselves
We were acting like a child.
Innocence and in a trance,
A dance that lasted for a while.
Read my eyes just like a diary,
Oh remember, please remember.
Well I’m not a begger, but what’s more,
If I hurt you then I hate myself.
I don’t want to hate myself, don’t want to hurt you.
Why do you choose that pain?
If you only knew
How much I love you.

Well,  I won’t be your winter.
And I won’t be anyone’s excuse to cry.
We can be forgiven.
And I will be here.

This song always makes me think of 10 Things I Hate About You. (It’s featured in the film.) My sister owned this movie when I was only around 10 years old, but that didn’t keep me from watching a movie that was years ahead of me. Watching movies about teenagers made me feel “cool”. I distinctly remember having a crush on Heath Ledger. This was before The Patriot and A Knight’s Tale, before he was plastered on every teenage girl’s bedroom wall. His character in 10 Things I Hate About You may be the reason I’m attracted to bad boys who are a bit off color. Thanks Heath :).

The way I interpret the song is the way the movie portrays: a couple has a conflict causing a breakup or continuous relationship turmoil. The song means that one of the two is surrendering. He/she will not make the other undergo a long “cold” period (winter) of fighting any longer. Forgiveness is key.

Close your eyes. Reflect upon the imagery of each verse. Listen.

Photo Credit: Sister Hazel

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