The Fray – You Found Me | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review

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“You Found Me” is the first single from The Fray’s second studio album titled “The Fray”. Released on November 21, 2008, the song ranked No.35 in the UK, No.7 in the US and No.1 in Australia. The song was certified to have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide in 2015.

The Fray singer and screenwriter Isaac Slade has discussed the song on their official website;

“’You Found Me’ is a difficult song for me. It’s about the disappointment, the heartache, the disappointment that comes with life. Sometimes you are disappointed; sometimes you’re the one to let someone else down. It becomes difficult to know who you can trust, who you can rely on. This song came out of a rough patch, and I’m still in the thick of it. My family and friends have been through difficult circumstances over the past year and it can be overwhelming. It carries me. It demands so much of my faith to continue to believe, to continue to hope in the invisible. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually they just look as dark as night. This song is about that feeling and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest.

According to an interview with The Sun magazine, Isaac explains that this song was inspired by a dream;

“I dreamed that I met God on a street corner. He looked like Bruce Springsteen and he was smoking a cigarette. I discussed it with him and I asked, ‘Where were you when all these bad things happened to these very unworthy good people? There were difficult times. I was questioning my faith, angry at things that had happened in my life and in the lives of my friends. A friend had had a miscarriage, I had lost my grandfather. I was angry and the song was angry and desperate too. I imagined what I would say to God, in the face of all the bullshit my friends have been through in the last few years.

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“You Found Me” Lyrics Meaning & Song Review

Verse 1

From his dream, Isaac says he encountered God at a particular time in his life when everything around him seemed to be falling apart. In his vision, God was smoking a cigarette, which shows his calm demeanor. Isaac had a question “where were you?” All this time to save her children. God answers “ask anything” to show that it is a trivial question to ask. Sometimes there’s a reason things happen in this world, and other times it’s chaos. Trying to figure out who is what is an almost impossible task. Trying to explain how the world works to a mortal human being is an impossible task, even for God.

The place mentioned in the song ‘corner of First and Amistad’ is a real place in Texas. However, this exact location is irrelevant to the meaning of the song. Instead, it could contain a more biblical meaning to indicate a junction between heaven and hell.

Verse 2

Isaac Slade continues his questions to God. He asks God why he was not by his side when he called God in the most difficult times of his life. He was hanged on his phone (or rather his faith) to receive a reassuring message from God. But he never came.

Chorus

Isaac goes on to explain the torments he has been through so far. He was lost without knowing what to do. He didn’t feel sure of himself and the lack of control he had over everything that was going on around him. So he asks why did God take so long to show Himself to him? Nonetheless, the singer is happy that God has found him at least now. Better late than never, right?

However, the last two lines of the chorus can be taken as something God would say to Isaac as well. God could answer Isaac’s question as to why he is late. God answers that he’s a little late, and now he’s found Him.

Verse 3

In the third verse of “You Found Me”, we find the singer at the lowest level. He talks about losing the love of his life. It is a daunting task to imagine losing the one who went through thick and thin with you, and the one who knows you inside and out. But the punchline is that she’s still next to the singer right now. The idea that Isaac is trying to drive is that he has endured so much loss and heartache, he actually expects this girl to leave him as well. It’s an absolutely pessimistic view of life that he could imagine for himself.

But all hope is not yet lost. Because he found God just before the final drop.

Bridge

Isaac Slade tells God how he prayed to God each morning to show him some resolve. But he got no response from God. Isaac is angry with God for thinking that He has taken all these people around him away from him.

Isaac Slade finally met God. Although he might not have answers to his questions, the presence of God before him would be enough to give the singer some faith. Everything may not be back to normal from tomorrow for Isaac. But at least he knows that a higher power ignores them all.

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