Time To Reply

January 26, 2012

What the hell’s this song about, then? Although reading all the different the interpretations has been fun for me, I thought it’d be worth setting the record straight. After all, I wouldn’t want people to make assumptions about me based on something which is, ultimately, a work of fiction. Firstly though, here’s a list of things that the song isn’t about:

  1. It’s not about me wanting to leave YouTube.
  2. It’s not about a girl that I like.
  3. It’s not about Community Channel. (Though I wish that she made videos more often too!)

“Time To Reply” is from the perspective of a fan. It’s not from the perspective of someone who watches me specifically, but instead from the point of view a made-up person who experiences a one-way relationship with someone that they find, come to admire and idolise, and then eventually get bored of as time goes by. So basically it’s a bit like Eminem’s “Stan” but with less craziness and murder. Maybe that’s why there have been so many different interpretations of it, because it’s not about anyone in particular, and as such it’s open for people to make up their own minds about what might be going on.

Even though the song isn’t about me, all of the lyrics are based on actual things that people have sent me over the years. The majority of people won’t email me when they decide to unsubscribe, but I thought it’d be more interesting to end on a sad note. A “I found you, I really liked you for a while, and I still quite like you!” song just wouldn’t have had the same effect, even though that’s probably closer to most people’s experiences with this kind of stuff. I know that’s how things tend to play out for me with the people that I follow and admire.

So basically, don’t worry! I still really love YouTube, and making videos, I definitely don’t want to stop, and I’m sorry that my song made some of you assume that wasn’t the case. I want to spend my life making stuff, films specifically, and YouTube is the perfect playground for me to practice that. This song, for example, was actually an example of me trying to hone my story-writing skills, and what I’ve learnt is that I might need to improve the communication aspect of my storytelling a bit! So thanks for teaching me that :)

  • Margo Roth

    Hope that clears everything up! 
    Thanks for writing the song Charlie!! 

  • http://twitter.com/starryboots Anna Chu

    : )

  • Harriett

    I still like you (:

  • http://twitter.com/jesska007 Jessica Valencia

    I don’t get how people got you were leaving YouTube from this song? When I first heard it I assumed it was just from a fans point of view :)

  • That guy from Ninad.

    Impressive.

  • Mels

    Charlie you seem like such a nice person, I like the song a whole lot more now that I know the intent behind it (:

  • Ben Harnwell

    Brilliant!! That Charlie – still watching you (not stalking just watching… Always watching) smiles

  • http://twitter.com/joeandhisface Joe Miller

    Charlie McDonnell: A bit like Eminem, but with less craziness and murder. 

    But seriously, this is a brilliant song about the strange type of relationship that you only really get on YouTube. The fact that not everyone got it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. 

  • Earthtosara

    I thought it was obvious that it was about that, even though a song like that would be the perfect way to leave. The perfect goodbye. But I never thought you’d leave (=

  • Sarah

    I guessed this. And the story-telling song is still really Jens Lekman-ish.

  • Hinats

    Is the Eminem song where the word “stanning” comes from? :O

  • Teisha Dorothy

    I think you portrayed it quite perfectly, I just think perhaps people aren’t used to you making things that need to be pulled apart and over analysed. I liked it very much though as an over analyser haha.

  • Ironwolf

    called it!

  • http://twitter.com/teishadorothy Teisha Forbes

    I think you portrayed it quite perfectly, I just think perhaps people aren’t used to you making things that need to be pulled apart and over analysed. I liked it very much though as an over analyser haha.

  • Sarah

    I guessed this. And the story-telling in this song is still really Jens Lekman-ish.

  • http://twitter.com/_nadroj_ Jordan Brook

    You need to post more blog post Charlie. I keep forgetting how brilliant you are at writing. 

  • http://twitter.com/johiggs1 Jo Higgs

    thank you for this charlie x i thought you were leaving youtube… but im glad your not going. This is such a b-e-a-uTIFUL song  and it made me think about that person im still in love with although we broke up 2 months ago…… xxx

  • María

    I just really like the song.

  • http://twitter.com/thebuttonfairy Indy

    I got the meaning of this song straight away. I thought it was really nice, because it does relate to quite a lot of YouTubers and YouTube watchers. It was a really good video, especially considering the line of work you’re in (“line of work” sounds like such a funny term for YouTube).

    I really enjoyed the song, and thought it was brilliant. :)

  • Billie Grace

    FIRST! hehe, i kind of understood the song actually when i heard it anyways, and i also really liked it! :) i’d love to hear some more songs soon! xx

  • Cécile

    Lovely song, lovely blog, I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with/where you’re going in the future. I think it’ll be huge, I really do. We love you, you’re awesome :)

  • http://twitter.com/robyn_hendry Robyn Hendry

    This made me laugh, I thought it was clear and it brought a great message across. However I still think it is crazy how some people can go off your channel. Your videos are brilliant, and I am looking forward to loads more.  

  • EmiMartin

    I feel like I know you so well over the years. And for me this song explains perfectly our relationship…. This song will always have a special place in my heart <33 

  • Bex Edmondson

    I thought it was obvious that it was from a fan’s point of view… Don’t change your storytelling too much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmaspero Rupert Maspero

    Yay that was what I thought it was about.

  • Rob

    Bollocks do you need to clear up your communication skills. I suspect the people who didn’t understand, weren’t really listening. If you have to spell it out, it deprives people of the fun of finding the meaning themselves. I might not have got that across too eloquently – it is ten in the morning after all, and my critical faculties don’t come online until 11.30.

  • Ere1414

    I really loved the song! I disagree with you though about the fact that because people didn’t understand it you need to improve the communication aspect. I think that some of the best songs are just vague enough that we can turn them into what we want :) I thought it was great! Keep up the amazing work!!!

  • Yhyoungheelee

    i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • http://twitter.com/Catrionq Catriona Oliver

    I thought it was quite obvious what the song was about! I don’t think you should have to apologise for your audience’s incorrect interpretations of your songs…
    The song was really insightful and really showed that you understand your audience.
    Ta Charlie

  • Betsiesbook

    I understood it so it’s just other people’s misinterpretations, lovely song :)

  • Capnsmosh-issocoollike

    Charlie, I thought the video was about a girl, then I read the description that its not about you leaving YouTube. I didn’t see that in the song so I watched it again, and I saw it. It just goes to show that people can have different opinions on things. 

    P.S We all wish community Channel made more videos!! haha :P

  • Marthe

    I think a bit of ambiguity in a song/story isn’t bad.. It can be very interesting to let people have their own ideas, assumptions,…

  • Betsiesbook

    I understood it so it’s just other people’s misinterpretations, lovely song :)

  • annabbgood

    Charlie, your songs are so relatable!! Your story telling skills are quite good cause I perceived that was exactly what your song was written about. Not only that your voice sounds even lovelier than ever! I can’t stop listening to repeat. almost wish the song we can download had “that songs got emotions in it! weird!” at the end. ;D

    Thank you for another enjoyable video! You are very talented. and well. cute.

  • Tim Lake

    I don’t think there is any reason to apologise/explain and I certainly don’t think there is anything wrong with your storytelling.  Some of the best art is that which is ambiguous and makes the observer stop and think.  This goes for songs, films, paintings et al.  I took the meaning to be that which you have explained here but I had to think about it to arrive at that conclusion and I could never have been sure I was right.  I was, however, happy with my own understanding of it.
    Don’t get me wrong, needless ambiguity can grate but this song is a perfect balance.

  • http://twitter.com/dearsadie Julie Sullivan

    I think it was pretty obvious what the song was about, actually! And whether it was about a real situation or not is always for the songwriter to know and the listeners to wonder. I hate when you have to dumb down the things you do for some people -_-

  • http://twitter.com/CourtneyHelen1 Courtney Helen

    Your explanation of the song is what I first thought when I watched it… so for me at least, you communicated it well.

  • Rhiannon Jones

    I thought this song was so cute :) got sent it by my friend and it really made my day.

  • Jess H

    The meaning was clear to me as soon as I watched the video; it wasn’t even something I particularly had to think about. Your storytelling is just fine, though hopefully this post will clear everything up for the people that didn’t really engage their brains to listen to the song :p

  • http://twitter.com/ashiezorz Ashie

    I thought that was what it was about. It sounded like something that I’ve seen in comments before.

  • Robert Dart

    Now that I understand the lyrics I think it’s really lovely. People pass through our lives providing opportunities, support and encouragement. But as quickly as they come and no matter how often we think of them. They remain an important influence in our lives and we care deeply for them. My grade 3 teacher, a backpacker I met in New Orleans, a child I mentored in year 6. I may never cross paths in this lifetime but I still care for them and wish them well in living their lives. Thanks for the explanation Charlie.

  • http://twitter.com/saynotocancer Tom Leahy

    I thought the song was very clearly about the strange, often sad one-way relationship people have with youtubers. I think it’s a pretty universal experience you described; I know I can relate, even as someone who’s incredibly lucky to have formed some very real, meaningful relationships through youtube, there will, of course, always be more people to whom I wish I could connect more directly. Anyway, I thought it was a classy move, for you to write a deeply empathetic song about and for your audience.

    And I hope this doesn’t sound condescending to anyone who didn’t “get” the song, but re: “what I’ve learnt is that I might need to improve the communication aspect of my storytelling a bit!” I don’t think that’s true. Your audience is very broad, so a lot of misinterpretation should be expected. I thought this song was very well-written, and you shouldn’t only try to write things that everyone will understand immediately.

  • Rhain

    I love how you referenced Eminem, Charlie. :) 

  • Robert Dart

    Now that I understand the lyrics I think it’s really lovely. People pass through our lives providing opportunities, support and encouragement. But as quickly as they come and no matter how often we think of them. They remain an important influence in our lives and we care deeply for them. My grade 3 teacher, a backpacker I met in New Orleans, a child I mentored in year 6. I may never cross paths in this lifetime but I still care for them and wish them well in living their lives. Thanks for the explanation Charlie.

  • Dianahism

    it’s very nice that you decided to explain what your song about, because I’ve heard a lot of questions about it from my friends and assumptions about the girl (even Bryarlyi!), which it can be devoted to that,so I must admit I was disappointed))…a little

  • Noni_batalija

    this song is just perfect and I love you for everything you’re doing. & I love you because you care about us and everything. you’re just amazing, Charlie.

  • Dianahism

    it’s very nice that you decided to explain what your song about, because I’ve heard a lot of questions about it from my friends and assumptions about the girl (even Bryarlyi!), which it can be devoted to that,so I must admit I was disappointed))…a little

  • DartoKnowsTooMuch

    Now that I understand the lyrics I think it’s really lovely. People pass through our lives providing opportunities, support and encouragement. But as quickly as they come and no matter how often we think of them. They remain an important influence in our lives and we care deeply for them. My grade 3 teacher, a backpacker I met in New Orleans, a child I mentored in year 6. I may never cross paths in this lifetime but I still care for them and wish them well in living their lives. Thanks for the explanation Charlie.

  • http://twitter.com/j0ans_ Johanna N

    You are awesome that’s why we all love you. So don’t apologize :):) 

  • Anonymous

    Where did the emotions come from then, Charlie? We’re you thinking of them when you were singing the song? (:

  • silentidiot

    I really like your facial expressions when you sing, tells exactly how you feel (:

  • http://twitter.com/InvPaperclip Jostein

    When I heard the song the first time, I also thought it was kind of like Eminem’s “Stan”. I think the lyrics are very much relatable, as they describe how both YouTubers and their viewers change/evolve over time. I guess it’s hard to consistently keep an audience interested in the stuff you make, but in my personal opinion, you’re doing a great job. And you’re absolutely right, making the song end on a sad note is more interesting, but not at all the truth in most cases when talking about YouTube viewer experiences.

    I also really appreciate you making the song a free download for a while. I was lucky enough to get it while it lasted.

  • Jordan Cameron

    I interpreted it as being from a fan… your storytelling skills are wonderful, in that not everyone got the real message from it. Some of the greatest stories have underlying messages that maybe not everyone understands right away; that’s what makes them so great! I’m impressed by the work you do, Charlie, and I feel you have truly outdone yourself with this song. It’s been a privilege to follow your work over the years and watch it soar. I hope I’m correct when I say you, sir, have a bright future ahead of you. :)
    Yours,
    Jordan

  • Jordan Cameron

    I interpreted it as being from a fan… your storytelling skills are wonderful, in that not everyone got the real message from it. Some of the greatest stories have underlying messages that maybe not everyone understands right away; that’s what makes them so great! I’m impressed by the work you do, Charlie, and I feel you have truly outdone yourself with this song. It’s been a privilege to follow your work over the years and watch it soar. I hope I’m correct when I say you, sir, have a bright future ahead of you. :)

  • Megan

    I disagree with you needing to work on your storytelling. I’m sure you’ll agree that Alex is a great storyteller and songwriter yet he still has to clarify some of his songs.
    I like when a song leaves aspects open to interpretation and Time to Reply us a fantastic song

  • Kara De Wachter

    People that didnt get that is was from a fans point of view are just not good at listening. It is very obvious that it was from a fans point of view. I found your youtube page a while ago.. and i still Like your vedoes very much. They just got a litle bit more sirius… A really like your songs.

  • sally

    ill never leave you charlie<3

  • Jordan Cameron

    Woops, I didn’t mean to post twice… :)

  • Jordan Cameron

    Woops, I didn’t mean to post twice… :)

  • Louise

    I didn’t give a thought as to what it was about when I heard it. My first reaction – ‘Well, thats a nice song isn’t it?’ XD

  • Louise

    I didn’t give a thought as to what it was about when I heard it. My first reaction – ‘Well, thats a nice song isn’t it?’ XD

  • http://twitter.com/SazzieOfficial Saya Tomikawa

    Good to know that Charlie watches Communitychannel too…

  • Mari

    Don’t worry about the “need to improve the communication aspect of storytelling” thing, because no matter how precisely you try to say something, people still find other ways to interpret it. I bet some people actually did understand what you were trying to say with this song. 

  • Katherinecricket

    I loved your song, Charlie. It was the most beautiful thing I heard all day.

  • http://twitter.com/froggybangbang Kay

    Well it IS a song. most song talk about something and you, the listener, are left to wonder what it was about even though to the writer it’s perfectly clear because they know what they were talking about.

    The experience is completely different from a movie. Actually the song experience is closest to a short film. Some are obscure and that’s what makes them good, some are obvious and you love them for that. Don’t judge yourself too harshly on you story-telling capabilities for movies while you’re writing a song. (and anyways, Bread is a story. And it’s brilliantly done. So there.)

  • J B

    i don’t think you have to be more specific in storytelling because for everyone who listened to this song, there’s another story behind it and i think this is something wonderful.

  • http://twitter.com/huiooone huiwon KWON

    I support your challenges in your life, whatever it will be. ^_^

  • Missjimja

    Time To Reply is a great song Charlie, one of my favourites of yours so far! Are you thinking of putting it up on iTunes? I would buy it from there. (:

  • Dianaaurora5

    Charlie, dude, those other people, they apparently don’t LISTEN… from the first heard I knew it was exactly about that…

  • rachel

    I know this has nothing to with Charlie’s blog post but it’s so cool when he talks in that deep voice and he says “That song has emotions in it, weird” hahaha xD so awesomeeee ^^ 

  • EG

    I completely understood this song and your intentions in writing it (or as much as I can completely understand, in terms of the fact that this blog post verified what I had originally thought) . I don’t think you need to improve upon your storytelling ability, although that’s just my opinion. It was an interesting song, and I appreciated the effort that you’ve obviously put into writing it.

  • Extremebeyond

    I have had people send me PMs on Youtube saying exactly what is said in your song. 
    that they used to like what i did, but now its not their thing, thanks and goodbye. 

    Love the song, and you rock my world. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/dietosleep Ana Tennant

    I got it right! ..probably because I can relate to it. Thank you for that :)

  • Kalicoangl

    I thought it was a beautiful and emotional song. It went through the entire range of feeling that go with a one-sided affair.

  • Kalicoangl

    I thought it was a beautiful and emotional song. It went through the entire range of feeling that go with a one-sided affair.

  • AlanVickers

    I thought so, this is why I bought it also! :P

  • Marisa

    I think… That I knew what it was about because it’s exactly how I feel about you, except without that part in the middle about thinking we could be friends (cause we’re both WAY too awkward for that), and I’m not going to unsubscribe. Because sometimes you make a vlog or song that I really like, and if I stopped liking you, it would make me feel like a hipster, and I am NOT a hipster. Anyways, I liked the song. You didn’t try too hard.

  • http://twitter.com/theoriginaledi edi

    So basically, it’s about… exactly what it says. Imagine that. :-) I don’t understand all the theories that have been going around. I just took it at face value. It’s achingly beautiful for everything that it is; no embellishment needed. Well done, Charlie. <3

  • Justin

    No. Its about Community Channel. Everybody gets cranky when she doesn’t post. 

  • Lucyroseknight

    That makes heaps of sense! Its such a beautiful song! I’ve listened to it so many times
    on my ipod

  • Alyce

    i don’t think you need to improve your communication in songwriting! I understood it from the first listen.

  • greeeeer

    aw charlie! i would never get bored of you :)

  • MsSmoldt

    Dear Mr. McDonnell,

    The song is wonderful; I think you did a spectacular job with the lyrics and telling a story from a perspective that some would consider as being not yours. However the song is interpreted, it is fantastic.
     
    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and eagerly await your screenplay. I would be more than willing to proof-read it for you, but I am certain you have had oodles of similar messages.
     
    Sincerely and with admiration,

    MsSmoldt

  • MsSmoldt

    Dear Mr. McDonnell,
     
    The song is wonderful; I think you did a spectacular job with the lyrics and telling a story from a perspective that some would consider as being not yours. However the song is interpreted, it is fantastic.
     
    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and eagerly await your screenplay. I would be more than willing to proof-read it for you, but I am certain you have had oodles of similar messages.
     
    Sincerely and with admiration,
     
    MsSmoldt

  • Bkind2frosty

    Never ever will get bored, go team coollike!

  • http://twitter.com/dianalynnETC Diana Dial

    doh’ now that I re-listen it is so obvious what the song is about.

  • Lovelee

    i think songs are meant to be left for interpretation so the fact that people came up with their own ideas about the song is a good thing :) loved the song!

  • R C-cutch_005

    I couldn’t help but read this in your voice, in my mind (:

  • http://twitter.com/Whodthemahn Sammie Norman

    Woop CHARLIE’S HERE TO STAY :D

  • http://www.thiefree.net Thiefree

    My opinion is that you don’t need to ‘improve your storytelling skills.’ Your song was poignant, sad, well-written and (this is no bad thing) could be interpreted in many ways! That’s actually, for me, a sign of a better song than one where there’s only one, completely clear, meaning.

  • Anyberry

    The Song is more or less how I feel about you. I spent a lot of time watching your videos (I’ve watched all your videos at least 2 times if not more.)
    So I thought it was something like a fangirl to charlie thing. :)

  • Joseph Breen

    Actually, I don’t think you need to improve your storytelling skills at all.  I got from the song exactly what you intended me to get from the song.  While I thought you were probably drawing some inspiration from your own experiences, I didn’t figure it was specifically about you.  But I did definitely get that it was a song from the perspective of a fan.  I’m not entirely sure how people could have gotten confused about that — the message seemed pretty clear to this listener.

  • http://twitter.com/crystalchow0202 Crystal chow

    Hi Charlie! I think this song is wonderful! I will never get bored with you! You are my favourite Youtuber! Just keep going!

  • Bettina Levy

    Hey Charlie,
    I’ve never left a comment on your blog before now, but I thought I would write you here, because this song in particular that you wrote and sang really touched me personally. ^_^

    I’m a big fan of you and your videos, and impressed that you’re able to support yourself solely through your YouTube career. How on earth were you able to do that?! (Rhetorical. Unless you care to answer that…lol)

    Anyway, I used to love blogging a whole lot, and your song, which is obviously about people using YouTube and becoming semi-friends through their channels, reminded me of when I would become friends with my commenters and followers, and look through the archives of their blogs, discovering how fun and crazy they were from the things they would post.

    In particular, the song reminded me of my closest blog friend ever. I’ve known him for years, but we’ve never actually met, because we live on separate sides of the country. In some ways, you remind me of him, actually! Especially when you used to have red hair. Haha. (Except for the British part.)

    This friend and I used to reference each other in our blogs all the time, and we had so much in common, etc, etc. But for several months he has stopped blogging altogether, because he’s busy working and such. That makes me sad… Happily though, my friend and I still keep in touch through email, so that’s good. ^_^

    All this to say, I wanted to thank you, personally, for writing this sweet, sad, but hopeful song, because it’s as if you wrote it special for me. (Highly unlikely, but hey, unlikely things happen all the time, right? ^_~)

    Thanks so much, Charlie! Looking forward to future videos of yours, and hey, good luck with your movie-writing efforts!!!

    Hope you find the time to reply!
    Bettina

  • Jonna

    Well, then my interpretation wasn’t that bad. I thought it was about someone who found someone on the internet (I don’t know, facebook or some datingsite) and that he/she really liked what he/she saw and that he/she wanted contact with that person, but that person never answered and after a while he/she lost interest.

  • Bettina Levy

    Hey Charlie,
    I’ve never left a comment on your blog before now, but I thought I would write you here, because this song in particular that you wrote and sang really touched me personally. ^_^

    I’m a big fan of you and your videos, and impressed that you’re able to support yourself solely through your YouTube career. How on earth were you able to do that?! (Rhetorical. Unless you care to answer that…lol)

    Anyway, I used to love blogging a whole lot, and your song, which is obviously about people using YouTube and becoming semi-friends through their channels, reminded me of when I would become friends with my commenters and followers, and look through the archives of their blogs, discovering how fun and crazy they were from the things they would post.

    In particular, the song reminded me of my closest blog friend ever. I’ve known him for years, but we’ve never actually met, because we live on separate sides of the country. In some ways, you remind me of him, actually! Especially when you used to have red hair. Haha. (Except for the British part.)

    This friend and I used to reference each other in our blogs all the time, and we had so much in common, etc, etc. But for several months he has stopped blogging altogether, because he’s busy working and such. That makes me sad… Happily though, my friend and I still keep in touch through email, so that’s good. ^_^

    All this to say, I wanted to thank you, personally, for writing this sweet, sad, but hopeful song, because it’s as if you wrote it special for me. (Highly unlikely, but hey, unlikely things happen all the time, right? ^_~)

    Thanks so much, Charlie! Looking forward to future videos of yours, and hey, good luck with your movie-writing efforts!!!

    Hope you find the time to reply!
    Bettina

  • Nicki

    I think your story was well written, I got the correct message from the start! The emotional description of what it is like for a youtube fan was spot on. I think it was awesome that you used actual things people sent you for inspiration. People are always going to interpret songs to have different meanings than the one(s) you originally wrote, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Thank you for the explanation though, I’m sure it helped a lot of confused people.

  • LotteNienke

    You don’t have to improve anything, it was clear to me what the song was about and I loved it!

  • Melissa

    For the record, the way you described the song was the first thing I thought of.

  • http://litesocker.blogg.se/ Jessica

    I would say that the misinterpretations isn’t due to your need to improve your storytelling, but due to the fact that people kind of have too good of an idea about who (they think, at least) you are. I think it might be hard to imagine you as the fan writing unanswered e-mails to people, when in fact it is you receiving those e-mails. If this song was sung by someone else, people might have just listened to the song and understood it as a fan loosing interest instead.
    I think people just discarded that interpretation immediately, because it seems kind of unlikely coming from you.
    Great song, though! I do really enjoy that it has more emotion in it – it’s great, really great!

  • Katie

    loved the song!!! it’s perfect.
    also yay you posted this on my birthday :)
    keep making videos Charlie, we would be sad without you

  • Sofia

    The song is the best thing ever haha. It really speaks to me, except the fact that I’m leaving the ‘coollike’-family hahah :) We love you very much, Charlie. Hugs from sweden! 

  • Nina Sz

    I thought about that, when I heard it :)

  • Paige394

    See your eyes were just so compelling, it looked like you had some actual pain behind the lyrics.

  • Leah

    I didn’t think of it about you, sadly. I thought about the Vlogbrothers. 
    Lovely song though XD

  • Katyperson

    Reading this on my phone, no idea what the song is but can’t wait to hear it now!

  • Jessicajlucas

    That is exactly what I got from the song. Perfect communication.

  • http://twitter.com/xGemmaSeymourxx Gemma Seymour

    I love the song and love its meaning, can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve next!!! xxx

  • erica

    you communicated just fine! when your audience is quite young, they tend to panic easily. also, thank you for not calling your audience on youtube “dumb” for not getting it. *ahem jack from jack and dean.* charlie has class ;)  

  • Fatima

    I sort of understood why some people may have interpreted it to mean you were leaving YouTube. But when I tried applying that theory to the entire song, it didn’t completely make sense LOL. So, your explanation has definitely cleared things up. Beautiful song anyway :) keep it up!

  • Fatima 264

    I sort of understood why some people may have interpreted it to mean you were leaving YouTube. But when I tried applying that theory to the entire song, it didn’t completely make sense LOL. So, your explanation has definitely cleared things up. Beautiful song anyway :) keep it up!

  • Jade Rhianna

    It’s such a relevant song, thanks for writing it Charlie<3

  • Angie_maciel

    I think thats great when a song doesnt have such a simple meaning, when u have to think a little to find what it means, and what its trying to say.. that makes a song much more interesting..! so i dont think u should change the way u write at all.. there are always things to improve of course, but i dont think this is one of those things..! loved the song! I  do think tho u could learn how to play guitar for example! love the ukelele but another instrument would give u more of a more real and serious sound!

  • Liz

    I think I like the song even more now, knowing the context behind it. Can’t wait to see what story you tell us next.

  • Emma

    I was confused about people being confused.. it was a really well written song :L
    And at the end i thought, well at least the fan didn’t die at the end.. like in Stan :D

  • grlgoddess

    I definitely got the less-creepy-Stan vibes from it, and I haven’t heard that song in years. :)

  • Simona

    I do agree with Emma, I understod it well, and I kind off felt like it was seen in my side of view as a fan of yours Charlie. Loved the song!

  • dbnjdhjddjHI

    My first reaction to this song was basically what you posted here. When I saw people commenting asking if you were leaving, or saying it was about a girl, or whatever, I was like, “No.. I’m pretty sure it’s just about a fan’s perspective of someone on Youtube.” Then I had to explain it to my brother for, like, an hour. Then, after he fianlly got it, I realized a good comparison/explanation was “Stan”- less dark, of course. xD

    Anyway, love the song, and yeah~

  • Alicia

    I had exactly that reaction. I figured it was from the viewpoint as a fan (I assumed you, but also realized it could be anyone). I quite liked the song, I think you definitely are growing as a YouTuber, a songwriter, and as a person in general. I like the change =]

  • http://twitter.com/meluroda Melany Roda

    Actually, what I didn’t understand was that people couldn’t understand it: it was very clear! I really liked it (: and it’s definetly happier than Stan :P

  • VIOLA

    I like eminem and I like you charlie haha
    I’ll keep twitting you or sth else cause I believe someday you’ll reply me.
    Don’t worry i know you’re busy :)

  • http://twitter.com/Viola10332 Viola

    I like eminem and I like you charlie haha
    I’ll keep twitting you or sth else cause I believe someday you’ll reply me.
    Don’t worry i know you’re busy :)

  • http://twitter.com/motionocean Siv

    THANKS :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1226546765 Neva Kemer

    You know, you are really inspiring for me. Thanks for writing this song. Emotions look like great on you. This definitely made me day. So thank you for that too lol.

  • Lydia

    Charlie, the truth is I always thought the song was about a fan. I think people tend to read too much into things, they try to get the hidden subtext when the actual meaning is right there. I thought the song was beautiful and I think you are going to be a great writer. Please, never stop making videos! ^_^

  • http://slightlymelancholy.tumblr.com James

    I thought the meaning was pretty clear. You don’t have to worry too much about precision in storytelling though, it’s all about the emotion and the impression you make.

  • http://dft.ba/-Julika Julika7

    I found it really clear. Maybe you should practice in writing children’s stories then. ;)
    It’s like the ultimate anthem! Sometimes I think you’re really smart. But then why did you give it away for free?

  • Camille

    If ever you need props made for videos, I’ll be moving to the UK within the year and I’m pretty good.

  • Kooliomakeup

    The entire time I listened to this i was like “this is like Stan, only I’m pretty sure no one is going to drive off a bridge” lol

  • http://twitter.com/LizardEliz Elizabeth Hassman

    I love reading all of these comments that say, “I totally understood the meaning of the song. You’re an awesome storyteller, Charlie!”

  • Julia Willgård

    Haha I can see myself in the lyrics! It’s nice that you made a song this time, I have missed them, and this one was really good, love the melody! :)

    Keep up the good work Charlie, and keep staying true to yourself! The thing I like with you is that you are one of the few people I think is still original on youtube. But also, everything you do, come from you, it’s videos based and made on your ideas (and they are not full of boring uninspired sexjokes).
    So thank you for being you! <3

  • Mary

    You’re so cool, Charlie. ^_^  You write great songs.

  • Sophie

    Hahaa… It’s all because it’s been quite a long time since you upload your last song. If you write more songs, people will know they’re songs but not your story. But it would be great if the song is about you! :D 

    Oh! I’ve an idea suddenly, maybe you can write a song about superhero (super surreal story would be fantastic ;) ), or anything supernatural, like reading mind of the others and die in the end because he/she can’t bear the dirty mind of people (in a hilarious way..), it would be more interesting! :D (I always imagine I had supernatural power, I guess many people does the same!) And the good thing is that people will start to know that your song isn’t your story. Superpower roooocks! :DHave a nice day Charlie! :)

  • http://kyara.tumblr.com Kyara

    I think people were curious about why you said “that song has emotion”. It is, imho, the reason people were looking deeper into the song for hidden meanings.

  • Retroshady

    I totally understood the song! I don’t know how people even thought it meant you leaving. It’s one of my favorite songs that you’ve done! I don’t think you have to work on a thing, sir. People will become smarter eventually. Haha

  • Retroshady

    I totally understood the song! I don’t know how people even thought it meant you leaving. It’s one of my favorite songs that you’ve done! I don’t think you have to work on a thing, sir. People will become smarter eventually. Haha

  • Lea

    I don’t understand why people thought it was about you leaving YouTube. I didn’t get that vibe at all. I thought it was from the view of a fan, like you said. The song is perfect Charlie. I don’t think you need to change your writing skills. Songs are better when they have hidden meanings and aren’t so literal.

  • Laura Jones

    Pretty much what I thought it was about, and absolutely my favourite song you have written. I really enjoyed that it was up for interpretation- it means something different to everyone

  • Caroline W

    i thought it was actually quite easy to get the message of the song, your story writing skills seem pretty up to par :)

  • Charlotte

    When he sings this I immediately think that the words are to him from the public who adore him so much. So it feels like i’m singing it even though he is.. if that makes sense..? I made me cry because I can relate to it so much apart from the part where they stop watching because they’ve changed because I loved him more as he has grown:) 

  • Lilly Watkins

    Shockingly enough, I thought this was from a fan’s perceptive,
    although certainly not mine. I couldn’t stand you to begin with… But the
    first time I saw you, in London at an Event, I assumed you were ignorant and
    rude due to how you interacted with people—which, in my mind, was you blanking
    your fans. As it turns out, you’re just incredibly shy and awkward. I see that now,
    and I find you interesting. Are you lucky?—Now, I love your songs and have most of them on my computer. But, no… you
    never have the time to reply to your fans, either.

  • Freddie Firth

    Omg, I actually thought it was about a girl at first, but then when I heard the “I watched some of your old stuff” I honestly thought you were thinking about CommunityChannel! That was just the first famous youtuber you admire that popped into my head! That’s ridiculous! 

  • Darín

    I got everything but the unsubscribe part before you posted this. I think the average person watching YouTube videos has difficulty interpreting meaning and believes what other people post.

  • Marina

    Hooray for me interpreting the song right! xD

  • Gem :)

    This is so beautiful Charlie. Like you :)

  • mrs charlie mCDONNEL

    HI  CHARLIE  I  LUV YOU
    XXXXXXXX

  • Georgia x

    Yay I nearly had it right! Must say the lyrics do kinda sound like something I went through, touched my heart <3
    glad your not leaving YouTube (I didn't think you were anyway but ya know) cause I need something to keep me sane in the crazy life I lead :D thanks for being awesome ;D

  • nelephant

    so, I interpreted it right. all of it. so, yay! :)

  • Alejandro Gramajo

    I think that the song was actually a great way to make people interested in a story you are telling, hardly anyone likes a story that takes you from A to B without any space for interpretation or suspense. I don’t think you need to improve the “communication aspect of you storytelling” at all. But what do I know??? I’m just a guatemalan cook hehehe anyhow… great song!!!!

  • Belle

    I new thats whatit was about! Haha I thought u communicated that very well.

  • gabriela

    i was right! hah i don’t think your storytelling abilities are bad. i think lots of your fans just started thinking the worst possible scenario when they saw how emotional and serious the song was i.e. you leaving youtube. but that song is great! and good luck on writing your film :)

  • Beth :)

    This is a great song Charlie, I’ve bought it and it’s going to be on my Top 25 Most Played playlist on my iPod. :) <3

  • Zoe:D

    I was right:) This is an amazing song!XD

  • Kirsty

    I thought that :’) Brilliant song as well!

  • subscriber

    The message was perfectly clear for any person of average intelligence. You have to decide which part of your audience you want to address. If you want address simple teenage girls you have to make videos that are easy to understand and do not require using much brain. Most of them watch your videos because they think you are cute. You can simply stay in front of your camera, preferably with a kitten in your hands and they will  love you for that. I personally would suffer because I think that would be waste of your intellect. The choice is up to you. You can never please everyone.

  • Valerie

    Woo I was right from the beginning :D It’s actually pretty obvious.. I don’t understand how people got confused.

  • BalKees

    maybe he hadn’t the chance to reply to us because there is 1 charlie and more than 1,425,119 fans sooo , i guess he just didn’t had the time to 

  • Phrodo Candel

    I knew it!!! There were seriously people that thought it was about you wanting to leave YouTube? I knew it was written from fan-perspective. It’s a really really great song!

  • Pickledalek

    Fantastic song! Keep writing (and replying to my e-mails, haha) :)

  • Pickledalek

    Fantastic song! Keep writing (and replying to my e-mails, haha) :)

  • http://twitter.com/zOE_mCr Zoe Yedro

    I’m glad to be one of the few who understood the message! (:

  • Kristin

    I had no trouble understanding the story, and I quite liked it!

  • Katie

    Speaking as someone who studies English writing, I’d say you definitely don’t have to enhance the communication aspect of your work. The best stories are ones open to interpretation; a reader/viewer can’t have any fun with something 100% straightforward. Anyway, your music is completely fantastic and different – the lyrics are always refreshing. :)

  • Zihrca99

    I was wrong
    I tought it was for michael
    :P
    Tnx for explainig

  • Jess

    Not all teenage girls are air headed brats. I knew exactly what Charlie meant in this song, and I’m 14 (probably the most generic age for a huge fangirl) DON’T STEREOTYPE, MAN :D

  • Lizzieh123

    The song makes so much more sense now :)

  • http://twitter.com/KatteeArt Kattee Art

    Ahh, When i listen to it i relate to it so much, like its what i think!
    And as a fan, i think you’ve got my thoughts summed up pretty well
    Although i still like you ;D

  • Savannah

    No, Charlie, that is what I assumed your song was about all along. You have great story telling skills. You just have to know which sort of audience you want to aim your stories at.That is key.

  • subscriber

    That wasn’t my intention. Therefore I wrote simple teenage girls, not all teenage girls :)

  • shonnaraebell

    Well, I don’t can’t speak for anyone else, but I thought the message was pretty clear. I think people just listened to it and were all “OH MY GOSH, CHARLIE WROTE A SAD SONG. SOMETHING IS WRONG.” and automatically jumped to the worst conclusion. Out of love, of course, but a bit rash. It was actually, lyrically, one of my favorite songs of yours (from what I’ve heard, anyway). So yeah, well done. :)

  • shonnaraebell

    Well, I don’t can’t speak for anyone else, but I thought the message was pretty clear. I think people just listened to it and were all “OH MY GOSH, CHARLIE WROTE A SAD SONG. SOMETHING IS WRONG.” and automatically jumped to the worst conclusion. Out of love, of course, but a bit rash. It was actually, lyrically, one of my favorite songs of yours (from what I’ve heard, anyway). So yeah, well done. :)

  • http://twitter.com/realsarahalyse Sarah Shay

    Not to toot my own horn, just chiming in as one of the people who got it right away. Just so you don’t wonder if your storywriting skills have gone awry.

  • http://twitter.com/OdsMey Freya Fe

    As Katie says, a story doesn’t have to be told without space for interpretation. Nonetheless, I was confounded how many people heard a completely different story.

    For me, in parts I had the feeling you read some of your fan post out loud (what seems to be true). Your song described the feelings I have for some YouTubers. It is amazing how much you believe to know about a person after watching some videos and how close you can feel to someone you communicate with only in monologues.

    I think, many fans can relate to a YouTuber and are “pretend friends” with them since they feel they know them and can guess their reaction to many things. So maybe the invisible friend from childhood is now a person on our screens. 

  • Hopetalbot

    I totally got it from the moment I heard the song and I think it’s wrong that people just assumed that Charlie was quiting YouTube because of a song. I mean Charlie wouldn’t write a song about quiting YouTube.

  • Hopetalbot

    I totally got it from the moment I heard the song and I think it’s wrong that people just assumed that Charlie was quiting YouTube because of a song. I mean Charlie wouldn’t write a song about quiting YouTube.

  • Pianosongbird45

    Great song. I think that this song is definitely the way that I have felt about watching various vloggers. As a fan you get this feeling that somehow out of the millions of comments that are posted somehow yours will stand out above the rest, but alas you are still just a grain of sand on the vast beach of humanity. (wow, that was a cheesy metaphor) Thank you for the time you put into your videos they always somehow brighten my day.

  • http://twitter.com/ahs19 ariella

    hy

  • MarryMeCharlie

    I love you Charlie.

  • shonnaraebell

    Also, idk where the hell that picture came from but alright.

  • Gracerikard

    Nice. :) Your pretty cool. Thank you.

  • Rubyc4

    i knew that was the meaning of the song and thought it was pretty obvious.. some people are stupid

  • Alice McA

    Hi Charlie!
    Just listened to the song… and accidentally wrote a duet to it :P
    Nice work ‘n all :)

  • Emily Muphy

    You’re too awesomely groovy to unsubscibe from :D and i really loved this song :)

  • http://twitter.com/AnnaSpunk Anna Mitchell

    I love this song because many people can relate. That’s the best part. If the song was very specific, then some might not really click with it. When I first heard it, I didn’t think it was about you leaving or even about you at all. I felt like it was about me. Even though you don’t know me, you hit the mark almost exactly. However, just like you said above, the ending is yet to happen to me. 

    Thank you for your videos, your music, and your face.

  • shambonobo

    i think songs are like poems… the individual that listens to them interprets it on how it relates to them. therefore as i am a fan of charlie, i thought the meaning was what he intended it to be.
    oh yeah and i FREAKING LOVE THIS SONG

  • Resham Chana

    i think songs are like poems… the individual that listens to them interprets it on how it relates to them. therefore as i am a fan of charlie, i thought the meaning was what he intended it to be.
    oh yeah and i FREAKING LOVE THIS SONG

  • Rose Tyler

    Umm, I understood this is what the song meant right away. It was really straight forward, at least in my opinion. I think the people who thought otherwise were just looking too hard for a deeper meaning. 

  • Shay

    I loved your song Charlie, and I understood the story without a problem. I think a lot of the people who thought it meant you were leaving YouTube probably didn’t listen to the words very well. I’m excited to hear more stories from you in the future and hopefully even see films by you.

  • Perfect Disaster

    Wow, these writing classes I’m taking are really paying off. Being in the poetry unit of my Writing 100 class, we’re taught that the poet (or rather, song writer, in this case) chooses specific words for a reason, and we often discuss our interpretations of what different poems mean. So after listening to the whole song, I definitely got the sense that it was a fan watching someone on YouTube… yay for critical analysis?

  • Perfect Disaster

    Wow, these writing classes I’m taking are really paying off. Being in the poetry unit of my Writing 100 class, we’re taught that the poet (or rather, song writer, in this case) chooses specific words for a reason, and we often discuss our interpretations of what different poems mean. So after listening to the whole song, I definitely got the sense that it was a fan watching someone on YouTube… yay for critical analysis?

  • http://twitter.com/YukikoKohane Claudia Barraco

    I don’t think it was a communication problem. People always assume things and like you said at the end of your video that songs has emotions in it and people imagine to what or who it refers to=)
    Really love this song <3 
    Bye^.^
    Claudia

  • Anarazzberry

    I think if I unsubscribed from you, my life would end.

  • Ana Razzberry

    I think if I unsubscribed from you, my life would end.

  • Nikky

    thanks for this song, it helped me get over someone i would rather have as a brother then a boyfriend :) ur r fantastic and i hope u never change <3 

  • TravellingMan

    I have a feeling the seemingly large proportion of confused comments on youtube is somewhat to do with the fact many who understood it did not feel there was much to comment on. Not to say that everyone got it, but it makes sense those who have questions rather than statements are likely to comment :3

  • TravellingMan

    I have a feeling the seemingly large proportion of confused comments on youtube is somewhat to do with the fact many who understood it did not feel there was much to comment on. Not to say that everyone got it, but it makes sense those who have questions rather than statements are likely to comment :3

  • Catalina

    I loved the song, and could understand it was from the perspective of a fan, since what I think about you is exactly what the song says (without the sad endig, of course, I will always love you, Charlie). The song also made me understand that you’re busy, that, well, obviously you don’t have the time to reply; but, if I am lucky and you read this, just know that your fans will be there for everything you need. We are all over the world. Yes, I am not from England, I am from Argentina :)

  • http://twitter.com/amelia9009 Amelia Burger

    Or maybe people just need to learn to listen to the lyrics better, a skill that is dying out with all the popular music that is lyrically shit. Find some good indie music, world!
    I really liked the song. I could totally relate, I’ve felt those feels over the course of several youtube related crushes I’ve had, though I’ve never really stopped liking a person altogether. It’s more like, there was a phase when I was a rabid fangirl over say, you, (though I’ve never been really that rabid compared to some people I see… anyway…) and I’ll be a bit obsessed for a while, and eventually I’ll slowly come out of it and return to regular life and then on to my next obsession. Now that I think of it, it’s not just youtube crushes, the same thing is happening right now with me and the show Sherlock….
    But long, rambly story short I liked the song and it’s nice to know that you understand how it feels to be on the other side of the screen and I know most all of you youtube guys are just nice guys who just have way to many fans to marry or befriend all of them.

  • zoemew

    I actually understood the song right from the beginning. Some people just over-analyse song lyrics. 

  • Mad4mcdonnell

    Thank god for that. I would not be able to live without Charlie on YouTube. :)

  • Mad4mcdonnell

    Thank god for that. I would not be able to live without Charlie on YouTube. :)

  • YourFan

    I loved the song, and could understand it was from the perspective of a fan, since what I think about you is exactly what the song says (without the sad endig, of course; I will always love you, Charlie). The song also made me understand that you’re busy, that, well, obviously you don’t have the time to reply; but, if I am lucky and you read this, just know that your fans will be there for everything you need.
    From here, in Argentina :)

  • Cata

    I loved the song, and could understand it was from the perspective of a fan, since what I think about you is exactly what the song says (without the sad endig, of course; I will always love you, Charlie). The song also made me understand that you’re busy, that, well, obviously you don’t have the time to reply; but, if I am lucky and you read this, just know that your fans will be there for everything you need.
    From here, in Argentina :)

  • Ayashino

    I understand the concept of the song just fine and thought it was very endearing and actually quite sad. You did a good job on it. <3

  • :D

    This song is amazing… I didn’t think you were going to leave YouTube because you love it so much, as anyone can tell! I email you a bit and don’t expect a reply because I know you are busy. You’ve got to play Zelda and that, I understand ;) 
    The song actually describes how I feel (it doesn’t seem right to say ‘how I feel’ because I don’t even know you haha) and when I first listened, I was like “OMG THAT’S SO TRUE!” I hate how people from other countries say UK fans can see you whenever we like, but that’s obviously not true, especially considering I live basically in the middle of nowhere, like 5 hours away from London… But someday, whether it be at a Chameleon Circuit concert or just randomly seeing you on one of my rare trips to London, I will meet you, I know it! Unlikely things happen all the time, don’t they Charlie? ;)So yeah, even if you don’t reply to my emails, I know you love your fans/subscribers and we love you! And we always will!I hope the house and everything is ok :’)From me :D  

  • berryfor3

    Charlie this song was incredible – I totally got it, it really identified with me and in fact it completely meant what your channel means to me, minus the unsubscribing part. You definitely are an idol and an inspiration so pleasee just keep doing what you love to do and i hope it never comes to this but if the day should come when you stop loving it then that is also fine :) but in the meanwhile i am going to sit back and enjoy myself a bit of coollike!

  • ( <—A banana.

    You do understand this is probably how everyone one of your fans feel about you?

  • Sarah_P

    Hey Charlie. Just wanna let you know that I don’t think you need to (attention, quote) “improve the communication aspect of [your] storytelling”. because if people would have listend, your story would have been perfectly clear to them.

    oh and btw I think we totally would be friends and I hope you find the time to reply ;)

  • Amberrosecurtis

    Haha, I loved all the assumptions made, it was so interesting.. Exspecially to see so many people think you were on the brink *cough cough* hank green! So glad to see you’re still enjoying making videos and not madly in love with some one other then me! (alright now loose iit ah ah ah ah ah, a bit of eminem for ya)

  • Amberrosecurtis

    Haha, I loved all the assumptions made, it was so interesting.. Exspecially to see so many people think you were on the brink *cough cough* hank green! So glad to see you’re still enjoying making videos and not madly in love with some one other then me! (alright now loose iit ah ah ah ah ah, a bit of eminem for ya)

  • Amber

    Haha, I loved all the assumptions made, it was so interesting.. Exspecially to see so many people think you were on the brink *cough cough* hank green! So glad to see you’re still enjoying making videos and not madly in love with some one other then me! (alright now loose iit ah ah ah ah ah, a bit of eminem for ya)

  • Lauren :)

    I don’t think you need to, “hone your writing skills.” I figured it out on the first listen. Some people are just not that great at inferencing, and all the best stories need to be inferred. I thought this song was beautiful and kinda sad, but in a good way. :)

  • Lauren :)

    I don’t think you need to, “hone your writing skills.” I figured it out on the first listen. Some people are just not that great at inferencing, and all the best stories need to be inferred. I thought this song was beautiful and kinda sad, but in a good way. :)

  • Alyssa

    HA! I knew it! I’m so smart. And oh so humble =P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1585426356 Sol Estravís

    I actually thought it was about that since the beginning. I don’t really know why people thought you were leaving YouTube…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240190853 Emma Markman Morris

    I liked how this was different from your other videos and the fact that I connected with the story (though not the ending) was evidence enough for me to know it was from the perspective of a fan. I don’t think you’d have to improve your writing abilities for songs, you do that expertly, but I guess everyone improves over time much like John. He’s gotten better throughout his career and I believe that you will too.

  • http://twitter.com/bellasolveig Isabella curcio

    I loved the song, Charlie. It made me happy.

  • http://twitter.com/risettechan Sean Gould

    I thought the song made perfect sense! Some people just got scared that you were leaving and jumped to the wrong conclusion, I guess. The song was great, and your voice sounded really really good! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/babib11 Paulina Olechnowicz

     That is a very good song, Charlie. The more interpretations, the better the song. Same with literature / poetry, right?

  • Pyne Apple

    That is actually what I thought it was about so that’s cool :) I really like the song Charlie!

  • Mariarawrz

    ahhh! i was almost right :D i’ve listened to this song like 70-80 times in the last 2 days haha

  • Georgina Holmes

    I don’t think you need to work on your communication, I love that people can listen to music and songs and each interpret it their own way :) 
    I loved it :)

  • Anonymous

    This is the most beautiful song I’ve listened to in a long, long time. Charlie, you’re so talented! I can connect with this song- though the ending doesn’t reply to my viewership of your videos-

    Ok. My sister just heard the song and and asked me “Is Charlie trying to be GLaDOS?” Um, I don’t think so.

  • Iffat

    Charlie, believe it or not, I really did think from the beginning that this song was from the perspective of a fan (in case you were wondering, yes, I am indeed a major fan of you). Ever since I was directed to one of your videos, I have been pretty much obsessed with your videos. Whenever you upload something new, it usually brightens up my day. It’s gotten to the point where I kinda wish to someday visiting London in the off chance of accidentally bumping into you (yes, I know how ludicrous that sound). So yeah, anyways, great job on making a really good song. (As I scrolled down to read the comments, turns out I wasn’t the only one who figured out what this song was about…aw :( lol)

  • Marissa

    I think your story skills are just fine! That’s what I thought personally the entire time!

  • Torimcc

    Please Please Please put this song on itunes Charlie!!!

  • FadedDay

    I don’t think you need to hone your storytelling skills, a well written and well told story may have many interpretations. Take Shakespeare for example, specifically “The Merchant of Venice”. This amazing piece was actually intended to be a comedy, because people back then enjoyed having Jews make complete and utter fools of themselves. Now however, we see Shylock (the Jewish character) as a tragic figure, forced to suffer the tyrannic rule of Christianity in Italy. Likewise, the only reason why he is so well loved in schools is because of the vast amount of analysis that can be gotten from his works. Therefore, as there were so many different interpretations of your work, I suggest that you take pride in your ability to inspire the imaginations of so many, who, prior to watching that video were probably vapidly staring at their screen, their brains only performing the necessary functions of keeping them alive and clicking the mouse.  

  • Erica

    Charlie, your storytelling skills are perfectly fine. People will always interprete stories differently and that is what makes storytelling so beautiful. If it weren’t for the different ways people take in stories then the depth and meaning of it would be lost. This is how I thought the song was meant to be and I am glad you wrote such a wonderful song. Please don’t change your communication aspects of songwriting otherwise the morals of the songs will become blatantly obvious and won’t give us, the listeners, a chance to think about it and come up with our own meanings to them. Be proud that you have got so many people listening and thinking about your work!!   

  • Kaylee

    I understood your story perfectly. Yo are a wonderful story teller :)

  • Kris

    Charlie, I don’t think you need to “improve the communication aspect” of your storytelling. I strongly feel a good song can mean at once one thing and many things. Most everyone who interpreted it “wrongly” weren’t all that far off from what you were getting at. Because the song DOES have emotions in it, and because many of your fans care about whether you are happy or not, we wanted to see what was up…so questions naturally came up. It’s very nice of you to spell it out, and actually, I’m glad you did… but you don’t owe anyone an explanation and I don’t want you to feel as if you weren’t clear enough. The style in which you told this story is perfect as is. Like I said, most everyone knew what this song was about on SOME level. So consider your job well done and I’d definitely advise against making one “true” facet of a song shine more than the others, or you won’t be as proud of it in the end. ;)

  • Elana Emer

    Charlie you are a beautiful story teller, this song was amazing and I thought that it brought out a different sort of your artistic side, which i quite liked.  Such a relief to hear you’re not leaving us, because I think everyone was starting to get quite a bit worried there.  Thanks for sharing with us and never stop! 

  • Lucinda Kenny

    Charlie McDonnell…
    I feel like I know you but you don’t know me. I know it sounds crazy but I think if we met, spend time together, we would end up friends.

    - sums up exactly what I thought a week after I watched your videos.
    maybe one day (; however unlikely things do not happen all the time to normal people.

    Love from Australia. Xox

  • Thank you

    Your song captured the emotions of a viewer (at least, one like me) perfectly!  Telling a story from someone else’s point of view allows writers to experiment and add elements of fiction to a story that they have perhaps only partially experienced themselves, and simultaneously displays your impressive qualities of empathy and self-awareness.
    The extreme reactions to you work are proof that you have successfully created a song that rings true to your listeners, and, without a wasted word, were able to successfully synthesize and record a very real emotion through song.  Very impressive!  I hope you continue, both through your films and music, to allow your own emotions and experiences to be clarified through the eyes of outsiders.
    ^^ Haha, I was just in the poetry-analysis zone!  Back to writing my English paper…

  • Ace

    I totally read this whole article with your British accent. I’m American. lol

  • Bresands

    Communication is a fickle thing. Everyone interprets things in a variety of ways. I think you captured very well what it is you intended to. Perhaps some people are just a bit paranoid about losing you.

  • Isab7592

    Holaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!All people learn and you’ve learnt a lot… Congratulations!!!
    Your song shows me perfectly that you want to say…
    … That’s truth , you can´t idolise any person, because i think it’s wrong…  but don´t worried about this, i admire the person you seem like, i think all can happen, but the heart’s people don´t and it’s that others remember…you don´t know how many people you make forget their problems or how many sad days you make happy!…please, keep on your humility… I know God is watching over you y bueno espero que el otro video si sea para mí… :p  LOL un beso Charliee… Rosita ;)

    PDT:..and yes i want you to find time to reply ;)

  • Isab7592

    sorry…my english is not very good yet…;)

  • Sunshine9692

    Yes! I was right!

  • A fan.

    I actually understood your story quite well. You are an excellent writer and this was a clever song idea. I know sometimes Youtubers can feel like they’ve let their fans down. A lot go through this cycle: They put out new videos everyday/ every other day when they first start. Then they get popular. They get a better camera. Their videos get more structured. They have a “schedule”. Then they get stuck. They just feel like they can’t make anymore good vids, so they take a break. Sometimes it will be a week, or two. Sometimes a month or two. And sometimes they just quit. When/ if they do return, they are re-energized and full of new ideas. And sometimes the cycle starts over. I’ve seen this with many, including you. I am proud. You didn’t give up. You’re still here, and having fun. You’re still a goofy nerd. You’re still an inspiration to many. You’re still you, and you’re still so coollike. :)

  • Cate

    It’s a beautiful song :)

  • xKrissten

    Wow, Charlie you’re brilliant! I love the way you think…

  • Caitlin

    Much of this reminds me of something the ever insightful John Green wrote, ” Neither novels or their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.”

    Anyways, thanks for all you do Charlie, it’s well appreciated:)

  • AtomicKitten

    Personally, I loved the song, and I understood it. I didn´t think you were leaving YpuTube at all.
    I think you´re making a good job :)

  • Jkmcquinn

    I think you did a wonderful job writing this song.  My husband and I have watched you for years and every time you post a new song we are amazed at how talented you are.  I find it very impressive that you have the courage to put yourself out there.  Thank you for the smiles you always offer.

  • River Banks

    You say that it wasn’t specifically watching you, but I think you quoted yourself in one of your lyrics, but in a clever way. I’m trying to put this on the piano, but it’s just not as good as yours :)

  • Esllava

    I don’t think you really need to improve the communication aspect of your storytelling. Really. I mean it was really clear for the majority of your fans, and what would you say? Sing :”Hey, this is a song from the point of view-ouououhh of a fan?” Naaah.
    But hey, it’s a lovely and really nice song, thank you! :)

  • Naomi

    Once again, another Charlie classic :) Like everyone else has been saying, it isn’t your storytelling, it is only the way different audiences perceive what you are writing about. That is the magic of song writing, only you know whats true. A beautiful song indeed, very heartwarming! Continue to spread the joy and thanks!
    I know that you’re busy so don’t worry you don’t have to reply :)

  • Nell

    I got the story you were telling perfectly, based on what you said here, I wouldn’t worry too much. I think people just like reading deep romantic feelings into what you say and imagining their the recipient.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348729526 Katriel Medina

    So true Charlie! 

  • crazyorange3

    No! You don’t need to hone your movie making skills.  If this was transformed into a movie it would be perfect.  Ending on a note like that is what makes it great and the song actually means something.  The fact there are so many interpretations is, again, a great sign! After all, how many of the greatest films have ambiguous endings? Interpretation allows us to get something personal from the song/film.  I don’t want to be spoon-fed what to thing.  So, yeah, that’s what I think :)

  • DartoKnowsTooMuch

    Now that I understand the lyrics I think it’s really lovely. People pass through our lives providing opportunities, support and encouragement. But as quickly as they come and no matter how often we think of them. They remain an important influence in our lives and we care deeply for them. My grade 3 teacher, a backpacker I met in New Orleans, a child I mentored in year 6. I may never cross paths in this lifetime but I still care for them and wish them well in living their lives. Thanks for the explanation Charlie. The difference is you don’t meet these people who admire your videos. You are in inspiration Charlie! Thanks for being gracious, but we get more from your vlogs than we could ever give back!

  • DartoKnowsTooMuch

    Sorry about the grammar and punctuation. Tried typing that on my iPhone at 3 in the morning. And well done again.

  • chel sy

    Thank you for that wonderful song Charlie! You do have a good singing voice. I wish you could write and sing more songs , of course original songs, maybe about your day, your friends and maybe about a girl you like :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000663036740 Gianna Lorenzi Ormerod

    me and my friends love you this song made us cry write more so you can make another album even though im still not bored of the first one :) btw good luck writing your feature film thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638413026 Iona Hannah-Rose Taylor

    You are so amazing it is actually unbelievable. I didn’t think it was possible to think someone was that awesome without actually ever meeting them :D The song is one of your best (in my opinion) and I love the story! It’s a bit like Flora in the story sense and I LOVE that one too so maybe more like this please? I just can’t stop watching it, I love it too much O.o thankyouthankyouthankyou!

  • Matt Coles

    See I honestly thought it was about Nat…

  • http://twitter.com/LadiWolff Lady

    It’s the song I want to sing to Jared Padalecki. But I’m still living the ‘in love’ part of the song. :) Always with pretty words, Sir. Beautiful song.

  • Gorgepuskitties

    That’s what I always thought the song was about. I don’t know why people were confused. I think you told the story very well. I have gone through that with several people I watched, got bored with, then dropped. fans are fickle. We change our minds daily. No worries.
    Still at the “In Love” phase with you…for now. Hahahahahaha

  • Emma

    You’re great at writing songs!!! I thought this one was done quite cleverly, hard to misinterpret if you actually listen to the words.

  • Decidedlyabnormal

    Would you believe me if I said that was what I had thought? Thanks for explaning that, your such a sweety for it because most creators don’t explain, and ambiguity is annoying to live with. Thanks and good luck on improving your song writing skills, I hope to see more.

  • teamcoollikeforever

    You captured the lyrics from a fan’s perspective perfectly Charlie! :) It’s exactly what I would write/sing about you if I could sing. Lmao. xD

  • Nicksticknoodles

    I’m not going to lie and say I knew that… Because I really didn’t.  In all honesty it’s a good song, and after you’ve explained it it makes perfect sense, but before it was just a pretty song that was a little bit sad at the end.  Kind of like some films I’ve watched.  Then again, maybe I’m just a wee bit thick xD

  • Auchynnikavav

    That’s what I was thinking too! (in a fans perspective)

  • littleMisscoollike!

    <3 yay!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mariya-Tumanova/100000698436782 Mariya Tumanova

    I love this song! <3 It's so amotional and sincere. ^_^ And, yay, that's basically what I was thinking. =) ~(though, I can't believe some people thought our beloved youtuber would leave YT. tssk, YT is great! =P)

  • Menna<3chemcircuit

    I think you’ve captured that Perfectly. I did actually know that it was from a fan’s perspective, and I think that that’s exactly what the song explains. <3

  • Kary

    i still think he is inlove with a youtube :D

  • http://twitter.com/LivMalone Pauline M.

    I totally got that. I’m kinda proud. And you’re clear to me, so well, go on. 

  • Frogbutton

    It’s a really nice song, Charlie. You’re a skilled songwriter, and make amazing videos :) I always look forward to seeing your videos! Take care & shit!

  • Rebeka

    It was a really touching song, I got it right away you were writing in the perspective of an admirer, I just wasn’t sure if it was your own fan or not. You got the angle perfect, I know I watch your videos when I’ve had a bad day, and sometimes I get angry when you aren’t the Charlie I have in my mind. No pressure, though, be yourself and all that cheesy stuff. Thanks for the song. :]

  • Isa

    stop explaining your art!!!! when it has different inrepretations, THAT’S when it’s memorable and perfect the way it is.

     GOSHH it is just like when J. K. Rowling went and spoiled everything by saying dumbledore was always gay… uRGH!

  • Frenchhornofohio

    This song makes me cry. But in a good way. :-)

  • Ditto_14

    People started to try and interpret things because the person who created it either wouldn’t say directly what it is or just wasn’t around.
    If he wants the song to be interpreted that way, then he should allow it. If he wanted the song to be interpreted different ways then he wouldn’t say anything, but he didn’t like that.  He has the right, because he created it! Not anyone else.
    If you want to interpret your own way don’t let his explanation stop you.
    And saying that J.K. Rowling ruined it because she said Dumbledore is gay shouldn’t effect anything. People are going to ship things anyways, like Harry and Draco. No one stops them, because they don’t care.

  • AngelineNarglehunter

    Charlie , I don’t think you will ever leave Youtube. The way I interpreted this song is that its what WE fans feel about you , I’m not a crusher like most people are (sorry :P) , I just admire you and thinks you’re funny and cute :D Yes , I thought you were a little insane too at the start :P I don’t know about other people , but this song’s lyrics describe my feeling to you. Don’t worry , I am not in love with you or anything xD Btw , is the Finding Charlie thing still going on? Hope you find the time to reply :)

  • Kate

    Charlie no matter what, your fans are going to love all of the your videos, and that you’re not gonna leave, as a. You love us to much and b that youtube is to much fun to leave. Loved the song – Kate

  • Isa

    if he want his song to be interpretated in a certain way and then TELL everyone this way, he is less of an artist in what he does.

  • Shutonghao

    I Interpreted it correctly! I’m one of those fans. I did exactly that…went back and watched your old videos because you’ve changed and that’s made me kind of sad. But I’m not going to unsubscribe or not like you anymore because of that<3

  • Tai_c82

    Charlie you are just getting stronger with everything you are doing song was great and i very much understand what you were saying.. And as ppl leave and new lot will follow keep up with the great work…

  • Monikaw24

    That is… sad. And I’m not talking about the lyrics, but the melody. Definitively not good to listen during an ugly, rainy day. Indeed, that song has emotions in it.

  • Arianne

    Not at all Charlie. I think your communication skills are fine. Ultimately that’s what a work of art (whether it be of literary, musical or film origin) aims at – to incite a reaction from its audience, which your song clearly did. Personally, I did think it was about a girl (guilty as charged) but that made the song all the better. Frankly, if you’d made it extremely clear that it was about a fan etc, it would have been…I don’t know, just less interesting let’s say. So no, your storytelling’s fine! Now hurry up and get to work on that film of yours which I can’t wait to see :D

  • Kirklandschuler

    Love the song Charlie! I’m very glad you’re not leaving YouTube; you inspired me to write songs & I’ve really come to enjoy it. America loves you!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/maddy_gordon Maddy Gordon

    It’s a great song Charlie! I totally get the reference to Stan! Even without the suicide and murder. YAY! It doesn’t matter how long it takes for new videos, they are always good quality!

  • http://caribbeanblue47.blogspot.com/ Maria

    Aha I may have immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was Community Channel! Anyhow, I really loved the song and I’m glad you explained it :) Again, great song!

  • MeganRae

    I thought It sounded like a more sane version of stan!! I would of commented but I don’t have a youtube account yet… I better get one of those thingy’s…. I didn’t think you were leaving youtube. I thought if you were going to leave, you would say it straight, but that shouldn’t happen till the forseeable future *knock on wood*
    Love your videos and songs,
    MeganRae xx

  • charlieissofitlike

    omg thats amazing , i love the song its so heartfelt and full of emotions 

  • Sheila A.

    Actually, I thought your story-telling skills are very good. Because even without having to refer to this blog post, I already knew that you were revising a story from a fan’s perspective. Perhaps people just need better listening skills.

  • Jess dess

    That’s what I thought (: Time To Reply made me pretty emotional and I felt like I could really relate to it. Take care Charlie, we’ll always support you regardless. (I’m really glad you wrote this post)

  • Georgia<3

    Charlie, May god bless you. 

  • -Christina :)

    Charlie! I love your videos and I really enjoyed this song, I can relate to it. I realize you may oversee this comment because many people comment on your videos/blogs but my little sister and I love watching your videos together, it one of the rare things we agree on (saying, “Hey let’s watch some charlieissocoollike videos!” to which the other replies, “HECK YES!” haha even at 11:30 pm on a school night. It’s happened before :D). I just wanted to let you know that we love you Charlie! And I hope we’ll find you one day so we can scream “I FOUND YOU!!!” while pointing at your face and probably flailing our arms as well.

  • -Christina :)

    Charlie! I love your videos and I really enjoyed this song, I can relate to it. I realize you may oversee this comment because many people comment on your videos/blogs but my little sister and I love watching your videos together, it one of the rare things we agree on (saying, “Hey let’s watch some charlieissocoollike videos!” to which the other replies, “HECK YES!” haha even at 11:30 pm on a school night. It’s happened before :D). I just wanted to let you know that we love you Charlie! And I hope we’ll find you one day so we can scream “I FOUND YOU!!!” while pointing at your face and probably flailing our arms as well.

  • Aisling Greene

    Love the song and I understood that it was the POV of a fan.  Glad you want to make films and stuff but I had a dream that I met you and Alex and it was in the future but you were both writers for Doctor Who and we had a great chat with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss about Sherlock at a party.  Good dream…

  • Hadley

    Honestly, I really liked this song. I understood what it is about, and found it quite funny that people were freaking out. I’m quite glad you’re not leaving YouTube anytime soon. That would be sad. Also CommunityChannel is awesome and I wish she would make more videos too.

  • Katiemedarling

    yay .. i was right.. even tweeted you it.. yayyy!! i understand charlie so well .. LOVEE HIM!!!

  • noobasaurusrex

    He posted this on my birthday!!!! :)

  • Lauren

    I don’t know how people came up with some of the ideas I saw in the YouTube comments. I thought it was a girl for the first few lines, but then I got it. I guess people hear what they want to. I love this song, almost as much as I Want To Be A Monkey.
    :)

  • Jade & Justice S.

    Just so you know you got immensely more attractive than I first thought because you know Eminem, and even better yet you know his song by name :D (Jade)

    The song was really thought out (and good) and if a song has too much specific details the meaning can be lost. That would be like if Sonny and Cher had put their entire sex life”I Got You Babe.” A nice short back story could straighten out the confusion.:-)(Justice S.)

  • Jade & Justice S.

    *and better yet…(my bad)

    *in “I Got You Babe” (we obviously didn’t read through it enough X-P )

  • http://twitter.com/Linda_483 Linda Casana

    After reading your explanation I understood the meaning of that song. Personally, I find it emotional and real: Love between fan and idol is something common nowadays, in particular among teenagers. Compliments, I like it!

  • Nikki

    hey Charlie the song’s great.
    It’s always nice to hear you sing.
    I’d draw a fan here but my drawing skill’s dreadful

    looking forward to your next video

  • Rosalie

    bitch please, you wrote this song to be made into gpoys for all us fangirls. ;’) X

  • Pia Bustos

    ok,im your fan but… lets be honest, the song is not good, i wouldnt record ir, is just like some lazy b-side song to make the album longer, i love many of your songs and think you have a gr8 talent but this one is just not good.

    Pia Bustos
    from Chile

  • Rebecca

    No no no, it was a very very GOOD communication. The best creations are those that do provoke differing interpretations and responses. Don’t change that, or things will get very dull. So story telling wise, i think its a good indication of your skills, i just didn’t really like the music side of it. But that doesn’t really matter. x

  • hyemin

    I think it’s really good song every day I hear it.(I love your voice charlie really!!)
    This song be the one of my favorite song♡
    what a lovely song, thank you charlie!

  • charlieisbeautiful

    I LOVE YOU

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1686422313 Charlotte Rebbeca Franklin

    Its such a good song. I thought thats what it meant in the first place. You really inspire me with your music. You write about different things. Which it great. :) Please don’t leave youtube for a little while! :D

  • HannahCass4

    To be honest i thought it was about CommunityChannel :D but it is such a truly amazing song and i hope you make more of these :3 

  • Star

    this song is perfect. i got it straight away as i relate to the lyrics so strongly! it also reminded me of ‘killing me soflty’ -anyone else think this?
    <3 

  • http://twitter.com/Chuckled_Pink Lucy Pinker

    Happy because for once i understood a song the way it was meant to be the first time i heard it!!! It’s perfect because it captures those thoughts properly :) x

  • Anonymous

    This song is just the story of my life basically. 

  • infearofNORRIS77

    a lovely piece of work

  • infearofNORRIS77

    i love it

  • Jazai

    Holy crap, what? That is very very blunt and hurtfull! That’s not even constructive at all… I’m not even Charlie, but I could imagine him being quite put down by this. I hope he’s not, ofc.

  • Heatherrawrs

    This song makes me feel so depressed that I can never be like you and it just makes me want to put my own music into the world. Thank you, Charlie. This is amazing. ;’)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1783624968 Julie Eckert

    Makes perfect sense… but what I’d say is I liked the song and I interpreted it different from the way you did… but that’s okay. don’t change what you write cause people freak out lol. people are silly. btw looking forward to whatever film you write, I hope you stick with it :)

  • Claudia A.

    Charlie, first of all I want to tell you that I really enjoy your channel but there is something that I REALLY MISS and is YOUR CHALLENGES! I think that could be really cool for everybody that you make more CHALLENGES and maybe FUN CIENCE (: hope everybody enjoy you making this sweetie! Saludos desde Peru!

  • Hyperperson01

    I assumed the video was from the view of a fan. I was right:)))) yeayy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Poffenberger/754205102 Jason Poffenberger

    Life is strange.  It is painfully beautiful.

    -Funkstonian

  • RitalovesTheDoctor

    Yeah Charlie, please do Challenge Charlies more! Especially Doctor Who ones. You inspired me to start watching Doctor who and I’ve watched from the 2005 reboot the whole 6 seasons in less than a month. I’m obsessed with it now. So thanks. I love your Doctor Who videos. I was going to make up a challenge for you, but I guess I’m not that creative. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347264720 Kyla Blase

    I completely understood that this was from the perspective of a fan. Your story telling skills are quite alright from my perspective. :) Great job! Keep it up, Charlie!

  • rubirose

    This is EXACTLY the way I would communicate to you how I feel about you. That sounds weird, haha. But honestly, this just captures everything about what I was trying to sum up! You made me cry, that’s how strongly this song connects to me. It’s ridiculous! This song is brilliant, and I’m very proud to say that I watch Charlieissocoollike :)

  • Holly

    Reversing the roles gave this video a bit of an eerie feel. Even though as you said, it’s a situation you’ve been in. It made me sad, like, inevitably we’ll all going to stop dreaming of marrying you. No body wants that. :)

  • http://twitter.com/otakucupcake Kristy

    Hey! I actually guessed (generally) what the song’s about. I pretty quickly thought it was about somebody talking towards a celebrity/person they idolized/however you want to put it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TCKIPSCD43DFCEPZUOCXUHKA7Y Mari

    ooommmyy gosh thank god youre still single!!!!!

  • paceyringwald

    LOL Apparently people had too much meaning into the song. I had just thought that it was a smart song that explained half of the people on the internet. XD

  • Just call me R

    I completely understood that this was from the perspective of a fan, but some fans interpreted this song as if you wrote it specifically for them, but I’d say that your story telling skills are quite alright  :) So great job! Keep it up, Charlie! Love, R.

  • CharlieIwannafuckyou

    Buahhhhh….

  • FabySolaegui

    I personally LOVED the song. And I actually thought it was about something that had happened to you haha.

    I think your story telling skills are pretty damn great, you’re awesome Charlie! :D

  • http://twitter.com/ahs19 ariella

    Dear Charlie,

    This video describes exactly how I feel actually. I think we would be pretty good friends if we met. The only reason I watch your videos once in a while is because you like science like me, also play guitar, you are exactly the same age as me, and we both like doctor who but besides, you are much funnier than I am so I do find you very entertaining! Maybe it’s time to reply?

  • Phoebe Meredith

    Charlie,

    Loved this! I sent you a message not long ago, like, last night and I said about how this song describing exactly my view of you. (Well the chorus mainly). I hope you reply because i would really like to talk :)  I understood perfectly and I hope none of your  subscribers ever feel that way about you! So yeah, uhh bye :) 

    Love, ilovecmcdonnell

    (ilovecharliemcdonnell was too long so I had to shorten it :/ )
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <3

  • Abigail Lamb

    Charlie I love your videos I always check for new ones every tome I turn on my computer
    I think your music videos are really good too
    I wish you did more challenge charlie videos too I found them so funny
    Xoxo

  • Lkeene04

    This is the first of your blogs I’ve ever read and you just seem so different in written blogs than videos! Maybe it’s the way I read but you don’t seem like the same person! It’s crazy. 

  • Mailpille

    Charlie leaving youtube….

    Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
    In the forests of the night, 
    What immortal hand or eye 
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

    But he isn’t so everything is fine :-)

  • Cassie

    I don’t think you necessarily need to “imrove the communication aspect.”  The ambiguity of this song was nice, and some of the best songs leave a lot up for interpretation. 

  • blue33

    Hi I just can not belive i have not heard about u before ?? ur very clever ! such an amazing job .. wish u all the best

    PS. I am from the middle_east 

  • S.R.

    Why did you say “wo, this song has emotions” unless you somehow related to what you sang? ..
    Or wait, maybe you said you could relate now in your description.. :P Soz I’m a skim reader :)

  • Rowen

    I actually immediately compared it to “Stan” in my head when I heard it… 

  • Kom123ama789

    Very clever and cunningly done, it was an interesting perspective to take. I have always admired your music ;D

  • http://www.facebook.com/cande.landivar Cande Landivar

    First time I listened to the song was five minutes ago. I cried. Then I listened to it again and sang along with its lyrics, and found myself feeling I was singing it to you. A second later (before even reading this) I realised it was written, as you said, from the perspective of a fan and talking a little bit about yourself, and it made me feel like we knew each other. Then I read this, and I can assure you it gave me chills, I have some really weird feeling right now, and I really really think “if we met, spend time together, we would end up friends”. Just wanted to let you know what you can provoke in some regular teenager that lives, at least, a thousand miles away from you.
    Greetings from Argentina. Keep on with the good work.
    P.S.: sorry for my bad English.

  • Wowopox

    But that us my favorite part of the song don’t change your communication I like how open ended this is and everyone’s different idea about it that’s what makes it different how it could and is about do many different things. All you should do is like what you did, tell us what it’s about after you wrote it not in the song

  • Nerdette

    Truthfully, I had no idea what the song was about. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but didn’t connect with it. Once I read whaat you had to say about the meaning though, it was like the entire song changed for me. Even though it wasn’t about you, I felt more connected with it. … Is that supposed to happen or am I mad? :)
    DFTBA

  • iloveeveryoneinthistheatre

    i cried when i heard this song… >_> i knew exactly what it was about. i became friends with some people through youtube (they’re a parody group called Gelfbury, their videos are actually still pretty funny). i had the urge to get to know these people because they liked the same things i did, and it sort of worked for a while, but now all but one of them and i have drifted apart. we already live so far away from each other, but while i was getting to know them, i thought i could easily be friends with them all forever. it seems delusional, but it’s ridiculously easy to become attached to people you meet online…
    don’t feel bad that i cried! or laugh because i’m pathetic – which i know, on some level, i am – i was actually kind of shocked to find that the feelings i’ve felt were so relatable. so thanks.

  • Hannapiper

    I have been watching you for a while on YouTube, and I still think you are a great person, Charlie. Hope you keep making videos!

  • Marjolein

    Since you uploaded the video I’ve been listening to the song quite a lot. I read, at least twice, this and thought about what you’re talking about. At first, I felt like a fangirl would, seriously crushed by you and saying “oh what a cute guy” and all that stuff. Then, I felt like “well, he is right, this is just a one-way relationship” and thought that is very unlikely, almost impossible, to get to meet you or even cross words with you and also, it could be the case that we wouldn’t have that much in common like i thought. But even at that point, I still wanted to meet you and talk with you ,you know, talk about nerdy things just because i’m interested and it would be a nice conversation. Finally, I started to feel like a wierdo, crazy and foolish girl with no life, but i realized that even if you were Charlie McDonnell, “the english youtube sensation”, or just a guy who is my neighbor and isn’t very known for any particular reason, the situation would be the same because nothing would happend apart from me still looking at you from the distance. I think that’s why i like this song so much, it discribes the way i relate with the guys i like.
    Well this is getting long. Keep on writting wonderfull songs, because every time you do, you explain how i feel in a few words :) Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/NINJApenguins Sophie Legg

    The song is great! The story telling bit is really good too, I don’t understand why anyone would assume anything other than that it was from the perspective of an imaginary fan. I especially don’t understand how anyone would assume it was about you wanting to leave YouTube! I love it when you write new songs, and I think you should definatly push ahead with your sstory skills :)

  • The dutch one

    I really love this song. It’s really great and I’ve got a new phone and it’s my ringtone. (Sorry for my bad English: I’m Dutch and English is not my best subject at school. (: )
    You should make more songs like this, I think it’s really good.
    Bye,
    14-year-old dutch girl from Haarlem

  • Flor

    Loved this song
    Flor from Argentina

  • Paintingonawall

    It would have been great if a real girl had actually been the reason behind this song. I mean, the song sounds pretty honest and sincere so is Charlie really telling us the truth? Haha. I loved it. Alright, goodbye now, I’m have to go download the song. For free, I mean. 

  • Stevie

    I really like this song/video, and I feel like you must’ve recorded this over and over, even you’d gotten the song down, just for that smile at the end. You had to have practiced that smile in a mirror, it was adorable. You’re one of those people that just makes me smile to watch, because you’re just so honest and cute and stupid sometimes (honestly, who shocks themselves twice?). This song of yours actually inspired a spoken word I wrote, and I’m going to put it up eventually. I wanted to get it done before you posted another video, but oh well. I think I’ll still put it up as a video response to this one. Look forward to that. :) Its basically about how girls shouldn’t obsess so much over unattainable guys like you and give guys they actually know a chance. Because while you’re awesome and all that Charlie, you can’t date every girl that has a crush on you, so there will be some broken hearts. I mean, if you were really determined, maybe, but you don’t seem to be that type of guy haha. :) Maybe while I’m making it I’ll email you for some help, I’m trying to make it really good. Anyways, keep up the good work, looking forward to your first movie! And I hope you’ll continue youtube vlogging even after you get some movies up. If you don’t, oh well its your life to live, but I’d miss laughing at your awesome smiles.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Summs Summer Jade Manning

    THIS SONG IS JUST…. :’) excuse me while i finish that sentence into a kleenex, i can’t stop crying

  • Jane

    The first time I heard this song I thought “Man…It must be very exhausting to be famous”…..It’s such an amazing song :) 

  • Mr Creepy_

    now that i know exactly what the song is about it really adds to the experience. I love this song it really does seem accurate and  heartfelt. :)

  • _Shivers

    I love your songs and your voice! You’re fantastic!

  • Sarah :)

    no, the meaning of the song was perfectly communicated; people just have overactive imaginations!! 

  • Kelly

    Your videos are great Charlie, I love them! I’ve been watching them since day 1 and I love them. I hope to meet you one day, that would make me so happy :-)

  • Grant

    I think a lot of people on you tube like or idolize someone but not everyone is willing to be
    simply a friend. I have sent emails to people on you tube but because I am older than most you tubers, I somehow don’t exist for the younger generation. That’s sad that I can’t talk to anyone I
    want and they email me back! Your mother emailed me once but haven’t which is funny
    because I have been commenting about your videos for about five years! :D  I love your videos
    Charlieissocoollike! :D 

  • Diamond B <3

    OMG i can’t stop listening to this song its amazing i keep trying to ask my mom if we could go to london so i could see if i see you while I’m there it would be the best thing in the world if i met you in person you are like my idol. You are also the one who got me started on watching doctor who which by the way is the best show ever lol well bye.

  • Grant

    I think you should go to film school or go to a college that has a film department. I heard that
    UCLA has a great film department. You can find great film schools in NYC or LA
    that will help you become a film producer. I also think you have the talent to become a
    recording artist or a great actor. I think you need to think outside the box of you tube and
    go fo it Charlie. You have so much talent you just don’t know it. Go for it Charlie! Cheers!

  • Karina

    actually you really can communicate…you got people to use their imagination and create their perspective of this song…which is something i think John green talked about in relation to books. I enjoy this song a lot. i look forward to more!

  • Leonor Almeida

    Good to know you’re not leaving YouTube. And in my opinion you can communicate kind of well actually – despite your awkward endings, haha :) – and you should keep it going. I believe you could have a great future in this area, “but if you never try you’ll never know” :) x

  • Anonymous

    So good. If only I didn’t live in the US. 

  • Aleksandra Kachlicka

    Don’t worry Charlie! “The communication aspect of your storytelling” is, in my opinion, quite ok. I interpreted it the way you described here the first time I heard it and English is not even my first language :) That’s why I don’t really understand why others had problems with it. Should be easier if you actually  speak English, shouldn’t it? :/

  • http://twitter.com/samsterUK samsterissocoollike

    I used to like this song…and then i did a charlieathon where i watched ALL of his videos yes all of them! and now i love this song but i always start crying when i hear it? I think it’s cause it’s how i feel about Charlie, apart from I’m not bored of him, I just kinda know deep down he won’t reply to me and i probably won’t meet him :/ but then unlikely things happen all the time so maybe? #teamcoollike Love you Charlie <3

  • http://twitter.com/darkpurplevein Sarah W

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO UPLOAD A NEW VIDEO? I really want to watch one

  • Cassidy

    Well hi Charlie ! My name is Cassidy michaela (michaelas my middle name) .
    I’ve been watching you videos since I was umm 11 I think (14 now) .you might not
    Get around to reading this because someone as famous as you has way better things
    To do than to read a meaningless comment from a 14 year old fan:) ! But I must say I’m miss your crazy red hair ! Also for the record, Ron weasly has nothing on you! You way more cool
    Than him! Well I just really hope you find time to reply or at the least read this haha!
    Also, I’m pretty sure all your other fans have been begging you, but you have to
    Make a new video for us! I really hope your film is turning out amazingly ! Tell
    Alex I say hi and I wish you both well!❤

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1072133273 Claudia Karbuniaris Sommariva

    Five years ago, one friend showed me a youtube video. It was quite simple, but funny. Charlie is so cool like was the responsible of this. I enjoyed it, so I kept watching it. Then I forgot you for a few months, dont remember why. But then I began to miss you and catch up (?) with the new videos.  ( ._.)

    Anyways, thanks Charlie, for being there all this years. For saying fun stuff and for sing well. 

    Thank you, for the smiles. :)

  • JanNjniez

    i love your videos !!! [from THAILAND] <3

  • Kira Hamilton :) xx

    that song is how i feel bout yhoo :) xxxx

  • amjaaam

    love. this. song.

  • Lou

    I know your a science fan so you must have created a mind reader, sent the machine to America and read my mind. beause when you listen to the words it is literally my thoughts about you exactly. But I actually beleive you when you say that your not stopping. I would probaly throw a tantrum the moment I heard you were quiting You Tube. No Joke. I LOVE CHARLES!

  • haruhi C:

    Hi Charlie, I’m from Italy and I discovered your videos almost two years ago. Watching your videos that time has always relieved me.. your videos have always made me feel good especially because it wasn’t a great period, you know.
    Seeing you and listening to your songs has inspired me a lot! In that bad period I almost decided to stop singing even if singing is the thing that I most love to do, it’s something that make me always feel good. I bought your CD (well, I downloaded it, sorry .-.) and I listened to all your songs. Now I’m also following Chameleon Circuit, adn, I want to say it, you’re absolutely great guys (i looove teenage rebel, it seems that it has some Green Day’s influences and i really do like Green Day a lot!).
    Thanks for making my days, Charlie. Thanks.
    I know that you’ll never reply me, but I don’t mind it’s okay, I just wanted to say that.
    ps. sorry for my horrible and akward english DD:

  • Daisy

    What is your Fan Email?

  • Mckelvey Sarah

    Song is really good. It took me minute to try and understand what you were getting at with the song when you started…and then I started reading the rest of your post.

    Your videos over the past few years have been interesting, fun, and altogether great (if a bit random at times). I thank my sister for introducing me to videos of you and the other trock founders when you were first starting out, and I love seeing how you have all progressed since then.
     Believe it or not, I decided to do my college social science research design on the beginning of it all. I just hope that I have enough information to be able to finish it. If you have any tips (and you’re actually reading this; being busy and all) please feel free to let me know. Btw, finding a way to contact people; not exactly an easy task.
    Good luck to future you:)

  • You may know who this is.

    So I haven’t checked out your channel for a while, and I heard the song and then I was convinced it was about me because you never replied… Then I read your blog post and I realized I was wrong. I probably haven’t crossed your mind in a while. But I just want you to know that I only unsubscribed because it made it easier to let go… Kinda which I hadn’t watched this video because it did pull my heart strings just a bit.

  • i suck at usernames

    I love you charlie! I want to see you in person with a bunch of other crowds with me :)

  • Shrusti Tripathy

    I don’t think you need to improve your story-telling…my personal opinion, a song should be general enough that many people connect to it, add their own stories to it to personalise it. The fact that people theorised what you meant adds to the mystery. And even though I only heard the song after reading this, I can see it from your perspective and the others which is great! So keep at it, Charlie :) Hope you read this because I think you need to know.

  • http://twitter.com/tekaell Leni

    I thought it’s absolutely clear that you’re speaking from a viewer’s perspective. Haha I couldn’t imagine somebody would imagine you’re talking about a girl or something^^
    Don’t worry, your story-writing skills are pretty good in my opinion.. and after watching the video, I don’t even expect you to read the comments here ;)

  • Camila Troncoso

    I wanted to say exactly the same Aleksandra, I got it right the first time I heard it and I don’t understand why some native English speakers don’t.

  • Camila

    People always have different interpretations of songs and stories, Charlie, all good stories have many layers. In my opinion if a story was too literal and had just one possible meaning it would be boring. So I don’t think you need to improve the communication aspects of your storytelling_ well, one can always learn more_ but I think it’s a very well written story. It’s just inevitable to have different interpretations of things, it even happens with history.

  • Paula1990

    Hey charlie, not really sure how people got confused with your song. To me it was obvious you were writing in a fans point of view. I believe your story-writing skills are spot on. Lovely song :D

  • Mar

    I think it was pretty obvious what the song was about, though I’ve heard it AFTER reading this, so I might not be entirely objective. But yeah, it was clear enough. Actually, come to think of it, the song represents exactly what some fans may think of you – going from a silly boy doing silly stuff to a slightly less silly guy posting less often about more sciency stuff. I don’t know whether this was intentional or some sort of psychological projecting but it’s there. 

  • PostedByMe

    Charlie, this song made me love you so much.

  • Rayven

    Dear Charlie,
    Love this song… Love watching your YouTube videos… And, you’ve inspired me to work on my British accent! :) Every once in a while I enjoy a clever pun while learning about the moon and watching you attempt to unicycle! Thank you for making many of my days brighter!

  • Isabel

    The theme of your blog posts recently seem to be “I’m need to cheer up and people are saying negative things on youtube”, and now you’ve not made a blog post or a video for a while :( Just make whatever videos you want to make, I like all your past videos so I’ll like whatever you post, as long as you do too. 
    I started watching Charlieissocoollike videos to get me through my first semester uni exams, and now I’ve gotten some new and very questionable lecturers, I need some Charlie videos/blog posts so I have something to do in lectures! ;) 

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy to say that this song does NOT apply to how I feel about you and your vids. You/your stuff just keeps getting better. That said, I really enjoy the story in the song! 

  • http://twitter.com/delfinaperalta Delfina Peralta

    This song is brilliant. And, from my perspective, if you’ve changed it is because you grew up. Like most people do. Even though you’re still into the same things such as music, science and, well, making youtube videos, I believe you’re something like a grown up now. And I personally like it, because first of all, we all knew this was going to happen at some point, and second, it’s not like you’re some cocky stupid guy. You’re down to earth and a really good person, from what I can see. Which isn’t a lot, but I’m pretty sure you are good. :-)

    Thank you Charlie for making my day every time you post a new video. You’re adorable.

  • Bella Sinclair

    I don’t think you need to improve the storytelling because I like that it is a bit mysterious, and it wasn’t hard to understand what it’s about. I think you still like the people from the past, even after you have moved on, because they remind you of the wonderful times you had then, I hope that’s how I will remember this time in my life…

  • Nadia

    Try to read lots of books. This will help you for sure to improve your communication skills. Write stuff only when you are in the mood of “writing”. Good luck! :)

  • charlielover

    there`s nothing wrong with you communication skills! People are just too stupid to understand. there`s a difference…i think

  • Chloe

    Charlie you haven’t been doing any videos lately and you need todo some more challenge Charlie vids..li miss them

  • Momentsp18

    why are u not making any new vids????

  • clotz

    make new vids pls thx

  • Jessie

    Dear Charlie,
    I’m going to type this in the form of a letter because I’ve just watched Dear John and I’m just ever so slightly weird. Your videos are funny, imaginative and very enjoyable. But recently, we have been missing your lovely smiley face. Please come back and make another video. We miss you. 
    From
    A constantly bewildered and ever so slightly weird fan

  • http://profiles.google.com/emmyatsofia ann sofia

    I got it.  Well sort of.  I thought it was you watching videos.  Good to know it is fiction.  You’re a very good actor too bringing in the emotions as you sing.   I have been working on telling stories with photos and art for the last two months. Trying to incorporate video into that.  Haven’t figured out the best way to do it.  I love taking the daily photos though.

  • emma

    This is one of those moments when I feel like someone I’ve never met has somehow looked straight into my soul and saw how I felt.
    I’m not a youtuber, but for a while I was in love with a guy and sent him notes a lot.  he never replied to me.  and now, i think im still in love with him, but he’s really changed.  or maybe it’s me that’s changed.  but either way, i can relate to this song.

  • mishankina.darina

    Charlie! You’re beautiful!!

  • mishankina.darina

    Russian fans love you, Charlie!

  • Emilyblehblah

    HA HA RANDOM OFF TOPIC COMMENT>I just thought I’d let you know because you would for some reason find this interesting… you remind me so much of this guy in my class. He looks almost exactly like you (except he’s not British and has much more acne than you and he’s 13). He even has a little mole right were yours is. Its a little creepy. o_O I swear, if he had a British accent I wouldn’t be able to tell you two apart.

  • Kathy Klein

    I am so gonna marry you :)

  • Kat

    nothing’s wrong with your communication skills!  i understood the song after a little pondering and i’m sure those who jumped to conclusions didn’t think hard enough. 

  • Payton (:

    Dear Charlie,
    I don’t know if you’ll ever see this, but in the event that you do, I figure it’s something you can appreciate.

    I was watching this video and smiling (because it’s incredibly rare to see a celebrity [yes, you are that] that acknowledges the fact that people do feel as though they have relationships with them despite not really knowing them personally.), and generally enjoying myself, as I usually do when watching your videos (I actually only discovered you about a week ago- I saw a gif of you “chuckling darkly” and knew immediately that you were somebody I would find entertaining.), when suddenly, out of nowhere…

    A deep, mildly threatening male voice said “Do I make you nervous?”

    This probably wouldn’t have been quite so alarming if it weren’t for the fact that I had earbuds in, and since this isn’t something I normally do, I had sort of forgotten about it. Because of this, the voice seemed to come from directly over my shoulder, rather than from in front of me, as it would have if I had just been using my computers speakers.

    (Scratch that- it still would have been alarming, since it wasn’t coming from YOUR video and I was completely terrified anyway.)

    However, it WAS quite alarming, and I found myself so suddenly terrified that I jumped up and flung my arms around in a fit of terror, wrenching my earbuds from my ears and knocking my mouse (computer, not mammal) onto the floor. Because of my sudden and unexpected spasm, my younger brother screamed (in a manly way, of course) as he came up the stairs, which for some reason terrified me even further, and I made a nonhuman noise and promptly sat down on the floor.

    I’m not sure why my reaction to thinking there was a robber or serial killer of some sort standing right behind me was to sit on the floor, but it was. In the event that there had actually BEEN a robber or serial killer behind me, I probably wouldn’t be writing this, merely because I wouldn’t have any chance to defend myself from my fetal position beneath the kitchen table.

    (I just had to pause for a moment because I forgot where I was going with this.)

    Anyway, I just thought that you would appreciate my story and I would like to tell you that it was NOT your video- well, it was, but it was an advertisement BEFORE one of your videos that I had accidentally opened in another window while scrolling down your blog, so it really was my fault.

    Also, because of the lesson I learned about not throwing myself beneath things when I feel fear, I might be able to protect myself from robbers or serial killers in the future, which tends to be a good ability in the event that you need to do something along the lines of that.

    If you started reading this, and if you’re STILL reading this… thanks? Or maybe sorry. One of the two. Maybe both.

    So… yeah… I suppose that’s it. You’re absolutely hilarious and incredibly charming- also, my mum bought me that same pack of moustaches for Christmas a few years back- and had the same reaction that your mum did about your teeth and eyes when you’d painted yourself purple. I told her that the two of them would probably get along. She rolled her eyes at me.

    That’s all! Keep doing what you do- it makes me happy. (:

    Love, Payton

  • Eva

    Dangit Charlie, why must you be so darn amazing?

  • Darby :)

    Hehe…… We’ll never speak again of that little email tiff, eh, Charlie? ^_^ Thank you for the song :3

  • Doctor Who & Charlie Fan

    To be honest, I thought it was about Doctor Who… Which disappointed me greatly, mostly because Doctor Who is really quite a nice show with generally interesting and thrilling plot lines. I’m glad you still like Doctor Who… I assume you do anyway. I’m not going to be creepy and say I love you, as I’m sure a lot of people (especially girls around my age) do, instead, I just wanted to say I really appreciate your videos as they never fail to make me smile. 

  • ^__^

    i can’t imagine anyone ever losing their

    Obsessive
    Charlieissocoollike
    Disorder
     
    once you’ve got it- you’ve got it. it’s uncurable. Oh wait, no the song isn’t
    about him. ok. that makes a LOT more sense.  

  • i <3 stephen fry

    i like wot u did with the ‘OCD’ thing there. wud make a cool t-shirt.           
    lol aarrrrghhhh……

  • Dave the leprachaun

    Payton. That story of yours made me happy. Thank you.

  • Alex Impey

    so i took ur username. MWAH HA HA HA.

    seriously though. make it into a t-shirt.

  • 3mily

    I love this song so much I really connected with it and its beautiful, and it made me laugh how people didnt get it! its ok charlie I did get it, but it did make me think of myself and you though I will always love you:) xxx

  • http://twitter.com/AngelicaMarieR Angie Rago

    I understood that it was a song about a fan’s feelings for an idol fading away. I honestly don’t get where people thought it was about you leaving youtube at all. It’s a great song ♥

  • Payton (:

    Ahaha thanks. Writing it made me happy too. (: And the fact that it made you happy makes me happy!

  • Loves123music

    This is a great song Charlie! I came to your website just to make sure that my understanding was correct. :) I’m glad that it was!

  • Alex Impey

    btw im not charlie. I just thought ur story was highly amusing and felt a sudden urge to comment on it. =]

  • Randomgirlisrandom

    In my opinion you shouldn’t think your storytelling skills are lacking because of the public response to this video. I understood it completely and was reminded immediately of “Stan”. The thing is: there will always be a part of the public who just won’t get it. Specially fangirls, if you know what i mean. When you started it out with “I saw you this morning”, their little minds were instantly set on things such as “oh my god, Charlie is in love and confessing in this song!” and so on.
    Of course I’m not telling you that you don’t need to improve your abillities, we all do and it’s great that you acknowledge that.
    Keep up the good work and try not worrying too much about the fuzz in this video. ;)

  • Payton (:

    Well, I didn’t think you were Charlie… so that’s okay! :D Although if you were Charlie, it would still be okay. It would be okay no matter who it was. I’m just glad somebody found it amusing. (:

  • http://twitter.com/IreneCarregal Irene Huerta

    wow that’s an original idea for a song, you must be a very reflexive person.

  • bitkrazy

    disspite all the deep comments may i just say your very hamson (im dyslexic) but i don’t realy care about that cos your very kind

  • Soff_hardtoexpain

    I really like the song, yeah it sounded like a girl but thanks for the explanation. 
    It’s great how you see people’s react on your lyrics. I think you are a pretty good musician. 
    I like watching your videos and your work everyday. Keep doing it. 
    See you ! 

    Soff

  • Soff_hardtoexplain

    And ! also… ” I know you are busy, but I hope you find the time to reply! :) 
    It would be great.

  • 3mily

    CHARLIE!!!!!!! you there??????………because it is most definately………….TIME TO REPLY:) xxx :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielle.gerlisky Danielle Gerlisky

    I believe I have your Ukulele XD hahaha You should share your tabs so…I…can learn to play this…

  • Olya

    Какой ты миленький)очень нравятся твои видео)

  • Radha

    i can relate to this song ..

    and you don’t need to improve your communication aspect of storytelling i think you are perfect.. when it comes to music every one takes it in their own way depending on what they are going through.. problem is some people make assumptions that maybe you are going through the same :P
    anyway nice song :)  

  • Alex Impey

    google translate said you said this-What are you dear (is very like your video)
    ?????

  • Olya

    ну да :)
    в смысле очень нравится его видео и он сам очень милый :)

  • http://you-should-stop-talking.blogspot.com/ Cassie Toter

    I am loving ittttt :)  I  wish you luck in continuing your stuff and films :) and you should do it better if it’s possible.. ;D (but in your case… no, it’s not) and I really like your site, so I will read it regular, because you make my life a bit brighter, really.

  • Monique Romero

    Do you love your fans as much as we love you? :)

  • Rapunzel

    I saw this from the very beginning. I saw all the people commenting “Oh my god Charlie wants to leave youtube AHHH” comments and was like “… Really? It’s obviously from the perspective of a youtube fan talking about their favorite youtuber!”

    Charlie, I think your story writing skills are great. They told an intricate little story that you can read into and understand. :D

  • Frankie

    Actually made me sad :(

  • Shan R Richard

    When you first posted this song, it just kinda brushed past me cause I assumed it was just another love song, but now knowing its meaning I was able to really listen and understand the lyrics and it really got me thinking what it must be like for you to hear all those things.

  • Sandra

    When i first read this I was thinking “aww even Charlie stalks people online” then i read the description and I was thinking “crap im a crazy stalker and Charlie is so cooll” haha

  • Claire

    Making your meaning any more explicit would ruin it, as it is it’s not hard to get. Plus, people should be allowed to read their own meanings into songs anyway… it’s part of the art.

    Oh, and nice song :)

  • Brianna

    Great song and I luv your vids !!!!!!

  • alba

    hello from Spain! i´m using you to improve my english…. or.. american¿?! :)  ¡Y ahora estoy enseñandote yo obligandote a usar el traductor eh!  

  • tardisgirl18

    For some reason I thought this was about Doctor Who and how the new season was a bit disappointing… it was good but not as good as one would expect from The Moffat O.o

  • Christy

    I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving you…

  • MeganGuessedIt:)

    OMG! I knew it was from a fans point of view! i posted that on the utube comments ^_^
    Tee Hee i feel so proud that i guessed it right :D :D

  • Batman123579

    This is My love life…

  • Alice Vitelaru

    …Tim Minchin?

  • Carolyn Jane Smith

    i don’t think you need to hone anything; i thought it was an incredibly well crafted and moving story. people are just paranoid and obsessed with your love life…or lack thereof. haha just kidding, but great song really :)

  • Tanya

    the people who really liked you dont just still quite like you. they like you a lot

  • Vincent

    I think your old videos are better! But that’s just becuase I’m a teenager and you were just like I want to be!

  • Cohocrules

    well, its good that you aren’t planning to quit making videos especcially since i just discoverd that you are very funny. i actually thought that the song was about you wanting people to leave you messages so that you could get feed back on how well you are doing.

  • Djblackpunk

    Dear Charlie,
    This is from the perspective of a very sick,weird,bad person who loves your videos(Hope you dont find it very awkward though IF you ever happen to read this).I was a silent follower never commented or wrote anything before but i thought its time to convey my thanks to you.Thanks charlie for everything! For brightening my day whenever i was sad,for getting me friends,for making wonderful songs(especially about Doctor Who),for getting me interested into Doctor Who!Also for making great jokes which i can tell others.You have taught me a lot of things.Thanks Charles Joseph Mcdonnell!
    Dont worry about us never liking your videos thats just impossible.

  • Sheila

    Seriously one of the best songs I’ve ever heard :^) I usually don’t over think lyrics because it’s all about the melody to me.

  • CHARLIE- you’re amazing:’)

    Charlie, like all of your videos, this is amazing:’) 
    I’d love to meet you or for you to reply although i know ( like you said in the song) you’re really busy but that doesn’t matter;) as long as you keep on making videos and just doing what you’re doing, that’s enough to keep us all happy:’)

  • Hugo

    The lyrics do fit how I feel about you… I love watching your videos but there’s such a huge gap between them and I don’t get the impression you like making them as much as you did (I know you say differently)… you used to care less about what you made and that’s why I loved them… you’re just different now. 

  • BambuProductions

    I knew that you were writing a film script but I didn’tknow  that you really wanted to make films. I’m a film buff myself so I think that’s wonderful! I can wait to see a movie of yours in the future!

  • Issac G.

    I actually thought this song was about finding someone’s video channel on YouTube. For me, I pictured the first time finding CHARLIEISSOCOOLLIKE. The only down side is that my image didn’t go with the final half of the song. That’s because I really enjoy all that you have done on YouTube. I think you are brilliant and watching you (not to be creepy) really makes me smile.

  • Mari Smith

    Omg Charlie u did go back to your never from concentrate video!!!!!!!!, idk if u did it uz I asked, but that was pretty coollllll. I have to admit tho I would have enjoyed u going back to bath and recreating that video but it worked out for the best ayy

  • Imani D.

    That was What I was thought the song was about anyways.  I could tell it was from a different perspective but i guess I’m just a person who can see from any perspective. You did a great job Charlie, I love the song. :P

  • Darby M

    Well I’m sure the person whom the song is about is very grateful ^_^ haha

  • grangertheweasely

    awesome song charlie! <3

  • Nerimonissocoollike

    It was amazing and I’m pretty glad I got the story correct on first impression but I do feel you don’t seem to be enjoying YouTube as much. Although I can’t see in your head or what goes on outside videos and stuff so I’m not gonna assume :) <3 keep it up

  • Kitkatdancegirl

    wow all the comments on here are so long and deep.

    DAMN. YOUR EYES. <3

  • Tillygoodman

    yes that’s all well and good, but when are you going to marry me?

  • Etienne1061

    Well, I don’t want to marry you but I was wondering you think Romona died in the last great time war?

  • Elouisehenley

    I just want to say something… Charlie McDonnell. You have made my life so much better and happier. I bought a ukulele and taught myself to play it. I now write songs in my spare time and i get my inspiration from you.  I come home from school and i watch you , and your story. Your story has taught me so so many things. So thank you Charlie for making my day. :D Just realised my comment sounds so deep! ;D

  • Eleonora

    I got it was about starting to follow a Youtube vlogger, I imagine you do quite a lot of watching videos as well as crafting them so you may have found yourself in the position as well as seeing what you’re told by people that email you. So I guess there is something to hone slightly, make more “show” and less “tell” I guess :)
    But one passage I thought was great writing was “and although it’s unlikely, I think I’ll be fine because unlikely things happen all the time – and I learnt that from you”. It’s a lovely positive message that unlikely nice things still do happen, and it’s sweet that the character has learnt something heart-warming from the person they’re watching. It’s the details that add to the “I found you, I really liked you, then liked you a bit less” storyline, and it’s the details I guess that make something go from clip to film.
    Not that this comes from someone with any knowledge of clips or film or writing. I am a reader though does that make me qualified?
    I think this is the first time I ever comment on to something of yours by the way :)

  • Katie

    I love that you sing with a little crooked mouth :3 
    and I really want to know what editing software you use!! x 

  • Katie

    i watch community channel too aaaaaaaggghhh x xx 
    :) xx i cant believe i watch the same stuff as you charlie xxx  ;)

  • http://twitter.com/indeedKaty Katy Flynn

    Charlie, why do you almost make me cry with your lovely songs? :( 

  • Usspotato

    What’s rather funny, that is that’s how I started watching, and that, but I go back and like it, not to mention I still watch

  • Manaali

    I immediately felt it was from a fan’s perspective when I watched the video before reading any comments…..
    The comments however confused me :/
    So thanks for clearing it up over here :)
    The song hits home…it really does.

  • lexisawesome

    i love natalie from community channel!! Also youre very talented and an amazing singer!! <3

  • http://twitter.com/HopeLizzyLappin Hope Lappin

    Charlie (feel odd calling you Charlie as I don’t actually
    know you, but your name is Charlie so hello Charlie) you don’t need to improve
    anything, I think it makes sense that it is about a fan, but the fact that
    people are trying to figure out what the song is about shows that it is
    actually a great story as people are intrigued by it. If you think about a
    brilliant novel, whatever you like, people tend to analyse it, in school we
    analyse great works of literature because they’re great, we all come up with ideas
    about what the story is about or what it is meant to symbolize and that doesn’t
    make it a bad story in fact it makes it better. For example, ‘The Road’ by
    Cormac McCarthy has multiple interpretations and McCarthy as the author does
    not dismiss any of them as it makes the novel yet more intriguing to the reader.
    I guess you can call it a ‘narrative omission’ if you want, but often I think
    it is the things that are left out of a story that makes the story better and
    more interesting. For a creative writing competition a while ago, (don’t know
    why I entered as creative writing is not really my thing I am studying
    literature at a-level) I wrote a kind of short story type thing and it is not
    really obvious what it is about, the reader has to kind of piece it together
    until the end where it becomes really obvious, but I think it made it more
    intriguing that way (though it isn’t great anyway, I didn’t place or anything -
    I seem to have a comma obsession – but its below if anyone wants to read)
    Anyway, I will stop rambling… great job :)

    A Short Story:

    With only darkness behind me, with no light ahead, I run
    deeper into the blackness, the blankness of the night, the silence of death. I
    hear the sound of crunching beneath my bare cold feet, dirtied with the unfitting
    crimson colour of sores and the deep purple of congealed blood. I feel the
    stinging from nettles driving deep into my flesh, the poison hissing like a
    snake has coiled itself around me and its fangs are but a fingertip away from
    my pale white skin. Still I can’t stop for breath, or to have one moment of
    peace, a ceasefire in the chaos of life, a ceasefire from this dire reality. I
    must keep running, one foot in front of the other, on the path that I have no
    choice other than to follow.

    I sense them behind me, engulfing me with their breath -
    their warm, sticky wheezing echoing into the twilight. Deep in the night when I
    have found a spot within the depths of the crepuscule to hide myself, to close
    my eyes and escape. Escape, even if it’s only for one turning of the clocks
    above me, the clocks that act as the only indication of time. The ticks and
    tocks reminding me of a grandfather clock in a dimly lit corridor, the pendulum
    swinging back and forth, hypnotising me for just a second into thinking the world
    is a perfect place.

    I don’t know how long I have been running, crawling like a
    creature through the dirt and dank of the woods.  I can’t remember when I started and
    everything before the blackness is like a dream, a memory just out of reach, I
    grasp for it, but nothing comes. Almost like looking through a window into
    somebody else’s home, knowing that your life will never be quite as good as
    theirs. I would say I have been here for many years but I cannot know.

    Time…

    I have lost all concept of it. Hours pour into days; days
    into weeks; weeks into years, years into decades, like the grains of sand
    slipping through an hourglass.

    I carry nothing. I long for the luxury of owning something,
    to have power over it, control. I don’t govern anything, not anymore, my
    decisions are not my own, I am just a piece in this so called game, easily
    sacrificed if it means she survives. There were sixteen of us in the beginning,
    eight foot soldiers on either side of the front line, ready to lay down our
    lives. We soon found out that we could not stay together; we each had to move
    forward when our moment came. Life’s a game and the only way to escape is to
    play it alone.  So I move forward, not
    knowing how many of my seven brothers are still left alive, or how many have been
    sacrificed by the power above.

    I feel the earth tremble beneath my feet and know someone or
    something else has been lost.  I don’t
    know if it’s one of my brothers, one of our nation’s noblemen or whether one of
    our fortresses has been attacked and the very stones that made her are falling
    to the ground. Whether as I am here, thinking of the move I am about to make
    and the step I am about to take, a battering ram has blown the wooden doors of
    its hinges and a trebuchet has driven stone shaped crevices into the walls
    compelling them to collapse. Whether the men of my homeland lay sprawl across
    the burning ground, arrows sticking out of their flesh like a needle in thread.
    All I know is that someone has been taken, whether they’re one of us, or not,
    is of no matter. Death is death and we have already lost so many in this bloody
    conflict. Sometimes I ask myself, is it really worth it? Can anything be worth
    such a sacrifice as somebody’s life? And I know the answer is no but it is too
    late now to stop fighting, too late to abandon ship and leave the rudders
    adrift upon the storms of Davy Jones’s locker.

    I feel the wind swirl around me as if a blanket of ice has
    wrapped itself around the arctic bare flesh of my skin, making me shiver all
    over, like a demon has possessed my body and a convulsion has taken over my
    muscles, forcing them to contract and expand in rapid succession. My fingertips
    are frozen; I cannot feel them but somehow know that they are still there. Like
    when a hand hovers just above your shoulder and you can feel it, even though
    not so much as a fingertip had been laid upon you. I have grown used to that
    feeling.  The sense that there is
    something hovering above me, just out of my reach, its eyes looking down on me;
    I know somebody is making my decisions for me. I feel like I can’t admit it,
    don’t want to say it aloud, but I know that my actions are not my own.

    I wander forward, rambling, my feet sinking in to the muddy
    earth as the rain pours down my face, an ironic baptism in a world without salvation.
    I can’t stop, despite knowing that the path before me is blocked, I cannot run
    back to safety – this is not how the game works. I must keep running at all
    cost, until I know I must stop once and for all.

    I see the black figure above me, the knight upon his steed
    the colour of midnight. I know my time has come. I look at the clocks above me
    and can sense it. I can’t stop him. I am just a lowly foot soldier meant to be
    sacrificed and this figure, this image of darkness is the man that must bring
    my end, in this game of life and death. 
    I feel the wind brush against my cheek for one last time, and taste a
    raindrop on my lips as it has poured, as if in slow motion, from the tip of my
    nose. A sculptured nose so cold that it seems carved from ice.  I lift my head, look death in the eye and
    face the puzzle of the afterlife.

    “Checkmate.”

    By Hope Lappin

  • Amy pond

    Oh my god, you like community channel!! Get married already <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeeraphan.meesri Jeeraphan Meesri

    You so funny,so i luv your videos

  • Banana2317

    I love your work Charlie!! I’ll be super excited when you make a film! 

  • K_Fars

    This is the story of my life. Once I sent you a message and told you to please reply with a picture of a pig. You never did. I do still love you, but yes, the song is very relatable and heartfelt. Nice work (: Also, if you’d like to still send me that pig… my youtube: dasnotmakelly (:

  • Wimper16

    At first I wasn’t sure what this song was about so I didn’t know why I crying. After a few times of listening to it I suddenly understood why the tears were rolling down my cheek. It was because I knew deep down what it was about. Also the words “I feel I know you, although you don’t know me” suddenly made me think about how you don’t have a clue about who I am but I feel I know you like a best friend. It reminded me that one day I would watch one of your videos and it just won’t make me smile. Don’t worry, though- that day hopefully won’t be for years.

    You may also like to know that it made it on to my list of top three songs that actually move me. The others on this list are: She’s The One- Robbir Williams and The JCB Song- Nizlopi.
    Till I see you next,
    Wimper16,

  • Nadia

    Work like you don’t need money and making like no one’s watching you :) Nice song and you play well with the thing (don’t know the name for this instrument :P)

  • Nadia

    Sorry typo, uh, I was trying to say and making video like no one’s watching you :)

  • ray

    i feel like I know you so well, I find myself chuckling at your video and casually muttering “what a retard! why would you say/do that!?” as if you were my own brother that I could just innocently insult with love <3 don't ever stop making videos – but it would be nice if you were a little more responsive with your fanbase :/ theres a person down there in the comments thats waiting for a pig picture I do believe :)

  • Dancing with Myself

    This brought tears to my eyes. I’m a girl, and I never cry. Not Ruffian, not Old Yeller, not Nemo, not War Horse brought tears to my eyes. Okay, maybe Ruffian. But no other tear-jerkers. I don’t know why, but it makes my sad over things that I’ve never done, dreams I’ve never pursued. I feel like it’s too late, but I’m only 11….I’m positive you hear this a lot, but I feel like I know you….Even though I’m just another fan….

  • lauren

    i hope you find the time to reply to my 159 emails -.-

  • Lyah

    hey charlie whats your best shirt??
    LOL!!

  • Lyah

    u writ 159 emails lauren!!

  • Lyah

    i was thinkin
    whats your next vido about??
    :]

  • Lyah

    ……
    I LOVE U!!!
    LOL
    GREAT VIDOS LIKE THIS WEEK IN THE BEST!!
    :]

  • Jfkdsa

    Amazing song :)

  • Cathy

    I got it right away that it was from a fan’s point of view. But I did think it was a point of view from one of your fans. I also think that this can awesomely [and a little scarily] be wondered to be and pondered over if whether or not it is a love song. In a way, I think it is, since your fans love you, as most fans love the people they fan over. I loved the song.

  • Cathy… Again >->

    Also, I forgot to say, I feel the opposite. I feel like you know me perfectly! You know exactly what to say to make me laugh and exactly what I want to hear because it’ll be interesting to me. Meanwhile you’re just some dude across the sea that I know really nothing about! Just that your name is Charlie and you’re really Cool :]

  • Darian (Dare-ee-n)

    Charlie, you really are the best.

  • Mina

    This was so beautiful… I can relate perfectly. It’s refreshing to know that you, Charlie, can see certain internet-YouTube relationships on the flip side so well. I do hide most of my emotions, but this was certainly something to get a little teary over. 

  • Kjw99

    charlie i will always watch your videos.

  • ATM1216

    ” . . .And what I’ve learnt is that I might need to improve the communication aspect of my storytelling a bit!”

    You’re wrong.
    The point of telling stories, especially fiction, is to get people to believe them. It makes the story hold onto us more because we thought it was real. Your communication was perfect because it didn’t betray your tale as fiction.

  • Melanie

    I kind of started to worry that the song was about Doctor Who. I was so upset! I was panicked! I kept thinking “But what about Chameleon Circuit?!?”. I was so relieved when I read this article. Thank you for putting up with my rambling, and, at the risk of sounding like a crazy stalker/fangirl: I LOVE YOU, CHARLIE!!!!! :)

  • Gracefusako

    Loving a girl and can’t thing of any one else

  • Les

    It’s OK Charlie, communitychannel made a new video ! :O xx 

  • Abbigail

    Charlie, this is an incredible song. And thanks for making all of those videos. They never fail to make me laugh or ponder the small things in life that go on around me that I never gave much thought to. 

  • lizzie

    Community Channel??? jajajaja

  • Eilidh

    Wow, this song has actually made me cry. I can tell you have put a lot of thought into how your fans feel about you and it’s really sweet how you have chosen to pony it in such an imaginative and touching way. Thank you Charlie, this song actually made my day.

  • theimprobableone

    Aw, reminds me of a certain fandom I recently just abandoned. :’( Anyways, FANTASTIC job as always. :)

  • Emma

    I can’t wait for your film!! :)

  • HPotterox

    The message was really quite clear. I loved the song- the ending nearly made me cry Charlie!

  • Artemis

    If you want to hone your writing skills, perhaps rather than writing a movie, why not write a mini web series about as long as “The Guild” or writing short stories and putting them on your blog to be judged by people. Just a thought. :)

  • Bozwizard

    Its the bit about being emotional at the end which got people pondering I reckon.

  • Kim Olden

    love the song. loved every song you made, especially duet with myself

  • Renata Sol

    I loved! I want the world to know this song! I bet everybody experienced it at least once in life, with a ordinary crush, famous crush, a real love, I don’t know… Everybody has liked someone who didn’t feel the same.

  • http://twitter.com/EllieIsOnFiree Ellie

    I love the song, I think I know what your talking about too. Way to go Charlie xx keep doing what you do bro. I’m a big fan ;3

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrbillington James Robert Billington

    It fits perfectly as a fans perspective, as a whovian I have seen many people that have acted in this way after a regeneration.

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