"Little Hands" as written by Duncan Sheik and Fran Banish....
Some sweet perversion
On the telephone line
I've been waiting for such a very long time
For her to be free
The evening was nice
But there were too many people
And all my thoughts so depraved and evil
Oh lord what would she say

(she says)
I'm afraid it's not to be
You're a sweet guy but you ain't for me
I live my life in a different way
You know those things you're thinking
Are a big mistake

We stayed out late 'til morning came
I said "I'll take you home
If its all the same"
Her indifference fills the room
Some weak seduction on the morning after
How it slays me every time I touch her
But she just wants to sleep

(she says:) How long 'til you understand
The last thing that I need is another man
Didn't you promise to give it a rest
Right now I need a lover
Like a hole, like a hole in the head

Oh well, can't blame a guy for tryin'
And I'm smiling even though I'm dying
To know the love she says will never be

One last conversation in the crowded bar
And even thought the music is louder by far
I hear every word she says

(she says)
Don't take it bad don't worry about it
You're a friend of mine and there's no way around it
Sometimes you there early sometimes you get there late
But even if you had a chance you never knew the game

Little hands, open smile
I'm glad we got to talk for a while
I feel O.K. yeah I'm feeling better
I'll let it go but I'll never say never
It's O.K. yeah, it's O.K.

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"Little Hands" as written by Fran Banish Duncan Sheik

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    General Commentthe ending part of the song is the most powerful. there's just something sad about his hope for something more. I think Duncan portrayed that excellently in the way he delivered the vocals :

    Little hands, open smile
    I'm glad we got to talk for a while
    I feel O.K. yeah I'm feeling better
    I'll let it go but I'll never say never
    It's O.K. yeah, it's O.K.
    beatrizon March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's in love with this girl but she's always been with someone else so he's waited patiently, all the while being a good friend to her only to have her say that she doesn't think of him as more than a friend.

    I love the lines "her indifference fills the room" and "Oh well, can't blame a guy for trying" and anything when he's singing from her point of view.

    But does anyone know what he's talking about in the first verse? What sweet perversion? Why's it on the telephone line? If they're on the telephone, then how are there too many ppl?
    prinuton September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am convinced that Duncan is writing about being an intellectual whore (see the Ladder Theory in Google for a better explanation). This is someone who is essentially wanted for his shoulder to cry on, but not much else. My guess is that poor Mr. Sheik has done his time in that capacity (he wasn't always cool, was he?)

    Women who do this to men often understand her 'partner's' expectations but purposely steer the relationship away from anything that might become romantic while taking advantage of the attention given. At least in this instance, the woman does tell him like it is, ie, 'You're a great friend'...

    Basically, if a guy hears, "But... You're a good friend..." it's the kiss of death for the hope of any kind of sexual relationship.
    ctlizyrdon September 09, 2007   Link

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