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* SarcasmMode: "How to Save a Life" features the line "Let him know that you know best/'Cause after all, you do know best." The writer said that the song was written about troubled teens he had worked with and how their parents always thought they knew what was best for the teens, even if it wasn't working.

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*RhymingWithItself: "How to Save a Life" does this several times, starting with the opening couplet: "Step one, you say we need to talk/He walks, you say sit down, it's just a talk."


she's on your mind she's on your mind.''

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she's on your mind mind, she's on your mind.''



The Fray is a Denver-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)", "How to Save a Life", and their piano-rock style of music.

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The Fray is a Denver-based UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)", "How to Save a Life", and their piano-rock style of music.



--> Yet man was born to trouble, like sparks fly upward... [[note]]Job 5:7[[/note]]

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--> Yet man was born to trouble, like sparks fly upward... [[note]]Job 5:7[[/note]]



* CrowdSong: "All At Once" references a crowd bursting into song.

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* CrowdSong: "All At at Once" references a crowd bursting into song.



** A number of songs seem to be written from the wrong side. Examples include "Trust Me," "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "You Found Me."

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** A number of songs seem to be written from the wrong side. Examples include "Trust Me," Me", "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "You Found Me."Me".



* DrivenToSuicide: It appears that "How to Save a Life" is a song about someone who was driven to killing themselves.

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* DrivenToSuicide: It appears that "How to Save a Life" is a song about someone who was driven to killing kill themselves.



* NeverTrustATitle: "Happiness" is nothing like it sounds. It's an extremely sad song that puts some of Music/{{U2}}'s [[DownerEnding album closers]] to shame.

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* NeverTrustATitle: "Happiness" is nothing like it sounds. It's an extremely sad song that puts some of Music/{{U2}}'s [[DownerEnding album closers]] to shame.



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "You Found Me" is addressed to God with the question "Where were you?" Also a bit of SmiteMeOMightySmiter involved. Fairly mild, though, given that Isaac Slade is a Christian. Note that, even if He was "just a little late," God showed up anyway, and although the song is very emotional, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation it does have a slight air of gratefulness]].

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "You Found Me" is addressed to God with the question "Where were you?" Also a bit of SmiteMeOMightySmiter involved. Fairly mild, though, given that Isaac Slade is a Christian. Note that, even if He was "just a little late," late", God showed up anyway, and although the song is very emotional, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation it does have a slight air of gratefulness]].



* StarCrossedLovers: According to Slade, "Turn Me On" is about a ''RomeoAndJuliet'' style love affair.

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* StarCrossedLovers: According to Slade, "Turn Me On" is about a ''RomeoAndJuliet'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' style love affair.


The Fray is a Denver-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)", "How To Save A Life", and their piano-rock style of music.

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The Fray is a Denver-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)", "How To to Save A a Life", and their piano-rock style of music.



* AngstySurvivingTwin: The main character of "Run For Your Life" is one.

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* AngstySurvivingTwin: The main character of "Run For for Your Life" is one.



** "How To Save A Life" has someone else going over this.
** "Run For Your Life" is about a girl with a dead twin sister and trying to keep her from crossing it.

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** "How To to Save A a Life" has someone else going over this.
** "Run For for Your Life" is about a girl with a dead twin sister and trying to keep her from crossing it.



* DrivenToSuicide: It appears that "How To Save a Life" is a song about someone who was driven to killing themselves.
* GriefSong: "How To Save A Life" is about being unable to save someone from themselves, though it's officially open to interpretation.

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* DrivenToSuicide: It appears that "How To to Save a Life" is a song about someone who was driven to killing themselves.
* GriefSong: "How To to Save A a Life" is about being unable to save someone from themselves, though it's officially open to interpretation.



** Perhaps to clearly demonstrate the trope, the word "shit" appears in the opening track "Hold My Hand," just within three minutes to begin their "Helios" album.

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** Perhaps to clearly demonstrate the trope, the word "shit" appears in the opening track "Hold My Hand," Hand", just within three minutes to begin their "Helios" album.



* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: "Trust Me" plays around with this; the speaker seems sad that the addressee will understand "when you're older," but equally despairing at the idea that they never might.

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* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: "Trust Me" plays around with this; the speaker seems sad that the addressee will understand "when you're older," older", but equally despairing at the idea that they never might.



* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: "How to Save a Life" is about attempting and failing to do this.

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* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: "How to Save a Life" is about attempting attempting, and failing failing, to do this.



* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: "Enough For Now" is about a man who wanted a son to inherit his name, [[InadequateInheritor but had a daughter instead]]. The lyrics suggest that it's about the grandfather of a band member.

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* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: "Enough For for Now" is about a man who wanted a son to inherit his name, [[InadequateInheritor but had a daughter instead]]. The lyrics suggest that it's about the grandfather of a band member.


** Perhaps to clearly demonstrate the trope, the word "shit" appears in the opening track "Hold My Hand," just within three minutes of their "Helios" album.

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** Perhaps to clearly demonstrate the trope, the word "shit" appears in the opening track "Hold My Hand," just within three minutes of to begin their "Helios" album.


* DisappearedDad: The father in "Enough for now", who "left my mother's mother without so much as a kiss", and while it's unclear exactly what happened the first verse says he's "no longer with us" and later lyrics suggest he's dead.

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* DisappearedDad: The father in "Enough for now", Now", who "left my mother's mother without so much as a kiss", and while it's unclear exactly what happened the first verse says he's "no longer with us" and later lyrics suggest he's dead.


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** Perhaps to clearly demonstrate the trope, the word "shit" appears in the opening track "Hold My Hand," just within three minutes of their "Helios" album.


* BerlinWall:
** Referenced in "Hundred"
** More obvious in "1961", where it's used as a metaphor for walls we build up to not let people in.


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->''Everyone knows I'm in over my head, over my head,\\
With eight seconds left in overtime,\\
she's on your mind she's on your mind.''
-->"Over My Head (Cable Car)"


* NeverTrustATitle: "Happiness" is nothing like it sounds. It's an extremely sad song that puts some of {{U2}}'s [[DownerEnding album closers]] to shame.

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* NeverTrustATitle: "Happiness" is nothing like it sounds. It's an extremely sad song that puts some of {{U2}}'s Music/{{U2}}'s [[DownerEnding album closers]] to shame.


* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Isaac. Naturally leading to the occasional:
** {{Mondegreen}}

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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Isaac. Naturally leading to the occasional:
** {{Mondegreen}}
occasional {{Mondegreen}}.

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* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: "How to Save a Life" is about attempting and failing to do this.

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Not to be confused with the comic book ''ComicBook/{{Fray}}''.


The Fray is a Denver-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)" "How To Save A Life" and their piano-rock style of music.

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The Fray is a Denver-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)" Car)", "How To Save A Life" Life", and their piano-rock style of music.

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