"'Sweetness' is so unbelievably catchy, I'm having trouble coming up with an analogy to get it across."...
Are you're listening
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
Sing it back
Whoa oh oh oh oh
String from your tether unwinds (String from your tether unwinds)
Whoa oh
Whoa oh
Up and outward to bind (Up and outward to bind)
Whoa oh
Whoa oh
I was spinning free
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
With a little sweet and simple numbing me

Are you listening
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
Sing it back
Whoa oh oh oh oh
So tell me what do I need (Tell me what do I need)
Whoa oh
Whoa oh
When words lose their meaning (When words lose their meaning)
Whoa oh
Whoa oh
I was spinning free
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
With a little sweet and simple numbing me
Yeah, stumble 'till you crawl
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
Sinking into sweet uncertainty

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh (Aah ahh ahh ahh ahh)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh (Aah ahh ahh ahh ahh)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh (Aah ahh ahh ahh ahh)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh (Aah ahh ahh ahh ahh)

(Are you listening)
(Are you listening)
If you're listening
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
If you're listening (Are you listening)
Sing it back
Whoa oh oh oh oh
If you're listening (Are you listening)
I'm still running away (I'm still running away)
Whoa oh (whoa oh)
Whoa oh (whoa oh)
I won't play your hide and seek game (Your hide and seek game)
Whoa oh (whoa oh)
Whoa oh

I was spinning free
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
With a little sweet and simple numbing me
What a dizzy dance
Whoa oh oh oh oh oh
This sweetness will not be concerned with me (whoa oh oh oh oh oh)
No the sweetness will not be concerned with me (whoa oh oh oh oh oh)
No the sweetness will not be concerned with me (whoa oh oh oh oh oh)


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"Sweetness" as written by Richard E Burch James Christopher Adkins

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    My Interpretation
    To me, this song sounds alot like a guy who is in love with a girl who doesn't love him back, but he trying to get her to.
    In the opening lines:
    "If you're listening, whoa.
    Sing it back, whoa."
    It sounds like he is trying to get her to hear hime out and give him a chance. All he wants is for her to say it back.

    "String from your tether unwinds (string from your tether unwinds), whoa, whoa,
    Up and outward to bind (up and outward to bind), whoa, whoa."
    Here, it's almost as if, what he is seeing, or even thinking in his own mind, is that, her life is going fall apart or shes going to get hurt by someone and he wants to save her and protect her.


    "I was spinning free, whoa,
    With a little sweet and simple numbing me."
    But then he realizes that it's all in his head, he was so in love that he got crazy. He took a sweet simple girl and the love numbed his perception of reality.

    "So tell me what do I need (tell me what do I need), whoa, whoa.
    When words lose their meaning (when words lose their meaning), whoa, whoa."
    If she keeps rejecting him, he will give up, he just wants to know what he needs to do to prove himself worthy of her time.

    "Stumble till you crawl, whoa.
    Sinking into sweet uncertainty. (oooh)"
    Maybe he sees her (In his mind) at a party, drinking heavily and he's worried she'll end up sleeping with somone she'll regret.

    "I'm still running away, I'm still running away,
    I won't play your hide and seek games, your hide and seek games... whoa, whoa."
    Trying to run away from the thoughts (or her) and he's tired of being forced to hide his feelings for her.

    "What a dizzy dance, whoa.
    The sweetness will not be concerned with me.
    No, the sweetness will not be concerned with me.
    No, the sweetness will not be concerned with me."
    He sees that she'll never beable love him, or be as concerned for him as he is for her.

    These are just my thoughs... I know how this is. But it's a song, it's meant to have a different meaning to everyone.
    Reaper139369on September 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard this song was about drugs but i think its total BS because its too pretty to be about drugs. anyway, in my opinion this song is about liking someone but not being able to be with them. or them not feeling the same way. in the begining, its like they met, and had a connection. and you know, all the "sweet and simple" is that totally happy feeling you get when your in love and nothing else matters. and then when "words lose their meaning" means when you talk and nothing makes sense. or no words describe what you feel. the "sweet uncertainty" part is still being happy, but uncertain about whats actually going to happen. by the end of the song, whatever connection the2 people had is gone, so "the sweetness will not be concerned..." at least this is my thoughts here. sorry that was kinda long...
    Desaparecidaon July 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah I think it has something to do with a girl... But not a girlfriend. I think it's about a girl that like to play games... Like most girls do. And he's telling her to stop it or screw off... Or it is a girlfriend that's playing games... and she better stop or he's gonna leave here... She's the sweetness.
    JelloManon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song could mean anything and i don't think the people who made this site had a goal of people trying to figure out what the songs ment to the ARTIST, i think the goal was for people to tell each other what this song ment to THEM and share ideas and stories, i hope you all understand that.

    this song (to me) means a deeper feeling with life than all the small, shallow things that you deal with during the time your here, and to focus on the more important things, and you'll be happier, which is a good message, and i doubt its about drugs, but who cares! you get what you want from a song, weather good or bad. enjoy the music.
    insomniacx86xon August 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my absolute favourite song of all time, I've listened to it hundreds of times and pretty much analysed every word in my head.

    In my opinion, this song is about a (probably unsuccessful) search for happiness again following a sad/painful event in someone's life. And for me it's all summed up in the final line, "the sweetness will not be concerned with me", which seems to speak about that feeling you get where it just seems like everything is hopeless and that it's almost impossible to find happiness again.
    iStuarton August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHonestly, it's a pretty open-minded song for people to interpret.
    Personally, i like the Clarity demo better.
    pastachickennugget42on January 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has been a jimmy eat world song for a long long time.. even before clarity.. i think the billie joel thing is a lie.
    the denver methodon July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about drugs.
    chazon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLol.....omg stfu. Drugs...thats such an easy analogy.
    Andaahon July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHAHAHAHAHAAHA
    good one "chaz"
    I love how people always try to relate music to their lives...
    i do the same thing.
    but ya your right... chances r he is talking about drugs, they all r.
    duck2k2on July 09, 2002   Link

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