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Why does she sing her sad songs for me, I'm not the one
To tenderly bring her soft sympathy I've just begun
To see my way clear and it's plain, if I stop I will fall
I can lay down a tear for her pain, just a tear and that's all.

It is a Townes Van Zandt song.

I see three meanings:

I'm not the one to tenderly bring her soft sympathy.

And:

To tenderly bring her soft sympathy I've just begun

And:

I've just begun to see my way clear

Am I confused or misunderstanding the things or is it a really intentional double meaning?

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Well, you as the listener have the ability to decide for yourself how to interpret it.

I'll say this, though—as a native speaker speaking from intuition, your interpretation doesn't seem very likely to me. It seems like the song is written with the following sentences in mind:

Why does she sing her sad songs for me?
I'm not the one to tenderly bring her soft sympathy.
I've just begun to see my way clear, and it's plain that if I stop I will fall.
I can lay down a tear for her pain, I can lay down just a tear and that's all that I can lay down.

But meaning isn't set in stone. The meaning in the song is what you find in it. If you want to read it the other way, feel free :-)

  • Thank you Snailboat I was really looking fot the intuition meaning for natives. Carpe diem! – Apprentice May 11 '15 at 15:40
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You'll often encounter these sorts of broken lines in poetry or music because it helps to maintain a particular rhythm, pattern, or rhyme scheme. Consider students reading lines from Shakespeare, pausing unnaturally at the end of each line, vs an actor who reads through to the end of sentence so its meaning is clear.

In your example above, you'll notice the AA-BB rhyme scheme at the end of the lines, which is likely why they're wrapped as they are.

I'd agree w/Snailboat's interpretation as to where punctuation & obvious breaks would be if it were prose, but as stated you can also search for deeper meaning if you want. Playing with double meanings and alternate interpretations can be what makes it interesting.

On one hand, the singer is saying "Why me? I'm not the one she wants. I finally see my path to get clear of her and I can't stop now, so all she gets from me is a tear & nothing more."

On the other hand, even though he's "not the one," maybe he'd like to be and has "just begun" to care about her. Or he did before & is trying not to fall for her again. Maybe he's conflicted and torn in 2 directions by his feelings, just as the lines he speaks are torn down the middle.

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