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    the meaning of 'come undone'?

    Hello, everyone.

    I've heard these sentences,'Cause the only one I come undone for is you
    Oh the only one I come undone' from the song, 'Come undone by Vanessa'.

    I've been looking for the meaning of 'come undone' in the context so I guess it means

    the only one who 'can make me feel sad or frustrated' or 'I can't control'.

    Do you think it is a right guess? come undone is so much abstract that it is hard to

    find the right meanings in each context.

    And here is another 'come done'.

    You never know when youre gonna meet someone
    And your whole wide world, in a moment, comes undone
    Youre just walking around then suddenly
    Everything that you thought that you knew about love is gone
    You find out its all been wrong
    And all my scars dont seem to matter anymore
    Cause they led me here to you

    in this case, I think it means something come untied but I don't still know what it really stand for..

    below is the full lyrics of 'come undone'

    Thanks in advance.


    I've seen myself in a thousand faces
    Strung out on life's path
    I would add up what you mean to me
    But I cannot do the math

    And this fashionista's garden party
    Well I had enough of that
    Cause the only one I come undone for is you
    Oh the only one I come undone for...

    I'm a special lover sometimes
    But you only touch a ghost
    I'm a sycophantic courtier
    With an elegant repost

    Needless to say you're the one that I need
    The most
    Cause the only one I come undone for is you
    Oh the only one I come undone
    For is you
    The only one I come undone for is you

    I know I'm done
    And now I see the truth
    I know I'm done
    I come undone for you
    You've been gone so long,
    Waiting here for you
    You've been gone so long,
    Come undone for you

    There are people in this lifetime
    That we should never meet
    Cause to be here now without you, well,
    My life's so incomplete

    I tell you what you mean to me,
    Maybe then you'll see
    Cause the only one I come undone for is you
    Oh the only one I come undone for is you
    The only one I come undone for is you





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    Re: the meaning of 'come undone'?

    I think you are correct in both your examples: "I guess it means the only one who 'can make me feel sad or frustrated' or 'I can't control'."
    "
    And your whole wide world, in a moment, comes undone". This means that your perception of how everything works; how everything fits around you, is shattered. It's a metaphor for falling instantly in love.
    Also, its use throughout the song [
    Cause the only one I come undone for is you] is probably a metaphor for getting undressed....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: the meaning of 'come undone'?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER*****


    Hello,


    This is the 75-year-old again who doesn't listen to your kind of music, but who finds those lyrics "interesting."

    I checked my dictionaries. I think that "I come undone" in your song means something like "I fall to pieces" or

    "I fall apart." That is, I am not able to handle the situation.

    For example (forgive this very sad example): Let's say Mr. and Mrs. X were married for 50 years. Then Mr. X dies.
    Well, it is possible that Mrs. X might come undone. That is, she might go to pieces or fall apart (emotionally).

    Is the speaker in that song a female? Well, let's say that the speaker is a female. When she's around that guy, she

    becomes undone. That is, she usually acts in a certain way because she wants people to think of her in a particular

    way. Maybe she wants people to think that she is very calm. That she never gets excited. But when she is around

    "him," she becomes undone. That is, she cannot pretend anymore to be calm! In other words, when she is

    with "him," she becomes unhinged. That is, she goes crazy. She cannot control herself. As the saying goes, she throws

    caution to the wind. When he looks at her, she "melts" like ice on a sunny day. With other people, she wears a mask. When

    she is with "him," the mask falls to the ground.


    James

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