You Found Me

Album: The Fray (2008)
Charted: 35 7

Songfacts®:

  • The starting point for this song was back in 2006 when frontman Isaac Slade found himself pondering why bad things happen to good people after witnessing various crises among people close to the singer. The lyrics for this tune came from these deliberations. Slade said on The Fray's website that this was a tough song for him to write. He explained: "Its about the disappointment, the heart ache, the let down that comes with life. Sometimes you're let down, sometimes you're the one who lets someone else down. It gets hard to know who you can trust, who you can count on. This song came out of a tough time, and I'm still right in the thick of it. There's some difficult circumstances my family and friends have been going through over the past year or so and can be overwhelming. It wears on me. It demands so much of my faith to keep believing, keep hoping in the unseen. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually they just look black as night. This song is about that feeling, and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest."
  • This song was debuted during a commercial break in the middle of the November 20, 2008 episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, the same TV show that first supported the band in 2006 with "How To Save A Life." The one-minute promo for the song was interspersed with scenes from the upcoming season of Lost. ABC continued to use this as the promo song for the 2009 series of the Emmy-winning show. In return the Fray agreed to appear on various ABC programs such as Good Morning America. Slade told Billboard magazine: "I've always had that camera rolling in my head when I write the songs. When Joe (King) and I do a lot of the co-writing, it's always talking in terms of character development and foreshadowing and conflicts and resolution. We talk in really theatrical terms, so I think that has helped us."
  • The Fray first performed this number in 2007 when it was titled "Amistad."
  • This song was inspired by a dream. Isaac Slade told The Sun February 6,2009: "I dreamt I ran into God on a street corner. He looked like Bruce Springsteen and he was smoking a cigarette. I had it out with him and asked 'Where were you when all this bad stuff was happening to these very undeserving, good people?'" Slade, whose Christian faith is important to him added: "There were tough times. I was questioning my faith, angry at things that had happened in my life and the lives of my friends. A friend had suffered a miscarriage, I had lost my grandfather. I was angry and the song felt angry and hopeless too. I imagined what I'd say to God, in the face of all the crap my friends have gone through in the last couple of years."
  • Drummer Ben Wysocki explained to Digital Spy why the band titled their second full length album The Fray: "It initially came out of procrastination - we couldn't come up with a title! But the more we dug into it, the more we discovered that nothing sums up this record better than us. After having a record titled How to Save a Life, which an enormous rhetorical question, the only thing you can do next is present yourself in a really simple, honest, transparent form. We're saying, 'This is us and this is the music we're making now'."
  • Though Joe King and Isaac Slade are The Fray's main songwriters, the rest of the band like to chip in as well. Ben Wysocki has proved useful in the past when King and Slade are struggling to come up with a chorus and on several occasions, he's suggested something from one of their old demos. Slade told American Songwriter: "That's how 'You Found Me' happened, actually. We were sitting around as songwriters, and Ben came in said, 'I like that old piece about being lost or insecure or something. We should check that out.' And I didn't think it would work 'cause it felt non-engaging and vulnerable, and I wanted a big, epic chorus. But it ended up being perfect for it, this very inclusive concept of 'we're all in this together.'"

Comments: 31

  • Thomas from NamibiaMike from Culver. Very good points.
  • Kato from Belgrade, SerbiaI really love this song because of how it is almost like a conversation between God and a man. The song itself is basically a dialogue between the two, and not a lot of songs can pull that off.
  • Tyler from Miami, Fl"...Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

    John 16:33
  • Birendra from Ktm, Nepalfray has always amused me.... thumbs up!!! for Issac
  • Joe from Stoughton, Mayou guys talk about why things are happening and why didn you do anything. there is a story a man was about to die off cliff and a man came with a helicopter and said get it!!! the man said NO god will save me. then another came with a plane and said hey jump in quickkkkk. the man said NO!! god will save me. then right before he hit the floor a man had a trampalene set up at the bottom and the man said NO!!! god will save me then he moved out of the way and died on impact went to he gates of heaven and asked god.. why didnt you save me when i was falling. God replied. Well i gave you a helicopter, a Plane, and a trampalene!!!!!!!.. God is mysteries and works through pp most of the time and when we realize that we realize that god really loves us and works through us like tht man in the helicopter and sometimes we are the man that is falling. gods there we just have to open are hearts to wat he is giving us
  • Mike from Culver, InI agree with the earlier post which looked at the song as an allusion to the book of Job, a book in which a righteous man who has been faithful to God all his life questions Him about why he has to suffer. The most obvious allusion to Jobin the song is when God tells the narrator to ask anything, and the first things the singer asks is "Where were you?" the most repeat verse in the song. It is also the first question God asks Job after Job spent three quarters of the questioning God without answer. The song is actually the book of Job in reverse. The narrator, unlike Job, has not been at all faithful. As a matter of fact, the narrators roll is totally passive in terms of seeking God until finally he's lost and insecuring, lying on the floor. Up until that moment, all he's done is wait by the phone waiting to be rescued, waiting to be found. We also discover he's put all his hope in a woman who's gone now. It's seems kind of crazy to say to an all knowing God that she was the only one who knew all he was, is, and wanted to be. The most interesting thing is in the last quarter of the song, there is a change in the narrative; this is where God comes in with his perspective and it's this: "I have been calling for years and years, and you never left a message or anything. How dear you accuse me of not pursing you--you were the one who robbed me of the only thing ever wanted." I have to imagine he meant the narrator. It is very interesting the he finally meet God at First and Amistad. Amistad means freedom. This begs the question--why do we alway put ourselves as first, coveting our freedom over God? Why do we always wait until all is lost until we become open to finding God?
  • Staley from Dallas, TxAt least this song is questioning....though to me, the question is silly in two ways: first of all, the need to believe in an omnipotent and benevolent being controlling every single thing that happens on Earth is a real stretch. Secondly, even if you believe "someone" created the Earth and its creatures, the idea that "he" has an express purpose for every single event is ridiculous. It's also a relatively recent development. People in the past were much more likely to believe "God" created the world, and might be capable of affecting what happened, but generally allows it to function independently--an idea which has always seemed much more plausible to me.
  • Ana from Mexico City, Mexicoi think this song is too much like the book of job...where job goes through a lot of bad stuff even though he was a good person, faithful and obedient...this could be sort of what job could've felt although he never coursed God but he did ask Him why! i think now we need a song as God's response...i think that would be amazing, if its based on God's response on Job it could be very powerful too...
  • Joel from Oxford, Oxfordshire, United KingdomAnother great song from the Fray. It should be used on House.
  • Nathan Ritz from Paoli, InThis song is about someone that died in a car wreck and god (that bitch) didnt save her and the lead singer witnessed the entire event
  • Mikey from Humboldt, IlI have to agree with Mindy. I am a youth minister and I am actually giving a sermon next week about how it is ok to doubt and it ok to question things. After all, won't Christ forgive you for doubting in the first place. Remember, even Thomas, one of Jesus' own disciples, refused to believe that Jesus had risen until he put his fingers in the holes in Jesus' hands and side (John 20). I thank you all for these comments. I going to use this song in my sermon, and maybe even quote a couple of your comments.
  • Dina from Iraklio, Greecewhen i first listened to this song i thought it was about someone that was left alone from an important person to him ("and all i needed was a call that never came", "you never left no messages") and in the end he was so desperate to do suicide ("you found me lying on the floor"), but after he was gone that person that he thought left him alone came to see him and found him there, but then it was too late ("where were you? just a little late to find me...") and in the end in heaven he finds god and talks to him about that, asking that person that found him why he couldnt have come sooner..
    idk i just got that at first from this song, and if you think about it it kinda does make sense:S
    anyway the song's so amazing:D:D
  • Anonymous from More Than One, AzI love this song and The Fray, I think they're an awesome band.
    I also think it's good to ask God questions, but I don't agree with questioning God. He's ALWAYS there for us, but we're usually just too focused on the bad to realize it. He doesn't make bad things happen to us, He's given us all the freedom of choice, to choose Him or the world. And most of the time we abuse that freedom by choosing the world. If anyone is questioning their faith, or even if they don't have faith in Christ, please, read the Bible and get to know God and His plan for you. He loves you so much:))

    ~Isaiah 54:10~
  • Andres from Mount Kisco, NyHaha but one thing's 4 sure... This is an awesome song!!
  • Andres from Mount Kisco, NyEveryone's been talking about God/religion. **Sigh** That's a HUGE topic... I'm not gonna really get into talking about it, but I just wanted to say that your all right about something. It's just..... I can't completely agree with anyone.
  • Denisea from Houston, Txi like this song but its not ok to ask God "why"? There is a difference between seeking God because u want more wisdom and knowledge versus QUESTIONING him because u have DOUBT or DISBELIEF!.....OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH!
  • Denisea from Houston, TxLeslie I think u are absolutly right. I'm sorry Mindy I have to disagree with you to a certain extent. Now there is a difference between seeking God because u want more wisdom and knowledge verses questioning him because of disbelief. Oh ye of little faith!
  • Jim from Toledo, Ohtheir next album title should be: Grays anatomy soundtrack.

    This is a group of sellouts who make whiny, mediocre music that panders to people who watch that show because they think it's 'deep.' Well that show is garbage and the fray lack talent. But they sure know how to take that feeling of lonliness and vulnerability one might get from watching that show and turn it into serious cash, so ill give them props for that.

  • Mindy from Pdx, Or**Response to Leslie**
    I have to say that I completely disagree with you. How is anyone supposed to know God if they can't qustion him? Do you think he is not big enough to handle our tough questions? I think he is. I have never gotten closer to God in any other way then by asking really tough, hard questions! Even questioning His very exsistance! So to anyone reading...by all means, ask all your questions...ALL OF THEM! Even the ones your scared to say out loud. It's the only way you will know him. Remember to listen, watch and learn. I've found answers in the strangest places, or from totally unsuspecting people. And somes questions have still not been answered. Others I have an understanding that I may never know.
  • Matt from Houston, TxThat is if you believe in god. a study shows one in every 7 americans is aethist. And leslie, if what you are saying is true it's leaving a lot of people alienated and insecure not because bad stuff happens to them. whenever someone does a song like this it's like "well I feel great now because God found me. too bad for the rest of those losers." I'm not aethist but i am stil in question of christianity. I follow the teachings of bhudism and shintoism but I still don't feel i have a religion.
  • Leslie from North Bergen, Nhi really like this song.
    the only thing that i really disagree with is when slade is explaining that he was questioning God as to why he wasnt there for him and stuff.
    i really think thats not right because who are we to question the almighty one? he knows why he does what he does and he does everything for a reason. we should nerver question him. and also God was there with slade. with everything and everyuwhere. God is always with us guys. we just have to see hime.
    god bless
  • Hope from Naperville, Ilit's about people not being there when you needed them.
  • Madi from Plano, TxThe Fray at their best, by far.
  • Rachel from Boston<3, MaWow this song is pretty deep. i always think of the fray as just another pop band but they are actually pretty good.
  • Sara from Union City, TnThis is a magical song. Slade's voice is so raw you can feel his pain in every word of this song.I love the fact that he "found God on the corner of first and Amistad." Awesome lyrics,awesome songwriter.
  • Dinko from That Place, Iafirst time i heard this song i was stunned. the chorus totally grabbed my attention, and then i listened to it awhile later. once i did, i just couldn't hold myself in anymore, and i broke down crying. this song makes me think of everything that's happened to me in the past 2 years, everything i'm thankful for, and how lucky i am to have somebody as powerful and as great as God to love me and everybody i know even after all these mistakes i've made. I love this song, and The Fray did a really good job with it. Always loved them, always will.
  • Corey from Richmond, VaGreat song! Love The Fray!
  • Adam from South Pasadena, Israelquestioning is good
  • Micah from Ore City, TxI really like this song. It exemplifies the fact that it's ok to ask God "WHY?!" and that God will ALWAYS be there in the end even though we may doubt his reasoning and intentions for allowing certian events to take place in our lives. The only thing I don't like is when it talks of God smoking a cigarette...
  • Paige from West Lafayette, Ini love this song.
    to me, it's about someone, being alone and suffering all alone, then someone comes after they thought that they were being left alone, and during the hardest part of their time, they came and saved them
  • Brittany from Florissant, Moholy f*** i love this song with all my heart!
    it speaks to me in a way no other song can!
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