The Fray – How to Save a Life (Audio, Lyrics, Video)

The Fray - How to Save a Life (prod. Aaron Johnson & Mike Flynn)

Watch the music video for The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” song from 2005. The track was produced by Aaron Johnson & Mike Flynn. Listen, stream, read the lyrics, mp3 download.

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The second single, and title track from The Fray’s debut album.

This song is about lead singer Isaac Slade’s experience at a shelter for troubled teens. From an article in “The Sauce” Magazine:

A friend of mine was actually the president for that particular school, so he asked Joe and I to come up for one of their weekend retreats. I was paired up with one kid in particular. His story was just amazing—all the relationships that he had put at risk because of the decisions he made, and eventually losing the relationships… the cost of his lifestyle and his choices, and kind of relating them to my own life and my own stories; seeing all the relationships I’ve threatened for one reason or another. It was a really inspiring weekend. –

The Fray – How to Save a Life (prod. Aaron Johnson & Mike Flynn)

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 2]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 3]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Refrain]
How to save a life
How to save a life

[Chorus]
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

[Outro]
How to save a life
How to save a life

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