"Stupid Thing" as written by Jon Brion and Aimee Mann....
Nothing was saving our day
There was nothing to say,
But you said something anyway
Claiming I stepped out of line
Which forced you to leave me
As if that idea was mine.

Oh, you stupid thing
Speaking of course as your dear departed
Oh, you stupid thing
It wasn't me that you
Outsmarted
Oh, you stupid thing
Stopping it all
Before it even started.

I bet you knew it would come
That's just like you, to sit back
And just play it dumb
One word of warning would help
But that sacrifice was made
Trying to save yourself

Oh, you stupid thing
Speaking of course as your dear departed
Oh, you stupid thing
It wasn't me that you
Outsmarted
Oh, you stupid thing
Stopping it all
Before it even started.

Maybe that's just how I am
To fall where I stand, or
I'm weak for that kind of man
One who looks helpless and brave
But you turned into a coward
I don't care for the parts you saved.

You stupid thing
Speaking of course as your dear departed
Oh, you stupid thing
It wasn't me that you outsmarted
Oh, you stupid thing.


Lyrics submitted by alexandra_

"Stupid Thing" as written by Aimee Mann Jon Brion

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    General Comment"I bet you knew it would come
    that's just like you, to sit back
    and just play it dumb
    one word of warning would help
    but that sacrifice was made
    trying to save yourself"

    to me this is about a guy who has been pursuing the narrator, maybe even desperately, trying to win her over, and she finally came around and opened up to him...and then something happens, he chickens out and wants to run away from what he's started, but instead of saying that to her, he makes up an excuse(saying she's said or done something stupid), doesn't even really give her any warning, and just one day quits coming around...and she feels hurt and at the same time, pissed off, because the guy seems to think he's somehow gotten the better of her or something and acts like she's the one who looks stupid, when it's his cowardice that's to blame for it all.
    delialon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHmm, my interpretation was similar, but just a little different, maybe not quite as concise as yours. It's more of... you stupid thing, we could have had it great, I would have given you the world. But, like you said, he was unwilling to commit. I think you could easily read into this song a guy who got what he wanted (i.e. getting laid), but wasn't willing to make the emotional commitment (it wasn't me that you outsmarted) and cheated himself out of the real prize (a meaningful relationship).
    Digi-Gon June 22, 2006   Link

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