I don't know how to break the news, but
It's pretty clear you'll be asked to choose between
What you lack and what you excuse in this
Tug of war

You can't say that they didn't warn you
Though you'd rather that they just ignore you
'Cause your devices are not working for you
Anymore

What you want
You don't know
You're with stupid now

You don't know how to manufacture
Sturdy bones with a hairline fracture
The crazy will of a Margaret Thatcher that
They've all got

And though you pay for the hands they're shaking
The speeches and the mistakes they're making
As they struggle with the undertaking of
Simple thought

What you want
You don't know
You're with stupid now
What you know
You don't want to know
You're with stupid now

What you want
You don't know
You're with stupid now
What you know
You don't want to know
You're with stupid now
So on with the show


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    General CommentThis is my absolute favourite Aimee Mann song, and maybe my favourite song of all time. It's just a perfect song - her singing, her strumming, the strings, the harmonies. When I hear the opening chords it just sounds so final - like the relationship has turned completely crap and now it can never ever improve.
    She sings calmly, and quietly, but it's pretty clear that she's completely pissed off - but not with the guy she's singing to. She tries to tear strips off the guy with her sarcasm and her irony, but instead of saying "I'm with stupid" she says "You're with stupid now." She's pissed off with herself for loving a guy who doesn't know himself, and doesn't know what he wants from her. This is a guy in denial: "What you know you don't want to know." Saying "you're with stupid now" is still an insult to him, but mostly it's a way of beating herself up and expressing her humiliation all in one.
    I find this song inspiring because it shows someone going through absolute relationship hell, but instead of losing it they stay in control and cling to their humour and their anger. It's a witty song, and an authentic one, and I bloody love it.
    linnaeuslurieon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is that this person is infatuated with someone who does them no good, and is fact, not a good guy. Everyone knows this, and the girl is aware of his poor character, but she doesn't want to admit it. She thinks she can just "go with the flow", expecting nothing and that she won't get hurt.
    Maybe that's just me, though.
    lilybarton June 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about somebody who rejected Aimee Mann at some point in her career, at least thats how I see it. And as it`s the last song on the album I think its even more likely.
    robturneyon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI never thought this song was about a personal relationship. It seems to me it's more about being in a formal/professional relationship that keeps you in limbo--you know, one step forward two steps back. I remember reading somewhere that this song was partially based on a British MP friend of hers--a small part of the political machine trying to do some good (but he's surrounded by self-serving politicians and idiots). I think that idea fits in quite well with the lyrics, given the references to making speeches and shaking hands (and more obviously, the Margaret Thatcher line). It could also be about her record company problems, though I'm wary of thinking every Aimee song is just another "fuck you" to a past record company. But again, it makes sense. In both situations it's about being stuck in a tug-of-war working situation with dangerous, self-serving idiots.
    EnidCaulfieldon April 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...and I love you linnaeuslurie.
    Babajjon August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment4 words: dream for an insomniac.
    i would rewind the bit with this song in it over and over until i busted the video. LOVES IT.
    indierock01on November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song, I think, has obvious political ideas in it. I believe this is about politics and moronic choices, such as we've seen in this most recent election (2016)
    SlenderHopeon December 30, 2016   Link

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