For whatever reason, I’ve been on a huge The Starting Line kick lately. Whenever they come up on the iPod, I’m like “Sure, OK, let’s go with this.”

Interesting to me I haven’t blogged on them before? Because “Say It Like You Mean It” is such a fantastic mainstay, but ya know, I only get around to this every so often. But I’ve been a huge kick lately, every TSL song on shuffle has made me stop (And yes, OK, I jam out to “Island.” You caught me. It’s the only track of “Direction” that makes the cut, though).

This one, though, particularly I love, short and sweet as it is:


Love the beat, love the phrasing, love the concept. Straight-the-fuck-up. Love that goodbyes can be so upbeat.

It gets it all in one. Loved. Unloved. Circumstance, Inspired. And so it goes.

“Lead on,
to keep our feelings strong,
and make me still believe
our page is one and the same
Our ways will separate tonight.

You say if we were to wait.
Some things just might be changed.
I say that I dont have the strength
to fuel a burning flame.
Speak to me,
What can I say, we just live too far away.

That’s a shame that love can’t make you stay.
Sweet thing,
I hope that you know I’m wondering where you are.
You say this could work someday,
When you and I both know this is the end.


Leave me the way it has to be,
excuse my poor excuse.
Tell me that insecurities
are what drove me to you.

And everyday I compare your face
from sweet beginnings to your bitter end…
Sweet thing,
I hope that you know I’m wondering where you are.
You say this could work someday,
when you and I both know this is the end.
Let me let go…
Sweet thing,
I hope that you know I’m wondering where you are
You say this could work someday,
When you and I both know this is the end
.

~Hello Houston

The Starting Line, Say It Like You Mean It