I know the difference between it and that, but what does that mean in the sentence below? Does it mean the same as it?

I reach for the phone,
I don't know who to call.
That excites me.
Starving for days,
I've been told it's a phase,
But they don't see.
That I'm holding on to something that I don't seem to catch
Now I've been following the streams along,
But nothing never last.

Source: Wake Up Alone Lyrics

2 Answers 2


The link within your link for playing the song is not a free-play, so it is difficult to tell what that refers to.

It may mean that

I reach for the phone I dont know who to call

not knowing whom to call excites you, or it may mean

I reach for the phone I dont know who to call that excites me

you don't know which person that excites you to call

  • Okay Peter here's an another link but give me an appropriate answer please. Any help will be appreciated youtu.be/BGXqZmDKxM8
    – user55584
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 16:40
  • Sorry that link is blocked in the US.
    – Peter
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 19:51
  • I've modified the link in the question, but in case this other one is also blocked in the US I've completed the lyrics. There was a typo in OP's link (What I think is a typo, I'd never seen "phase" spelt "fase".
    – None
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 17:02
  • @Laure Thanks for doing that, its still blocked on Youtube due to copyright. The question is if there is a pause between "call" and "that", only reading lyrics may not bring out the intent since singers don't always follow punctuation.
    – Peter
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 19:22

The only difference I can see is that "it" may imply something that is more immediate to you in time or space, where "that" implies something not as close. In actuality, I think it's a matter of preference of how the sentence sounds to the author.

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