Vertical Horizon lead singer Matt Scannell
explained the song's meaning to AntiMusic
. "'Broken Over You' is a song about losing that initial magical connection with someone you love, he said. "When you can't read their mind anymore the doubts start creeping in."
"The song came together for me in the bridge with the lyric 'Broken over you. How do I get from broken to over you,' he added. "Every once in a while the simplest idea in the world becomes the deepest and most powerful. Writing those lyrics was a 'Eureka!' moment for me."