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"Not Meant to Be"
Single by Theory of a Deadman
from the album Scars & Souvenirs
Released November 18, 2008
Format CD, radio single, digital download
Recorded June 2005–January 2008
Genre Post-grunge
Length 3:33
Label Roadrunner/604
Writer(s) Tyler Connolly (lyrics)
Kara DioGuardi (lyrics)
Theory of a Deadman (music)
Producer Tyler Connolly
Kara DioGuardi
Theory of a Deadman singles chronology
"Hate My Life"
"Not Meant to Be"
"By the Way"
Not Meant to Be  
Not meant to be tab book.jpg
Author Kara DioGuardi (lyrics)
Theory of a Deadman
Tyler Connolly (lyrics)
Dean Back
Dave Brenner
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Tablature
Publisher Hal Leonard
Publication date 2009
Pages 8

"Not Meant to Be" is the fifth overall single (first American mainstream single, third Canadian mainstream single and fourth American & Canadian single) by Theory of a Deadman from the album Scars & Souvenirs. It has had airplay in the U.S. and in Canada, on both rock, mainstream, and Hot AC formats (It was released as a rock format and mainstream single in Canada, while "Hate My Life" was released in the U.S. and Canada as a rock format). It was featured on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - The Album. There was a tab book made for "Not Meant to Be", which includes piano and guitar chords/tabs and lyrics. It was published by Hal Leonard. [1]


Song meaning

The song is written from the point of view of a man who wants to be with his ex-girlfriend so much after their relationship ended, but she is never satisfied with him and keeps pushing him away, leaving him thinking that their relationship is 'Not Meant To Be'.


Tyler Connolly and songwriter/producer/American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi wrote the song together at DioGuardi's house.

Amazing. I went over to her place, drank some wine and we wrote ‘Not Meant To Be’ in 5 minutes. Our writing styles fit together so perfectly it was almost like it was ‘meant to be.

-Tyler Connolly[2]

The best part about my job is that you never know who you are going to meet, and who’s going to inspire you. Although I’d never worked with Tyler, when he started singing the song, I knew we were onto something special.

-Kara DioGuardi[3]

Music video

The band filmed the music video with Tony Petrossian in February 2009. It features Kara DioGuardi (the song's co-writer/ producer) as the love interest. It was released March 25, 2009.

Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 53
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 55
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Pop Songs [4] 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 28
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 53
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 19




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