THE STORY BEHIND WHERE YOU ARE
In a world full of love songs and songs all about heartbreak, there's a significant lacking of a third branch to romance-based music. That is, there's a lot of love songs, but there really aren't many out there about falling out of love with someone. I considered all of the emotions that go along with that, from my own experience, including the notion that sometimes you never really do fall out of love - if you were truly in love. Guilt, sadness, confusion, loss, a whole heartbreak of your own. Trying to force yourself to feel the way you did before whatever happened happened, and feeling the absolute, purest sadness of heartbreak because you're going to have to hurt a person that you care so much about.
I've always been all about songs with concepts, that have stories and characters. It's why I love David Bowie, Pink Floyd and My Chemical Romance so much. (Bright Eyes as well. Listen to Bright Eyes.) Where You Are fits into that because of the fictional context in which it is set. It's founded on the bitter idea that love is a lethal disease, and that the only cure in existence is the reciprocation of your feelings from whomever it is your feelings are for. That is, if that person doesn't fall in love with you too, you're dead. That's a pretty dark, dare-I-say cool song concept. But how much more twisted would it be if I took that and flipped it on its head again, making the song written from the point of view of the person that can't, no matter how hard they try, fall in love back? You care deeply about this person, but simply can't find it in your heart to truly love them. You're killing someone with your feelings, and you really can't control that. There's true sadness in that.
There is an argument for the notion that I could be suggesting, with this song, that not being able to be with me is a lethal disease. It's not. I'm not that arrogant. It's simply a song about falling out love with someone who hasn't fallen out of love at the same time. I wanted to highlight the tragedy in that.
I've been hit by both edges of the relationship ending blade, being the ender, or indeed the ended, and it's something that, for me, has always been an important part of my life. I always change after a relationship ends. I'm yet to have a romantic altercation that doesn't end in relative disaster, but I'm not bitter about that at all. I just wanted to write a song that I don't think many people have heard yet.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song. And remember that everything is open to interpretation. Take my words and do what you will with them. Apply meaning, go nuts. Art is all about perception and your own response. So respond.