If you are ever going through a troubled time, this song is a sure way to pick yourself up. Countless comments on this song’s YouTube video prove it works. So we bring you “You Found Me” by The Fray during these isolated times of Coronavirus COVID-19.
“You Found Me” is the lead single off of The Fray’s second studio album titled ‘The Fray.’ Released on November 21, 2008, the song charted at #35 in the UK, #7 in the US and #1 in Australia. The song was certified to have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide by 2015.
The lead singer and writer of The Fray, Isaac Slade spoke about the song on their official website;
““You Found Me” is a tough song for me. It’s about the disappointment, the heartache, the let down that comes with life. Sometimes you’re let down; sometimes you’re the one who lets someone else down. It gets hard to know who you can trust, who you can count on. This song came out of a tough time, and I’m still right in the thick of it. There are some difficult circumstances my family and friends have been going through over the past year or so and it can be overwhelming. It wears on me. It demands so much of my faith to keep believing, keep hoping in the unseen. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually, they just look black as night. This song is about that feeling, and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest.”
According to an interview with The Sun magazine, Isaac explains that this song was inspired by a dream;
“I dreamt I ran into God on a street corner. He looked like Bruce Springsteen and he was smoking a cigarette. I had it out with him and asked ‘Where were you when all this bad stuff was happening to these very undeserving, good people? There were tough times. I was questioning my faith, angry at things that had happened in my life and the lives of my friends. A friend had suffered a miscarriage, I had lost my grandfather. I was angry and the song felt angry and hopeless too. I imagined what I’d say to God, in the face of all the crap my friends have gone through in the last couple of years.”
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“You Found Me” Lyrics Meaning & Song Review
Stemming from his dream, Isaac says that he met God at a particular juncture of his life when everything around him seems to fall apart. In his vision, God was smoking a cigarette, which shows his calm demeanor. Isaac had one question “where you been?” all this time to save His children. God replies “ask anything” to show that it is a futile question to ask. Sometimes there is a reason why things happen in this world, and other times it is chaos. Trying to understand which is which, is a near-impossible task. Trying to explain how the world works to a mortal human being is an impossible task for even God.
The place mentioned in the song ‘corner of First and Amistad’ is a real place in Texas. However, this exact location has no significance to the meaning of the song. Instead, it could contain a more Biblical meaning to point a junction between heaven and hell.
Isaac Slade continues his questions toward God. He asks God why he was not by his side when he was calling out to God in the toughest time of his life. He was hanging by his phone (or rather his faith) to receive some assuring message from God. But it never came.
Isaac goes on to explain the turmoils that he has been through until now. He was lost not knowing what to do. He was feeling insecure about himself and the lack of control he has over everything negative happening around him. So he asks why did God take so much time to show himself to him? Nonetheless, the singer is happy that God did find him at least now. Better late than never, right?
However, the last two lines of the chorus can be viewed as something God would say to Isaac as well. God could be replying to Isaac’s question of why he is late. God replies that he is only a little late and now he has found Him.
In the third verse of “You Found Me,” we find the singer in his lowest point yet. He talks about losing the love of his life. It is a daunting task to imagine losing the one who has been through thick and thin with you, and the one who knows you in and out. But the punchline is, she is still next to the singer right now. The idea Isaac tries to drive is that he has endured so much loss and grief, he actually anticipates this girl also to leave him. This is an absolutely pessimistic view of life he could fathom for himself.
But all hope is not lost yet. Because he found God just before the final straw.
Isaac Slade tells God how he prayed to God every morning to show him some resolution. But he got no reply from God. Isaac is angry at God thinking that He took all those people around him away from him.
Isaac Slade finally met God. Although he might not have his questions answered, the presence of God in front of him would be sufficient to restore some faith in the singer. Everything might not be back to normal from tomorrow for Isaac. But at least he knows that a higher power is overlooking them all.
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