What does "I can't reach out to call you" mean? (penultimate line)

There's a time that I remember,
When I did not know no pain
When I believed in forever,
And everything would stay the same
Now my heart feel like December
When somebody say your name
Because I can't reach out to call you,
But I know I will one day, yeah

  • 1
    I can't take the initiative to make contact with you. – user105719 Feb 11 '20 at 4:45

reach [intransitive, transitive] to stretch your hand towards something in order to touch it, pick it up, etc.

  • adv./prep. She reached inside her bag for a pen.
    I reached out to pat the dog.
    He reached into his pocket and pulled out his phone.
    She reached blindly for the light switch.
    He reached across the table to squeeze her hand.
    reach something + adv./prep. He reached out his hand to touch her.

This is from Oxford Learner's Dictionary

  • 1
    I am afraid the use in the question is a figurative one, not the literal one which you outline. – mdewey Aug 31 '20 at 14:13

It literally means to reach out (extend your arm) to pick up the phone and call somebody.

Maroon 5 wrote this song "Memories" as a tribute to their late manager Jordan Feldstein, who died unexpectedly in December 2017 from a pulmonary embolism. The line is basically lamenting that they can't just make a phone call when they miss the person.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.