How to Forget
How to Forget

How to Forget Lyrics Meanings
by Jason Isbell

Singer/Songwriter
2015
1K

How to Forget Lyrics

Give her space, give her speed
Give her anything she needs
Get her out of here
Give her weed, give her wine
Give her anything but time
Get her out of here

She won't stop telling stories, and most of them are true
She knew me back before I fell for you
I was strained, I was sad, didn't realize what I had
It was years ago
I was sick, I was scared, I was socially impaired
It was years ago
My past's a scary movie, I watched and fell asleep
Now I'm dreaming up these creatures from the deep

Teach me how to forget, replace the character set
Teach me how to unlearn a lesson
Teach me how to forget, 'cause I ain't sorry just yet
Teach me how to unlearn a lesson

Have a seat, have a drink, tell the jury what you think
Was I good to you?
Was it hell, was it fun, did you think I was the one
Was I glued to you?
Now that I found someone who makes me wanna live
Does that make my leaving harder to forgive?

Teach me how to forget, replace the character set
Teach me how to unlearn a lesson
Teach me how to forget, 'cause I ain't sorry just yet
Teach me how to unlearn a lesson

Teach me how to forget, replace the character set
Teach me how to unlearn a lesson
Teach me how to forget, 'cause I ain't sorry just yet
Teach me how to unlearn a lesson

Writer(s): JASON ISBELL
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

How to Forget Meanings

Not jealous. Vindictive. She's telling stories of all of the awful things he did when they were together. He owns up to them tells his new girlfriend he isn't the same person he was back then. explains that he was living a life he didn't want but didn't know how to make the change or in what direction. he was living his life as if he was just a spectator and he fell asleep during the film. he wasn't in control Then he met her and it's as if the old person had been erased. So much so that it's as if you reprogrammed "the character set" of a computer. He apologized for those mistakes in the past but maybe he isn't sorry because they shaped him into who he is now but how do you reconcile it with who you are now and incorporate the shadow? He calls the ex on her bs. Points out only reason she's bringing it up is because misery loves company. A narrative of my 2019 that's the thing about great songs everyone thinks it's about them.

The protagonist meets his ex at the party, he's attending with his new love. Although they have drifted apart already, his ex is suddenly jealous and is telling stories about them together, which makes him and his new love uncomfortable. The protagonist addresses his new love, his ex and himself in this song.

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