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This song's for the one I loved, at least that's what I thought.

My intent is to raise doubt about whether I love "the one", but I think "at least that's what I thought" could refer to the whole first half "This song's for the one I loved", i.e. I thought the song was for the one I loved.

Which interpretation is correct? If the second, what would be a proper way of saying this without really shortening the sentence?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Andrew Leach, Brian Hooper, Kris, p.s.w.g, TrevorD Aug 15 '13 at 22:45

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You say "the sentence". How could that possibly refer to love? – Matt E. Эллен Aug 15 '13 at 10:58
No drop that. "This song's for the one I loved, at least that's what I thought" is the sentence I'm talking about. Atm – Halfpenny Aug 15 '13 at 11:16
The second part of the sentence: "at least that's what I thought" was supposed to refer to the word "love" in the first sentence. – Halfpenny Aug 15 '13 at 11:23
It's ambiguous, but because of context, it's understandable as is; "at least I thought I did" also works. Use whichever sounds better in the song. – Peter Shor Aug 15 '13 at 11:59
Pure literary interpretation is off-topic. – Kris Aug 15 '13 at 12:13


This song's for the one I loved, at least I thought I did.

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Yeah I thought about that too.. – Halfpenny Aug 15 '13 at 12:43

Just let it be.

The rhythm is much better than any alternative currently listed in the answers, and the ambiguity does not detract at all from the thought.

This is a song after all, so a form of poetry, and ambiguity and artistic license are quite appropriate in such an instance.

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That is true. To me it's all about the rhythm so I'd rather not change it. Thanks a lot mate! – Halfpenny Aug 16 '13 at 10:29

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