“You took my heart, and you held it in your mouth
And with a word all my love came rushing out
And every whisper, it’s the worst
Emptied out by a single word
There is a hollow in me now”
The singer is deeply in love with this man, to the point that he has her hanging on every word. She felt like a single word from him could make her feel overcome with love and empty out her heart for him.
“So I put my faith in something unknown
I’m living on such sweet nothing
But I’m trying to hope with nothing to hold
I’m living on such sweet nothing”
She is putting her faith in him that he will love her, even though she has no indications that he will do so. She continues to have hope even though she is living on a “sweet nothing”, the notion that he is giving her nothing in return.
“And it’s hard to learn
And it’s hard to love
When you’re giving me such sweet nothing
Sweet nothing, sweet nothing
You’re giving me such sweet nothing”
It is hard for her to love him because he is giving her nothing in return. He is giving her “sweet nothings”, endearing words or flirts with no deep meaning behind them.
“It isn’t easy for me to let it go
Cause I’ve swallowed every single word
And every whisper, every sigh
Eats away at this heart of mine
And there is a hollow in me now”
It is tough for her to love him because she has believed his every word but he has given her nothing in return.
In summary, this song is essentially about a woman who is in love with a man. However, she is living on sweet nothing because he does not love her back.
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