Oh my god, I love this song, there are so many different ways of interpreting it, ways in which it’s still a personal song – I mean aside from the obvious one, the cheating with another woman. Though, as others suggested, it could still be about that and it could be about an imaginary ex-girlfriend or other people he knows who went through that. Or maybe the cheating means giving in to the temptation represented by alcohol and drugs.
But I’m not really satisfied with that explanation because of the “But I just can’t have you” line. The narrator says he’s where he belongs, that he’s sure the other person is all he’ll ever need and that they’ll never part again – yet he can’t have her. Well, that doesn’t seem to apply to Adrienne because he does still have her. However, considering the little I know about them from biographies and such, I pieced together a scenario in my mind how this song could still be about Adrienne. It’s obviously all just my imagination, but I thought I might just as well share it. From what I know. Billie and Adrienne couldn’t really be together when they first met because Adrienne went to college in Minnesota and Billie had his band in California. That might be the heartbreaking part referred to by “your precious heart was torn apart by me” – leaving her to go back home. Then Billie was with Amanda, I thought that could be what he means by “this stray heart went to another”, but then they broke up and he started thinking about Adrienne again and that he’s now sure he wants to be with her, but sad that it doesn’t seem possible. In that scenario it would also make sense to say “I’ll never stray again from you” because they had already been a couple before, but broken up. Maybe the whole part about “everything I want, I want from you” is him convincing her to give them another try while at the same time being kind of hopeless that there’s a chance for that.
Yeah well, that’s all wild guessing, but it’s interesting to think about the possibilities, I think. And it's sweet, so I like it